Ostra at the Mokara (San Antonio)

Rating: B+

My husband and I went here for dinner and really enjoyed both the service and the food. They even had gluten free crab cakes. The breakfast experience, however, was completely different. The servers were not particularly friendly and not very helpful.  Our server seemed like he hated being there and couldn't wait to get off of his shift. When we got there, it was a full 25 minutes before they stopped serving breakfast, and they initially tried to tell us we couldn't order breakfast. When I said we would order right away, they reluctantly agreed. I ordered a gluten free pancake, and it was only okay.  The batter was pretty tasteless and kind of tasted like the first gluten free batters that came out. Anyway, it's nice that they offer gluten free options, but they could definitely improve their options.

Corner Table (Houston)

Rating: A

I can't believe there's a restaurant in Houston that specializes in Paleo and gluten free cuisine AND tastes amazing AND is presented beautifully.  I LOVE this place. Corner table is beautifully decorated with really cool chandeliers and an upscale vibe, but there's nothing pretentious about it.  The only thing I didn't like was that it smelled kind of old like your great-grandmothers house (or at least mine). I wish I could have tried more things on the menu, but I will definitely be back.  I would have to say my favorite item was the Kale and Quinoa Salad, but I loved everything.

 

KALE & QUINOA
warm kale, blistered tomatoes, organic quinoa and mozzarella, finished with balsamic reduction

SOOOOOO good!

 

 

CURRY CAULIFLOWER
smooth puree of cauliflower, leeks and garlic,drizzled with coconut milk and cilantro

I loved how healthy this was.  I'm trying to eat more turmeric and since I've learned that you can't absorb the turmeric without pepper, this seemed like the perfect thing to order.

 

VEGETABLE LASAGNA
butternut squash noodles, zucchini, spinach,Portobello mushrooms and cashew ricotta

This presentation of this was so cute, and I loved the flavors.