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Alison Cook

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    September 25, 2014

    Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants Revealed - Oxheart Takes First Place for the Third Year in a Row

    Last night, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook revealed her 2014 choices for the Top 100 Houston Restaurants. It was the first time since the list was first released in 2012 that she did it in a public forum, in this case, a sold-out walk around dining event called the Houston Chronicle Culin ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014

    First Look at Espresso Rescue

    Houston's first coffee truck.

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    September 12, 2013

    Handicapping Alison Cook's 2013 Top 100 Restaurant List

    Alison Cook, the Houston Chronicle's restaurant critic, unveiled her list of the top 100 restaurants in Houston (slideshow version here) to members of the media and invited chefs on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11. Cook tells us that she spent much of the past several months eating all ov ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Landry's Lawsuits and All-Day Sunday Funday in Sugar Land

    Eater Houston: Congratulations are in order for Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd, who was named Best New Chef yesterday by Food & Wine. Shepherd is one of 10 Best New Chefs listed by the magazine, and is joined by the likes of Michael Voltaggio, at Ink in Los Angeles and Danny Bowien of Mission ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Pico's Mex-Mex and More Are Movin' On Up

    If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons. Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Houston -- and Texas -- Well-Represented Going into 2013 James Beard Award Finals

    The finalists for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards were announced in several categories today that spanned the breadth of the food world from culinary writing to cooking. And just as Houston was well-represented in the semi-finalist round, we also secured some big-name finalists in advance ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Openings & Closings: The Big Sleep for The Big Mamou

    Earlier this week, Eating...Our Words got the scoop on a few upcoming openings to keep an eye on, starting with the new Fat Cat Creamery ice cream parlor opening this summer in the Heights. Owners Jarvis and Sarah Johnston plan to sell eight flavors of their popular hand-packed ice cream, mixing fiv ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings, Heavy on the "Closings"

    While there wasn't a whole lot of good news to report this week, there was a rash of closings. The holidays can be killer like that. After many years in business serving martinis to the Shepherd Plaza crowd, The Davenport closed last week. Often dubbed "The Davensnort" for the, ahem, activities tha ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Chefs Rate America's Food Critics at the Daily Meal; Two Houston Writers Get Ranked

    They say that turnabout is fair play, and that's just what The Daily Meal did this week when it polled a group of chefs across the U.S. to see how those chefs rated some of the nation's most preeminent food critics. Those 20 food critics were chosen by Arthur Bovino, executive editor of The Daily M ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

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    September 21, 2012

    This Week In Deliciousness: Anonymity, Terrorism, and other Keywords That Will Draw Traffic From the FBI

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating... Our Words, where we've spent the last few days allergy-sick, lying around watching cable TV and wondering who has the worst rate of success: Intervention or Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. With some of the restaurant owners they feature, it se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Partially Anonymous Food Critic Alison Cook Speaks at a Public Event, Is Dismayed When Eater Runs a Photo

    Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook appeared at a public event over the weekend, speaking in front of a large group at the Metropolitan Cooking Show in Reliant Center. Several audience members took photos of Cook, one of which was published on Eater Houston this morning under the headline: "Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Houston's Top 100 Restaurants?

    29-95: To quote Peter Gabriel, the "big big big big big big big big big" news this week was the release of Alison Cook's top 100 restaurants in Houston. I can't imagine how monumental of a task it was to compile not only the list, but all of the write-ups that accompany each entry. The full list -- ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    5 Things Not to Do If a Food Critic Is Eating at Your Restaurant

    In this week's cafe review of Liberty Kitchen, I had a difficult time pegging the restaurant and what it's trying to be. Oyster bar with killer burgers and cocktails? Upscale dinner destination? Casual lunching spot with confusing prices? I ended up drawing my own conclusions -- which you can read i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Everybody Loves Raymond Peña's Donut Heaven & Grill

    Well, at least Alison Cook and I seem to. In a funny bit of overlap, the Houston Chronicle's food critic visited Peña's Donut Heaven & Grill during the same general time frame last week -- she for one of her Burger Friday posts, and I for this week's cafe review -- and we both came away very impres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    The Loop Scoop: TLS has some choice words for D'Amico's, which recently invited the Chronicle's Alison Cook to eat in the restaurant with a chalkboard sign meant as a counterpoint to a sign banning the critic at Liberty Kitchen. Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Just because the whole city is in love w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Eat a Burger, Fight Hunger at Little Bitty Burger Barn

    ​If I were asked to create my own burger to be featured on a menu, it would contain blue cheese and bacon -- and would preferably be served on a locally-baked bun; none of this soggy Sunbeam business. So imagine my surprise when I heard that Little Bitty Burger Barn owner Ricardo Luna had not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    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. Blue Jean Gourmet: Former EOW blogger Nishta Mehra's first post of 2011 on her ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    The Most Disappointing Restaurant Openings of 2010

    Gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes accompanied news that we'd no longer be able to enjoy Sabetta's homemade sausage and peppers.​This week, we start our countdown of 2010 restaurant openings and closings, counting down the restaurants that opened in 2010 after great advance buzz only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 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. Robb Walsh: Walsh has been documenting a variety of very interesting, very time ... More >>

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    September 29, 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. The Mighty Rib: Kevin's been on the road lately and reviewing restaurant far ou ... More >>

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    September 23, 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. Dude, You Going To Eat That?: In the midst of all the hubbub about the high-fru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 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. Aghastronome: Former contributor to the now-defunct Houstonist, Mary Jane Poorm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 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. Cook's Tour: After many years of being a holdout despite her long-term Texas ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Silent Auction To Benefit Gulf Fishermen: Foodie Goodies For Sale

    ​Even if you aren't attending the upcoming Ceviche Throwdown, you can still help with the Houston Chowhounds' goal of raising $15,000 to support local Gulf fishermen in the wake of the BP oil spill and ensuing environmental disaster. An online silent auction, organized by head 'Hound Jenny Wan ... More >>

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    May 26, 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. Fork and Cork: Greg Morago reports on the rumors swirling around Textile lately ... More >>

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    May 19, 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. Whole Fish: Wondering what that funny yellow fruit is that's been popping up on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 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. Cook's Tour: Here's an idea whose time has come... Alison Cook is doing a weekl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Yelp Effect

    ​Although there was no shortage of food-related panels at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSWi) this year, none were as insightful or as incendiary as The Yelp Effect, a frank discussion on the effect that online reviews and criticisms have on the restaurant industry. Led by A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 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. Foodie Houston: We can't disagree with Jodie's statement that "Chris Shepherd R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Shrimp Wars: Calling Bullshit

    Gulf brown shrimp have a bold iodine tang. I like the iodine flavor of Gulf brown shrimp, especially in gumbos and other highly seasoned dishes. Alison Cook, the restaurant critic at the Chronicle, hates the taste of iodine in seafood. And she is trashing the local shrimp. In an October 7 post on ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 7, 2002

    Inside Baseball at the Bistro

    Chef John Sheely's Mockingbird Bistro could end up as an inside-the-park home run

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    July 13, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

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    June 22, 1995

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    June 1, 1995

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    November 3, 1994

    Press Wins Awards

    A Katie for the Katy and kudos to Cook

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    July 21, 1994
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    June 16, 1994
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    April 28, 1994
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