Swamplot broke the news this week that Lucky Burger at 1601 Richmond Avenue will close on Saturday, May 31. Now that the burger joint's lease is up, the restaurant will turn off the lights after 40 years of operation. But, if you want to take a piece of the restaurant home with you, especially if it ... More >>
Settling the banh mi question once and for all.
It was quite an exciting week for many anticipated restaurant openings. Some are still in the soft opening stage, like Common Bond, but others have officially opened to the public, like Preview Modern Seafood Cuisine. This new Sugar Land restaurant at 4645 Highway 6, Unit C, was in the soft opening ... More >>
Last week ended with sad news when local baker, Jody Stevens, lost her home in a fire. Thankfully she was not at her home during the fire, but she lost everything inside her home, including the the tools she uses for her cake business, Jodycakes. Various restaurateurs and chefs have created fundrais ... More >>
The month of May is going to be an exciting one for many restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops. Alba Huerta of the upcoming Julep posted a picture of a walk in cooler on Instagram on April 24, while Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen recently posted pictures on Facebook of the doors, sign, ... More >>
Here's where you should be eating but probably aren't.
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 >>
New month, new openings. April may bring showers, but the month hasn't brought us any notable closings yet, just lots of openings and announcements of openings. Thien An has reopened at its new location, 2611 San Jacinto, according to CultureMap Houston. After closing in 2012, the Vietnamese restau ... More >>
In not-so-shocking news, another Washington Avenue bar bites the dust. The Houston Chronicle reports that Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington shut its doors on Thursday, March 20. The sports bar posted the closing announcement on Facebook; Blue Moose Lodge had been in business for three-and-a-half y ... More >>
Spring has sprung.
The Daily Review Cafe closed due to water issues, according to the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney, but it seems like things have been going downhill for the restaurant for a while. Recently, Yelp reviewers have been giving the River Oaks cafe many poor reviews, saying it was "awful all around" and ... More >>
Scores of great female chefs are ignored.
Aah, the holidays. Time for roasted turkey and jingle bells and homemade pies and sriracha candy canes and...wait, what? We're pretty horrified about some of the limited-edition holiday products that have hit the shelves (remember Jones Soda's 2004 Turkey & Gravy Soda, anyone?). But do you know wh ... More >>
A terrific ice cream treat is an easy and satisfying end to a summer supper, but while you're at the store, scan the frozen cases for new ice cream flavors. Again lured by the "limited edition" label, I have been exploring the world of seasonal ice creams. Here are five to try: 5. Peaches 'N' Cream ... More >>
While there are certainly a few glaring gaps in Houston's restaurant scene (Burmese?), I am and continue to be pleasantly gobsmacked by the diversity of our city's food options. Which makes the absence of one particular thing all the more painful Are you there, God? It's me, Joanna. Please bring Ho ... More >>
New owner Shawn Salyers shows up to save the day.
For this week's cafe review, I visited seminal Garden Oaks burger stand Mytiburger, which nearly shuttered last year after 46 years in business. It did, in fact, close its doors...for two weeks. During that time, local Baskin-Robbins franchise owner Shawn Salyers stepped in to purchase the business ... More >>
There's no denying that Chris Leung is one of the finest pastry chefs in Houston, although the young Leung has only been on the scene for a few years, starting out with a two-year stint at the Houston Country Club. Leung was instrumental in the success of Bootsie's before it closed, working side-by- ... More >>
I'm thrilled that so many ice cream purveyors in Houston offer inventive flavors. Not that there's anything wrong with good o' vanilla, but new and interesting is good, right? Let me go on the record and say, "No, not always." Especially when it comes to ice cream. Here are five ice cream flavors th ... More >>
Photo By Edward CulverCheck out this great Q&A with Damaged photographer Edward CulverEvery modern punker has a story relating to Black Flag's Damaged, which turns 30 years old today. Some hate it, some love it, some blame it for the everything good or bad that happened in their lives since t ... More >>
My Yogurtland Sundae Sunday was enjoyable but inspired me to find some real soft-serve ice cream. This weekend I put forth a little more effort and drove the extra two miles to Baskin Robbins. I last visited BR in search of a top-notch hot fudge sundae and was generally happy with the res ... More >>
Sweet success. After a lackluster time at Ben & Jerry's and a pretty good experience at Baskin-Robbins, I finally had a spectacular Sundae Sunday at Amy's Ice Cream.
Baskin-Robbins hot fudge sundaeAfter my disappointing Ben & Jerry's Sundae Sunday, I was curious if any other national chain ice cream vendor offered a better alternative. Next at bat: Baskin-Robbins. I could create my own fantabulous ice cream sundae at home pretty much ensuring a terrific ... More >>
What's Up CupcakeAmericans love dessert. After all, we all want flat tummies -- but not nearly as much as we want that bread pudding. Here in Houston we've got several exceptional pastry chefs who showcase their skills at various restaurants around town, but what about specialized dessert sho ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerKesha House of Blues July 26, 2010 If Lady Gaga is Chipotle, arguably the trendiest gourmet fast-food burrito on Earth, then Kesha is a frozen gas-station burrito. The kind that you buy drunk while you have gas on your hands, and ends up burning your mouth and you tast ... More >>
Lester Public LibraryNo, this isn't Ruthie. Yesterday we remembered some of our favorite nostalgic Houston dishes. After dinner at the old San Francisco Steakhouse (remember the trapeze?), we could go home for some Blue Bell Caramel Turtle Fudge -- or we could head out for dessert. We sure lo ... More >>
Don't despair: Baskin-Robbins has your back. Today only, the ice cream chain is holding its annual 31 Cent Scoop Night to benefit the National Volunteer Firefighters Council and firefighters across the United States. A small scoop of one of the 31 ice cream flavors is a mere 31 cents ... More >>
An already strained system struggles to accommodate a new breed of homeless.
The dulce de leche gelato was masterful: velvety smooth with that familiar thick sweetness, but not overwhelmingly so. Some dulce de leche treats take on an overpowering, sickly sweet caramel flavor, but not this gelato. The shards of dark chocolate scattered throughout ad ... More >>
Rodriguez blows his best movie yet
In the '70s, Walter Waldhauser arranged four contract murders. Nearly 20 years later, he has a new name and a new line of work -- but he still generates a profit from death.
A tale of twin take-outs that were (almost) family