• Dining

    April 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014: A Love Letter to Houston Food

    Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.

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    April 10, 2014
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    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Openings & Closings: It's The Year of The Bakery

    Hubbell & Hudson Market's official last day is Wednesday, March 12, but according to CultureMap's Eric Sandler, from the looks of the market it could close much sooner. Whether it is on or before March 12, Hubbell & Hudson Market is closing. The Kitchen and Bistro are not going anywhere, though. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Record Stores 2014

    It's true, Rocks Off brought you a very similar list of Houston's best record stores almost a year ago. But times change, people come and go, and information falls out of date. Mostly, there are probably tens of thousands of new Houstonians now who weren't here in February 2013, and might like to kn ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    The 10 Worst Roads in Houston (Right Now)

    When I recently asked people to give me their worst roads in Houston, I knew what I would be in for. Having already discussed the matter with others at the Press as well as friends and acquaintances, I could guess what people would say. The truth is, there are a ton of roads in Houston at the moment ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    HEB Might Be A Little Aggressive On Its Matt Schaub T-Shirt Pricing

    If you want a very subtle indicator of what a team thinks of a certain player, a lot of truth can be parsed from the price of that player's merchandise in team stores and distributors in the area. This dawned on me a couple years ago during the NFL lockout, when I took my kids to Cowboys Stadium fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    2013: The Year in Houston Openings & Closings

    It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Sheriff's Office Makes Busts at Two Game Rooms

    Harris County Sheriff's investigators seized cash, drugs, weapons, and gambling devices from two allegedly illegal game rooms in southwest Harris County Thursday, according to a press release. Acting on a tip, members of the HCSO's Game Room Task Force (a whole task force, yo!) seized the loot -- w ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Pico's Mex-Mex and More Are Movin' On Up

    If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons. Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Hot Deals at The Chili Shak, The Capital at St. Germain and Azteca's

    Enjoy fifty percent off at Houston's only chili-focused restaurant with today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal. Your voucher earns you $20 worth of food for just $10 at Chili Shak -- your money's worth at full price, trust us. Use your voucher to receive a four menu item punch card for any of The C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012

    Philly Poutine

    A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.

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    November 5, 2012

    First Look at Pappa Geno's Second Location in Bellaire and Its Philly Poutine

    Just because I didn't include Pappa Geno's wicked Philly on my recent list of Top 10 Sandwiches (which was reserved strictly for deli sandwiches) doesn't mean I don't lust after the thing. I do. I have terrible urges for Pappa Geno's at least once a week. I crave the crunchy bread that's soft on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Tony Makes Some Authentic Thai

    When we talk about Thai food in Houston, people generally point to Vieng Thai or Asia Market. Everyone seems to overlook the Thai food out on Bellaire Boulevard, which, while not as ubiquitous as Chinese or Vietnamese, can definitely be found. One of my favorites has been Tony Thai, not only becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Cliff Dotterer of Black Dog Records

    Who? Cliff Dotterer is the co-owner and operating manager of Black Dog Records, which just moved to its new Bellaire location last week. The shop's inventory of records and collectibles includes a who's who of rock legends and current artists, as well as rarities, imports, T-shirts, record player ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Openings & Closings: New Locations for Pappa Geno's and the Great W'Kana

    The restaurant that Eater Houston called the most anticipated opening of the year is here, so anticipate no more: The Pass & Provisions had its soft opening on Wednesday night and will be open for business this weekend. No surprise there, as the two-in-one restaurant from Seth Siegel-Gardner and Ter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    VIDEO: Cops Say This Woman Shoplifted $10K Worth of "Figurines" from a West U Store

    It pays to scout out a place if you're looking to steal from it, we suppose. While you may go willy-nilly into some fancy West U boutique and come out with a bunch of overpriced crap, a little research can result in a better haul. We're supposing the woman pictured here, along with an accomplice, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Pepper Jacks the Old Cabo Space and We Wrap Up May

    Because sometimes around EOW, we like to take a little poetic license with things, here is the past week's restaurant news presented in some merry iambic pentameter: Though downtown's lost a Mexican rest'rant, Fear not because another soon will haunt The Cabo space with patio sublime: Pepper Jacks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    First Look at Union Kitchen: 5 Things It Does Wrong and 5 Things It Does Right

    Because it's not fair to give a full cafe review to a restaurant before it's been open for at least three months, we bring you First Looks at new restaurants around Houston to see what they're doing right so far and what they still need to work on. The new Union Kitchen replaced a Hunan Emperor tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Crawfish and Opposites

    If you're looking for crawfish, a couple local places did well during inspections. LA Crawfish (1005 Blalock) earned just two violations during a recent re-inspection. One of those was hand-washing signs not posted as required, a pretty mild infraction that would not even be a requirement if Ron Pa ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    A Mini Food Tour Through Korea Town

    Photos by Mai PhamThe English translation was "cow's feet," but it was just a beef shank soup with tendon at Korean Diner.​Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I can read Korean. So if you take me out of my comfort zone and into the Korea Town (K-Town)/Spring Branch area of Houston, I'm just as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Samurai Steak & Sushi

    I wrongly assumed that Benihana was a hokey American take on Japanese steakhouses, basing my opinion on the famous, and un-Japanese, fried rice. But I married a girl who'd lived in Tokyo, and she assured me that most elements of Benihana are authentic, except the fried rice. Furthermore, she loves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    5 Simple, Spine-Chilling Snacks For Your Halloween Shindig

    photo via​Much like crafting chilling cocktails, creating a monster menu is simple and fun if you use a little imagination. We're sharing a few of our favorite Halloween treats perfect for both grown-up's and kid's parties that are actually easy to make -- most recipes have onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants

    Ruggles Green.​After listening to The Smith's Meat is Murder album one too many times, I was a vegetarian for many years. And actually when I'm not setting out to sample a restaurant's most popular or signature dishes, I generally prefer to stick to the vegetarian menu options. When I'm goin ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 13, 2009

    Keep on Trucking

    The tacos at this Bellaire Boulevard taquería might remind you of the ones you get from a taco truck.

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    April 20, 2009

    Two Thumbs Down For HISD's Televised Board Meetings

    Photo by daveyninSomehow we missed the moment last week when the HISD board decided to enter the 1980s and televise their board meetings, something we've written about before.But the Bellaire Examiner sucked it up and sat through it. Color them unimpressed with the district's efforts, which keeps of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    You Can't Protest Against The Communists Without A Marching Band

    Photo by Olivia Flores AlvarezThe Global Center for Quitting Chinese Communist Party held a protest yesterday in the Bellaire area.  The group's name pretty much says it all; they want Chinese people to quit the Communist party.The Divine Marching Band (that's them in the blue and white, with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Metro's Getting Right On That Sleeping-Driver Complaint (Kinda)

    Photo by sean_mcgeeIt's now been two weeks since Metro passenger Ania Howard happened upon a snoozing, erratic bus driver on her Bellaire route, but she hasn't gotten any answers yet to her pretty basic question of "What the hell was going on?"She and her daughter took a bus to the Bellaire Transit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Baseball Player Shot by Police Calls for Bellaire Mayor's Resignation

    Robert Tolan, the minor league baseball player shot by Bellaire cops in his parents' driveway on December 31, called for Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel's resignation at a press conference today. "I would hope that Bellaire's residents are appalled and outraged," Tolan told a crowd of about 100 people ... More >>

  • News

    February 12, 2009
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    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Part 1

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a pote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Houston's Eccentric Super Gyros

    The Ekko's gas station and Greek deli on Richmond and South Rice founded by former airline pilot Steve Bouboudakis was the subject of this week's Café review. But Steve's gas station gyro stand is hardly the only wacky Greek venue in town. Houston Greek restaurants are beloved both for great food a ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    July 5, 2007

    Mail Call

    Vlog Spot

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    July 2, 2007
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    July 2, 2007
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    February 9, 2007
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    October 20, 2006
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    May 11, 2006

    School's Out

    Dallas outshines Houston when one magazine rates education

  • News

    January 26, 2006
  • Dining

    July 28, 2005

    Squid Kids

    Whodathunkit? A kid-friendly Italian-American restaurant with killer red sauce

  • Dining

    June 19, 2003

    Jammin' Jellyfish

    Cuttle up to some tasty fish at this heavenly Vietnamese hideaway

  • Dining

    April 24, 2003

    Wednesday Brunch

    Golden Palace is Houston's top weekday dim sum destination

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Psychedelic Cheeseburger

    For serious meat-on-a-bun surfers

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    March 25, 1999
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    October 13, 1994

    Burger Heaven, Burger Hell

    A quest for all that's good and greasy in an American icon

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