The food at Café Brussels is more cafeteria than cafe.
I didn't plan on writing about the beer. I planned on writing about the food, but when the food isn't quite as good as the beer, well... That's what I discovered at Café Brussels, the subject of this week's cafe review. The place has a lot going for it. It's in a cute building, the décor is lovel ... More >>
Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.
Guys. Hey, listen. We need to talk. It's about the annual Best of Houston® issue. I think you know what you did. But the problem, you see, is that you keep doing the same thing almost every single year. Something has to change. Y'all keep voting for McDonald's as "Best French Fries." Every. Sing ... More >>
Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>
Roy de la Garza on what's next.
Roy de la Garza was already having a bad month before a fire destroyed his restaurant: His partner at The Broken Spoke Cafe, Catherine Duwez, had left unexpectedly to start a rival Belgian restaurant a few months prior, and business was down. "Cathy kind of threw us for a loop when she went over to ... More >>
Read about yesterday's fire at The Broken Spoke Cafe and see pictures/video from the scene. Until yesterday afternoon, The Broken Spoke Cafe was the tidy little bistro seen above. This morning, the restaurant sits shuttered after sustaining heavy fire and smoke damage when the abandoned duplex next ... More >>
UPDATE: A press release from the Houston Fire Department appears below. The Broken Spoke Cafe caught fire this afternoon around 3 p.m. and was still blazing around 3:45 p.m., when at least eight Houston Fire Department ladder trucks were hard at work putting the flames out. It is not known at this ... More >>
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>
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As Eater Houston reported earlier this week, West Oaks Mall is losing one of its biggest anchors -- Alamo Drafthouse -- as the chain expands into other areas of Houston, namely Midtown and Cypress. In its place, West Oaks Mall is getting a western-themed bar from country singer Toby Keith, Nashvill ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttIt's like Wheel of Fortune with mussels.Belgian beer connoisseurs know that The Broken Spoke is the place to go for brews that are difficult to find on draft in Houston: Maredsous Brune, Duchesse De Bourgogne, St. Bernardus Prior 8 and Tripel Karmeliet are just a f ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
This week Catherine Duwez of The Broken Spoke Cafe (1809 Washington Avenue) sat down for a chat with Eating Our Words and let us sample some of her favorite dishes. It was non-negotiable that we try the mussels. The curried version, with its golden hue, was not only a visual treat - it taste ... More >>
Yesterday we spoke with The Broken Spoke's (1809 Washington Avenue) chef and owner, Catherine Duwez, about her culinary background. Today we continue our conversation. Eating Our Words: We hear you make some amazing homemade mayonnaise. That must make you pretty popular with diners. Catheri ... More >>
Eating Our Words ventured out to Belgian café The Broken Spoke (1809 Washington Avenue) to speak with owner/chef Catherine Duwez, formerly of Café Montrose. In addition to satisfying our stomachs with a plethora of delicious dishes, she also enlightened us on the differences between Belgian ... More >>
Does Jeannine's Bistro measure up to the Broken Spoke?
Ride your bike to the Broken Spoke for some awesome moules frites and a Stella.
It's the Belgian invasion! The news that's been making the rounds this week is that Catherine Duwez has become a permanent fixture at the Broken Spoke (1809 Washington Avenue). While the city waits for Jeannine's Bistro to open, they can get their Belgian beer and mussels fix over at the B ... More >>
Photos by J.C. ReidWhen Cafe Montrose closed late last year without notice or explanation, many Houston food lovers chalked it up to the slow economy and the general malaise following Hurricane Ike's landfall. The general consensus was they'd just be closed a few weeks, ride out some tough times, ma ... More >>
Lovers of Belgian cuisine have another reason to rejoice other than Catherine Duwez's increasingly common Cafe Montrose dinners: Former co-owner Andrew Klarman is opening Jeannine's Bistro this week with his sister, Jeaninne Petras. The cafe will be located at Westheimer/Elgin and Bagby and will ser ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCatherine Duwez rushed through the doors of Sophia nearly an hour late. She carried boxes and bags of food with her, and although she looked eminently stressed, she still glowed with the passion of a restaurant proprietress who has entered her domain. A round of ap ... More >>