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Zero Stars for Bradley's Fine Diner; No Surprises at Nara

Houston Chronicle and Houston Press food critics aren't thrilled by their meals.

This week, Houston Chronicle'Alison Cook visits Bradley's Fine Diner and there are more downs than ups at the 6-month-old upscale Heights diner. While Cook loved the burger's "beefy taste of fresh-ground chuck" and said that it "requires no condiments to be its best self," the admiration stops there. An over-salted Yankee pot roast, and inconsistent kitchen informs this final thought: "at $26 and $29, respectively, these comfort-food staples must be impeccably made to justify their price." Zero stars.

Things weren't any better for Houston Press' Phaedra Cook who reviewed Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen in the former Katsuya space.  Thought she acknowledges chef-owner Donald Chang is "up against the same challenges" as its high-profile predecessor, the menu doesn't make it happen. The "Hot Lava Rock Berkshire Pork was awkward" and bibimbap was "proof-positive that some things should never, ever be prepared tableside." She says she'd rather dine at H-Mart where "it's tasty and less expensive."

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