If you're looking for cheap eats in the form of dumplings, noodles, and rice plates, look no further than Xiong's Cafe, located on Bellaire Bouleard in a strip mall behind the more popular Sinh Sinh Restaurant. The modest hole-in-the-wall, comprised of two small rooms, offers no-frills, simple Chine ... More >>
Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant gives diners the royal treatment.
If you don't have a window, you might not realize it's 10 p.m. in parts of Houston. It's a dark and stormy night out there, as Edward George Bulwer-Lytton would say. Last night saw some major thunderstorm activity, with impressive lightning shows in some parts of town. (This being Houston, other ... More >>
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 >>
A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.
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 >>
With the proliferation of open kitchens in Houston, it's hard to ignore the chefs who are actually making the food. Nowhere is that more true than at Underbelly, where food enthusiasts can literally spend the evening watching all the action going on in the kitchen. At one point during the night, you ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
So many Vietnamese restaurants try to be all things to all people, with gargantuan menus that are pages and pages long covering everything from appetizers to noodles to rice plates and everything in between. Not so at Bun Mang Vit Thanh Da (12319 Bellaire, 281-495-9039), which specializes in a tradi ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
photo via buycostumes.comMuch 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 >>
"Health inspector girl, you are my world..."Health inspectors worked like engineering students on Adderrall last week, inspecting more than 50 places on Thursday alone. This resulted in a few citations and a couple of closures. Just be grateful you don't have to allow anyone except God and po ... More >>
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 >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
The tacos at this Bellaire Boulevard taquería might remind you of the ones you get from a taco truck.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
It was a long time ago
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 >>
When you're in the mood to break away from the breakfast as usual, make your way over to the Classic Kitchen (9888 Bellaire #108) for something different. The crispy cruller shows up on the menu as deep fried long bread. I noticed that most of the diners ordered this with a bowl of sweet soy ... More >>
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