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Title Houston Voice, No. 1006, February 4, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date February 4, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • 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 HOUSTON VOICE • FEBRUARY 4, 2000 OUT ON THE BAYOU 23 Eating Out RESTAURANT REVIEWS A wonderful thing for \eggie-lo\ers Wonderful ^ Vegetarian by TRAYCE DISKIN A restaurant that names itself after a single superlative sets itself up to be challenged. When entering WONDERFUL'S stripmall storefront, I was startled by the large, bare dining room nearlv empty but for a slew of muddy green Formica tables. Clean and clinical, with bright track lighting and only one or two pictures on the wall, I hardly felt compelled to sit down. But a friend urged me on. "C'mon," she said. "I feel like I'm eating in a minimalist art gallery, where the only art happens to be a metal buffet table over in the corner" But the argtiment was s(xin made moot by the warm and friendly greetings from the staff. "Have you ever been here before? Are you both vegetarians?" one of the two servers casually asked. "Tell me, what kinds of food do you like? I'll tell you what would be good," cheerily offered another. In fact, it seemed that all the customers that began to trickle in—from funky Montrose teens to young families and flashy affluent couples—had one thing in common: a love for Wonderful's strictly vegetarian food and personalized service. Although more mainstream veggies can always find something on a typical Chinese menu, vegans usually have slim pickings. Wonderful's food, which uses spices, veggies, wheat gluten, tofu and other soy products to imitate any number of meat dishes, takes care of the vegans and veggies Wonderful Vegetarian 7549 Westheimer (at Hillcroft) 713-977-3137 Food: c^&S^ Service: r^&S^&S^ Value: &&&&>& Scene: c^ & & "' Opt for bread, water at home " OK, if you really must Fine for most Worth the drive, so live a little As good as it gets Restaurant many times over, and will even please adventurous carnivores, too. Although the standard menu divides into (faux) beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes, the most sensible option is the buffet, which includes most everything on the menu, soup and dessert for $6.95. My favorite by far is the Vegan Fish, a saute of eggplants, fish sauce and vegetables. It wasn't only the fool-proof taste that sold me, but the moist, flaky texture of the eggplant helped, too. If it weren't for the purple skins surrounding each slice of "fish," I would be worried I was biting into a tangy piece of eel or cod. I made several trips to the buffet for the Vegan Sesame Soy Protein, small puffy soy disks smothered m sweet and sour orange glaze. The Vegetable Curry also kept me returning for its potatoes, carrots and a creamy currv that soaked up the fresh steamed rice. The Vegan Chicken was less impressive, as its greasy, clear sauce did little for the chicken substitute, and the cabbage in the sauce was bitter and slightly overcooked. The Vegetable Fried Rice was delicious, though, with bits of peppers and marinated soy. The Vegetable Balls were compelling in texture, but were a tad bland. From the regular menu, we also tried the Kung Pao Vegetarian Chicken in Hot Pepper Sauce ($8.95). Lined with fresh steamed broccoli and cauliflower, this dish seemed more fresh and a bit less greasy than some of the buffet options. The peanuts are stewed in sesame oil and hot peppers, and toasted before being added to the sauce. Its these little nuggets of heaven that give the dish its spark. Although my friend found the soy chicken substitute incredibly rubbery, I loved the chewiness and thoroughly hot, nutty flavor. For dessert, the buffet offers fresh grapefruit—deep, dusky pink and incredibly juicy. We stared at the mango-colored jello cube for minutes before a server informed us it was Vegan Pineapple Pudding. With a taste I could only describe as that of Chinese White Rabbit candy, its made from water chestnuts. Although Wonderful doesn't necessarily present an escape from the often greasy and heat lamp-singed foods of the typical Chinese buffet, it does live up to its name in some respects. It provides vegetarians with a wide range of options that can't be found elsewhere. And it does so with some of the most genuinely kind service around. That's a wonderful thing. (J'XAAMX/ & Italian Restaurant • Since 1977 1117 Missouri St. • 713-529-3450 One block North of Westheimer, off Montrose yZiua ^Valantina Spscial Only $49.90 per couple ($24.95 per person) ^Vjowv choice' of cnVi&e/: Steak San Pietro (Grilled Tenderloin with San Pietro Sauce) Chicken Mozzarella (Grilled Chicken with Mozzarella, topped with Carrot Sauce) Red Snapper (Fresh Fish topped with a pesto sauce) Entrees include soup, salad, side order of pasta and S>i c\Jem Special ^'atenliMS Scssctr piepaied luf 'Plena. Wednesdays our food wins awards, but our martinis aren't bad either
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