Amanda McGraw

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Get the Empanadas at Siphon Coffee

    There's no denying that the beverages at Siphon Coffee, be it the cappuccino, Americano, cortado or siphon for one, are excellently executed. But, you can also say the same for the West Alabama coffee shop's pastries, breads and scones. After seeing a friend on Facebook comment about the empanadas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Siphon Coffee: My New Happy Place for Coffee

    It didn't take long for me to become a fan of Siphon Coffee, the new coffee shop on West Alabama, just east of Montrose. It didn't matter that there were no seats when I arrived on a sweltering Sunday afternoon. I didn't even have to order their signature siphon coffee for it to become my new "it" c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

    Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 93, Finocchiona Sandwich at Siphon Coffee

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 1, 2014

    Five Hidden Gems to Discover in Chinatown

    Here's where you should be eating but probably aren't.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Want Some Doughnuts With That Ice Cream?

    As May quickly approaches, we gear up to welcome several highly anticipated restaurants. But, before we get to that news, let's take a look at two notable shutters. River Oaks and Upper Kirby folks said goodbye to Crescent City Beignets on Westheimer near the beginning of the month. The Subway, dry ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Let's Cook Asparagus

    Spring has sprung.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Honeymoon: Just What Downtown Needs

    If you work, live or just spend all of your time downtown, you've probably noticed there aren't that many places to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down for a cup of coffee, or enjoy a casual dinner and dessert before or after a theater performance. Sure, there are lots of restaurants such as The Grov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Alex Gilbert of Grand Prize and The Honeymoon (Coming Soon)

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Adios 1252 Tapas in Uptown & Hello Taco in The Woodlands

    While it's not a restaurant, it's still a notable closing. B4-U-Eat, an online Houston restaurant guide, announced its own closure on Monday, February 17. For the past 23 years, B4-U-Eat has provided Houstonians with a variety of updates for restaurant openings and closings, reviews and events listi ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Top 10 French Fries

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Ripp's Grille Shutters & Tiger Den Finally Opens For Good

    Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 First Date Spots

    There was a period of time in my life when I couldn't get enough of that first date feeling. It's akin to the adrenaline rush of skydiving or rock climbing -- except often with the promise of food or drinks in lieu of potentially plummeting to your death. (Sure, there's the danger of emotional pain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Bitches Love Food

    A familiar face is back in town: L.J. Wiley, the prodigal chef behind Yelapa Playa Mexicana, has returned to Houston. Although Yelapa has been closed since October 2011 and its various staff have moved on, the modern Mexican restaurant dazzled during its brief run -- the Houston Press gave it a Best ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 7, 2013

    Sitting Pretty

    Houston's 10 Best Patios

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Chef Randy Evans Hosting the Iron Fork Competition at 2013 Menu of Menus®

    In 2012, Menu of Menus® celebrated its 10th anniversary with a move into a stunning new space -- Silver Street Station -- with plenty of room for the thousands of guests that showed up and with the inaugural Iron Fork competition. Last year saw master chef Monica Pope hosting the knock-out Iron Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Restaurant Patios

    Patio dining in Houston isn't quite the rage it is in more temperate cities. In fact, even cities like Chicago -- which arguably enjoys the same amount, perhaps even less, of patio appropriate weather as we do -- seem to clamor for outdoor dining more than Houston does. Despite that fact, we are in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Menu of Menus 2013: Ticket Presale Begins Today

    Anyone who went to Best Bites at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo this past Sunday night can attest to how much fun these grand tasting event extravaganzas can be. Our very own tasting night is coming up on April 9 at 7 p.m., and plans to be bigger and better than ever. Last year was our 10th ann ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013

    Go West, Young Man

    The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Time for El Tiempo's Big Debut and More Crawfish in Chinatown

    Are you in this for the long-haul? Good, because this week was chock-full of restaurant news -- and most of it happy news. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long post, starting with recaps of a few stories from earlier this week. Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Grand Prize Bar in Montrose and B ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    The Dan Marino Restaurants

    The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Maggie Rita's Meets Its Maker

    Houston Business Journal: In the first of this week's big news items, the HBJ reports that Maggie Rita's has closed its Galleria and Shepherd locations. No surprise, considering the overall quality of the food and the fact that the Kirby location was closed not too long ago. Maybe we'll finally get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    The last time we tackled the Top 10 restaurants in River Oaks, Tony Mandola's was still open in what is now Brasserie 19's spot in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Needless to say, things have changed a bit in three years. And in spite of its ritzy exterior, River Oaks still has plenty of inexpensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Affordable Luxuries: Treat Yourself This New Year

    Most of our readers will hopefully remember Robin Leach's signature sign-off at the end of each episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous during the show's decade-long run: "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams." As far as sign-offs go, the phrase is no Walter Cronkite's "...and that's the way it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    What Are Houston Chefs Doing for Thanksgiving (Besides Cooking for You)?

    With so many great restaurants open for Thanksgiving Day -- and so many chefs working hard on a day when the rest of us are enjoying family time or simply a much-needed day off -- it's tough to find a chef who's celebrating Thanksgiving in any sort of traditional sense. John Sheely, executive chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Joe Stark of Brasserie 19 Gives Us a Veteran's View from Behind the Bar

    Finding a bartender for this week's article proved far harder than usual. After visiting three bars in a row manned by -- in this order -- a bar back, a first-day waitress and, finally, no one at all, I began to wonder if I had finally succeeded in my goal to drink Houston dry. In a last-ditch effor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 17, Drunken Foie Gras at Philippe

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 18, 63-Degree Egg at Brasserie 19

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 30, 2012

    The Best Beer Labels

    The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Chef Amanda McGraw Wows with New Specials at Brasserie 19

    A perfectly poached 63-degree egg -- one of only two things that Chef Amanda McGraw cooks in her sous vide machine at Brasserie 19, the other being a giant pork chop -- is spilling its saffron-colored yolk across the crispy top of a parmesan custard inside a shallow, white ramekin. Off to one side, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mix It Up Tonight and Help Clean Out Rudz's Cellar

    Been waiting for the perfect Friday night to check out the new LaB 5555 series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Grab your soft-soled museum shoes, because tonight is that night. Tonight, four of Houston's best bartenders will be shaking things up as they compete to make the best Tanqueray ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 26, 2012

    Bring 'Em Back

    The 5 fast-food sides we miss most.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Dining Out Near Closing Time: How Late Is Too Late?

    How late is too late to order food at a restaurant? That was the thought that plagued me as I sped toward Jeannine's Bistro last week, determined to get in a necessary lunch of moules-frites for a post. The bistro closes for lunch at 2 p.m.; at best, I was going to make it in the door at 1:40 p.m. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    A Mouth-Watering Good Time at the Houston Press Menu of Menus®

    What do you get when you cross a food sampling event with a live Iron Chef competition, musical entertainment, and an open bar? One hell of an event, otherwise known as the Houston Press Menu of Menus®. Tuesday night, the Houston Press, in conjunction with Stella Artois and Whole Foods, put on the ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    Chefs Chosen for 2012 Iron Fork Competition: Let the Games Begin

    You may have been to our annual Menu of Menus grand tasting in the past, but this year's event will be upping its game thanks to our first ever Iron Fork competition. Curated and emceed by Houston's own celebrity chef Monica Pope, the chef throwdown will take place Iron Chef-style in front of a live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 - The Tasting

    This week, we've been chatting with Brasserie 19 and Ibiza's Chef de Cuisine, Amanda McGraw, about the rewards of staging in kitchens outside of Houston, and about the specifics of her role. Today, we sample some of her food. To highlight the in-house charcuterie program, McGraw put together a pict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 and Ibiza

    Yesterday, we chatted with Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 and Ibiza about her times staging in Chicago, and what it was like opening a restaurant like Brasserie 19. Today, we continue our conversation. EOW: What is your official title? AM: I am the Chef de Cuisine for Brasserie 19 and Ibiza. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19

    Amanda McGraw not only has work ethic, but loyalty. Over the last year, she's been the woman behind the kitchen of the glitzy, hugely successful Brasserie 19, withstanding early kitchen shake-ups and emerging as the de-facto Chef de Cuisine, where she is responsible for menu development and training ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011

    The challenge in choosing 10 of the best restaurants to open in Houston each year is a daunting one: Many of the restaurants I think are "the best" have little to nothing to do with each other, making for a list that falls all over the map when it comes to price, cuisine and location. Then again, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    The Key to the Kitchen: Coppa's Female Executive Chef, Brandi Key, Is No Novelty Act

    November 3 was National Men Make Dinner Day, one of an increasingly nonsensical line of national holidays that are being trotted out in larger numbers every year. This particular holiday was especially perplexing to those in the food industry, where men make dinner every night. A man probably will m ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 29, 2011

    That's Rich

    Brasserie 19 is the place to see and be seen in River Oaks.