Brooklyn (New York City)

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    July 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 83. Porkobuco at Brooklyn Athletic Club

    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 >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Does a Hot Dog By Any Other Name Taste as Good? James Coney Island is Now JCI Grill

    Every restaurant goes through changes at one point or another, and it seems it's James Coney Island's turn to do so. The famous Houston-based hot dog chain will no longer be known as James Coney Island. The restaurant has decided to change its name to JCI Grill in an attempt to re-brand itself. Wit ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Monica Pope Creates Dateworthy Hot Dog at James Coney Island

    It's Chef Monica Pope's turn in the James Coney Island Houston Chefs and Show Dog series. The Sparrow Bar Cookshop chef has created one heck of a gourmet hot dog that you will definitely want to make a date to try. Throughout the entire month of October, James Coney Island locations will serve her ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Pizza, Limoncello, and Double Dating at Piola

    Shame on me for forgetting about Piola. It had been too long, so I recently reacquainted myself with the Italian chain on a double date with friends. Luckily, the flame is still burning (with the restaurant; not the other couple, creeps). You could say I'm hot for pizza. Piola gets right what a lot ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Bushwick Bill's Five Most Unhinged Geto Boys Verses

    The Geto Boys' performance at this year's Free Press Summer Festival was fun and all, but there's no question something was missing. Namely, a sawed-off, fun-loving sociopath by the name of Bushwick Bill, the diminutive, one-eyed rapper and dancer who's been an indelible element of the group's off-k ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013

    God Bless Americana: Brooklyn Athletic Club's Sinful Blend of Comfort Food and Class

    Brooklyn Athletic Club celebrates with its Americana menu mixing gourmet and comfort food delivered in generous portions.

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    May 20, 2013

    James Coney Island Unveils Line of Chef-Designed Hot Dogs on June 1

    James Coney Island is one of the oldest restaurants in Houston, founded in 1923 by Greek immigrant brothers James and Tom Papadakis (this explains the Greek-influenced chili that remains on the menu to this day). But although the chain is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the food is anyth ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Jeff Axline of Brooklyn Athletic Club, On "Americana" Style Food, His Menu, and How the Houston and Austin Food Scenes Compare

    This is Part 2 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. EOW: Tell me about Brooklyn Athletic Club. JA: This was originally Shepard's idea. He's had the idea for a long time, but it was hard to come to fruition without having a property tha ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Of Moon Towers and Branch Waters

    29-95: The big news of the week is that David Grossman is leaving his space at 510 Shepherd and taking the name "Branch Water Tavern" with him. Grossman plans to stay on for two months while a new management team leases the building, but will then depart at which point the restaurant will take on a ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    First Look at Brooklyn Athletic Club: Shepard Ross and Jeff Axline Partner Up Once More

    "It's like someone created a tiny, unpretentious country club and smacked it down in the middle of Houston. And there's a nice restaurant attached." This is how I found myself attempting to explain Brooklyn Athletic Club to my mother the day after I'd dined at the new restaurant on Richmond for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Shmaltz Tap Takeover Tomorrow at Hay Merchant, Plus the Shmaltz Holiday box

    The Hay Merchant is a "Chosen Bar," according to Shmaltz Brewing Company. The Houston beer spot has been selected to help celebrate Shmaltz's 16th anniversary as well as the beginning of Hanukkah tomorrow afternoon by tapping a special selection of 18 different kegs from Shmaltz. With four "Chose ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    September 18, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking?

    Yes, that's a Saint Arnold pint glass, but inside it is Brooklyn beer Sixpoint. And this tavern was one of the first in Houston to stock a Sixpoint selection, including my personal favorite: Sweet Action, a cream ale that might just make you forget about all other beers for at least a few weeks. Th ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2012
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    July 4, 2012

    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Start Celebrating 9/11, Because That's Basically What This Is For Me") ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 9, 2012

    Can Domino's Pull Off "Brooklyn-Style" Pizza?

    No! 1000 percent, N-effing-O. Maybe my expectations were raised too high by the promise of hand-stretched, perfectly foldable crust, and by images of the flavorful, thin, crisp crust conjured by the word "Brooklyn." Or maybe it was the fact that I just wasn't drunk. Anyway I look at it -- my experi ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2012
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    April 13, 2012

    Southbound Pachyderm: A Mixtape For An Elephant

    Elephants are awesome. Science surely has a more in depth way of expressing mankind's fondness for our giant pachyderm friends, but, "Elephants are awesome" does the trick just fine. I postulate that if you don't like elephants then you must be a terrorist. Scratch that -- even terrorists like elep ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Brew Blog: Red Hook Eisbock 28

    Usually, Red Hook is one of my in-a-pinch beers. I'll drink it if the next best offering is Shiner, maybe, but rarely on other occasions. I don't even have that much familiarity with the stuff, having only had the ESB prior to this bottle. It's just that my beer-drinking dollars are precious to me, ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    More Texas Cities Considering Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags

    Brownsville set a trend last year when it became the first city in Texas to ban the use of plastic grocery bags in nearly all consumer settings. Brownsville mayor Pat Ahumada told the New York Times that the ban had eliminated 350,000 plastic bags per day, a decrease that "transformed our city from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Cops Sexually Abusing Teens Learning to Be Cops

    ​What could go wrong with young kids learning to be cops by hanging with them as they do their jobs? Lots, according to this week's cover story. The Explorer program is administered by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Teenage girls and boys take part all over the ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Odd Pair: Asparagus and Wine

    Today we think of asparagus as one of the standard vegetable side dishes in the contemporary canon of American gastronomy. But in another era, asparagus was considered one of the world's greatest delicacies: The insatiable King Louis XIV built greenhouses so that he could eat asparagus all year rou ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Night After Monsters: Winner and Craft Beer Labels Announced

    Brooklyn's Oktoberfest: the label that proved toughest to guess.​We had 29 entries for last week's Night After Monsters contest, in which we asked our readers to identify 15 craft beer labels which had been edited to remove all identifying text. And of those 29 entries, an impressive 19 got al ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    This Just In: SXSW Announces First Round Of 2012 Showcasing Bands, Including Fat Tony and Something Fierce

    Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11​Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Another Wine Blog: "Don't be a Wine Spectator," writes Amy Corron Power this week on the blog she co-authors with her husband Joe. Amy and Joe often express their skepticism when it comes to wine reviews and wine blogging, and Amy offers some good advice in this post: "The best way to tell ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​This is the first of a series of wine blog roundups. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Wine Camp: Craig Camp out on the west coast is always at the top of our Google reader feed. This week he ponders the nature of wine c ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011
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    October 8, 2010

    Brooklyn's "Fourth-Largest City" Boast Threatened By Us

    Brooklyn's boast may be in contention soon​ Way back in the benighted `70s, there was a (terrible) sitcom called Welcome Back, Kotter, starring Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta (just to indicate clearly its levels of terribleness).The opening credits each week featured a montage with the abov ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    August 26, 2010

    People Think A Plastic-Bag Ban Is Terrible, Plastic-Bag Industry Reports

    Brownsville is getting ready to implement a ban on plastic bags in supermarkets, under an ordinance passed earlier this year.You know who doesn't like that? The American Chemistry Council, which we're sure just deals with the wonders of chemistry and how it can improve lives, through the use of, say ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    The Anachronistic Chef: Egg Cream

    jenniferrt66Junior's in Brooklyn still makes egg creams. ​This is one in a series of posts in which I sample recipes from the days of yore (i.e., not the 1990s). The dishes featured were mainstays of 19th-, 18th- and even 17th-century tables, but for one reason or another (unusual taste, archa ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    More Guerrilla Bar Fare with Jersey Mike's Super Italian Sub and the Brooklyn Brewery's New Summer Ale at Hans' Bierhaus

    ​It was one of those-super gorgeous spring days in Houston. What better to do than ransack some bar with food from another joint? Hans' Bierhaus doesn't have food, anyway, except for some chips behind the bar. This was actually the first time we tried Jersey Mike's or Brooklyn Brewery's Summ ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010
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    March 11, 2010
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    February 9, 2010

    The Mexicanization of the Hot Dog

    ​In Houston, as in Chicago, Los Angeles and Denver, Mexican-style hot dogs have been increasing in popularity. But when the mainstream hot dog chain James Coney Island introduced a Sonoran hot dog last year, you could feel the seismic shift as the tectonic plates of German and Mexican culture ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    "Weird" and Proud, Preemo Understands the Meaning of "Hustle Town"

    ​ We think "Weird Al" Yankovic screwed it up for everybody. There aren't lots of times you can use the word "weird" in a good way. That's one of those words we need to take back, on the real, because when you put "weird" into the right context it can be a positive thing - a differentiator from th ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    January 7, 2010

    The BQE

    Wait a minute, nothing could be as ugly as I-45

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    January 6, 2010

    "Paper Or Plastic": You Won't Be Hearing That In Brownsville Anymore

    ​Brownsville is never going to be confused with Portland, San Franciscio or some other bucolic tree-hugging liberal city, but it's home to just as many crunchy ecological activists as any yurt-living commune, apparently.Yesterday its version of the city council voted to ban merchants from usin ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    December 17, 2008

    Cold Day Lunch: A Hot Bowl of Chili

    There's nothing quite like a bowl of chili with chopped onions and saltines to warm you up on a cold winter day. And for eighty-five years, one of the best bowls of chili in the city has been served at the James Coney Island hot dog stands. The chili recipe hasn't changed in all those years, althoug ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    Border Patrol Amps It Up This Weekend

    At midnight on Saturday, the U.S. Border Patrol launches "Operation River Freedom Denial," a response to several clashes between agents and drug smugglers this week along the border. The operation will move more agents to the Brownsville and McAllen areas, to assist sheriffs' departments and local ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Aldine ISD Is The Susan Lucci Of The Broad Prize, Again

    Remember, Aldine -- it's an honor just to be nominated. It's an honor just to be nominated. It's an honor just to be nominated. That's what school district officials will have to keep repeating to themselves as once again they have been denied the $1 million Broad Prize in Urban Education. For the ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    “Perfectible Worlds”

    Sage Sohier looks at obsession

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    August 14, 2008

    Dan Kopp and Jay Davis

    Two Brooklyn artists show off their new works

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    July 13, 2006
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    February 23, 2006
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