Fun article on nouveau cocktails in the San Francisco Weekly. Most of the examples are in Houston, of all places, which seems to be pretty innovative on the cocktail front. For example, "Saffron, the new Moroccan spot on Lexington, is serving an incredible almond milk martini and a delicate pomegranate-and-pear drink they call a pompar." Count me in.
I'm not sure Jonathan Gold's Vietnamese sampler was that comprehensive, but then I'm kind of new to Vietnamese food. I've heard mixed things about the Blue Hen, and I think Pho Cafe is completely tasteless. I might have gone with Brodard, Lee Kam Lee, Baguette Express, KP's Vietnamese Deli and Gingergrass.