• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes in Houston

    Lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters...these shellfish are all delicious when simply prepared. But sometimes you just want to soak them in beer-butter or coat them in an ultra-thick spiced batter and deep fry them whole until they are crunchy-as-all-hell. And that, our friends, is what we're looking at to ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    These Houston Area Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

    Whether you forgot an ingredient for your famous cornbread dressing, can't fit in the shopping, or just really, really like to wait until the last minute, here's a list of the grocery/convenience stores that will be open this Thanksgiving Day: Note: All information is based on telephone checks with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    The 5 Least Charitable Zip Codes in Houston

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published a report on charitable giving throughout the U.S. culled from Census information. The report noted that charitable giving among wealthier Americans is down and that the most poor citizens give a larger percentage of their income to charity than the ri ... More >>

  • 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 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 But times change, people come and go, and information falls out of date.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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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.

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    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 30, 2009

    Swine Flu Closes Three HISD Schools, Episcopal High -- And All Of Fort Worth ISD (UPDATED)

    HISD has announced two schools have closed until further notice because of possible -- but not confirmed -- cases of swine flu.Harvard Elementary and Hamilton Middle School, both in the Heights, are the schools."Late last night the City of Houston Health Department informed HISD Superintendent Abela ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Two Thumbs Down For HISD's Televised Board Meetings

    Somehow 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 off-air anything re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

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

    The 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 the musical instruments), the G ... 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 >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    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 potent ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Some HISD Campuses Operating On Generators

    Most of Houston's schools opened today -- 120 campuses -- but not all of them are in tip-top shape. Three schools are operating on generator power, HISD says -- Harvard Elementary in the Heights, Kashmere High on the northeast side of town and Westbury High on the southwest side. "We managed to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    $13 at Sabor! on Bellaire

    Where: Sabor!, 5712 Bellaire, 713-667-6001 What $13 gets you: Delicious authentically prepared Central American specialties. Sabor! is best known for its fajitas ($11.95) and seafood entrees, such as whole fried tilapia ($8.95) and black clams ($8.50). But I go for the simple, traditional fare – ... More >>

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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

    Taking the Family to Pico's

    So my aunt Libby is in town from Atlanta with my two cousins, 13-year-old Kevin and 14-year-old Joshua. To celebrate, my grandparents took her family and mine - my wife Jacqueline, soon-to-be-11-year-old son John Henry and two-year-old daughter Harriet out for a Mexican meal. After some debate, we s ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 31, 2007
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    February 9, 2007

    That's Cool, That's Trash

    As some of you know, I like to walk. Since Houston is not a particularly scenic city and I have lived here for most of my life, I don't really waste much time looking around. What I do instead is keep my eyes on the ground. And I find stuff — lots of wonderful stuff. Occasionally, my discove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2006

    HISD's Little Computer Glitch

    So the effed-up computer system cost HISD $600,000 in overtime. Hey, it's to be expected... The Houston Chronicle front-paged a story on the Houston school board getting a briefing Thursday on just how bad the district's new computer system is, with the assessment being "pretty fucking bad." Di ... More >>

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    July 21, 2006

    Upward Mobility, My Ass

    Screw mass transit -- this is the way to commute. Sure, citizens along Richmond Avenue may be bitching about light rail, but music editor John Nova Lomax has a real gripe against Houston mass transportation... Transportation, or "mobility" as people who like buzz-words seem to always call it, is ... More >>

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    January 26, 2006
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    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

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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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