Smelly Pot 三媽嗅嗅鍋

Cristóbal’s Rating: BETTER THAN NOTHING Warning:  Stinky Tofu (not actually stinky) Sketchy strip mall Fresh alternative to Houston’s Chinatown staples If you are familiar with the Taiwanese stinky tofu hot pot specialty restaurant, Boiling Point, this is essentially Houston’s local version of it–Smelly Pot.  Let us, for now, ignore the obvious fact that almost anyone…

Baoz Dumpling

Cristóbal’s Rating: DISAPPOINTING Tiniest dumplings award Overpriced, overrated In the tunnels of Downtown Houston Single kitchen stall with a few table and chairs in a public area nearby If there were an award for the tiniest dumplings, Baoz would win the prize.  Almost the antithesis of the tennis-ball dumplings at DOOZO which is a couple hundred…

Long Sing BBQ Stall 龍城

Cristóbal’s Rating: BETTER THAN NOTHING Authentic Cantonese BBQ Located in sketchy half-abandoned supermarket Limited table and chairs provided Drop all pretenses of sanitary expectations   One of the only vestiges of East Downtown’s dystopian historical Chinatown, this Cantonese BBQ stall is situated in a decrepit building that is officially supposed to be a Chinese supermarket, but…

Ocean Palace 珍寶

Cristóbal’s Rating: VERY MEH Edible Cantonese dim sum, pushed around with carts (a rarity these days) In the Vietnamese side of Beltway 8, next to a 100% Vietnamese mall that would pass as any shopping center in Ho Chi Minh City Cantonese seafood dinner banquet style downstairs This is one of the earlier large scale…

Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot 小肥羊

Cristóbal’s Rating: PASS Ugly strip mall and a terrible font choice for the restaurant’s lighted sign Dimly lit interiors Can be pricey depending how you order Nothing particularly Mongolian, as its name would imply Situated at a corner of a nondescript strip mall off Westheimer, this Chinese hotpot restaurant is one of many large hotpot…

HK Dim Sum 點心城

Cristóbal’s Rating: BOYCOTT Worst Chicken Feet dim sum I’ve ever had. One of the early restaurants of the now popular Dunhuang Plaza Understaffed – typical Cantonese dim-sum service This place actually has authentically terrible dimsum–something you would be surprised to learn if you only judged by the persistent line outside the door.  In reality this…

Mein Restaurant 好麵膳

Cristóbal’s Rating: PASS Chic wall art with 1920s Shanghai style murals Eclectic grungy interiors with chain links Cantonese fusion menu items In a quiet sketchy plaza on a backstreet behind the main road Easy parking I’ve been to this place numerouse times for lunch and dinner and the general experience is acceptable. Out of the select…

DOOZO

Cristóbal’s Rating: THUMBS DOWN  Lots of people line up for lunch on the weekdays–I don’t know why, but I suspect it has a lot do with the terrible options in downtown and at the Shops at Houston Center Dumplings are huge, thinly disguised, thick-skinned tennis balls–and you get a full box of them. The dumplings…

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ 牛角

Cristóbal’s Rating: PASS Interior is dark, feels like Outbacks Steakhouse Hard to come by Japanese BBQ around town, but realistically not so different from Korean BBQ Terrible time finding parking.  Either get there super early or pay to park terribly far away. Smelly from the BBQ. I’ve been to this Houston restaurant (part of a…