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Mi Luna Restaurant & Bar in Rice Village

Mi Luna
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Rice Village

Mi Luna is a Spanish restaurant in Rice Village which is a unique shopping center in Houston near Rice University, Hermann Park and the Texas Medical Center.  Specialty boutiques plus some name brand retailers, as well as a variety of restaurants, can keep people happily engaged in that 16 block area of town.

Most people familiar with that part of town call it The Village.  It has a small town friendly vibe and dates back to the 1930s.

Exterior seating at Mi Luna

Exterior seating at Mi Luna

My First Discovery of Rice Village

From the Medical Center, I accompanied my good friend and fellow OR nurse to church services at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church.  It was not too far a walk.  I did not yet own a car when I first moved to Houston back in 1969.

Perimeter Art Gallery carries most of my artwork.  It is a stone’s throw away from that church in Rice Village.  They will soon be updating their site and show more of my artwork.

Trip to Spain

Years ago, my husband and I traveled to Spain.  We got to see the opening ceremonies at the Summer Olympics.  That was a treat!  We have many lovely memories from that trip.  Madrid, Toledo, the Island of Mallorca and of course Barcelona where the Olympics took place was on our travel schedule.

Some of our memories include eating delicious Spanish food.  So we were eager to try out the tapas at Mi Luna.

Choices are many from an extensive menu. The first thing that comes to the table is a basket of sliced bread with delicious olive oil that has garlic and herbs.  It is complementary and appetizing.

Complimentary bread with garlic & herb dipping sauce at Mi Luna

Complimentary bread with garlic & herb dipping sauce at Mi Luna

Sardines and James Michener

One of the first things we sampled in Madrid was freshly grilled sardines. Before going to Spain, a good friend had loaned me his book titled Iberia by James A. Michener.  It is a fabulous read.  In addition to describing different sites, Michener also mentioned local foods he had enjoyed in various parts of Spain.  One of them was sardines.  He fondly recalled eating sardines several times.

Most of the sardines I had ever eaten had come out of a can.  It is a night and day difference eating them fresh and deftly prepared as we had while in Spain.

The sardines at Mi Luna are good but much smaller than the ones served in Spain.  However, it brought back good memories!  They are marinated and grilled with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and topped off with a medley of bright colors and flavors.

Sardinas en Escabeche at Mi Luna

Sardinas en Escabeche at Mi Luna

More Food Shared at Mi Luna

Sea scallops are grilled and served in a bowl of a tomato sherry wine sauce.  It was delicious.  The bread at our table was good to sop up the extra sauce.  That sauce was too good to waste!

We always like sampling and comparing fried squid from one restaurant to the next.  The beautiful thing about tapas is that they are great for sharing!  If dining alone, a complete meal can be made of one tapas or two depending upon one’s appetite.

The Lombarda al Chorizo is a Spanish sausage that comes with caramelized onions and spicy potatoes.  It is a rich and satisfying plate of food.

Queso de Cabra Montañés is baked goat cheese in a tomato basil sauce. Accompanying it is roasted garlic bread. It was a winner!  My husband loved this preparation and called it his favorite of the day.

Obviously, any thoughts of a low carbohydrate diet were squelched that day!

Vieras a la Parrilla at Mi Luna

Vieras a la Parrilla at Mi Luna

Calamares Fritos a la Romana at Mi Luna

Calamares Fritos a la Romana at Mi Luna

Lombarda al Chorizo at Mi Luna

Lombarda al Chorizo at Mi Luna

Queso de Cabra Montañés at Mi Luna

Queso de Cabra Montañés at Mi Luna

The video below is one of several I found showing entertainment at Mi Luna.  From Wednesday to Sunday live music occurs including Flamenco dancing on a raised indoor stage.

 

Address and Hours

Mi Luna opens every day at 11 AM.  From Sunday to Wednesday they remain open until 10 PM.  Thursdays they close at midnight.  Fridays and Saturdays they stay open until 2 AM!

Mondays through Fridays, their happy hours extend from 3 to 7 PM with $3 tapas and $5 glasses of sangria and margaritas according to their website.

The wait staff is amiable and accommodating.  All in all, this is a fun place with good food and atmosphere in a great part of town. The address is 2441 University Blvd., Houston, Texas 77005.

Update

Sadly, this restaurant is no longer operating. If they reopen their doors in another location, many of their long-time patrons would undoubtedly follow them and be happy to dine with them once again. I will try and keep you posted.

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