Brad Moore

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Play Strip Twister and Get Evicted

    Another Upper Kirby establishment closed its doors this week. Irish pub Mugsy's at 2239 Richmond shuttered on Sunday, August 24, but the co-owner Randy Eddy tells Eater Houston that he is closing the Irish pub and replacing it with a New Orleans-style restaurant, Tavern Orleans. The menu will featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

    Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 93, Finocchiona Sandwich at Siphon Coffee

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Let's Cook Asparagus

    Spring has sprung.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Honeymoon: Just What Downtown Needs

    If you work, live or just spend all of your time downtown, you've probably noticed there aren't that many places to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down for a cup of coffee, or enjoy a casual dinner and dessert before or after a theater performance. Sure, there are lots of restaurants such as The Grov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Lei Low Tiki Bar: A New Taste of Tropical Paradise

    Houston's finally has a dedicated tiki bar after decades without one. Lei Low, at 6412 N. Main, opened Friday with flaming tiki drinks, aloha shirts and healthy does of Houston's tiki history. The bar is the brainchild of Russell and Elizabeth Theode, formerly of Downhouse, and Brad Moore and Ryan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Alex Gilbert of Grand Prize and The Honeymoon (Coming Soon)

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Adios 1252 Tapas in Uptown & Hello Taco in The Woodlands

    While it's not a restaurant, it's still a notable closing. B4-U-Eat, an online Houston restaurant guide, announced its own closure on Monday, February 17. For the past 23 years, B4-U-Eat has provided Houstonians with a variety of updates for restaurant openings and closings, reviews and events listi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Origin Stories, Yelp Feuds and Frito Pie

    Houstonia: The folks over at Houstonia were conducting some really interesting reporting on Monday, and decided to go the Buzzfeed route with an entertaining list. John Nova Lomax scoured fast-food companies' histories to uncover fun and surprising facts about your favorite joints. Among the interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Pop-Ups Are Back: Will They Continue to Predict Houston's Culinary Future?

    Restaurants such as The Pass & Provisions, Oxheart and Goro & Gun are already so firmly affixed in Houston's culinary firmament that it's sometimes difficult to believe the restaurants which are bringing so much attention to our city's food scene have only been open for a year -- or less, in the cas ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013

    Go West, Young Man

    The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Time for El Tiempo's Big Debut and More Crawfish in Chinatown

    Are you in this for the long-haul? Good, because this week was chock-full of restaurant news -- and most of it happy news. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long post, starting with recaps of a few stories from earlier this week. Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Grand Prize Bar in Montrose and B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Goro & Gun, Houston's First Ramen Shop, Opening Soon Downtown

    Goro and Gun are the two main characters in Tampopo, a 1985 Japanese cult classic that's often referred to as the "first ramen Western" (a play on the old spaghetti westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). It's fitting, then, that Joshua Martinez's upcoming downtown restaurant would be name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Justin Burrow Heads Downtown: New Cocktail Bar Planned for Main Street

    The downtown block that already contains classic bars Warren's Inn, Char Bar, Dean's Credit Clothing and Notsuoh is about to get one more watering hole when bartender Justin Burrow opens his new bar in late March. The bar doesn't have a name yet, but Burrow and his partners -- Brad Moore and Ryan Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    First Look: OKRA Charity Saloon Looks to Make Change In More Ways Than One

    OKRA, the organization founded by local bar and restaurant owners "to pursue charitable community initiatives," is hoping its newest effort will be a trendsetter. Treading untested waters in both concept and locale, The Original Charity Saloon is among the most ambitious bars in Houston memory. The ... 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

    June 20, 2012

    Grand Prize Bar to Become Coolest New "Restaurant" in Town, Plans to Host Rotating Lineup of Chefs in Kitchen

    Grand Prize Bar has been more than just a bar since it opened nearly two years ago -- it's had a culinary history of its own nearly since its birth. Only a few months after Grand Prize began shaking up its first cocktails in July 2010, chef Adam Dorris and his cooking partner Will Walsh began servin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Last Night: Jandek At Big Star Bar

    Jandek Big Star Bar April 1, 2012 The first time I saw Jandek live, I learned to leave whatever I had been expecting in another room. That was Rudyard's in April 2009, and I had been expecting (correctly or not) some kind of solo Bill Callahan-like avant-folk implosion, and got a trio playing a sol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Green Seed Grows Roots

    Starting off the week with two bits of good news: Green Seed Vegan has moved out of its food truck confines and into a space of its own. The new spot at Wheeler and Almeda is conveniently located just down the street from Green Seed's former digs in the Third Ward, and it also means you'll be able t ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 8, 2012

    Nabi-Hood Hangout

    This Montrose spot is serving up beautifully constructed modern Asian cuisine, at small prices.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Jandek Performing "Strobe Light"-Heavy Concert at Big Star Bar

    Brad Moore, owner of Big Star Bar and Grand Prize, was driving through Roswell, New Mexico when his cell phone blew up. "It was Jandek, I shit you not," says Moore about the experimental musician who's traditionally an enigma around here, but has been in the public eye more of late. Moore explai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Boiling at Big Star: What Goes Better With Beer Than Crawfish?

    Bargas rolling out the crawfish at a recent boil.​If EOW blogger and Louisiana native Jason Bargas's posts on how to put together the perfect crawfish boil have made your mouth water and your jaw ache just thinking of those spicy little bugs, we've got a treat for you. Bargas is co-hosting a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Photos: Anvil's First Annual Enthusiast Cocktail Competition

    Photo by GroovehouseChuck Cook made a Star Trek-inspired Mon Capitan cocktail.​Customers from all walks of life -- from IT professionals to aerospace engineers -- competed last night in an unusual twist on a cocktail competition at Anvil Bar & Refuge. Although they were all cocktail enthusiast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Gourmet With a Side of Ghetto at Grand Prize Bar

    Do you know how dark it is in GPB? This is the best I could manage.​There is a point at which last night's events begin to get extremely fuzzy for me. I know that some time around 10:30 p.m., I ended up on the back porch at Grand Prize Bar (1010 Banks, 713-526-4565) smoking cigarettes -- I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Open Tab: Feed Your Belly And Your Head

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at Craig HlavatyUnder the Volcano ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010

    Third Strike

    Grand Prize finallys opens

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Winning the Grand Prize

    Ponying up to the new bar at Grand Prize.​The bartenders were all punch-drunk tired and most of the patrons were just plain drunk. The lightbulbs were red and the jukebox blessedly didn't have an Internet connection. The air conditioning was cold and the patio was filled with smoke. The drinks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    New Bar's Jukebox Takes The Grand Prize

    Craig Hlavaty​Thursday night, after seeing the Houston Symphony cover Queen and then running to Warehouse Live to bathe in Ratt, Rocks Off went to the opening night of Brad Moore's new bar in Montrose, Grand Prize. Formerly Ernie's On Banks, GP was hopping from 9 p.m., when the first drink w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    The Once and Future Ernie's

    This is a picture of Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs player. Not to be confused with Ernie's on Banks, the now-defunct bar.​Barflies and beer lovers were shocked to learn today that Ernie's on Banks had suddenly and mysteriously closed overnight. The stalwart bar on Banks -- its very name reflec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Does Washington Avenue Need Any More Live Music?

    Son Lam If Pearl Bar did have live music, where would the band fit?​Last week, the Chronicle ran a story about the owners of Salt Bar, a newer drinking establishment on Washington Avenue, and their goal of building "a live music scene in Houston from the ground up." One of the partners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Houston Gets the Clap Tonight - the Soul Clap Dance Party, That Is

    ​Looks like Rocks Off better get out of here pretty quick and take a nap, because it appears we'll be overindulging at Mango's for two nights in a row. We might be able to dance off some of those beers this time though, because on his way to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, former Houstonian Jonathan T ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Dive Bar-ology 101: What A Dive Bar Is Not

    ​These days, there are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes a dive bar. Going by lists on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, and especially this laughable list from the Houston Chronicle, apparently any drinking establishment that does not sport bottle service, valet parking and a velvet r ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
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    October 9, 2008
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    March 15, 2008
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    July 26, 2007

    Ten Years After the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards

    Where are the bands and nominees today?

  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Bayou Blow

    Coke is the new weed

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Liquid Lunch

    A weekday afternoon in Westbury's Cozy Corner

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Houston Rock Scene Woes, Continued

    A tri-ologue with three scene vets about selling out, not being true to yourself and rocking too hard

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Downtown H-town Throwdown

    Tearing it up at the Music Awards Showcase

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Faux Strummer, Bogus Buzzcocks and Phony Ramones

    Never mind the bollocks, here's Rudyard's punk karaoke night

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Street Scene

    Sex, drugs, rock & roll, and the ballad of 2100 Lexington

  • News

    December 21, 1995

    Punk Parents

    With the "No Future" generation deciding to breed, are we headed for anarchy in the pre-K?

  • Music

    May 11, 1995

    Royal and Righteous

    Queen for a Day benefits a good cause and gives local bands a chance to rock you

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    October 27, 1994
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    April 28, 1994
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    February 3, 1994
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