Hometown Glory

New York Post writer calls Houston "brutally ugly," but he loves the food and culture

New York Post writer calls Houston "brutally ugly," but he loves the food and culture

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Underbelly earns love for representing the breadth of Houston's food scene. Photo by Julie Soefer
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El Real: Home of the best queso in town? Photo by Tim Moloney
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I just love when Yankees admit they like Houston, despite their best efforts not to.

Today's entry in the "Houston: It's kinda cool after all" column comes from The New York Post.

"To me Houston has always been nothing more than New Orleans if New Orleans took a bath, put on a suit — a rather ill-fitting one — and got a job," writes David Landsel before admitting that being such a square means Houston also has money to throw down on some serious — and seriously good — food and drinks.

Despite describing the city as "brutally ugly," Landsel admits to enjoying the pleasures of The Menil Collection, Memorial Park and the Houston Symphony.

But his favorite Houston memories are of the food, which includes the queso at El Real ("one of too many . . . consumed in a 24-hour period") and trips to Underbelly, Down House, Revival Market, El Gran Malo and maybe to a food truck serving lobster (he's not sure).

All of which raises some interesting questions: Is Landsel's "brutally ugly" tag fair? Is there such a thing as too much queso? Is there a food truck in town that serves lobster, and if so where can I find it?