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I have not shied away from mentioning my Chicago and Midwestern roots, and they will continue to influence my perceptions and thoughts as I do my best to convince you I have the bona fides of a respectable food critic. 

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Highway 6 can feel like a brick-and-mortar maze of retail shops and indistinct chain restaurants at times. Fortunately, there are a few places one can count on to transport you into a totally different environment, like the movies where a character pulls out a book from a stack of them on a …

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When you are the restaurant critic for a community newspaper with an ambition of exploring what are still relatively new surroundings during a global pandemic, you quickly get used to the solitude of dining alone. It’s drawn some parallels to my former life as a sportswriter on various high …

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Many distinctive details are easily observable about Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Stafford — from abstract vintage light fixtures to a hybrid rustic modern interior look that combines culinary fusionism and adventure with a more laid-back, old-school vibe. Napkins are held in place with classy-looking pipe fittings, and tables are […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com In the movie business, “sequel” is perhaps one of the most polarizing words one can use. To a studio executive, the sequel represents a dream come true, but to some film snobs, a second act will forever pale in comparison to the original, forever remaining in its shadow. Having opened in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com As I have argued previously in this space, aesthetics are a crucial component of the dining experience. Old Hickory Inn Barbecue has been a Houston-area institution since 1963. The Missouri City location has gathered a loyal following from generations of residents in nearby Quail Valley and beyond, in an idyllic location […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com While your annual office Christmas party or family gatherings may be much more limited this year, that’s no reason not to indulge in the tradition of baking cookies to celebrate the holiday season. Or better yet, you could save yourself the time and the hassle of cluttering up your kitchen and […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Whether you know it as Sichuan or Szechuan, the province in the southwestern part of China is known for a few things: being home to the Giant Panda, the birthplace of a style of opera that dates back to the 1700s, and a fertile region that allows for a wide variety […]