Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>
Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
The big news this week was word from Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill that the two are combining their magical meat skills to open CK's Steakhouse in the Heights. The new steakhouse serves, in a way, to replace the plans that Killen had to open an outpost of his ... More >>
Acknowledging a predator, 30 years laterThe head of the religious order in charge of a Houston priest accused of molesting eight girls and young women is scheduled to address parishioners at Holy Rosary Parish in midtown Sunday. As part of a confidential settlement between six of the accuse ... More >>
This spectacular restaurant is already a Heights institution.
Today Kevin Shalin reported on the city's best bathrooms, grossing out Eating Our Words nation with the word "deuceability." Commenter Ruthie J M chimed in: Stella Sola's bathroom is great -- It's got the Dyson hand blowers left over from the place's former life as Bedford. Worst bathroom ... More >>
This week's historical excuse to sample a beer comes from February 9, 1900, when the English established the Davis Cup tennis competition. A good, potassium-rich recovery food for athletes playing tennis or other taxing sports (i.e. not golf) is bananas, and thus we have two excuses for disc ... More >>
The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>
Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttIn the heat of battle last night, the oysters -- and the chefs -- kept their cool. The fourth such event organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds, the Bivalve Throwdown at Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon saw 11 of the city's best chefs compete to create ... More >>
If restaurant openings are an economic indicator, the last month would seem to signify that things are picking back up -- at least in Houston. Things we've learned from this month's openings and closings include: don't put a "z" in your name if you're trying to be taken seriously as a wine b ... More >>
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe," Rutger Hauer says at the end of Blade Runner, a film which Hair Balls has never actually seen in its entirety, because we've fallen asleep during every attempt. But in looking through this week's batch of amazingly adoptable animals at the Bureau of An ... More >>
Next Saturday, Houston will be hosting a home-grown festival unlike any other the city has seen. The Wine Conference will bring together an assortment of food and wine personalities -- both national and local -- along with a high-tech twist that's due in large part to its founder, Geri Druckm ... More >>
The big news this week is once again related to Bedford, the restaurant in the Heights that was up until very recently the home of heralded chef Robert Gadsby. A little birdie told us a few weeks back that Reef's executive chef and co-owner Bryan Caswell had big plans for the space, and they wer ... More >>
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 >>
Memorial Day is upon us and - aside from a day off - the pickings are pretty slim for activities. Traditionally a weekend for grilling, pool parties or trips to the beach, the holiday isn't particularly celebrated down South or in Texas for a variety of reasons. But that doesn't mean nothing's goi ... More >>
Chef Michael dei Maggi's food from Max's Wine Dive will be on hand at Great Taste of the Heights The city's gearing up for the 2009 Food and Wine Week in The Woodlands at the end of May, but there's still plenty to do in the meantime. Saint Arnold Twitter Crawl: If you aren't on Twitter, ... More >>
The Mag Racket
You may puzzle over the menu at Robert Gadsby's Noé, but you'll love the clever chow
Almost nobody -- not even the trial judge or the victim -- thinks John Michael Harvey molested a child. So why's he still serving 40 years in prison?
A tarted-up Holy Grail lives to fight (rabbits) another day