Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
25 days ago | Bakeries
There’s something to be said about corporate coffee and chain restaurants: Generally speaking, they will offer a comfortable and consistent experience, so that you know before you go what you’re going to get. The beauty of finding a hidden gem spo...
1 month ago | Here, Eat This
The suburbs are usually a wasteland when it comes to finding good food. There are plenty of fast food to-go options ranging from KFC to McDonald’s and Whataburger; plenty of fast casual chains too, like Panera and Pei Wei. But it’s not very often ...
1 month ago | Restaurant Reviews
At most restaurants, the daily specials spiel given by the server is something to be endured. Half the time the server delivers a forced, expressionless series of semi-memorized words, often stumbling or referring to a written cheat sheet. Richard...
2 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
It’s just past 7 o’clock on a Thursday evening at Presidio in the Heights. On the patio out back, two guys in jeans and button-downs sit center stage, alternating turns as they play ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock ballads like Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry...
2 months ago | Local Spotlight
It’s been a banner year for the Houston restaurant scene, and it’s not stopping anytime soon. Just when we thought that we’d seen it all, a new restaurant comes along that’s ready to take Houston by storm. Roka Akor, which opens to the public toda...
3 months ago | Local Spotlight
Mike Tran is on a roll. The restauranteur and chef behind hotspots such Aka Sushi, Tiger Den, Mein Chinese Restaurant and Night + Market (which is temporarily closed and undergoing a reconceptualization) is opening Ohn Korean Eatery in Chinatown o...