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Texan Commingling

Photo: John Kiely/Houston Press

Only in Houston can chicken-fried steak and spring rolls share a plate and make sense. Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt writes about six-month-old spot Hughie's and its Texan-meets-Vietnamese menu that suits our city so naturally: "Less than 40 years ago, there were fewer than 100 Vietnamese immigrants living in Houston; today we have the second-largest Vietnamese community in the nation. You have to speak in nearly hyperbolic terms when you describe the impact that a generation of Vietnamese-Americans have made on Houston's dining scene..." [Gastronaut]