Jane’s Grill: Burrito Bowl

6400 Woodway Drive
Houston, Texas 77057

I have to admit, it is nice having a restaurant on campus. With how busy our schedule can be at times, being able to run across campus to get something is always a plus. Jane’s Grill offers a lot on their menu. On this particular day, I decided to go for the Burrito Bowl. Plenty of food to go around here, so if you’re looking for something filling, this is a good choice. Now, I might add that I haven’t ordered anything off their menu that didn’t fill me up, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Big fried, taco shell. Nice chunks of chicken, corn, tomatoes, beans, cheese, rice and I think maybe some lettuce somewhere in there all topped with some sour cream. All tasty. You will have to do some mixing around as it seems that they packed it in in sections. Not a big deal for me, I don’t mind a little stirring. Everything tasted extremely fresh and lots of flavor. My only problem with this dish is that they give me this tiny cup of dressing. I mean, this bow is pretty big, I’m not sure how they thought I would even get close to covering this thing with the dressing they provided. I guess I should have asked for more, but it’s almost a difference in size that you shouldn’t have to. Other than that, the meal was great! So if you’re around the area, feel free to stop by. Don’t be turned off that it’s in a church, everyone is welcome. Many neighboring business stop by for the eats everyday. Don’t miss out.

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Gourmet Five Meat Pizza

20536 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77449
(281) 769-1850
bjsrestaurants.com

I have to say I’m a little ashamed that we just got a chance to get around to the new BJ’s out in Katy. We had been excited about it when we first heard it was going up and now here we are just now dragging in.

I’ve always liked BJ’s layout and feel and it was no different here. It’s like they do such a great job at having both a bar feel and a restaurant feel without being tacky or compromising one another. Very clean, very nice spot. I know it’s new but even if it weren’t I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

We started off with some Southwest Eggrolls. Tasty and the added sweet dipping sauce added a different flare to it. I think they could have filled up on the sauce a little more but I’m a sauce type of guy so I’m sure I probably use more than the average person.

Our son has been on a pizza kick lately and we had never tried their pizza and have always heard they were pretty good, so why not. We went with the Gourmet Five Meat pizza. The pizza was good. But as I was probably expecting I could taste those special herbs and spices that standout so much to me. Let’s not forget that I’m the guy that find cilantro very overwhelming. It wasn’t that bad but I could definitely taste it. I’m sure the average person wouldn’t even notice it at all. We went with the 12 inch pizza and it was filling for us three. Also my wife ordered a side of ranch and they brought us a nice sized cup. Quite often we get the tiny half a shot glass sized cups with enough ranch to cover one or two dips and we’re done. So it was refreshing to see a bigger cup brought out. My only beef (no pun intended) with this pizza would be that the cuts were not made all the way through so it was more of tearing off slices. But it’s not like torn slices of pizza taste worse that neatly sliced pizza right?

Overall everything was great. The service was great and the staff seemed happy. Our server was quite attentive and even had a young lady that was cleaning a booth stop was she was doing to go and grab me a booster seat. I was only asking for her to point me to them but she was kind enough to go and grab me one. Customer service is pretty high in my book if you don’t know, and I was satisfied. I will definitely be back to try out some different dishes.

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Sonic: Green Apple NERD Slushie

I do get excited about food. It excites me, I’m sorry. But certain foods and treats sometimes make me giddy. Like a schoolboy, giddy. Went to Sonic the other day to buy a shake, cause I was craving one. And as I was pulled in, I saw the back of the menu of the lot next to mine. What did we see? Flavors of slushies, all with Nerds in them. Yes, you read that right. No need to go back and read that line again. Nerds. In a slushie. Why has no one done this before? Or at least, why has no food franchise done this before? I didn’t get one that day, cause I needed a shake in my system, but I went back to another Sonic close to my work place and got me a Green Apple Nerd Slush. It was everything that I was hoping for. Everything. The green apple is already a bit tart and sour, but hey, let’s throw some Nerds in there. More sour! Love it. And it goes great on these HOT days! So drop whatever you’re doing, yes you Mr. Construction worker, and you Ms. Attorney and you Mr. Surgeon. All that you’re working on can wait. Go and get you your favorite flavor and let them rock your world with some Nerds.

Took some photos just so you can see the awesomeness. I could already see the Nerds with the lid on, but I had to pop it to see it even better. How precious the little Nerds look in there. All nice and cold. My co-workers tried to put their drinks in the pic, but they didn’t compare. Get your Vanilla Diet Coke out of here. And that Vanilla Dr. Pepper….. grossness. Who does that? :D No but seriously, people. Get one. Your life will be a little more happier.

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Canyon Creek Bar & Frill: Texas Frito Pie & Nacho Dog

6603 Westcott St
Houston, TX 77007
Washington Corridor
(713) 864-5885
Canyon Creek on Yelp.

It’s been a while since I’ve had some time to dedicate to posting on here. It’s not that I haven’t been eating, cause trust me I have. Hopefully I won’t go too long before the next post.

Had a chance to meet my beautiful wife for lunch. We decided on Canyon Creek. She’d been here before but it was for a happy hour with co-workers. Parking is not plentiful here so plan your visit or you’ll be parking down the street, which isn’t horrible cause it’s not right off the main road. Luckily for us this spot is more popular after work hours so when we arrived shortly after 11:30 there were but two other people there. I like the setting. Lots of personality and charm. Lots of art and memorabilia on the walls. Not sure what it is about that kind of stuff but I like it. It adds character to a place when done properly.

So when you come in you order at the bar. They have menus up there and when you decide on what you want, you tell them and then you pay and have a seat. I like the “pay up front” deal cause when I’m done, I can leave and not have to wait for someone to bring my check, pick it up and then return. The one thing I don’t like is if I want another drink I have to pay again. I guess you can start a tab but as someone who really only drinks soft drinks for lunch it seems a bit weird. But that’s not that big of a deal unless there’s a long line at the bar to order.

The food did take a little bit to show, seeing as we were one of the first there and order, but it helps to have good company. At first my plate seemed small but looked really good. I never thought about putting sour cream on my Frito Pie, but I have to admit, it was a pretty tasty addition. The jalapeños were also a nice extra flavor kick. Overall it was a tasty meal and filled me up plenty. One thing that I was worried about when I got the bowl was that all the yummy toppings would run out as I made my way down. But they managed to make sure that there was chili, cheese and sour cream all the way to the last bite. I appreciate that greatly.

Also had a chance to drink some St. Arnold’s Root Beer. Very tasty and flavorful. This was my first time trying this one out. The only thing is that they didn’t have any cold and ready, but gave me a cup with ice. I prefer drinking my root beer cold and from the bottle or can just like my sodas, but it wasn’t that big of a deal.

My wife was kind enough to let me get a taste if her plate. She cut a piece off of her hotdog and gave me a nacho chip. Very tasty dog. And very messy so if you don’t like getting dirty when you eat, use the fork provided. The bread is a pretzel bread which was different that I’m used to for a hotdog but still great. The dog itself is thick, plenty of meat to fill the craving. She also let me taste the onion ring that came with it. Not big on onion rings but I have to admit I really like the batter they used. It doesn’t flake off or run. It really stuck to the onion and it didn’t feel like the onion was ready to escape it’s cover after the first couple of bites.

Overall the place was great and I do see myself coming back and trying some of the other intriguing items on their menu. The service was friendly. Check it out if you have some time and around the area. Don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Heard the after work hours is pretty hopping too.

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The Hobbit Cafe: Smaug’s Delight

2243 Richmond
Houston, Texas 77098
Phone: (713) 526 – 5460
www.myhobbitcafe.com

Was recently enticed to a new spot here in town. When I first heard about it I didn’t know what to expect. I was afraid we would be underground with a circular door that I could barely fit through. But that all changed when I opened up their menu online. Everything looked so tasty. I did get a little excited about it. That’s just me though, food excites me. We got there a little before noon and it wasn’t too packed but the parking wasn’t the best. A friend told us that the burgers were great. However, I am trying to eat a little better and I had just started, so I didn’t want to spoil it already. So I only went half bad. I ordered a Smaug’s Delight which is turkey, cheese, avocado and tomato and a side of fries. And I got the slim version to help as well. When our food I was glad I got the slim. The portion size was pretty abundant. And there must have been an excess of avocado cause they loaded it up! I couldn’t believe how much was in there and falling off. The turkey and cheese was delicious. Not quite sure what kid of cheese they put on there, but it was great. And if you love avocado this is your place. Cause apparently the load you up on it as my wife’s burger also had it falling off. There were a few bites that were overwhelmed by the avocado but nothing too bad. I just couldn’t taste any of the turkey and cheese and it was like eating an avocado sandwich. The fries were as tasty as they looked. Probably could have just had a basket of these with some cheese. Everything tasted really fresh as well. Overall the place itself is not the nicest building but it does have some character which was nice. The service was great and had a real small town feel to it. If you’re around the area I definitely recommend hitting up this place. I hope to visit here again when I’m not watching what I eat too closely. Think I’m gonna do an appetizer and a nice burger.

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Victor’s Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant – Shrimp Enchiladas

1939 N Fry Rd
Katy, TX 77449
(281) 578-6450
www.victorsmexicanrestaurant.com

It’s not often I feed a Mexican restaurant that I really like. We’ve passed by Victor’s several times and we always say that we are gonna stop there, but never do. So one day we finally decide to. And I must admit I am a little sad that we hadn’t done sooner. We have only been there twice but both have been great.

We started off with the chips and salsa that they bring you to begin with. I really liked both the salsas that they have there to offer. Usually I only like one or the other, but I can eat both the green and the red. We also ordered a queso dip which also was quite tasty. Now this time around we didn’t order a guacamole, but we got a small one our previous time. This “small” was bigger than most large guacamoles at other restaurants and also very tasty. It doesn’t have any extras in it, just avacados mashed up into yumminess.

I decided to give the shrimp enchiladas a try and I was not disappointed. Very, very good. Loved the sauces used and the rice and beans complimented it very well. Plenty of shrimp used and it’s a nice portion, especially if you’re like me and get full off of the chips and salsa to begin with. So far, I have not been disappointed at this place and we do plan on returning.

Gatorade: G Series

As a professional athlete…… semipro athlete……. amateur athlete……. as someone who loves to run around outside, I’m always looking for anything to help me keep going. I’ve seen the commercials, and I’ve heard my friends mention it on the posts so I decided to give it a go.

First, let me say that I love Gatorade. Not just because of how it works on re-hydrating your body, but I just love the taste. It’s so yummy. I’m a big fan of tangy drinks, so I could drink this all day if I could. Now that we’ve got that important piece of information out of the way, I decided to give the pre and post stuff a go.

I had no clue what to expect on either one. On the pre-game drink it says to take it 15 minutes before you play, so I stored it in ice water while I waited to chug it down. When it came time to do so, I tore up the package very easily and it went down the hatch. I have to admit, this stuff is pretty tasty! It’s like concentrated Gatorade. Love it! Even tangier than the regular sports drink. I think I wish the pouch was a little bigger. Definitely thumbs up for me. I’m not sure if it’s me getting in better shape and losing weight or the drink that helped, or maybe both, but I did feel energized out on the field. I honestly wish I had it a week before when I had to play the full game except for one 15 minute sub. I felt good, that first game, and so it’s got me sold on it so far. I’ve played about 4 games so far using this, and all the times I never felt exhausted while being out on the field.

The post game stuff, well, it wasn’t so tasty. Was less tangier than the normal sports drink and had a weird taste to it outside of the normal flavor. It was just weird and I was not a fan. I have never had a problem with my post game stuff, so this was not a sale for me. No thanks. I’d rather just make me a shake or something. To be honest the only thing I want to do after a match is eat. Cause I’m usually starving after them.



Hubcap Grill (Heights Location): Triple Heart Clogger, Frito Pie Burger and Country Fries

HUBCAP GRILL AND BEER YARD
1133 W 19th , Houston, TX 77008
PHONE: 713-862-0555
HOURS OF OPERATION
MON – THU 11am – 9pm / FRI & SAT 11am – 10pm
CLOSED SUNDAY
http://www.hubcapgrill.com/ 
I’ve seen the pictures and heard people talk about this place, so I decided I needed to check this place out for my self. The pictures I’ve seen of these crazy burgers really caught my attention. The wife and I decided to make a date out of this place and a movie after.  I didn’t know what to expect from this place, cause most pics I would see would just be food. It’s a small joint, nothing fancy. It’s not the best of times to go when it’s hot, cause most seating is outside, and even the small room that has inside seating is quite warm. Probably best to wait till the sun goes down or maybe in the fall when the weather cools off, if you’re not a fan of the heat. 
We decided we would order two burgers and an order of fries and split it all between us two. That way I’d get to taste more than one. After a little indecision we decided on the Triple Heart Clogger the Frito Pie Burger and an order of Country Fries. And of course we finished it all off with two cokes. The fries were good. Can’t go wrong with Bacon and gravy. Very tasty. I could probably eat those by themselves. The Triple heart clogger was pretty good. The wiener and Bacon is what made it good. I felt like there wasn’t enough cheese on it. It seemed a little dry. I’m think another slice or two of cheese would have topped it off very nice. The Frito Pie burger was just that. Tasted just like a Frito Pie. I didn’t even really taste the patty in it. Here’s the thing about these burgers. The patty itself is nothing special. What makes this place is the specialty burgers, because I think if I were to just get a regular burger, I wouldn’t really be impressed. Not enough to drive all the way into town for, that’s for sure. But I would definitely like to go back and try more of their other burgers and fries. They have quite a bit to choose from on their menu so there is more to bring you back, that’s for sure.

Snapple: Lemonade / Ice Tea – Half n’ Half

I’m one of those people that loves to browse at all the different food and drinks on every isle in the grocery store. I’m always up for trying new things and especially something that’s supposed to taste good and be healthy. I’m always trying to bring new and different drinks home to try and my wife is always so nice to remind me that I have about ten of them sitting in the fridge that I haven’t opened yet. So, I took the hint and decided it was time to try and clean some of those out.

I’ve always been a fan of the Lemonade and Ice Tea combination. Always tasty, always refreshing. Then I see this little treasure here from Snapple, who makes some pretty tasty drinks, and my eyes open a little wide when I see “10 Calories Per Bottle”. No way! Well, that’s what they’re saying here. So this time, I decided to take it a little different and asked three other of my friends to try it with me. It was pretty clear from all of them that it was really tasty, but the after taste was what ruined this. Artificial sweeteners tend to do that to drinks. I wish someone could make an artificial sweetener that tastes just as good as sugar and yet not have any side effects or after taste. I would like to enjoy a healthy and tasty drink without growing an extra toe.

But, if you don’t mind a little after taste and are looking to find a good tasting drink without the guilt of a lot of calories, then this just might be the drink for you!

Fuddruckers – Buffalo Burger

25407 Bell Patna Dr
Katy, TX 77494
(281) 644-7616
http://www.fuddruckers.com/

It’s usually a no-brainer what to get when I go to Fuddrucker’s. Two thirds burger, fries and a drink. Nothing special, nothing too hard to remember. But this time around I decided to get something a little different. I decided to try their Buffalo Burger. No, this isn’t a burger with wing sauce, it’s made from buffalo….. like the animal. I know that buffalo is leaner than cow, so I decided why not give it a shot, just to see how it tastes. Sometimes I find that you have to sacrifice the taste a little for the health benefits. That’s not quite the case with this one.
 
You can see that the meat is a little different in appearance and in texture, but not by much.  This burger is just as tasty as the regular beef ones. Besides that, I got all the good stuff as usually on my burger, or should I say to join my beautiful burger. A lake of honey mustard to dip my fries in. Although this particular Fuddrucker’s didn’t have the usualy honey mustard I was used to. They seem to have switched it up. Maybe it’s just this one, or maybe they’ve made the switch on all the restaurants. It’s now all the same brand all across the board. I liked the old stuff better. I’m hoping it’s just this spot, and it’s only for a limited time. Guess only time will tell on that. And besides my honey mustard, my mound of jalapenos. Most people look at me like crazy when they see all of that, especially my jalapenos. Like, “Who can eat all those?”. Well, I’m sure my end shot of my plate will let you know the answer to that question.

So if you’re thinking about trying the buffalo burger, it’s a green light from me. I’m thinking next time around I’m gonna try that ostrich burger. Them things are mean, so I’m not gonna feel bad about eating one.