Tucked away in a strip mall on the corner of Westheimer and Wilcrest is Ramen Jin, a cute, trendy ramen shop by owner Brian Chen. Chen had no prior experience making ramen, but he did all the homework, reading cookbooks, going online and experimenting in the kitchen until he found the right formula ... More >>
For every one person in Houston who complains that the ramen fad is over, there are ten more people who get really excited about every new ramen joint opening and every bowl they have yet to try. Like the cupcake, ramen refuses to die. Fortunately, as Houston's ramen universe continues to expand, ... More >>
When Carl Rosa started the Ramen in Common Facebook group in April 2013, Houston was just in the fledgling stages of the ramen craze. Since then, we've seen several new ramen restaurants open. The group has grown its membership to 800-plus, and has a huge voice on the ramen scene. The group's mant ... More >>
This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.
If you're tired of hearing about ramen, stop reading right now. The craze isn't dying down anytime soon. In fact, many think that, at least here in Houston, it's just getting started, and we're about to go even more gaga over the Japanese soup, thanks to Carl Rosa, founder and president of the Sushi ... More >>
Whenever my parents come to visit, I give them a verbal tour of notable restaurants and my favorite spots as we drive around town. "There's House of Pies," I'll say, "still under construction from that damn fire. Nara just opened in that big complex. I'll take you there sometime. And there's Fat B ... More >>
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Houston has been waiting for a place like Tiger Den. A strip-mall restaurant in the popular Dun Huang Plaza at 9989 Bellaire Boulevard near the intersection of Beltway 8, the new ramen shop and izakaya debuted recently, and diners have had to endure waits of 30 minutes or more for tables. I'd been ... More >>
We heard of only one restaurant closing its doors this week (and it came without much of a shock). It wasn't much longer after the Zushi on Memorial Drive at Westcott closed that the other Zushi location, in the Energy Corridor, shut its doors. Sushi Club of Houston President Carl Rosa reports on t ... More >>
The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.
It was an exciting week in terms of openings for Houston restaurants. We heard about two closings only, but a ton of restaurants announced plans concerning openings (many came forward with dates, too!). Let's get the closings out of the way before we get to this week's openings and news about soon- ... More >>
Urban Swank: BRC Gastropub recently changed its menu, and Urban Swank has the low-down on the new comfort food items. Executive Chef Lance Fegen added a multitude of comforting dishes, such as the Foie Gras Poutine -- crispy fries, chilled foie gras, mushroom brown gravy and farm cheese. There's als ... More >>
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The week began with a couple of fires; one forced a renowned sushi restaurant to close its doors, and the other took a brand-new creperie food truck off the road. Let's start with the badnews before taking a look at all of the new restaurants that opened this week. On Sunday, September 29, around 1 ... More >>
Houstonians know their food, and they sure do get around. Take the thirteen members of the Sushi Club of Houston who recently ventured to Japan with Carl Rosa, president of the club, for the trip of a lifetime. Rosa led the group through six cities, including Narita, Tokyo, Mishima and Kyoto, for ... More >>
Sushi Club of Houston President Carl Rosa has taken Houstonians to Japan since 2007. Rosa takes three groups throughout the year to visit the beautiful land of Japan, tour areas you won't find in a typical traveler's guidebook and taste the best cuisine Japan has to offer. In August, a group of 16 ... More >>
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If you've been keeping up with the Houston happenings in Japanese cuisine, you will notice that ramen dishes are popping up all over the place. Carl Rosa, founder of the Sushi Club of Houston, started the Ramen in Common group less than one month ago as a response to ramen's new high-profile status ... More >>
As we all know, pregnant women typically abstain from certain foods throughout their pregnancy -- specifically, foods which could harm a growing fetus. Many types of fish, for example, have high levels of mercury -- which can cause a liver infection in a pregnant woman -- while others foods, such as ... More >>
Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling
When it comes to sushi, some love it, some hate it, and some only eat California rolls. But, there is so much more to sushi than just a role of rice with cream cheese, avocado and crab. If you, like me until recently, have never ordered sashimi or nigiri and have stuck with the hand-rolled sushi, I ... More >>
Jiro: Dreams of Sushi is a fascinating movie about passion and work ethic. It also happens to feature a sushi chef. It could have just as easily been about a ditch digger or glass blower. The Sushi Club of Houston helped sponsor the film and a dinner afterward at Kata Robata. I was not familiar w ... More >>
Check out our slideshow of the Suckling Pig Throwdown. Leave it to Kata Robata Executive Chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi to assemble a cast of chefs worthy of an Iron Chef all-stars competition. Because that's what happened on Sunday night at the 1st Annual Suckling Pig Throwdown, when 13 of Houston's ... More >>
Eating sushi after watching -- no, experiencing -- Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Friday night was clearly a fool's errand. But watching Jiro Ono make piece after magical piece of nigirizushi with gentle and practiced hands gave me a sushi jones the likes I've which I've never before experienced. I headed ... More >>
Imagine getting into the mind of, or getting to spend a day in the life of, a true sushi master. The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi pays tribute to one of Tokyo's oldest, most revered sushi masters, Jiro Ono. The owner and sushi master at 10-seat Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo, Ono is considered the g ... More >>
Readers discuss The Fish That Got Away
The Gulf of Mexico produces some of the world's most delicious seafood, but we're not processing it for sushi. What gives?
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. Jack Tyler Dines: CultureMap writer Ruthie Johnson alerted me to this food blog ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe bibimbap roll at Kubo'sRice, salmon, tuna, seaweed, wasabi, avocado, octopus, daikon radish, cucumber -- it seemed the food would never stop coming. Last night at Kubo's, we were faced with enough sushi to feed two sumo wrestlers. One brightly colored roll aft ... More >>