Category Archives: Good Eats

New food and restaurants I try in Houston.

Good Eats: Grub Squad [Feature]

Earlier last week, I got the chance to sit down with the Founder of a new food delivery service called “GrubSquad.” Interestingly enough, founder Ogo Ifelayo and I have been family friends for a long time. I had no idea he was sitting on this gold mine of an idea all along.

We met up at Dunn Bros Coffee shop. Check out my “Good Eats” post on Dunn Bros Coffee (link to follow)

Meet Ogo, founder of GrubSquad, food enthusiast, LSU alum , and all-around good guy.

Check out his interview:

Naturale Chronicles: First off—GrubSquad, that’s a great name!
Ogo: Thanks! It’s better than “OJ Deliveries,” and the other names I came up with before [laughs].
NC: Congrats on the recent launch!
O: Thank you. Yep, we launched the site on April 3rd. We had our launch at Sushi Raku. We had a great time.
GrubSquad launch party (April 18th, 2012)
NC: Ogo, for those who know nothing about GrubSquad, how would you describe what you all do?
O: Our slogan is “feeding productivity enthusiasts.” We know that life is busy. There are enough things to worry about. Getting something to eat shouldn’t be one of them. We are an online food delivery service that connects customers with the food they want, when they want it. There are great restaurants that don’t typically deliver, we’ve teamed up with them so they can give you “EXACTLY WHAT YOU, DELIVERED.”
NC: How did you come up with the idea?
O: I used to help out a lot of my friends with catering businesses by taking their orders to big events, parties, weddings, graduations, etc. When my brother got married and we were catering food from all over the city, I thought to myself “What if there was a more effective and efficient way to get the food you wanted?” I talked to a few buddies of mine and tossed around the ideas. I suddenly got organized and started writing down my ideas in a journal.
I always say to my creatives, “Show me your IDEA JOURNAL so I know it’s real!”
NC: What’s your favorite part about being the GrubSquad founder?
O: Honestly, the deliveries.
NC: Really! You mean to tell me the founder of GrubSquad still makes deliveries?
O: [laughs] Yes! We just started up, so I still make some deliveries. I enjoy serving people. I’ve done it all my life with through church, camps like Camp Quality (a camp for children with cancer), helping out friends, etc. I like meeting people and being able to help maximize their day in a cost effective way.
Ogo’s GrubSquad Mobile
NC: If you could name 3 goals for GrubSquad off the top of your head, what would they be?
O: Grub Squad wants to help customers:
#1. Be more efficient and productive with their lives.
#2. Have access to their favorite restaurants and a variety of healthy options.
#3. Explore new good food in a convenient way.

Sidenote: I wanted to check out the ordering process, so I pulled up the website, typed in my zipcode and Grub Squad pulled up their partnering restaurants in my area. I was delighted to see new places I had never been to and many of them at relatively low cost. Once I selected where I wanted to eat, the specific restaurant menu pulled up and I could click and add to the cart what I wanted. Very easy to use!

NC: Do you have a target audience?
O: GrubSquad is for everyone. Our primary market has been those busy professionals who barely have time for lunch.
NC: Yea, doctors, business people, teachers…
O: Exactly! A lot of times, the lunch break is too short to hop into your car, wrestle through traffic, and find a proper meal. We do the hard work so they can eat and still be productive and keep it moving.

NC: So…I’ve been eyeing that GrubSquad tee. Any chance I could get some GrubSquad gear?
O: Of course! We ordered some new batch of shirts. We’ll put them up for sale on the website sometime in the near future. We’ll hook you up!

Bottom line: GrubSquad gets my NC stamp of approval! All the foodies of Houston will love them for bringing good food to a central location. Ogo was telling me that Houston has a great food culture. I’m discovering that myself, and I think GrubSquad can be the tool we need to try new foods and still stick to our busy schedules. Foodies and “Productivity Enthusiasts” are in good hands with GrubSquad.

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Good Eats: Dunn Bros Coffee

I recently visited Dunn Bros Coffee for the first time to meet up with Ogo Ifelayo, founder of GrubSquad, to do an interview. I’m not a coffee-drinker, but I wanted to try it out anyway. I actually liked it. It was interesting to try a non-Starbucks coffee place. It was spacious on the inside, with couches and high tables with stools for patrons to sit on. It was relatively quiet— quiet enough to study, read a book, or have a meeting without being disturbed.

Dunn Bros had a cute chalkboard menu. They served beverages as well as food.

Here is part of the menu:

The prices were pretty low; most of the beverages were under $5.

I ordered a Chicken Pesto pizza (pictured above). I’m a pesto fan! The only thing on it that I had to remove was the artichoke on the top of the pizza. (I forgot to tell them to take it off when I ordered). I’m kinda picky, but I still think the pizza was delicious.

I also had a strawberry smoothie (also pictured above). It tasted like fresh strawberries! The only downside was that the cup was on the small-side. I was a little bummed when I finished the smoothie and had no more left.

It was a nice, light meal. Good taste. Laid back atmosphere. I’d recommend Dunn Bros Coffee if you’re looking for good beverages (coffee/smoothies) and food.

Next time, as per the GrubSquad founder’s recommendation, I will try either the Chicken & hummus sandwich or the salmon w/ chunks of mango sandwich. Both sound promising!

Good Eats: Good Dog (Food Truck)

Tobs and I went to the Haute Wheels Food festival this past weekend. When Tobs told me about it, the inner fattie in me rejoiced! Of all the food trucks we saw and visited, Good Dog was my favorite!

This cute little vintage cutest van, caught our attention! Since we were both in the food for hot dogs, we decided to check it out.

The owners of the truck were friendly and efficient. The food was out in about 5 minutes! It was so good, we had to come back twice!


The hot dog was different from anything I’d ever tasted. First thing we noticed was the bread. It was soft on the inside and lightly toasted. The hot dog was thick, like sausage. And the condiments, which are hand-made, complimented the hot dog perfectly.

Tobi had the Good Dog and I had the Chillin’ Dog

Good Dog- Dog and Bun with your choice of Hand-Made Condiments

Chillin’ Dog- beef and chorizo chili, pickled jalapenos, diced onion and short bus mustard

Bottom line: Good Dog gets my stamp of approval! The taste is unique and delicious. The price for this gourmet hot dog is great. I’ve never felt so bougie eating a hot dog. I felt like I was buying a hot dog in the somewhere in New York.
If I’ve whet your appetite and you would like to hunt down Good Dog, catch them on their website
http://gooddogfoodtruck.com/ where they give you updates about where to find their truck daily or follow them on Twitter at @GoodDogHotDogs
To check out the rest of our Haute Wheels Food Festival adventure, click here (link coming soon).
Photo credit by Tobs

Good Eats: Taste of Texas

Birthday dinner with my family (2 members missing)

I’m rocking my clutch from Spoiled Diva!

I ordered a 16 oz steak:

YUM! I got a little too full off the bread to fully enjoy it, so I took it home!

At the end of the meal, our waitress brought out the desert cart. They gave me a complimentary desert with sparkler candles (it’s crazy that I’d been wanting sparklers this whole time!). They also took a picture of me and  brought it to us inside a birthday card as we were  leaving.

So many to choose from!!


Verdict:

I liked the ambiance of the restaurant was nice and the birthday perks were excellent. However, when we walked into the restaurant, they predicted an hour-long wait! Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly that long. It’s clearly a popular place, but it was calm and cozy on the inside. We were a tad overdressed. Most people wore nice jeans and shirts.

It’s a Texas-style restaurant, with Texas-style potions, and a Texas-style price tag. The food was on the expensive side. On the plu-side, the unlimited salad bar was great and had a lot to choose from.

Bottom line: I will probably not have the luxury of visiting this restaurant again, unless there is a very very very special occasion. This place definitely qualifies as “Good Eats” material, as long as you can foot the bill.

Good Eats: Breakfast Klub

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Breakfast + Dinner

Chicken + Waffles

They don’t seem like they should go together but they just do! I finally tried The Breakfast Klub and boy am I glad I did! I had chicken n’ waffles N’ catfish. Good stuff!

It brought back great memories of when my cousin hosted a chicken n’ waffle brunch at her house. We brought the KFC, she made the waffles with her waffle maker (wedding gift). We had so much fun. So chicken and waffles will always have a place in my heart and stomach.

 

Breakfast Klub gets my stamp of approval :)

Good Eats: Pinewood Cafe

Grilled Cheese & steak sandwich with a side of apples

Yesterday, my buddy Tobi and I were doing a Jump Houston adventure. We went to Hermann Park and stopped by a cute little restaurant called Pinewood Café, as per the recommendation of the super-friendly owners of RevolutionEBikes (an electric bike rental shop).

They recommended we try a grilled cheese sandwich. At first, I was reluctant to buy a bread and cheese I could make at home. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had the option of adding a protein to the sandwich with no extra cost. I added steak, Tobi had chicken. As soon as I bit into my Grilled Cheese & steak sandwich with a touch of cilantro, I realized every bite was worth the $5 that I paid for it!  I like to keep my sandwich toppings bare to none, but I was impressed by the variety of toppings I could have put on the sandwich. I wanted apple slices, just not in the sandwich, so I opted to have them on the side. The meal was delicious and I was surprisingly full from the average size sandwich.

I give this restaurant my NC stamp of approval without hesitation! I was satisfied with the sandwich. In fact, I wouldn’t mind trekking to Hermann Park right now for another one!

Good Eats: Grand Lux Cafe

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Photo credit: Ney

My sister, Ney, and I went to The Grande Lux Cafe for the first time with our Aunty MR.

After observing my Aunt interact with the waitstaff and order her food, I decided I want to be slightly bougie when I grow up. She ordered a delicious NOV pomegranate tea. I tried it and asked for a tea bag of it to-go. You see, bougie girls drink tea. That’s where I’m headed.

My overall impression of Grand Lux was good. The meal was around $15 (a little pricey) but the portions were BIG. I couldn’t finish my food at the restaurant; I didn’t even finish it when I took it to lunch. I finally demolished that bad boy for dinner! I had the apple pie a la mode for dessert, which left much to be desire. I liked the apple filling and the Bluebell ice cream. The pie crust was a little sour.

Grand Lux, for the good food, atmosphere, and great waitstaff gets my stamp of approval!


Good Eats: Baker Street Pub & Grill

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Thanks to Tobs, I’ve been eating well and trying new place! We went to Baker Street Pub and Grill (for the second time). I’m a creature of habit so I ordered what I ordered the first time I went there– Sherlock Sliders!

The first time I had them, I had a trio of Fish, Southern Style chicken, and Beef. I looooved the fish. However, the Town center didn’t have fish. I went with three Southern style chicken sliders. Guess what, still delicious!

The fries were nicely seasoned and complimented the burgers excellently. My tummy was happy and so was my wallet. All the food was under $10.

Baker Street Pub & Grill gets my stamp of approval for these sliders!