Alex Padilla

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Top 5 Dishes To Order At Ninfa's on Navigation BESIDES the Fajitas

    Some might say that if you haven't tried the fajitas at The Original Ninfa's, you haven't had fajitas. Countless critics have named the restaurant's iconic dish as one of their favorites in Houston. Thanks to the versatility of executive chef Alex Padilla, there are many other high commendable dish ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2013

    Todo con Queso

    Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Crawfish Borrachos at The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

    When I go to the original Ninfa's on Navigation, I'm regularly tempted by the monthly specials, but inevitably I revert to my old favorites such as the tacos al carbon and the shrimp and chicken fajitas. Spring, however, is a time for change and growth. The last time I cowardly opted for the safe tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tex-Mex Restaurants

    It's been more than a century since the first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in Houston. George Caldwell brought The Original Mexican Restaurant to our city in 1907, influenced -- most agree -- by a restaurant of the same name in his hometown of San Antonio. It would be another 20 years before Felix Mex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tracy Vaught, Owner of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's

    What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The Top 5 Things to Eat, Drink or Celebrate This Weekend: Revival Market, Anvil, Sonoma Brunch, Hotel Derek's Early Easter & Ninfa's Crawfish

    In case your weekend doesn't revolve around the parking lot full of food trucks at Haute Wheels or all-you-can-eat brisket at the Houston Barbecue Festival, here are five other great things to eat, drink or do this weekend. Revival Market's two-year anniversary party Saturday, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 550 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Ellen Schwartz, Culinary Instructor & Private Chef

    Who she is: Ellen Schwartz, better known as Chef Ellen, has been in the kitchen for as long as she can remember. A native Houstonian, she and her family have a long history in the food industry. Her father and grandfather -- a butcher -- owned the Riverside Market grocery stores since the 40's. She ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Pass the Vegenaise

    Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the East End

    The East End is undergoing some necessary growing pains right now as a new generation of Houstonians rediscover the neighborhoods right next door to downtown. Construction of a METRO light rail to connect the East End with the main line has had Harrisburg torn up for some time, but is nearly complet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    10 Dishes We're Excited About on Houston Restaurants' New Fall Menus

    Roost Bistro is one of the restaurants with an exciting fall menu. Fall means looking forward to more than just oyster season, chili cook-offs and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. It means that plenty of our favorite restaurants (and, yes, bars too) across the city are issuing new seasonal menus ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 4, Lobster Enchiladas at the Original Ninfa's

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Low, Slow and EaDo

    Next Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m., help support Foodways Texas while enjoying some terrific Texan beer and bites at the Saint Arnold brewery with Low and Slow: An Evening of Smoked Food & Film. The evening will feature short films by Keely Steenson about Texas barbecue traditions along with tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    New Tortas at Ninfa's Hardly Torturous

    ...except, I guess, if you ate all three at once. Then, you might be hurting. First, let's get something straight. I don't, or didn't, go to The Original Ninfa's for burgers. If I venture out to Navigation, it's for fajitas, tacos al pastor, or maybe the seafood enchiladas. But these times, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Mother's Day 2012: Where to Eat on the Mother of All Dining Holidays

    She changed diapers, bandaged scraped knees, drove to and from a million extra-curricular activities, cooked, cleaned and still managed to love you as a teenager -- taking your mom out for a nice meal is the least you can do on Mother's Day. Luckily there is no shortage of restaurants in town willin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Inside the light and airy Relish Fine Foods.​Relish Fine Foods had its grand opening this past Monday and Tuesday, and was already off to a fast start when I dropped by at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The store was already sold out of all of their salads, and other prepared items were going jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Meet Houston's Most Underrated Chefs

    Photo by Matthew DresdenWhich "underrated" chef made this beautiful tai ceviche?​Two weeks ago, Mai Pham's excellent post about the modern Franco-Japanese cuisine Chef Jason Hauck is cooking up at Soma Sushi shed some light on the fact that Soma serves much more than just sushi, despite its na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Top 5: Mexican Restaurants

    Pico's Mex-Mex.​If Kevin Shalin's Top 5 Sandwiches was controversial, it will probably have nothing on my picks for the best Mexican eateries in a town where fajitas and 'ritas reign supreme. Although I have no Mexican blood in my heritage, like many Houstonians, I was raised on a taco- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Photo courtesy of Adam GarciaThat's not a flat-screen TV. It's the curing room being framed out at Revival Market.​A one-two punch of great news from the team at Revival Market (550 Heights Boulevard), which is set to open soon in the Heights space formerly inhabited by McCain's Market. Accord ... More >>