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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
*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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Dessert Gallery's heart-shaped cookiesAlthough 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 >>
Chef Philippe SchmitExiciting 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 >>
So 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>