Food & Restaurants

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This is an area of our site where we really get to bring the fun to food! Here you will find special event coverage, extreme foodie behavior, and anything that kicks it up a notch, Urban Swank style, of course!

Ramen Week: Tiger Den Will Make You Roar For More Than Just Ramen

At the time of this review, Tiger Den’s reputation precedes itself. The popular Japanese restaurant housed in a Sharpstown strip mall has received positive appraisals…

Ramen Week: Much To Take In at Teppay Japanese Restaurant…and Most of It Terrific

Teppay Japanese restaurant initially came on my restaurant radar because two little birds told me they served very good ramen. And while I already had…

Ramen Week: Slay Your Appetite at Ninja Ramen

The most disappointing thing about Ninja Ramen is that they don’t use swords to cut the noodles. Not that I expected such a feature, but…

Ramen Week: Jump to Jinya Ramen Bar

A national chain with locations in California, Nevada, and Washington, Jinya Ramen now has two branches in Houston. The mid-town location is particularly hoppin’ especially…

Ramen Week: Sumptuous Slurping at Samurai Noodle

In the midst of Houston’s rapidly burgeoning ramen scene, upper heights area ramen shop Samurai Noodle nevertheless distinguishes itself by offering distinctive, fragrant broths as…

Restaurant Copycat: Red Dessert Dive’s Debusker

If you can resist the M&M debusker at Red Dessert Dive, you are a robot. The pairing of two classics—a rich dark chocolate brownie smashed…

Restaurant Copycat: Ruggles Black’s Chai-Spiced Tres Leches

There are a plethora of restaurants in Houston where one can order a really outstanding slices of tres leches, but leave it to the Ruggles…

Restaurant Copycat: Café Brasil’s Breakfast Burrito

I love Café Brasil for their exposed-brick walls, friendly service, and, of course, their tempting array of sweets—but on my most recent visit there for…

Food Lovers Rejoice: Zifty.com Has Come To Houston!

Food lovers brace yourselves for this amazing news we are about to bestow upon you! But wait we must set the right mood; you know…

Urban Swank Debuts on Bravo TV's "Best New Restaurant"

When the producers from Bravo TV's new competition series, Best New Restaurant, contacted us to gauge our interest in being a part of a new…

How Do You Ramen?

One of my favorite things to do is people watch, and watching people with their food takes this sport to new heights. Like do they…

Restaurant Copycat: Local Foods Market Veggie Sandwich

Generally, I have an unofficial rule that I don’t pay more than $5 for a sandwich (I basically only ever buy Les Givral’s dirt-cheap, heavenly-fresh…

Restaurant Copycat: 13 Celsius Polenta Gorgonzola Salad

I have a secret: I go to 13 Celsius for the food, not the wine. That’s not saying anything about the quality of their wine—I’ve…

Restaurant Copycat: Cloud 10 Creamery’s Sesame Oil & Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

If my wallet and waistline permitted, I’d be at Cloud 10 Creamery every day and twice on weekends. Between the Cloud 10 banana split in…

Restaurant Copycat: Ruggles Green’s Lettuce Wraps

Ruggles Green is like my favorite pair of jeans: the perfect standby that I turn to when nothing else sounds good—the casual option that goes…

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