Alden Hotel

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Dinner and a Show

    Houston's 10 best restaurants for pre-theater dining.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Dinner and a Show: Houston's Top 10 Restaurants for Pre-Theater Dining

    Chances are that if you're heading downtown for a night out at the opera, or the symphony or the Alley, you're not simply grabbing McDonald's on your way -- you want to make an evening of this, as well you should. Many restaurants have done away with theater menus, meaning you'll have to order judi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Visit Your Own Hometown: Houston's Top 10 Hotel Bars

    There are distinct advantages to drinking in hotel bars, even at hotels in the city where you live. There is always wi-fi available. The bartender doesn't care if you nurse or linger over your drink; most people are just biding time between meetings or flights anyway. You'll meet interesting people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    The Way to Mom's Heart is Through Her Stomach: Mother's Day Brunch

    ​We've already put our mothers through enough, so don't add "forgetting Mother's Day" to the list, okay? I say skip the trinkets and go right for the good stuff: brunch, complete with cocktails. Breaking bread with Mom and spending quality time with her will make her a lot happier than the lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Call Ahead If You're Dining Out Tonight

    That's not water...anymore.​I was greeted with closed doors at The Sam Bar this afternoon when I tried to hit up the cozy spot in the Alden Hotel for lunch this afternoon. Its big sister restaurant, *17, was also closed -- albeit because it was a smidge after 2 p.m. -- and the maitre d' told m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Twenty Ways to Please Your Lover on Valentine's Day

    ​*17 - Alden Hotel (February 14) Chef Sam Beier has created a lust-worthy Valentine's Day menu featuring Sunchoke Veloute, Roasted Lobster Salad, Shrimp-Crusted Flounder, Cane Sugar Cured Duck Breast, Petite Filet with Favas and Lobster Ravioli, and Caramelized Halibut, among others. The mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Stretch That Dining Dollar: Eat Fancy at Lunch

    Photo by Kent WangEat like a prince at Da Marco (on a pauper's salary).​At Da Marco, as I ate the last, sweet bites of my antelope paillard -- the barely gamy meat pounded thin and just slightly crispy at the edges, draped with caramelized peppers and finished off with a beautiful mound of flu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar

    Masson's famous Fluffernutters and the main ingredient: Fluff.​Rebecca Masson is one of Houston's top pastry chefs and proprietor of Fluff Bake Bar, her online pastry shop. This petite woman's fiery energy and drive has taken her far and wide, from Wyoming to Paris to New York to Houston. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Fox Hollow: What the Hell

    Muddled strawberries and limes in a caipiroska, one of Fox Hollow's "farmers market" cocktails.​I do not understand Fox Hollow. Maybe when the place has been open for a little while longer and had some time to really figure out what it is and what it wants to focus on, I'll get it. But a rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Houston Restaurant Week: Lunch Deals

    ​This year Houston Restaurant Week is offering $20 prix-fixe two-course lunch deal in addition to the $35 three-course dinner deals of years past. (The Houston Food Bank gets $3 for every lunch, and $5 for every dinner.) So as a service to you, dear reader, I have pored over the almost 200 hun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Hungry In Houston: It's definitely that time of year again: Crawfish boils will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Valentine's Day Dining: Good Luck

    Dessert Gallery's heart-shaped cookies​Although we have attempted to convince you otherwise (just like with New Year's Eve), some of you foolhardy souls are going to splash out on Valentine's Day dinners regardless of any advice we give you. We applaud your valor (but not your apparent determi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Chef Philippe Schmit‚ÄčExiciting news for Francophiles across Houston who miss Philippe Schmit's deft touch at the long-gone Bistro Moderne at the Hotel Derek: Reports from two reliable sources indicate that Schmit's new restaurant is getting closer to opening its doors. If Haven was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Braving The Crowds On New Year's Eve? Here's Where To Do It

    ‚ÄčSo you've decided not to take any of our advice to stay home on New Year's Eve and cook a nice, memorable dinner. You're either brave or foolhardy and have somehow come to the conclusion that it's an awesome idea to ford the river of amateurs and drunks that will be coursing through the stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Eating Out on Christmas Day? What's Open

    ​There will be plenty of things open on Christmas Day besides just presents. So don't despair if the Bumpus hounds eat your holiday turkey, you don't feel like cooking dinner or you simply don't celebrate a completely arbitrary day chosen as Christ's birthday simply because it fell on a conven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Snackshot: Muffaletta Burger

    This week's Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Erika Ray and Hubcap Grill: From the photographer's description: "Now, Michael is from New Orleans and knows his muffalettas. He knows the difference between a great muffaletta burger, a mediocre muffaletta burger and a that's-for-people-who-don't-kn ... More >>

  • Year End

    December 25, 2008


    Kiss 2008 goodbye in style

  • Year End

    December 18, 2008


    Kiss 2008 goodbye in style

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    86'd at *17

    The only reason to go to *17 at the Alden Hotel (aside from the snazzy decor which, truthfully, you can approximate for free by hanging out inside of West Elm) has left the building.  It was discovered on Monday that Wesley Morton, the young chef from Washington, D.C. who da ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 9, 2008
  • Year End

    December 29, 2005

    New Year's Eve Guide 2005

    Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out