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Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003 - File 021. 2003-04-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/16682/show/16673.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 18, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 20 APRIL 18, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE Chapultepec MEXICAN RESTAURANT Happy Hour Margaritas for $1.99! ^ Huevos Rancheros $1.99 after midnight! 813 RICHMOND •713.522.2365 SCHMERLER AGENCY Great Car Insurance! 713.661.7700 For Auto, Home.Rmters Life, Health, Business Insurance and much more. 6575 W. Loop South, Ste. 185 Bellaire, TX774Q1 www.SchmerlerAgency.com baking'for what yott|*a WHATEVER YOU N§ED...WHENEVER YOU NEED- HOUSTON VOTCE CLASSIFIEDS DELIVER! / • Ii it iii Hfi.n I voice ■HnMST__W.ir.F_____. PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD NOW! CALL 877 863 1885 OR PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE AT WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM 1 15 I Ml dining ja chapman Nundini and its delicious Italian sandwiches a pleasant surprise Expect the unexpected EVERY SO OFTEN WHEN I'M RESEARCH- ing new restaurants, I come across an unexpected gem. That's what happened when I walked into the Nundini Food Store. I'd noticed their red sign advertising Italian food and gelato for some time, but never stopped in. One day recently, the sign offered a free gelato with meal purchase. That was it. I had to go see what this place was all about. As I pulled into the parking lot of the rather uninspiring industrial office park on North Shepherd just past White Oak Bayou, I wondered what kind of place would be here, just on the edge of such a busy thoroughfare. A couple of tables with umbrellas on the deck by the front door seemed pleasant enough, but I still didn't know what to expect. I opened the door and walked into a funky mix of an imported food store, Italian deli, gelato and pastry shop. I wasn't even sure where to order but headed to the deli in the back. A sumptuous assortment of Italian meats and cheeses, along with bowls of olives, peppers, and salads filled the cooler, while meats and cheeses made of foam hung overhead. It seemed strangely authentic and contrived at the same time The simple menu is on a white board and offers salads for $5.95 and panini for $6.95. That includes a bag of chips and a 12ounce drink, ■ plus the free small gelato. It seemed like a pretty good deal to me. I ordered the muffaletta and took a look around the place while I waited. THE SHELVES BY THE DOOR DISPLAY A respectable selection of Italian foods like pastas, and olive oils. Incongruously they also contain a large assortment of ceramic serving dishes. The middle of the large space holds about seven chunky dark wood tables that seem right out of an old Steak and Ale. The drink coolers flank the tables on one side and on the other sit the pastry display cases holding cannoli, imported Italian cakes, and an assortment of Greek favorites. The gelato and sorbet are next to the pastry case, and in the back are more shelves with Italian cookies and chocolates. It's a fun place to peruse and you might even want to pick up an item or two. Eventually my muffaletta was ready, and I took a seat at one of those clunky tables. The round bread was thick with a chunky olive mix and generous servings of excellent quality ham, provolone, mortadella and salami. It was toasted just enough to melt the cheese, creating a warm, delicious sandwich. If it wasn't quite up to New Orleans' Central Grocery quality, it was a reasonable approximation. I'd opted for a side of pasta salad instead of the chips, and found it to be a tasty combination of penne pasta with yellow peppers, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes. When I finished my sandwich, I headed for the gelato case, which boasted about 10 different flavors. You get two scoops in a small serving, and after tasting all of them, I settled on the chocolate and a coffee and caramel mix. Wow! Rich, delicious and bursting with flavor, the gelato was a real luxury I knew I'd be back. And return I did, to try the Italian salad — mixed greens with roasted peppers, cucumbers, olives, onions and the best feta cheese I've had in ages. Okay so the dressings are in little packets and there isn't much selection; I can work with that. Most of their deli business is take-out, so they're geared in that direction. The prosciutto and mozzarella panini was excellent. Fresh, crusty bread so good I asked where it came from (it's flown in daily from an Italian bakery in Dallas) is lightly toasted, and the high quality prosciutto and mozzarella blend perfectly together. I can also recommend the tuna salad panini, a mix of tuna, onions, egg and sun-dried tomatoes again on that fabulous bread. AFTER SEVERAL VISITS, I WAS STILL uncertain what this little shop and restaurant was all about. The food was quite good, but the space devoted to the deli and tables was only about half of the large room. So I decided to ask. Marion Jones, the general manager, told me that most of their business was gelato, which they sell to various restaurants around town. The space was originally designed to be a showroom to demonstrate their products for chefs, and they added the deli and other items as they went along. So I guess that explained it The deli was something of an afterthought Well, it's a delicious gem of an afterthought. The Nundini Food Store offers some of the best Italian sandwiches in town, and their gelato is a real treat. It's funny how the best food can be hidden in the most unexpected places. I guess that's part of the fun. Nundini Food Store 500 North Shepherd Houston, TX 77007 713-861-6331 http://www.nundinifood.com/' Food: MM mm Service: M Ml WN Value: MMMM Scene: MM Ml ¥= Stay home and eat cereal MM= Well, if you really must *il= Fine for all but the finnicky M! Ml Ml M=Worth more than a 20-minute drive M M Ml M Ml =As good as you'll find in this city
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