Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Houston - To Eat (13Aug2015 Cheese Cake Factory, IHop International House Of Pancakes, Rajin Cajun)

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Houston - To Eat

The Cheese Cake Factory
(950m from Hilton Post Oaks at the Galleria)

Ordered On:
Avocado Eggrolls USD10.95
*Well worth it appetizer! Avocados in a fried egg wrap skin with this amazing Tamerine and garlic sauce which pairs absolutely perfectly. my next must order next to their signature chicken Maderia*

Chicken Chipotle Pasta USD16.95
*3chicken chunks only be found. Pasta was a little overdone.*
Lemon Garlic Shrimp USD16.95

Linguini pasta w/chicken USD17.95

Jambalaya USD17.95
Chicken Maderia USD17.95
Gumbo USD17.95
Craig Carrot Cheesecake USD7.95

*It's not called cheese cake factory for nothing. Cakes a sure win!*

Fed6 About USD24/pax

I had never ordered the pastas from cheese cake factory, but I must admit they were pretty passable, with some exceptions. Overcooked pasta and a abysmal ingredients of some.
Click here for rest of Cheesecake Factory Dishes Review.


International House Of Pancakes
(1.6 miles away. Complimentary transport to and fro)

It had been a good 5years since I last had IHOP, but it offers pretty decent diner like eats, that come with their famous buttermilk pancakes.

Ordered On:


Philly Cheese Steak USD10.19

*Like most American onion rings, they were superb. The real deal of large onion rings! Steak strip were probably flat top grilled giving that nice crispy
edges and tasted pretty good too.*

Big Steak USD10.89

3 Raspberry Pancakes USD1.59 add on to the Big Steak
Chicken Fried Steak with 2 eggs and 2Butter milk pancakes USD10.69

*A nice cream sauce that goes together with the crispy chicken. The chicken had a good fry and is more of chicken patty.* 

Fed 4 Approximately USD10each

A value meal at one of the many iconic American eateries. Portions are huge and it's always advisable to order one to two mains less. The place is a short walk from Top Gun which we went after.

Rajin Cajun
(2miles away. Complimentary transport to and fro)

A joint recommended by our driver and seemingly known by everyone else as serving out good old Louisiana eats. The standards are all pretty much the same but their are a few names which are known amongst the hotel staff and staff at Top Gun (Click here for Top Gun Review).

Ordered On:


Catfish Dinner Fillet
 *A fresh water fish, with a light batter. The meat was succulent.*

Seafood PoBoys USD13

*Po Boys though a classic dish enjoyed in Louisiana,  but it didn't hit home runs with the group. Its ok. Lightly fried, battered oysters and shrimp, between a french toast bun with salsa and cold crisp lettuce. It could have been made better had the bun been toasted.*
Shrimp & Crab Gumbo Bowl USD10
*The soup bowl seen above*

*Another classic Louisiana dish. However, it was a little on the salty side for my taste. A strange mixture of sea flavors in a gravy like soup and rice*

BBQ Texas Blue Crabs Marinated in BBQ sauce and spices, 
dredged in corn flour and deep fried.

*Batter is very light and delicious. It's fried we'll enough that the shell can be eaten as well.*

Signature Char Grilled oysters Dozen USD23

Oysters topped with herbs an Italian cheese blend and lemon-garlic butter.

*The best thing for the night! Absolutely, mouth-watering, char grilled greatness at really attractive prices. Will return for these beautiful oysters and even go for the fresh ones. Heaven in a half shell and best enjoyed while still hot! The fresh oysters go for slightly over a USD1 a piece!!*

Mamas bread pudding with Rum Sauce USD5.5

*A nice sweet dish to top off the end of the night, but the pudding was a little dense.*

Free flow of drinks.

Fed3 About USD24per pax.

Reasonably priced food, in a family style dining hall. Pretty good intro to bayou cuisine and would definitely return for the oysters and try out the crawfish which weren't in season at the time.


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