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  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Charming Service and Terrific Takeout from Peru Cafe Express

    It's fine day in Houston when a diner has a choice of several good restaurants serving Peruvian food. Even finer is the fact that one of them, Peru Cafe Express, offers a super casual atmosphere, reasonable prices, takeout, and delivery. Lomo saltado and an Inca Cola delivered to your doorstep? Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Popular Farm-to-Table Restaurant Haven Serving its Last Meal Tonight

    The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago first reported this afternoon that Haven and Cove Cold Bar will be closing after service tonight. The well-liked restaurant just off Kirby Drive is known for serving fresh produce from its own garden and meats sourced from local producers. Chef Randy Evans of Hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Upper Kirby is Getting a Face Lift

    It's been a sad past few weeks for the Upper Kirby restaurant scene. Brio Tuscan Grille (3029 Kirby) shuttered just after Cafe Express, Roak, Hendrick's Pub and OTC Patio Bar, all in the same area, closed. Swamplot reports that a moving crew arrived on Sunday, June 1, to pack everything up. There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    What's The Deal With Upper Kirby?

    Nearly every evening I run up and down Kirby Drive, taking in the sights (elderly couples ambling into Carrabba's; valets standing around bored in West Ave), the sounds (car horns honking as drivers make abrupt right turns into the Whole Foods parking lot) and the smells (garlic, fry oil, diesel fue ... 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 30, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Lucky Burger Says Goodbye After 40 Years & Siphon Coffee Finally Opens

    Swamplot broke the news this week that Lucky Burger at 1601 Richmond Avenue will close on Saturday, May 31. Now that the burger joint's lease is up, the restaurant will turn off the lights after 40 years of operation. But, if you want to take a piece of the restaurant home with you, especially if it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Songkran Thai Kitchen Opens in Uptown Park

    As a college student at UCLA, Thai food was easy to come by. Aside from pizza, it was one of the easiest foods to get delivered, and I didn't realize at the time how spoiled I'd become by its easy availability until I moved to Houston. While we definitely have excellent choices for ethnic food, I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    The Soon-To-Open Menil Café Has a Name, And We're Underwhelmed

    The publicity information for the "Menil Café Name Game" came with the following headline: "What do you call a café housed in a Craftsman-era bungalow that's nestled in the green heart of Houston's Museum District and affords views of a renowned modern landmark?" What indeed? That description of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Where To Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

    Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Our Inspired Suggestions for the Name of the New Menil Cafe (And You Can Name It, Too)

    The new café at the Menil Collection seems like it's been in development forever. But recently we received some promising information that leads us to believe the café is, in fact, happening -- and soon! The press office for the Menil announced that the café will be housed in one of the 20th-cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of Hawthorn Makes His Own Pastas, Sausages and Pie Crust

    This is last part of a three-part chef chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we chatted with Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, the executive chef and partner at Hawthorn in Upper Kirby, a restaurant that is literally a hidden gem because its phy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Small Plates the Right Way at 1252 Tapas

    This past summer, long before he was raising Guy Fieri's frosted tip hackles, New York Times food critic Pete Wells was lashing out against the continuing "small plate" trend and its tendency -- as Wells put it -- to lend "the sensation of having eaten a delicious meal without feeling truly satisfie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Hail Caesar Salad! 28th Annual My Table Magazine Caeser Salad Competition

    What makes for a good caesar salad? Is it fresh, crunchy romaine lettuce? Are home-made, well-seasoned croutons the secret? Is it the perfect amount of lemon juice, olive oil, egg, garlic and pepper? Perhaps the quality and quantity of the parmesan cheese that tops it? Maybe it's the notorious ancho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    MFAH Fine Art Food Trucks Perk Up Lunch in the Museum District

    When I first heard about the MFAH Fine Art Food Trucks program, I was extremely excited. As much as I love living in the Museum District, one of the huge drawbacks is the lack of variety when it comes to food choices. Sure, I can hop on a train and head downtown when the urge strikes, but there is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Openings & Closings: October 2011

    Coming soon: Free bitch-slaps for anyone who says, "Meet me at the Finn."​It's been a busy month for restaurant openings, closings, name changes and remodels. Hang onto your coffee cups -- we've got a lot of restaurant news to get through in one post. Openings: BlackFinn American Grille is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    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. 2995: Good news for 'cue lovers: Burns BBQ has not only reopened, it's already ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    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. Weapons Grade: I inadvertently started a Twitter "war" (side note: really?) Mon ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010

    Obliviously Plump

    Study reveals overweight women blissfully unaware

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Robert Del Grande of RDG Bar Annie, Part 1

    ​EOW recently got to sit down with Robert Del Grande of RDG Bar Annie (plus a host of other restaurants around town -- The Grove, Café Express and two new ventures about to open at West Ave, just to name a few). Though we could have asked him how it felt to be one of the pioneering chefs du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Becca Cason Thrash: Star Of CultureMap, Which Doesn't Mention She's Married To An Owner Of It

    Lifestyles of the rich and semi-famous​In many ways, a recent post was a typical CultureMap item: headlined "Becca Cason Thrash, Scott McClelland, Gina Gaston & more share their living lean strategies," it was a hard(ly)-hitting look at the holiday diet tips of Houston's wealthy social types. ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 21, 2010

    Faces of Ife

    "Dynasty and Divinity" gives us the art of ancient Nigeria.

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010
  • News

    July 1, 2010

    Police Problems

    Readers respond to problems at HCC.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Breakfast at Cafe Express

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Breakfast at Cafe Express might be one of the best-kept secrets in town...for now. Even though the breakfast menu launched a few months ago -- the efforts of Cafe Express' corporate chef Greg Martin finally come to fruition -- the crowds haven't yet found their wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Ryan Pera of the Grove

    ​Yesterday, we started a conversation with Chef Ryan Pera of the Grove. As promised, today we finish it up, even asking him about a pesky rumor we'd heard and shamelessly questioning him about his personal life. Eating Our Words: We have heard a little rumor about the burger recipe at the Gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Chain Gang Edition

    This week we round up chain restaurants cited for health code violations. First up: Houston's own Café Express (1422 W. Gray). Who can resist its cornichon/roasted garlic/olive/crouton/caper bar? Amidst the overcooked chicken breasts and watery pasta entrées, the Café's delicious oddments bar of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Bodega's Taco Shop: Spicing Up the Museum District

    Houstonians have long-lamented the dearth of restaurants in the Museum District.  In other cities, such destination neighborhoods have plenty of dining action but not in Houston.  Instead, the nation's capital for restaurant saturation has a surprising lack of dining options in close proxi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Places That Are Open -- Constantly Updated

    We've heard these places are open for business. We'll update the list as info comes in. Note: We're posting these as we get them. Some places, like supermarkets, may run out of stuff after we post. So check by phone if you can (yeah, we know), and don't hold it against us if things have changed. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007
  • Dining

    February 1, 2007

    Two Faces of Mak Chin's

    A new pan-Asian restaurant on Shepherd has a split personality

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    Butterball Run

    Steven Devadanam for HouStoned Images Ltd., Ulmtd. Team Corkscrew member Andy Adams and a Beaujolais Nouveau mascot re-enact the crash. (No mascots were harmed in this photo.) Four teams, four turkeys, two baby strollers, a grocery cart and a wheelbarrow: It sounds like a list for one of our C ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 14, 2005

    Less Price, Less Spice

    Two Mandola-family restaurants provide a lesson in what we're paying for when we eat out

  • Dining

    December 2, 2004

    Grande Plans

    Houston's most famous chef talks about prostate cancer, turning 50 and what's next for Cafe Annie

  • Dining

    June 24, 2004
  • Dining

    May 30, 2002

    Luby's Has a Chef?

    From haute cuisine to the LuAnn Platter, star chefs are moving on down the food chain

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    Non Mall Shopping Adventures

    Shopping adventures

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Condiments

    Cafe Express

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    The ABCs of DNA

    Robert Del Grande

  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Get In Line

    Bruce Molzan's Ruggles Cafe Bakery makes meals worth standing around for

  • Dining

    April 6, 2000

    Hot Plate

    Café Express

  • Dining

    February 3, 2000

    Playing with Food

    The Cordóa brothers share the last laugh with their deliciously silly Amazon Grill

  • Dining

    June 3, 1999
  • Calendar

    May 21, 1998

    Night & Day

    May 21 - 27, 1998

  • Music

    May 14, 1998
  • Dining

    November 27, 1997

    Tacos with Ambition

    Robert del Grande's Taco Milagro aims upmarket

  • Dining

    July 18, 1996
  • Film

    April 11, 1996
  • Dining

    February 22, 1996
  • Dining

    June 9, 1994
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