HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16. 1996 15
F@RR AND 5P
Be Yourself at
By WILMA SUM-
1 recently took some
friends to Mackmurdo 's, "Houston's Casual American Restaurant &
Bar," at 6006 Westheimer @ Nantucket.
lunch & dinner from
11:00 a.m. to 10:00
p.m. Sunday—Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to
11:00 p.m. Friday & (L-P) Hostesses Osh,
Saturday. Portions Mackmurdo's
of ali meals looked like
enough to feed David Duke's Summer
Camp for Easily Influenced Idiots with
prices ranging from $2.95 to $12!95. The
interior is based on a theater concept,
where the restaurant acts as a stage and
the people are the actors. Individuals
are invited to be and enjoy themselves.
We certainly were!! While Mackmurdo's is not gay owned, there were certainly quite a few of Dorothy's friends in
attendance that night!
Not that I drink or anything, but I managed to taste a Frozen Mackmurdo's
which was pureed mandarin oranges
blended with vodka (no, it wasn't McCor-
mick), fresh tangerine juice and served
frozen with a splash of Grand Marnier.
Mackmurdo's also offers a wide variety
of beers and other cocktails, but after the
Frozen Mackmurdo's, who cared?
The waiter purported that some ofthe
menu favorites are crab cakes, grilled
chicken salad, ravioli with gorgon-
zola, pumpkin seed crusted rainbow
trout. ...wait a minute, I seem to be getting hungry, so bring on the fork! Okay!
Much better now! To continue, the
grilled loin of pork and roast stuffed
chicken are also favorites. Yes, Cuervolyn, there were quite a few tasty-looking vegetarian dishes available.
I started out with a cup of tomato basil
soup—absolutely deeeelish! The soup
was a Castillian cream with romano&
.read is served ono
you start with your appetizers. Pulleez
gir[s you must serve the bread warm!!
Even though the menu was tempting me
with items like grilled sirloin strips (you
all know how much I despise beef), spaghetti with calamari & shrimp and scal-
lopini of chicken, I went with the spaghetti marinara (even Grandma can't
at & Peggy get ready for a grand evening at
mess this up). To my surprise, the spaghetti was incredible! 1 don't know whal
Mackmurdo's does with their basil & garlic, but I would love to tiptoe through
their garden at my earliest convenience—without the pumps! Don't burst
the girdle yet—you simply must save
room for dessert. I guess the waiter
noticed my fit & trim physique and
decided I had to have a piece of their rice
pudding with cinnamon & sweet cream.
Someone call Betty Ford! I'm hooked!! In
case you are interested, they also serve
white chocolate torte with pistachio
sauce, fruit & nut tart with honey vanilla
sauce and poached pear with vanilla ice
cream & raspberry sauce, to name a few.'
The ambience was exquisite, if you like
loud barns!! A little acoustical tile
would seem to be the cure. Once the Sun
Goddess decides Houston has sweat
enough, the fenced outdoor seating will
be a nice place to sit, knit, and have fits
looking al the beautiful people driving down Westheimer. General Manager Steve Oxen, formerly of Auntie
Pasto's, Rusty Pelican, Pappadeaux
and Two Pesos has his crew ready and waiting for you. Call me a cab—it's time to continue my Waist Watchers Diel at my next
stop!! Be forking with you real soon!!
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Houston Restaurants beware, Wiln
may soon be in your establishment wii
fork .& spoon in hand.
Theft Reduction Campaign
The Houston Police Department unveiled a
new THEFT REDUCTION CAMPAIGN aimed
ai reducing theft and hurglary of motor vehicle crimes in the downtown Central Business
District. The campaign's theme, "Downtown Houston, Lowest Ifi Crime, Help Keep It
That Way." is an awareness message that
encourages community participation
with a simple crime prevention message:
DO NOT LEAVE POSSESSIONS IN YOUR
The Theft reduction campaign is a year long
effort to reduce theft by a minimum of 5%.
Theft continues to be the most reported crime
in Houston, bul it is among the most preventable The theft reduction signs should be
installed in ali parking lots and garages in fhe
downtown Central Business District by
Sept 30, 1996. The on-going theft reduction
campaign will have monthly crime prevention goals through July, 1997.
The campaign theme: "Downtown Houston,
Lowest In Crime. Help Keep It That Way, is
based on per capita total reported cr.me, tor
any major U.C.R. reporting area in Houston.
For the period 1991 to 1995, Uptown Business
District, followed by the downtown Central
Business District had ihe lowest total
reported crime. Major U.C.R. reporting areas
include the twenty (20) Master Police Districts and the six (6) Special Reporting Districts including, Central Business District, Neartown Business Area, Uptown
Business Area, 3rd Ward Area, 5th Ward Area,
and the Greenspoint Business Area. Per capita population is based on residents or
employees who spend 8 to 10 hours per day in
the areas and does not include transient or
short term visitors. This definition of per
capita more closely aligns business areas and
neighborhoods and only includes those who
spend significant portions of their day in an
The downtown Central Business district
has a daytime (8 to 10 hour) population of
approximately 141,000. For 1995. reported
crimes per thousand were 13.46 as compared
to the next lowest major reporting area of
20.26 for the Uptown Business Area.
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