• Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Eat This: Dry-Style Beef Chow Fun at House of Bowls

    Driving on Bellaire Boulevard to get to the majority of Chinatown eateries has been a challenge for some time now. The construction on Bellaire Boulevard in areas with the densest concentration of good eats has been ongoing mercilessly for at least a year, and traffic, not to mention safety issues a ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    An Ode to the Classic Texas-Style Roadside Burger

    "How's your dad?" asks a man stepping in front of the line to pick up a burger from the window. He called ahead; clearly he knows how this works. He's talking to the owner of Champ Burger, whose father used to be behind the window before he got too old and had to let his son take over. When the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Seder: A Cup for Elijah

    Passover Seders are unique to each family, though parts of the ceremonial meal -- including embarrassing the youngest person at the table with the singing of the four questions -- are constant. Hebrew songs and readings, the central plate of bitter herbs, and the cup reserved for Elijah are among th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets that Change Names

    It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The U.S.'s Best Trick-Or-Treating Spot Is Right Here, Study Says

    If you're busy plotting out your Halloween route in order to maximize efficiency, be sure to include Bellaire and, ummm, parts of Spring Branch on your list. That's according to Zip Realty, which has come up with criteria to allegedly determine the 15 best places to trick-or-treat this year. The a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Served With a Side of Nostalgia: Houston's Top 10 Time Warp Restaurants

    There are restaurants which evoke a strong sense of nostalgia, even if you've never dined there before. You can look around at the picture-lined walls or the spots near the counter where the linoleum has rubbed away and know that you are only a small speck of the humanity that this place has served ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2012

    A Wrong Turn

    Once Galveston emergency personnel discovered the dead motorcyclist was "one of us," a Bellaire teenager's nightmare revved into overdrive.

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    January 2, 2012

    A Whole New Vibe: Vibe Lounge Houston

    Fresh Oysters on the Half-Shell with Three Caviars​Karaoke and sports bars are not uncommon down the long stretch of Bellaire in Chinatown. What is uncommon is one that serves delicious, well-presented, high-quality dishes in an ambiance you wouldn't expect from the area. After a rather disapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Guess Where This Is (Was) In Houston

    We downloaded this picture a while back, and now, sadly, we can't figure out where we saw it first. We thought it was from the highly entertaining website/e-book Houston Freeways, which we encourage everyone to explore, but a quick scan doesn't seem to show it there. (If we're wrong, or you recogn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    25 Signs That You Aren't From Houston

    That's right, you're not from Houston​Earlier this week Arturo Valdes was pulled over for speeding down the West Loop feeder road in the City of Bellaire. After finding "irregularities" with his registration (probably something other than a Bellaire or West U address), Bellaire cops called in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt wrote a long review of Tan Tan and blogged about needing to get the bad taste out of her mouth. And commenter Mike Calimbas wrote in to agree with her: I've always loved Tan Tan on Bellaire so I tried the one on Westheimer and boy was I disappointed. The service was slow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Operating a restaurant without the proper permits? Forget it, it's Chinatown.​The inspections of the past few days have resulted in just a few more closures/citations than we've seen in recent weeks. Not sure what led to the benevolence, but it might be at an end. This is potentially bad news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Top 5: Food Streets

    Photo by Kevin ShalinLai Lai Dumpling House​When it comes to food, all streets are not created equal. These are the five best in Houston. 5. Airline I really wanted to put Airline higher on the list, but truth is, it just edged out Montrose to land in the top five. Granted, this street is ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 23, 2010

    Arancini at Union Kitchen

    Great balls of fire

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    August 12, 2010
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    June 24, 2010

    Strip Mall Hopping

    Where to eat at 5800 Bellaire.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Breaking: Bellaire Cop Who Shot Tolan Is Indicted

    A grand jury has indicted the Bellaire cop who shot Robert Tolan, the son of baseball player Bobby Tolan, in his driveway last year.Sgt. Jeffrey Cotton was indicted on a charge of Aggravated Assault by a Public Servant, a first-degree felony whose conviction carries a punishment of not less than fiv ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Civil Suit Against Bellaire Is Coming No Matter What Happens With Indictment, Attorneys Say

    Photo by John Nova LomaxAs Hair Balls reported earlier, Bellaire cop Jeffrey Cotton was indicted for the December 31 shooting of Robbie Tolan.George Gibson and Geoffrey Berg, Tolan's attorneys, announced that the Tolan family will be filing a civil lawsuit, regardless of the outcome of the criminal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Tofu & BBQ

    Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ House in the giant Asian shopping center at 9896 Bellaire, is one of two Korean "tofu and barbecue" restaurants in town. Tofu Village, located in the shopping center across the street, also specializes in this unlikely-sounding pair-up. But once you try some fiery "soon tofu" an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Bellaire Expert Finds No Racial Profiling, Stunning Nobody

    When the city of Bellaire announced it was bringing in an expert to study whether its police force engaged in racial profiling, the lawyer for the kid whose shooting spawned the move was unimpressed. "Certainly, it's a PR move...I don't have a whole lot of confidence any of this will turn out to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    The Tolan-Bellaire Shooting Story Is Going National

    Isiah Carey's Insite reports the Robbie Tolan/Bellaire police shooting story is going national.Bryant Gumbel of HBO's Real Sports was in town to interview Tolan, who was shot in his driveway by Bellaire cops. Tolan's father is former major leaguer Robert Tolan.Carey says Gumbel interviewed the entir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Robert Tolan's Lawyers Aren't That Impressed With Bellaire's Proposed Racial-Profiling Study

    As the Houston Chronicle reported today, the city of Bellaire has hired an outside consultant to review whether there's evidence of racial profiling in who the police department pulls over on traffic stops.The announcement came in the wake, of course, of the police shooting of resident Robert Tolan, ... More >>

  • News

    January 15, 2009

    The Chron, Enron Hatah

    A federal court quotes a dog

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    It's Easier Than You Think To Get Shot By A Bellaire Cop

    Unarmed 23-year-old black man Robbie Tolan was shot in his own driveway last Wednesday in Bellaire. The bullet pierced his lung and lodged in his liver, where doctors say it will likely remain for the rest of his life.The shooter was Sgt. Joseph Cotton, who evidently thought Tolan's 2004 Nissan Xter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    The Famous And Not-So-Famous Of HISD's "Prominent Alumni" List

    You probably don't realize it, but the Houston school district's website has a page dedicated to prominent alumni, listed by high school.Unfortunately, many of the "prominent" alumni are politicians, especially current and former HISD board members. Any definition of "prominent" that includes HISD b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Finally, Bellaire High Is Set To Re-Open

    Bellaire High students, your vacation is over. HISD spokesman Norm Uhl tells Hair Balls that power was restored to the building "about 15 minutes ago." School is set for Monday, much to the relief, no doubt, of Bellaire parents. A bunch of other schools are set to open on Monday, too; check the li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    $7 at Pat and Joe’s Bellaire Broiler Burger

    Where: Pat and Joe’s Bellaire Broiler Burger, 5216 Bellaire Blvd., 713-668-8171 What $7 gets you: A great meal for pocket change. I opted for the #3, a flame-broiled hamburger with mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce and tomatoes ($3.80). Add a side of crinkly cut fries ($2) and a small soda ($.80 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Battle of the Bunnies: METRO vs. Bellaire

    Bellaire city council was happy about the new Bellaire Route No. 2 Quickline service that METRO will be inaugurating later this month – until it saw the street poles and street signs that came with it. As part of the service, there were supposed to be banners announcing the service (three banners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Goodbye, Bellaire Trolley Station

    In the continued march to make all of Houston’s thoroughfares uniformly dull and uninteresting, the city of Bellaire demolished the replica trolley station that stood in the median of Bellaire Boulevard for decades. It was the last remnant of Houston’s old city streetcar system, but according t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008

    There's a Fly in My Soukous

    Totally blending in at Club Kalahari

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    April 10, 2008
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    February 6, 2008
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    December 21, 2007

    Tunnel Mole Strikes Gold, and Garnets and Emeralds and Topaz

    Look a little bright in there? Just think about what it does to Tunnel Mole's eyes. Some bloggers post holiday wish lists, but your humble Tunnel Mole is more concerned about what to give, not to receive. Like, what to give the Real-Estate Tycoon Brother Who Has Everything? My Real-Estate Tycoon Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007
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    October 9, 2007
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    October 9, 2007
  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur

    Curry Favor

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    June 7, 2007



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    May 25, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    Le Rock et le Roll

    Maybe – but only maybe – when Bellaire’s Gail Reaben received an 8 mm Kodak camera for Christmas in 1954, she dreamed of going to exotic film festivals. Well, now she is going to one – Cannes, the most glamorous of them all – and it’s all because of that 8 mm camera. Reaben documente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2006
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    July 14, 2006

    Robb Grows His Own

    My tomato plants all turned brown and the leaves dropped off. The horticulturalist at Teas Nursery on Bellaire said to pull up the plants and rake out all the roots, then cover the soil with black plastic for four weeks. The heat of the sun will kill all the diseases and then you can plant again f ... More >>

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    The Also-Rans

    The schools who could have been contenders

  • Dining

    March 3, 2005
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    January 20, 2005
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    October 18, 2001

    Road Warrior

    Roadster Grill

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    That '70s Place

    Bellaire Broiler Burger

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    February 24, 2000

    Hot Plate

    Auntie Pasto's To Die For

  • News

    February 29, 1996

    Rim Shots

    A basketball hoop strikes terror into the hearts of some Bellaire residents

  • Dining

    August 17, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    Dog Day Haven

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