C.J. Yeoman has something to say about Cafe Adobe, 7620 Katy Freeway.
“If you think it’s convenient to eat at the next-door Cafe Adobe when going to the movies at Marq*E Entertainment Center, think again. Our ‘girls night out’ group arrived at 6:15 p.m. — for a 7:20 movie — to the not even half-full restaurant (Monday night). For the next 45 minutes, our server painfully eked-out our drinks, disappearing between each two or three orders and ignoring our requests to order food. We kept telling him we needed to get to the movie.
“When we finally got to order our food, he came back about 10 minutes later and said the kitchen was running 12 minutes behind. By this time, it was 7:10, so we had to pay and leave. So my dinner was chips, salsa and a beer — wonderful unless you need some protein to keep from feeling awful.
“Oh, and even though we already had our tickets, we were so late, we all had to sit on the front row. Great if you’re 12 years old ... we aren’t.”
“Get ready to say hOla to Houston’s newest eatery. Tucked away a block east of Voss Road, it offers fresh Central American food, including free-range mesquite-roasted chicken and the world’s best tacos.
“The thing to really like best about hOla is that all of the food is prepared fresh, on-site, using meats, fish and vegetables (that) are delivered in the wee small hours of the morning while the rest of us are still sleeping.
“I predict this small niche in Houston’s vast array of food offerings will be a big hit. Try it and see if you agree.”
Gary Crawford: The Breakfast Klub, 3711 Travis, 713-528-8561
“On Saturday, we treated our daughter to a birthday breakfast at the BK. It was our first visit, but our children had been there before and they highly recommended the place for both the food and the service. Our daughter’s friend ordered Biscuits and Gravy. When our orders arrived hers was not on the platter. When asked, the counter person checked on the order and informed us that they had run out of gravy and it would be 15 minutes before they could complete the order. They offered to let her reorder anything on the menu. After her reorder arrived the hostess stopped and apologized for the inconvenience. She also gave her a $15 gift card, and later the owner came by to make sure we were pleased with our visit. The Breakfast Klub deservedly earns its reputation and we will return.”
Rita Wilkenfeld: Candelari's, 2617 W. Holcombe Blvd., 713-662-2825
“My husband and I went to Candelari’s a couple of weeks ago. We ordered salads and a pizza. Our salads, which were excellent, came promptly, and when we had finished our salads, we were waiting for the pizza and thought it seemed a little bit of a long wait, but didn’t say anything as we were in no hurry. However, the waiter thought it was slow and went to check on it. Although we were not unhappy, the manager came over and told us that because we had been waiting awhile, dinner was on them.
“We said that wasn’t necessary, but she said that there would be no charge and if we came back again and it was slow again, dinner would be on them again.
“This is the way a restaurant should do business and we will go back soon. Other restaurants should take a cue from them.”
FEELING HER PAIN
Helen Mackey writes:
“A big thank you to Julie Berry for lamenting over high-end restaurants that do not enforce a dress code for dinner! It is disappointing to go to a high-end (read expensive), upscale restaurant for a special evening and find diners arriving in shorts, T-shirts and baseball caps — or worse. These same restaurants used to require jackets for men. It’s so disappointing to be seated next to diners who look like they are ready to wash their car instead of partake in fine dining in an elegant setting — with waiters in tux, fine china and crystal, fine wines — and then pay a bill of a couple hundred dollars for two people.
“The only restaurant I know that refuses men and women in shorts and baseball caps is Rudy & Paco in Galveston. I hope that more restaurant owners in Houston will get the message that they lose loyal customers who will seek out places that have a dress code. There are plenty of Houstonians who are complaining about the lack of dress codes in high-end Houston restaurants.”