Food and drink roundup (10-28-2004 edition)

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This was a busy week for Houston’s food and drink writers, with plenty of good new stuff posted.

Robb Walsh makes a trip to the Barbecue Inn in the Heights with fried chicken aficionado John T. Edge, and offers up this ringing endorsement:

I go to Barbecue Inn as often as possible these days. You can’t miss with the chicken-fried steak, the fried chicken or the fried shrimp. And now, I can say with some authority that the ribs aren’t half bad either.

That’s good enough for me. Elsewhere, Walsh shares some dirt on the Beard Foundation that may interest local foodies.

Alison Cook visits Pasha in the Village, and finds it a mostly good addition to Houston’s lineup of Turkish restaurants:

In the end, though, a sweet earnestness pervades this cozy small house, and it triumphs.

Lean back amid all that pomegranate-colored warmth. Lift a feta-stuffed cigar and a glass of bone-dry Turkish white wine. And toast our collective good fortune in Turkish restaurants.

Diners on the northwest side of town may want to check out Molly Glentzer’s thoughts on Red Onion Seafood y Mas.

Mona Shoup runs a letter about my favorite Tex-Mex joint in this week’s Whine and Dine section:

Houstonian Mark Russell organized a celebration for 60 people at Spanish Village Restaurant, 4720 Almeda, that was scheduled after a memorial service.

“Imagine my surprise when many unexpected guests showed up. (The owners), who are genuinely good people, took it all in stride, took care of business and didn’t get upset when we stayed after closing. This is the reason they have been in business almost 50 years and have more regulars than any place I’ve been.”

Russell says the eatery serves great Tex-Mex and excellent margaritas in a fun atmosphere.

The family who run Spanish Village treat customers as extended family, but newbies who go there have to understand it’s not Pappasito’s. Things move a little more slowly, and the atmosphere is not as upscale. Those of us who are regulars consider those to be features, not flaws. And the enchiladas and shaved-ice margaritas are the best I’ve had in this great state. blogHOUSTON highly recommends Spanish Village.

Finally, Viet Doan reviews Proletariat, a funky little bar just off Montrose on Richmond. It’s a good writeup, but neglects to mention that the Proletariat was resurrected on the site of the old Blue Iguana bar, one of this city’s best dive bars (but a place that honestly did need some upgrades — such as the holes in the old floor).

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