914 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
0416 — After some hard thinking at Anvil the night before, Fabio and I decided to head over to Bombay Pizza Company to satisfy both our pizza and indian food needs. A quick stop at Tuscany in Greenway Plaza and we were off to go explore downtown Houston. Due to traffic we decided to head down Travis then to Rusk then onto Main, luckily there was a lone parking spot off Main and we parked and started trying to find the place, luckily it wasn’t that hard. Upon entering you get a face and nose full of scents that are quite unique to an indian food related establishment, signs of the regular cheese and peperoni pizzas greet you with a “slumdog” pizza offering following soon after.
We both looked over the 13 specialty pizzas [pdf], and ultimately our stomachs led us to the Gateway of Indian pizza (Tandoori Chicken, Crabmeat, Artichoke Hearts, Fresh Cilantro, Mozzarella, Provolone and Cilantro Chutney). We also put in an order for one of Sammy’s Paneer Kati Rolls which essentially chicken rolled in naan with cilantro-mint chutney, pickled onions and fresh cilantro. The Paneer was full of flavor and honestly surprised the hell out of me since I expected this kind of flavor from other Indian joints around town. A few minutes later a bum came in and asked for money, sadly enough an evil you have to deal with when in the downtown area. The people working quickly told them to leave the premises at the delight of other patrons. The “Gateway of India” pizza came in beautiful fashion, chunks of tandoori chicken dawned the sea of cheese and had the most amazing aroma I’ve smelled for at least a week (lol). The first bite of the spicy, cheesy goodness was enough to warrant the drive from Sugar Land to come try this place.
3.5/5: Try this place out at least once, compare and contrast it with similar novelty pizza such as cheeseberry in Chinatown and I’m sure you’ll end up coming back to Bombay Pizza Company for more.
2311 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098
0514 — Came out here for a quick lunch and wanted to try out their take on the ever comforting mac and cheese and decided to order a lean buffalo burger as well.
I always bring my Canon 5Dmk2 with me when I eat and it always attracts attention even though I just love food, and obviously taking photos of my food. As we headed to the counter I ready myself for the questions about my camera, before taking our order the woman at the register offered the standard “That’s a big camera!” and “What do you take photos of?” questions. I answered them with a quickness and shot of the order of the mac and cheese and buffalo burger cooked medium. A short wait after getting my own water and utensils and the food made its way to the table.
Exactly as advertised, it was mac and cheese and buffalo burger with sweet potato fries all for the bargain price of $23. The mac and cheese was decent, but as I would learn later on in the night was forgettable as compared to the others. As a huge burger fan with places like Bootsies and Hubcap HIGH on my list, I can definitely respect the idea of the buffalo burger, but the overall taste and enjoyable nature of the burger itself just doesn’t compare to the two previously mentioned places. As my friend Fabio puts it, purely come to Ruggles for the amazing bread pudding. I tend to agree with this since this has been my 3rd visit to Ruggles Green and this visit was it’s definite 3rd strike.
2.5/5: Try it once and if you love the style of food Ruggles Green serves up then more power to you, however it failed to impress even if the bread pudding is out of this world.