Bryan Caswell

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    October 2, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    There are very few chefs in the United States who can describe what it's like to win a James Beard award. As we discussed yesterday, Chris Shepherd is one of them, but success doesn't seem to have spoiled him yet. Most of the time, he's where he's always been for the last few years: at Underbelly me ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Something Delicious and New Has Joined My Slider Trio at Little Big's

    Last time I stopped by Little Big's, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the slider joint had a new(ish) addition to the menu: hot dog sliders. When did this happen? Apparently earlier this year. But you wouldn't know unless you stopped in, as the restaurant hasn't updated their website or Fac ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Landry's Lawsuits and All-Day Sunday Funday in Sugar Land

    Eater Houston: Congratulations are in order for Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd, who was named Best New Chef yesterday by Food & Wine. Shepherd is one of 10 Best New Chefs listed by the magazine, and is joined by the likes of Michael Voltaggio, at Ink in Los Angeles and Danny Bowien of Mission ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: More Americana, Headed Your Way

    Intercontinental Airport must have finally gotten the memo that its dining options were sorely limited considering Houston's rich culinary offerings, because it looks like something's finally being done about it. Earlier this month, there was the news that chef Johnny Hernandez is opening The Frute ... More >>

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    May 19, 2012

    Killen's Steakhouse Moving Into Recently-Vacated Stella Sola Space in the Heights

    Almost as quickly as Bryan Caswell closed Stella Sola's doors, Chef Ronnie Killen is opening them up again as Killen's Steakhouse. Caswell and Killen battled each other as grill masters at the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge a couple weeks ago, with Killen winning the grand prize trip to New York. Mo ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Houston Burgers: This burger blog has been dormant for a few months, but a brand-new post popped up in my Google Reader today -- and just in time for baseball season. This week, Darrell reviewed the new deep-fried mac 'n' cheese burger at Minute Maid Park, which contains the same deep-fried mac 'n' ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Give the Planet a Hug

    This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. That means plenty of tree-hugging food events that make you want to throw off the surly bonds of cynicism for at least one day and acknowledge that maybe you really do like Earth. And Revival Market is a good place to start. On April 22, Revival Market wi ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Forks Over Knives and Farm Dinners

    First things first: Don't forget that this coming Monday, April 2 is our Championship Tasting for the 2012 Burger Bracket. If you disagree with any of the Final 4 contenders, be one of the first 100 people to come out to The Distillery at 4 p.m. and judge the burgers for yourself when sampling opens ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Southern Living's Paula Disbrowe on Houston as One of the South's Tastiest Cities

    Houston is the only Texas city recognized by the magazine in its top 10 list.​Southern Living's senior travel editor Paula Disbrowe knows Texas. The chef and food writer will be celebrating her 10th year of living in the Lone Star State this coming January, and was happy to report that a Texa ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Tim Love and Tequila Take Over Top Chef: Texas

    Also known as the episode in which Padma goes full Pocahontas, complete with faux Indian choker I once bought during a family vacation to Tucson in 1993.​Seven episodes in, and I'm sorry to report that none of the challenges thus far have involved the contestants being forced to shoot their ow ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Eat Noodles, Help the Homeless

    ​Still haven't made Halloween plans? Head to RA Sushi in Highland Village or at CityCentre, where the restaurant will be hosting its annual Boo Bash this Monday, October 31, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Boo Bites (appetizers) and Potent Potions (booze) will be on special all night, and guests are en ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe & Shrine: Revival of the Fittest

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.​Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell in the kitchen at TQLA​In part one of our conversation with Chef Tommy Birdwell of TQLA, we covered his early career and his vision for TQLA. Today, we'll discuss Chef Birdwell's work on the Pappasito's menu, writing a cookbook with Stephan Pyles, an ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Chingo Bling Gets New York Times Love - Food Love

    Marco TorresChingo Bling, sans tamales in L.A.​Hey, guess what? A Houston musician finally got some love from The New York Times - not the semi-weekly Texas Tribune spread printed special for the paper's Lone Star press run, but the actual Gray Lady herself. Guess what else? It's in the food ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs, the James Beard Awards Edition

    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. 29-95: Yes, it's true: There was a tie this year at the James Beard Foundation ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    VIP tickets will be on sale this Monday.​Bought your tickets yet for the upcoming Haute Wheels food truck festival? No? Good. Because you'll have an opportunity to purchase heavily discounted VIP tickets for the event, which takes place on May 14 and 15 at the campus of HCC Southwest. The Hous ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 28, 2011

    Stellar Stella

    This spectacular restaurant is already a Heights institution.

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    April 7, 2011

    Houston Culinary Tours Gain National Recognition

    Chris Shepherd and Bryan Caswell on the inaugural Houston Culinary Tour.​You have to admit, the Houston Culinary Tours are a clever idea to promote Houston: pairing high-profile chefs with a handful of passionate food lovers, and allowing those chefs to take those food lovers to some of the ci ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Katharine Shilcutt Nominated for a National James Beard Award

    Houston Press food critic Katharine Shilcutt has been nominated for a James Beard Award in the Multimedia Food Feature category for "Designer Meats" and the accompanying video "Butchering 101 with Chris Shepherd." The story describes how Houston chefs are curing and preserving their own meats, allo ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    The rendering is now real.​Two long-awaited Houston restaurants are finally ready for their close-ups. El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, which will open for dinner service tonight, and Mai's, which will open next month after a 14-month closure due to a devastating fire. All week long, the parking lot has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 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. Dallas Observer: The big Texas dining news last week came out of Dallas (I know ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Restaurants We're Excited About for 2011

    ​For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, right? Well, for all the new restaurants that disappointed us in 2010, there are many more coming in 2011 that we're awaiting with baited breath. Whether they be old favorites revived or entirely new restaurants, whether they be from ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    5 Desserts That Are Actually Better Than Sex

    ​Many claim the hyperbolic title - cakes, pies, layer desserts and the like - but few truly live up to the name. Here's a list we put together (from a solicitation of all the EOW bloggers) that could claim the description truthfully. 5. Paula Deen's "Is it really better than sex?" Cake While ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Recap: Final Episode of The Next Iron Chef

    ​We enter the final chapter of this season of The Next Iron Chef, and I am torn. On one hand the finalists, Marco Canora and Marc Forgione, are the two that should be here. They have consistently been the best from start to finish and won a majority of the challenges. They deserve to be called ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Recap: Episode 7 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​I gotta admit, I'm still stewing over the results of The Next Iron Chef. At the beginning of the episode, we were promised that two would be banished, but instead they just kicked off Bryan Caswell and then wimped out of picking another to boot. There are rules, people. In America, we follow ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Bryan Caswell Defends Houston on Eatocracy, But Can We Defend Ourselves?

    We're used to being insulted on a national level. Right, Zagat?​In 2002, Houston officially became a Zagat guide-less city. Teresa Byrne-Dodge, editor and publisher of My Table Magazine, told the Houston Press at that time how the folks at Zagat -- based in New York City -- had not only snubb ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Please try not to end up like this jack-o-lantern this weekend.​Halloween activities abound this weekend and we have the best parties all picked out for you in our annual Halloween guide. But if parties aren't your bag of treats, don't fret: There's still plenty else coming up to keep you busy ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Royally Food at the Queen Vic Pub

    If you like rum and falernum, you'll like the Jewel in the Crown.​Let's get a few things straight first. The Queen Vic Pub (2712 Richmond), which opened on September 3, is nothing like The Red Lion. Yes, they're both pubs. Yes, they both serve a mixture of British and Indian food on their menu ... More >>

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    September 8, 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. The Mija Chronicles: While absolutely no one I know was able to attend the Inte ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #10 Crispy Skin Snapper at Reef

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    It's been an exciting past week for diners and restaurateurs alike, with a rash of new and planned openings to please pretty much any palate. The biggest news, of course, was that our own Robb Walsh is working with Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd -- the team behind restaurants like Little Big's and Re ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #28 Couchon de Lait at Stella Sola

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chef: Voting Is Now Open

    Thankfully, none of our nominees look like this.​We've carefully combed through the 100 plus comments from last week's post and compiled the top five male and top five female chefs you nominated as Houston's hottest chef. We combed through our own photo archives and -- occasionally -- the che ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Bartender Chat: Lindsay Heffron of Stella Solla

    The San Remo. ​We've read a lot about Bryan Caswell and his new venture, Stella Sola. But, what you may not know is that in addition to the Texas-Tuscan food, Stella Sola has a sleek, modern bar with a unique cocktail menu. Mixologist Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge designed the eclectic me ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Raising the Bar at the Bourbon Throwdown

    Photos by GroovehouseAdam Bryan finishes up his No Bogey Fizz cocktails.​Last night's Bourbon Throwdown at Branchwater Tavern was the fifth throwdown -- a casual, Iron Chef-style competition between local chefs -- that the Houston Chowhounds have thrown since June 2009. But far from being a re ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Robb Walsh Named a James Beard Award Finalist (With Disturbing Video!)

    Watch the above video, and you'll never forget it (trust us). It's called "Robb Walsh Takes Beef 101" -- and he shot it at Texas A&M for a feature story he was writing for the Houston Press, "Not So Clear Cut." Walsh was just named a finalist in the James Beard Awards for the feature story, alon ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Chef Chat: Justin Basye Part 2

    Fabio​Yesterday Justin explained the nomination process for the James Beard Awards. Today we discuss changes he has implemented and what he does on his days off from work. Eating Our Words: So four months later, what has changed? Justin Basye: Haha, my responsibilities! Moving from sous to c ... More >>

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    January 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. Foodie Houston: We can't disagree with Jodie's statement that "Chris Shepherd R ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Tune In and Turn On

    ​If you missed Robb Walsh's two-part apperance on The Michael Berry Show back in October, you have another chance to catch our newly un-anonymous food critic this weekend as he appears on Southbound Food on 1560 AM. The radio show -- which is anchored by Sports Animal hosts Lance Zierlein, Da ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Mushroom Burger Protest

    Photo by Robyn Lee ​It started with a simple Tweet. Aimee Woodall, owner of Black Sheep marketing/publicity firm, was a fan of the mushroom burger at Little Bigs, a slider stop in the Montrose area (2703 Montrose, 713-521-2447). She was disappointed when she stopped in at the eatery one day only t ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Aftermath: Born Liars, Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans, B L A C K I E, Metavenge and Buxton

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​This member of Rocks Off has never felt so proud of his city, especially after last night's Houston Press Music Awards showcase. He was wont to call it "his" city just a few years back, commuting back and forth into the Inner-Loop breach to review show after show from the s ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    A Delicious Recipe for Success

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttGracie Cavnar and Monica PopeIt was a gorgeous summer night in the gardens of a stately West University mansion, and Monica Pope was serving a most unlikely dish to the well-to-do types at the table: scrapple. A dozen enraptured guests had their first taste of the dish - ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Houston's Own Artisanal Gelato

    The dulce de leche gelato was masterful: velvety smooth with that familiar thick sweetness, but not overwhelmingly so.  Some dulce de leche treats take on an overpowering, sickly sweet caramel flavor, but not this gelato.  The shards of dark chocolate scattered throughout ad ... More >>

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    August 19, 2004

    Sushi Pudding

    You can bank on the salmon and chili tapioca at the Hotel Icon's Bank Jean-Georges

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    June 10, 2004

    All the Way to the Bank

    What does it take to get a celebrity chef to put his name on a Houston restaurant?

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