Bobby Heugel

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: Anvil Bar & Refuge Mixes Things Up

    Every other week, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. "We're gonna find the drink that's right for you," Anvil general manager Terry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    As Lime Prices Skyrocket, Bars and Restaurants Feel the Squeeze

    When you start to Google the word "lime" these days, the first thing that pops up is "lime prices," followed by "lime prices going up," "lime prices increase," and "lime prices rise." If you're looking for recipes with lime, you're going to have to dig a little deeper, because right now, all the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Multiple James Beard Award Nominations for 2014

    The prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, and Houston is represented well by four individuals and one bar in three different categories. Anvil Bar & Refuge was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program for the third consecutive year, while Chris Shepherd, Hugo Ortega and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Wake Up On New Year's Day With Less Of A Hangover

    Water and Sprite are the best prevention of a hangover

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Chiles, Barbecue and Texas Beer 'n' Wine

    Living on Love and Leftovers: Though Central Market's Hatch chile festival ended on August 20, the chiles aren't gone just yet. The official festival in Hatch, New Mexico doesn't end until September 1, and the chiles will continue to be available in grocery stores for some time. Brooke and Greg of L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Spend the Day with a Sous Chef & Celebrate National Hot Dog Month

    For three hours you can spend time with one of the sous chefs at Brennan's of Houston during the summer cooking class series, "Saturday with the Sous." On Saturday, June 29, Sous Chef Jose Arevalo will kick off the summer cooking class series with a three-course demonstration for guests and will spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    First Look at Pistolero's, Mexican Pop Cuisine Restaurant and Newest Addition to an Empire

    Shawn Bermudez has slowly and steadily amassed a small real estate empire along Lower Westheimer to rival that of longtime restaurateur Marco Wiles and recent upstart Bobby Heugel. Wiles owns three spots, Heugel four. But Bermudez -- he now owns five. In addition to Pistolero's, a tacos and tequila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Ribs and Ramen Reign Supreme at the 2nd Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown

    There are pig parties, and then there is Go Pig! Or Go Home! The second annual charity throwdown event last night at Kata Robata was every pig lover's dream -- and then some -- with Houston's top chefs throwin' down everything from traditional roast suckling pig to cochinita pibil to oysters topped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The Top 5 Things to Eat, Drink or Celebrate This Weekend: Revival Market, Anvil, Sonoma Brunch, Hotel Derek's Early Easter & Ninfa's Crawfish

    In case your weekend doesn't revolve around the parking lot full of food trucks at Haute Wheels or all-you-can-eat brisket at the Houston Barbecue Festival, here are five other great things to eat, drink or do this weekend. Revival Market's two-year anniversary party Saturday, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 550 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Second Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Throwdown is Coming This April

    "Go pig! Or go home!" That is the gauntlet that has been thrown, and the challenge, the question, the machismo duel that will pit 23 of Houston's most prominent chefs in a challenge to create Houston's most supreme incarnation of a suckling pig. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Apr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The Parking Ordinance Battle Has Just Begun

    There's something quaintly likable about the small-town vibe of Houston City Council meetings. The Art Deco chambers on the second floor of City Hall can only hold about 250 people, most of whom seem to know each other in that typically close-knit Houston way. This past Wednesday, Councilwoman Wanda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Help Combat the City's Proposed Parking Increases Today at City Hall

    If you thought the fight against proposed parking increases for bars and restaurants was over, you're wrong. The battle is just gearing up, although it's been 16 months since proposed changes to the City of Houston's severely outdated Off-Street Parking Ordinance were first introduced by the Plannin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    OKRA Charity Bar Opens for Good Tomorrow

    Technically, the OKRA Charity Bar had its debut this past Sunday, when it opened its doors to the public for the first time since its open house in August. (Has it really been that long?) But then, because of Christmas and all, Charity Bar was closed yesterday and today. But tomorrow, it'll be back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Build-A-Bar: Shaken or Stirred?

    It was the Corn 'N Oil that did me in. I'd been planning a post on mixing techniques for a while, and had a pretty good handle on what I wanted to say. Then, I built a Corn 'N Oil. Neither stirred nor shaken, yet (depending on version and interpretation) bearing some of the telltale indicators for e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Big Wins for Chris Shepherd and Bobby Heugel at the 2012 My Table Houston Culinary Awards

    It wasn't quite a Lord of the Rings-style Oscars sweep for Underbelly last night at the 2012 Houston Culinary Awards -- the restaurant didn't win in every category in which it was nominated -- but chef Chris Shepherd and mixologist/bar owner/restaurateur Bobby Heugel took home four awards between th ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Celebrate National "Duck Out for a Drink Day" Tomorrow at OKRA's Charity Saloon

    I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but tell the boss now: Tomorrow is National Duck Out for a Drink Day. I couldn't make up something this awesome. Even though the day itself isn't technically tomorrow. "Unfortunately, August 25th, the day the holiday has traditionally been celebrated the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Head to NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

    Houston bartenders including Lainey Collum, Ornella Ashcroft, Alba Huerta and Sheridan Fay showed up to represent Houston at Tales of the Cocktail. Photos by Alex Gregg Now in its 10th year, Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans has become a sort of South by Southwest for serious spirits aficionados ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Shine on a National Level

    A few years ago, a bar in Houston was just a place to get a drink and the people who worked there were just part of the service industry. Chefs were rock stars and everyone else was fairly invisible. In the last few months, there have been multiple bartenders who have become worthy of notice in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Some Members of the Hyde Park Civic Association Don't Like Their New Neighbors, Underbelly and Hay Merchant

    Maybe the guests at Chances and Mary's were quieter back in their days, or maybe Montrose residents have short memories these days. Either way, the Hyde Park Civic Association apparently isn't a fan of its newest neighbors -- Underbelly and Hay Merchant, the new restaurant and craft beer bar duo at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    The Anachronistic Chef: Pisco Punch

    When Bobby Heugel featured the pisco sour as his cocktail of the week back in 2010, I stood up and cheered, for I had become a huge fan of pisco after visiting Peru. Rereading his post last week, I also learned about another old-school pisco cocktail, thanks to commenter Walter Moore, who proclaimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Hugo Ortega Named a 2012 James Beard Award Finalist

    After racking up an impressive amount of semifinalist nods for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, Houston had only one finalist for the annual "Oscars of food," announced today in Las Vegas. One of the most interesting things about the six semifinalists was how accurately they represent the cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    DEFCON Dining: Xuco Xicana, Plus: Have You Seen This Dog?

    Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning, and prior experience are critical in determining the proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Money Cat Brunch Raises Money for OKRA

    It's Sunday morning, just 15 minutes shy of 10 a.m., and already, a small line had formed as I entered Paulie's on Westheimer for an encore of Chef Justin Yu's popular Money Cat Brunch pop-up. A fundraiser for the newly formed OKRA (Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs) non-profit, the even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    J. C. Reid, Texas: Chicken fried steak is one of Chris's areas of expertise, which he puts to good use in this Food Fight-style battle between two of the great CFS joints in town: Barbecue Inn and Triple A. I was just happy to see that my favorite won. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: P.J. Stoops's Total ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Restaurant and Bar Owners Crowd City Council Chambers In Advance of Proposed Parking Ordinance

    Photo by Troy FieldsThe 82 stops right in front of El Real. Do you ever take it?​"I don't see anyone riding the bus to El Real," remarked James Jard, one of the 26 members of the City of Houston's Planning Commission that was gathered in City Council chambers yesterday afternoon for a public h ... More >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2011

    Spy Game

    Everything you've heard about Midtown cocktail bar Double Cross Lounge no longer applies.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Inside the light and airy Relish Fine Foods.​Relish Fine Foods had its grand opening this past Monday and Tuesday, and was already off to a fast start when I dropped by at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The store was already sold out of all of their salads, and other prepared items were going jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Aaron Lara of Haven

    ​Aaron Lara, bartender at Haven, is a self-proclaimed cocktail nerd. Although he got into bartending unexpectedly (he was applying for a valet position during college, but was asked to try has hand at bartending), it has become a passion. "I'm absolutely and unconditionally devoted to making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Whiskeys of the World: Cocktail Class at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    Whiskey: basically the same as vodka.​"You're not going to like this," says Bobby Heugel, pausing for effect while an expectant crowd giggles semi-nervously. "When it comes down to it, whiskey is the same thing as vodka." The crowd laughs, unsure of exactly what to make of this statement. "And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​In the comments of Nick Hall's post on a whiskey class at Anvil, Bobby Heugel mentioned that there are plenty of bars and restaurants around town also deserving of acclaim. Asked by another commenter to elaborate, he did, and it's a pretty good list: I'm done after this because I don't usua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Tookie'sAll your honking finally paid off, folks!​It's a busy weekend across the city, from a pub crawl downtown to a flash mob in Clear Lake. But first things first, tickets are still available for the Hats Off to Hospitality gala this Sunday, June 26, at Haven. The gala wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Mary's Mural Restored in Time for Pride Parade

    Photos by Monica Fuentes​A group of local artists have succeeded in their quest to get the famed Mary's mural back in its rightful place before Saturday's Pride Parade. The building, long home to the city's most famous gay bar, has been sold and much of the property will be a parking lot for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Openings & Closings: The Chock Full o'Nuts Edition

    Yeah, I don't understand this either.​Remember last week, when we blithely reported that it had been such a wonderful week of good news? Prepare yourself for a mixed bag this week -- and it's a big bag -- starting with the ugly stuff. After Caffe Bello's abrupt closure, there were rumors that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Build-A-Bar: The Basics

    A few things you might need​I've been fooling around with my Roasted-Banana-Infused Treaty Oak Rum for a week or so, trying to tweak it into a cocktail recipe worthy of actually serving to someone. It's gone through quite a few iterations, bringing many disparate spirits, liqueurs, and bitters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Winter Spiced Margarita at Ninfa's on Navigation

    ​I'm choosing to believe that my decision to try out the new drinks at Ninfa's on Navigation last week is proof positive that I am clairvoyant. How else can you explain the fact that I tried the new Winter-Spiced Margarita last week, right before it was mentioned in a post about National Marga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Foundation Recognizes Houston Chefs; Food & Wine Does Too, In Its Own Way

    Should Randy Rucker (seen here working on one of his "tenacity" supper club dinners) have been recognized by Food & Wine?​It's been a week of ups and downs for Houston chefs on the national radar. made a long overdue trip to Houston to recognize a hefty handful of "Rising Stars" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    More on The Hay Merchant

    Kevin Floyd​Oh happy day. On Wednesday we heard the news that our favorite beer nerd, Kevin Floyd, was expecting. No, he's not having a baby. He's opening The Hay Merchant, a new beer bar with Anvil Bar & Refuge co-owner Bobby Heugel, and yesterday we had the opportunity to talk with him it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Paula MurphyCome prepared to the fruit tree sale and don't say you weren't warned.​Don't forget! Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale is kind of a big deal, and it's happening this weekend at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. From the press release: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Just a reminder that if you haven't made dinner plans for tonight, there are still plenty of Houston restaurants open. B4-U-Eat has a terrific list, complete with menus, but just heading over to Chinatown is also a good bet (and generally a lot cheaper, too). W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Learning Is Fun and Intoxicating: "Beer 101" at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    The place settings were almost too pretty to disturb. ​Kevin Floyd is a huge beer nerd. In fact, you could say the co-owner of Anvil Bar & Refuge is the Lord of the Beer Nerds. Okay, that may be stretching it just a tad, but Floyd is the biggest beer nerd we've encountered, which made the "Bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Veal. That's right, hippies, VEAL. And it was FRIGGING DELICIOUS.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where all jokes are served up fried in a light, crispy breading with a side of coleslaw. We started the week off right, with some hilariously bungled recipes from one ... More >>

  • News

    June 10, 2010

    Mayalino's Message

    Readers respond to "Deporting All WetWacks."

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Gimme (A Tax) Shelter

    ​Even if Uncle Sam took a great big bite out of your wallet this year, there are still ways to enjoy a good meal today -- several, in fact -- thanks to local restaurants taking advantage of your newfound poverty to offer free or reduced-price goodies today. It's like a crack dealer giving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Shhh...The Password Is Bitters

    ​Sunday night marked the one year anniversary of Houston retro-cocktail mecca Anvil Bar and Refuge. The occasion was marked with a private party complete with deliciously original drinks, a super-secret password to get in, and about ten million Bobby Heugel devotees. The windows were covered t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Bloody Good Times at Beaver's Ice House

    Photos by Groovehouse Caleb Gutierrez's michelada, rimmed with cumin and salt​While we may not have a palate for wine, it's no secret that Eating Our Words loves beer. And hot sauce. And the two of those things magically mixed together in a pint glass. So in the interest of further promoti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Rising Star Barista at the Greenway Plaza Food Court

    Photos by Robb WalshDavid BuehrerThere were a couple of coffee connoisseurs sampling the espresso blends at Tuscany Coffee in the Greenway Plaza food court when I stopped by to check it out. "We come by to sample the espresso every day," they told me. And they aren't the only ones. Barista David Bue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Crafty Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    Anvil Bar & Refuge opened quietly last week, without fanfare.  It's fitting for a bar that prides itself less on pomp and fuss and more on the simple art of the cocktail. The bar represents the life's work of 25-year-old Bobby Heugel, the fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Whiskey A-Go-Go at Poison Girl

    Ever since acclaimed mixologist Bobby Heugel left Beaver's earlier this year, Houston has been eagerly awaiting the opening of his very own bar, Anvil, located on a precarious curve along Westheimer in Montrose.  Alongside Heugel's very unique creations (which are fresh, modern takes ... More >>

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