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Alison Cook

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    August 8, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Pit Fire Closes Hinze's Bar-B-Que in Wharton

    It was a sad day in Wharton on Monday, August 4, when 40-year-old Hinze's Bar-B-Que burned to the ground as a result of a pit fire. The Houston Chronicle reports that the fire occurred during the evening around 7 o'clock; no injuries were reported. Hinze's was a favorite of many Houstonians and thos ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Openings & Closings: A Bennigan's Bites The Dust ... Again

    This week welcomes pizza, pasta and a whole lot of comfort food. But as we welcome these new establishments, we say good-bye to a couple of others. A little birdie told us that on either Monday or Tuesday of this week a "For Lease" sign appeared at Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers on Washington Avenu ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Waffle Cone Love & Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Houston Chronicle: Even though Alison Cook says she typically enjoys the ice cream more than the cone, she has fallen in love with the brown-butter waffle cones at Fat Cat Creamery. Her first taste of these homemade waffle cones was served with a scoop of Railean-Rum-laced eggnong ice cream and a sc ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    August 23, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Surprising Shutterings and Provocative Plans

    There were about as many openings as closings this week (way to maintain an equilibrium, Houston!), but we did get news of many upcoming restaurants with plans to open in the next several months. First, the bad news. CultureMap reports that River Oaks Coffee House at the corner of Edloe and West ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Witchy Sandwiches, Chilled Tomato-Peanut Soup & More

    Jack Around: Sandy Witch Sandwich Company opened last week, so Jack checked out the new food truck from Pi Pizza Truck owner, Anthony Calleo. Sandy Witch Sandwich Company serves up a variety of sandwiches with daring ingredients, like the Madame Blavatsky sandwich featuring brined chicken, and the s ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Cheap, Local Pastries and a New Favorite Burger

    Examiner: Looking for a dessert just for yourself? No, it's not a cupcake. The Examiner serves up a recipe for a single-serving cake on the go. If it comes out anything like what's in the picture, you're in for a sinful yet delicious treat. Gastronaut: Tucked inside a neighborhood grocery store, Fo ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Nuts for Tacos and the Importance of Buns

    Open the Taps: The big news this week is the passage of a few beer-related bills in the Texas Senate. Open the Taps has the rundown on what it means now that brewpubs' annual production limit has been raised to 10,000 barrels and breweries can sell beer directly to consumers for on-premise consumpti ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.

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    October 24, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Spicy Nuts and Tennessee-Style Barbecue

    From the Gutt: Does every wine drinker's palate matter? That's the question posed this week by local wine blogger Tom Gutting, who writes that it's "silly to think that an 'expert' taster's opinion, such as that of Robert Parker or James Laube or James Suckling, should be given dictatorial deference ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs

    29-95: This week, take a trip out to Marfa with J.C. Reid, who heads to far west Texas in search of a Tex-Mex item rarely found this far east. What is it? The "elusive flat enchilada," which sees tortillas and cheese stacked lasagna style and then baked before being topped with a fried egg. Looking ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Burgers, Burgers and More Burgers

    29-95: Did you head out to the food truck rally this past Sunday at The Refinery? Andrew Rebman was there snapping shots all day long, in case you missed it. Most food trucks ran out of food -- although a few were able to restock and sell out once again -- as huge crowds clamored for unique eats fro ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    A Lesson in Decadence at Kata Robata Sushi Grill

    I usually reserve fine dining for the weekend, when I can take some time and really enjoy myself, but some weekdays also call for a decadent meal. One Wednesday evening after a grueling day at work, I headed to Kata Robata. Since being named number two on Alison Cook's list, the place has been packe ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Blind Items and Other "Fun" Activities

    A busier week than last gives us some bad news, some intriguing news, some good news and a couple of interesting blind items. Let's get that bad news out of the way first. Samba Grille closed last Saturday evening after service. The downtown restaurant -- which won our 2011 Best of Houston® award ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    A Photo Tour of Oxheart, a Meal Which Left Me Speechless

    It's been 24 days since I had my first -- and only, to date -- meal at Oxheart, the young restaurant which recently landed at the very tippy-top of Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants in Houston list despite only being open for roughly three months. And although more than a few people disagreed with i ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Food Trucks and Football-Shaped Bars

    As we reported earlier this week, Houston is getting three new out-of-town chains soon. Will you be patronizing any of them? Austin-based Torchy's Tacos will be opening on December 7 in the old Gratefull Taco spot. Burger House is moving down from Dallas into a space in Rice Village in 2012. And El ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Frédéric Perrier of Aura Restaurant

    Photos by Matthew DresdenSandwich de St. Jacques​Following our conversation, covered in parts one and two of this Chef Chat, Chef Perrier brought out a glass of Pinot Noir and a few of the dishes on his menu.

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    May 18, 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. Saveur: First and most importantly, congratulations to two of our regularly fea ... More >>

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    April 27, 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. Weapons Grade: How excited am I that Central Market's beer and wine guy Justin ... More >>

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    March 23, 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. Jack Tyler Dines: CultureMap writer Ruthie Johnson alerted me to this food blog ... More >>

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    February 9, 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. Brewtiful: Is there anyone more poised to explain and argue passionately agains ... More >>

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    December 15, 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. Dallas Observer: The big Texas dining news last week came out of Dallas (I know ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Top Five Twitter Food Fights

    ​As Craig Hlavaty briefly discusses in this week's feature on the Twitterverse, the food community has become one of the largest on Twitter. At first, it may seem unusual for members of a a non-tech-oriented community to have become such early adopters of the technology and to have built such ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe soon-to-be-open Zelko Bistro in the Heights.​Although it's been a while since our last roundup of restaurant openings and closings around here, that doesn't mean that Houston's culinary community hasn't been busy in the meantime. We have a feast of new places fo ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Comings and Goings

    ​Because so little went on by way of restaurant openings or closings and so much went on by way of personnel changes at some of Houston's most high-profile restaurants, we're shifting focus this week. First up is the news that Robert Gadsby, the executive chef and co-owner of upscale Heights ... More >>

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    December 27, 2001

    The Way We Were

    After nearly 20 years in Houston, Dong Ting slides into mediocrity

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    February 1, 2001

    Overblown and Underrated

    So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.

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    May 18, 1995

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