January 1, 2024

South of the Border (But North of Houston)

 Porter, Texas.

Friend Allen had given me a heads up about a wonderful food truck court up in Porter off of FM 1314, Check out the variety of offerings. Pictures worth a thousand words, right?

Way outside the loop - Katy - Cafe Petra Lebanese and Greek Cuisine

 Several locations for this franchise but this is devoted to the location on FM 1463. A wonderful lunch at Cafe Petra Greek and Lebanese Cuisine, recommended by friend K.C. Taffinder.

Highly recommended if you are out that way. Not realizing how much food it would be, we ordered the vegetarian sampler and the mezze for 1 and a soup. We had enough for at least one more meal, maybe two.

Jordanian owners and chefs. Really good. 

Kunefe/Knafe at Sayad on Eldridge

 Kunefe, knafeh, kunefa, kunnefe, kunnefa....so many different spellings when one starts to do research.

Sayad Mediterranean Kitchen is a Houston treasure and I recently had the opportunity to dine here with a Lebanese national. Which meant I got to try some dishes that I did not know about. And to enjoy perfect renditions of some I did. Let me tell you. The hummus, baba ganoush, and other meze are as good as one can find in Houston.

A meze I was unfamilar with combined yogurt and bits of grilled lamb. I learned that it is called fateh and that there are many variants on the one we had today. Additionally, a kofta casserole with tahini was good.

A fish dish on the menu, Homemade Sayiddeh should be considered and ordered without hesitation.

Kunefe though. A quick search with Wiki indicates it is Turkish. "While a similar dish, knafeh, is found throughout the Middle East, künefe is distinctly Turkish, believed to have originated in Hatay and made specifically with the province's namesake cheese, which is similar to fresh mozzarella. "

But my host begged to differ. And the one we had today was special and unique for me. Instead of the melty cheese, its center, underneath the layer of crispy kataifi, called Ashtah, was made from clotted cream, probably semolina, possibly corn starch, sugar and rose blossom water. It was delicious and I am already dreaming about having it again.

Sayad should be high up on your list of places to visit in Houston. Check out these photos from today.