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United Airline’s First Class Food Must Go To A Very Small School

Posted: February 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm   /   Reviews

For the first time in my life, I flew first class last week on a United Airlines flight from San Diego to Houston. The extra expense has never seemed justified. This time, though, a confluence of date, time, award travel availability and 25,000 United miles landed a plushy window seat with spacious legroom on a […]

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Mango Sundae at Le Colonial

Review: Waiting For The Magic At Le Colonial

Posted: December 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm   /   Reviews

THE UPSHOT Diners who prize setting and service over value might find favor with classy and well appointed Le Colonial, rich in hardwoods, shutters and vibrant murals. Unfortunately, we didn’t find enough magic in the pricey dishes to want to return. (It is worth pointing out, though, that the prices are modest compared to other […]

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Arthur Ave lasagna

Review: Crunchy-Edged Lasagna and Perfect Pasta Are Among Arthur Ave’s Appeals

Posted: November 19, 2016 at 5:57 am   /   Food Finds, Reviews

THE UPSHOT Our Grade: A-. Arthur Ave may have stumbled a bit getting out of the gate but it found the footing that it needed to become a Houston mainstay. The staff seems comfortable on the floor now and provides good service. The denizens of The Heights have mightily embraced Arthur Ave on Friday and […]

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Butcher's Cut at Ritual

Ritual Can Be Magic But Doesn’t Always Perform

Posted: November 5, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   Reviews

THE UPSHOT Our Grade: B-. When Ritual is great, it’s fabulous, but five months after opening it’s still struggling with consistently hitting the mark on food, cocktails and service. That said, it’s still a recommended visit. The expertly prepared and very flavorful cuts of beef and pork from Texas-raised livestock are usually exemplary. The setting, […]

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