Bryan Caswell

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Celebrating the Seafood Tower at Reef

    When I think of seafood towers, I think of overly elaborate presentations that will arrive before me with the same pizazz as the excitable cartoon food in Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest." Shrimp and crabs will be practically jumping off the top tier in anticipation, and clams and oysters will ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Like Wine? Doing Good Deeds? Join Women of Wine Charities At Its Annual Benefit

    The Women of Wine Charities hosts its Grand Tasting next week, a walk-around tasting event featuring world-class wines and bites from some of Houston's top chefs, including Reef's Bryan Caswell and Claire Smith of Canopy. The organization, which started in 2007 as a peer networking group for women ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2013

    Line & Lariat Goes from Surf to Turf

    Line & Lariat offers an exceptional menu showcasing some of the best foods in this state's culinary history. Now it just needs some customers.

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    July 13, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Bryan Caswell, Randy Evans, Danny Trace

    In Houston, the restaurant community is so tight that everyone has worked together in some shape or form over the years. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat, we check in with chefs Bryan Caswell, Randy Evans, and Danny Trace. Evans is affiliated with a bunch of local chefs thanks to his time at B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Stella Sola Closed Its Doors on Sunday

    Bryan Caswell announced today that Stella Sola, his Texan-Tuscan restaurant in the Heights along with partner Bill Floyd, closed its doors on Sunday. The announcement followed months of rumors that Stella Sola would soon be closing, a result of the building in which it was housed going up for sale. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Who Grills the Best Steak? Killen and Caswell Duke it Out in the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge

    What better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than to participate in a pop-up celebrity chef challenge at your local Walmart parking lot, where the main ingredient is steak? Last Tuesday, shoppers at the Walmart Supercenter # 1409 (10750 Westview Drive) had a lucky surprise when they pulled in ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011

    The Real World

    With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.

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    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Reef's Smoked Pork Chop

    Photo by Stacy ZanePork chops taste goooood.​Recently, I ordered the smoked pork chop at Reef, an upscale seafood restaurant headed by famed Houston chef Bryan Caswell. Back in May, this pork chop was featured on The Food Network's program "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and was recommended by c ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    A Not So Happy Hour at El Real Tex-Mex

    Prickly pear margarita at El-Real Tex-Mex​I admit, my expectations were high for El Real Tex-Mex. And well they should be. Since it's a joint venture between James Beard nominee Bryan Caswell, and James Beard Award-winning writer and former Houston Press Food Critic Robb Walsh, I expected to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Chef de Cuisine Justin Basye Departing Stella Sola

    Photo by FabioBasye is leaving Stella Sola to further sharpen his skills.​It's a day for kitchen shakeups across Houston. First came the news from the Houston Chronicle that Michael Kramer is ending his partnership with The Tasting Room. And now, Justin Basye has also announced that he's leav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Three Sliders, You're Out at Minute Maid Park

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe bowl also makes a cute and handy cat helmet when cleaned. Your cat may feel otherwise, however.​I don't personally understand the appeal of going to the ballpark and getting anything other than a hot dog or a plate of nachos piled high with "cheese" and pickled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Bryan Caswell Comes to the Food Network Along with Several New Shows

    Caswell during competition on the Next Iron Chef.​By now, the news that Houston's own Bryan Caswell will have his own four-episode show on the Food Network has worked its buzzy way through Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the Internet. Starting in May, the busy chef will be hosting a run of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    First Look at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​"We had 1,000 covers on Friday night, then 1,200 covers last night," an exhausted but happy-looking Bill Floyd told me when he stopped by our table at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe on Sunday evening. It was a little past 5 p.m., the doors to the place had just opened, and a ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2011

    MasterMinds 2011

    Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.

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    November 29, 2010

    Houston Culinary Tours Ramping Up Again

    The inaugural barbecue tour with Robb Walsh; see if you can spot the man himself.​There's now one more way to get your Robb Walsh fix besides rereading that copy of Sex, Death and Oysters for the fifth time: The Houston Press's former food critic is teaming up with Catalan executive chef Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Texas Foodies and Chefs Secede from Dixie: The Texas Food Alliance Fundraiser at Armadillo Palace

    Photos by Jeff Balke​While the mighty ice sculpture with the Foodways Texas logo slowly melted amid it all, rivers of St. Arnold's and Dripping Springs vodka / Rio Grande Valley ruby red grapefruit juice cocktails flowed. The Catalan corned beef sliders, Goode Company baked oysters, shrimp cor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Recap: Episode 6 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​On the previous episode of The Next Iron Chef, Maneet Chauhan was finally put out of her misery. Nice lady, interesting choices, but just not consistent enough to get the job done. We also learned that in this episode that two of the final five would be getting the ax. If I have to guess rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Recap: Episode 5 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Last time out, Duskie Estes and Maneet Chauhan were both on the bottom, and that is a position that, as Chauhan said, "sucked big time." It sucked more for Estes, as she was booted from The Next Iron Chef. Forget about whom the Next Iron Chef will be -- I gotta see what kind of retro garb A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Recap: Episode 4 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Robb Walsh: Walsh has been documenting a variety of very interesting, very time ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Recap: Episode Three of The Next Iron Chef

    ​On the last episode of The Next Iron Chef, Mario Pagan was booted and Ming Tsai declared he would never be in the bottom two of a challenge again. We'll see, Ming. We'll see. Challenge one for the night is based on the theme of resourcefulness, and the secret ingredient is pickles. Pickled c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Recap: Episode Two of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Here's my chronological running diary of the random thoughts I had while watching episode two of The Next Iron Chef. We are reminded that in the first installment, Andrew Kirschner was sent packing. He has a soul patch. For the first challenge, the contestants are asked to put two breakfast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Bryan Caswell: No Pity

    ​Last night, half of Houston tuned in to watch Chef Bryan Caswell of REEF and Little Big's represent the Bayou City on the Food Network's newest show: Next Iron Chef. I didn't watch it. I was catcalling people from the back of a banquet room at the Hilton during the otherwise classy My Table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    No more ceviche at the Midtown outpost of Lemon Tree.​A reader alerted us via Twitter to the fact that the Lemon Tree (207 West Gray) had closed its doors sometime in the past week. We went by to check it out and it is, indeed, closed. A call to Lemon Tree's original location on Whittington re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Aghastronome: That's right, Houston's own Bryan Caswell will be competing on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Last Night: B L A C K I E, Summer Blondes, The Tontons And Somosuno At Mango's

    Photos by Marc BrubakerSomosuno​B L A C K I E, Summer Blondes, The Tontons, Somosuno Mango's July 29, 2010 Aftermath had an inkling that we'd wind up at Mango's on Thursday as soon as we heard about the so-called "surprise show." For one, our love of music perpetually drags us out of our home ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chefs: Bryan Caswell

    ​Whether you think he is actually hot or not, there are few chefs (heck, people!) who elicit a passionate response like Bryan Caswell. Love him or hate him, the Reef, Little Big's and Stella Sola boss was a Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef" and has even walked a red carpet with food papar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Robb Walsh Bryan Caswell Bill Floyd = Reef Gone Tex-Mex?

    Photo by rutlo​By now, most people have heard the news that our own former food critic, Robb Walsh, is partnering with Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd -- the team behind Reef, Stella Sola and Little Big's -- to open a Tex-Mex joint in Montrose. But not just anywhere in Montrose: in the old but newly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Robb Walsh: The Hunter Will Become The Hunted

    The Tower gets a makeover....will it get any more parking?​Max Bialystock, as portrayed in the show-biz documentary The Producers, had only two rules for doing his job:1. Never put your own money in the show.And 2: NEVER PUT YOUR OWN MONEY IN THE SHOW!!!Robb Walsh, the cuddly, lovable former Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    A Day in the Life of a Food Blogger

    Daily dose of sliders from Little Bigs.​While no one out there confuses food blogging with glamour (at least we hope not), there are those of you out there with colossal misconceptions of what we do here at Eating Our Words. Most of us are not full-time bloggers; rather we have actual jobs and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Chef Chat: James Beard Nominee Justin Basye

    Fabio​Stella Stola's opening four months ago in some rough waters. Fast management changes and skeptical critics rocked the grand opening, but then things started to change. Justin Basye came on board as chef de cuisine under Bryan Caswell and brought a positive outlook and solid crew with him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Freeze Frenzy: Save the Sorrel!

    ​With a hard freeze coming tonight, Houstonians are rushing to harvest their winter gardens. "I am cutting all the citrus off the trees in my yard tonight," chef Bryan Caswell told me. Gardeners are bringing as many of the greens and lettuces as possible to avoid losing them. Look for a bounty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Bivalve Throwdown: Oysters With a Side of Intrigue at Stella Sola

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​In the heat of battle last night, the oysters -- and the chefs -- kept their cool. The fourth such event organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds, the Bivalve Throwdown at Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon saw 11 of the city's best chefs compete to create ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Hop On Board: Houston Culinary Tours Embarking Soon

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Have you ever wanted to cruise around with one of your favorite chefs, picking their brains as you hit his favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the city? Your chance to do just that is coming soon. Whole Foods Market and the Houston Convention and Visitor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    ​The big news this week is once again related to Bedford, the restaurant in the Heights that was up until very recently the home of heralded chef Robert Gadsby. A little birdie told us a few weeks back that Reef's executive chef and co-owner Bryan Caswell had big plans for the space, and they wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Battle Rages On: Fried Chicken Throwdown at Beaver's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Jukebox Hero: Little Big's in Montrose

    Little Bigs, the slider joint at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose, is spinning some of Houston's best and brightest bands and it's all because of owner/chef Bryan Caswell's dream of having his own jukebox. Life-long Houston resident Caswell opened up the slider hut just a few months back. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Jukebox Hero: Little Big's In Montrose

    Little Bigs, the slider joint at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose, is spinning some of Houston's best and brightest bands and it's all because of owner/chef Bryan Caswell's dream of having his own jukebox. Life-long Houston resident Caswell opened up the slider hut just a few months back. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Bryan Caswell: Houston's Best New Chef

    How do i begin; excited, elated, humbled, floored, it doesnt even scratch the surface! Me? Houston? Really? (my 1st 3 words to Dana Cowin) Bryan Caswell, who was just named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2009, took to Twitter immediately after the official announceme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by Robb WalshWow. I'm actually intimidated... by a hamburger. What's the first thing you'd like to hear about on a Monday? Personally, a great Monday morning, to me, is when you find out there's a new bar in town serving carefully crafted cocktails. Katharine Shilcutt interviewed the proprieto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Trainsmash Burger at Out of Africa

    Trainsmash is a South African tomato and onion sauce--a trainsmash burger comes slathered in the stuff. This one also had lettuce, fresh tomato and mayonnaise. I liked the condiments alright, it was the burger patty that was the problem. Out of Africa, the South African restaurant at Sugar Creek and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Little Big's Big Debut

    After much anticipation, Little Big's opened to a crowd hungry for sliders and shakes this past Wednesday night.  The restaurant, which took the place of the popular Ming's at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose, is the latest concept from REEF's Bryan Caswell: a casual burger joint that will ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Little Bitty Burger Barn

    "It's okay to be little bitty in the big city" is an apt slogan for this new burger joint, where sliders rule

  • Dining

    September 6, 2007


    Chef Bryan Caswell is putting a new spin on Gulf red snapper and serving up some fish you've never heard of

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007
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    September 4, 2007

    This Week in Cafe: Reef

    I had never heard of the Gulf fish called tripletail before Bryan Caswell started serving it at Reef. It turns out to be a really weird fish. It has fat squat body and looks something like a miniature grouper. And it likes to float on top of the water lying on one side looking like it’s dead. It ... More >>

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