British, Dutch, Indian and Portuguese are among the influences found in the flavors of South Africa, the focus of the menu at Peli Peli Galleria. Start off with an assortment of appetizers including boerewors (a South African sausage), biltong (a dried, cured meat), chicken sosaties (skewers), bobotie (a dish featuring curried ground beef in a pastry crust) and stuffed pappadews (a South African pepper). Entréees include grilled meats with a variety of sauces, as well as chicken and seafood. For dessert, try the melktart brûlée, Peli Peli's version of a traditional South African sweet.
Indian and Indian-inspired fare is the focus at Pondicheri, a sunny café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks and sweets in the Bake Lab + Shop upstairs. The dinner menu offers a variety of thalis (sampler platters) and shareable plates of vegetables, meats and seafood with vegetarian and gluten-free offerings, so it's a great option if you're looking for fun places to eat with friends. The Vishnu thali includes avival (a vegetable curry), grilled asparagus, beet soup, smoked eggplant and avocado masala. Non-vegetarians will enjoy the Rancher, featuring butter chicken, lamb keema, egg kofta and an assortment of sides. Finish your feast with the Bake Lab's signature dessert, chai pie.AAA / Laurie Sterbens
State of Grace
3258 Westheimer Rd.
Flavors of Texas take the lead at State of Grace. The American cuisine here, like the state itself, includes Latin, German and Asian influences, along with a little Gulf Coast Cajun. Dinner entrées include blackened mahi with a coconut lime broth and charred Texas citrus; pork schnitzel with sour cream spaetzle and mustard vinaigrette; duck caritas; and "Sticky, Smoky Beef Rib" with a Vietnamese herb salad. For dessert, dig into a sticky toffee pudding or a slice of chocolate cake with cappuccino ice cream and espresso caramel.Read More
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