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  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken-Fried Steak

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're covering a Texas-bred Southern essential, Chicken-Fried Steak. Though it really needs no explanation, chicken- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Fried Foods to Try at the State Fair of Texas

    City of Ate: Our sister paper's food blog, Dallas Observer's City of Ate, has the scoop on which food competitors walked away victorious during the 10th Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas. We shared info about the finalists a couple weeks ago, and out of those entries, the Fried Gulf S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Indian Jewelry Gears Up For Another Austin Psych Fest

    As Austin Psych Fest sprawls across this weekend in the state capital, Houston's own Indian Jewelry help kick off the festivities with an opening-night show at downtown venue the Mohawk. A veritable celebration of the counterculture, the festival is an homage to 1960s psychedelic rock and is quite s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Wood & Wire, FPH NYE, Riverboat Gamblers, etc.

    Wood & Wire McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 30 Anticipating folk music's return to the pop-culture conversation thanks to Inside Llewyn Davis by a few years, Wood & Wire have become a fixture on the bluegrass/acoustic circuit as much for their dogged work ethic as their precision-timed songs. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Wet, Wet Day For Houston; HISD Cancels After-School Activities

    Nothing says "Houston" like a wet, sloppy morning commute, or a day maneuvering your way around street flooding, but today could have been worse. The Houston school district has cancelled all after-school activities, however. "All after-school activities, including athletic events, are canceled to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Upcoming Events: All About Bees...And Alligators.

    On Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m., Flora & Muse is hosting a gastronomical tour of Spain by Chef Kelly Boyd and Sommelier Evan Turner. The dinner will include six courses paired with Spanish wines. The first course will be a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses from different regions of Spain ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    From Tacos to Tikka Masala

    Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to German Cuisine

    Modern-day Texans may not see much German influence when they look around, but the indirect effects of decades of German settlement still linger in large pockets of the state. The first waves of German immigration began in the 1830s ahead of the European Revolutions of 1848 that sent floods of Fort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Barbecue, Onions and Red Soda: Dispatches from the 2013 Foodways Texas Symposium

    When I first heard about the theme of the 2013 Foodways Texas symposium, I was wary: two-and-a-half days of barbecue panels, meals and talks. Two-and-a-half days? Not that there isn't fertile ground to plow for topics, but the sheer amount of time devoted to discussions of smoked meat seemed excessi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Upcoming Events: John Mueller Brings His Barbecue to Houston

    Don't have the time or gas money to burn driving out to legendary barbecue spots like Smitty's, Kreuz, Franklin, Snow's or Louie Mueller, but have a hankering for classic Central Texas-style 'cue? You're in luck, then, because highly-regarded pitmaster John Mueller is headed to Houston for a one-day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q to Reopen Today After Fire on Tuesday Night

    One of our favorite haunts in Pearland battled a fire late Tuesday night, which left Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q closed all day yesterday as the owners cleaned up the damage. No one was injured in the blaze, but patrons were quick to take to Twitter to express their love for the restaurant, which ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Barbecue

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Just yes ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Texas BBQ Predates the Civil War

    The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas is older than you think.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The 5 Best Disses of Religious Zealots in the Greatest Prayer-in-Schools Ruling Ever Written

    Last week U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed to a settlement in a long-running case involving prayer in a Central Texas school district. His ruling got some ink, but perhaps not all it deserved, for it is a concise masterpiece of sanity that comes from one of the most turbulent, extremist arenas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Odd Pair: Sushi and Wine (a Preview of Uchi's Wine List)

    There's a lot riding on the launch of the new Uchi in Houston. Tyson Cole's Austin outposts -- Uchi and Uchiko -- stand apart as "destination" restaurants in Texas, venues that have attained national recognition in part because of Cole's success as a competitive chef on television and in part becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    ACL: Adele & Mumford & Sons - Not Here, But Here

    Photos by Marco TorresTrain a-Comin': The Secret Sisters​3:30 p.m. Still they file in. Watching the crowds trudge along Barton Springs Road, their eyes fixed on the pavement about five yards in front of them (not their phones), always reminds Rocks Off of a pilgrimage. And each festival has i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Five Can't-Miss Acts At ACL Fest This Year

    Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.​For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Texas Wildfires, Via Facebook and Twitter

    LinneainTX​Recently we wondered what 9/11 would have been like with today's social media. We're getting some slight taste of it with the wildfires raging through Central Texas and Magnolia. People are tweeting updates, pleas for help rescuing livestock and horses, putting up photos and setti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Connie Smith: Classic Country Queen Returns With New Heartaches

    Photos by Russ Harrington/Sugar Hill Records​People often get a bit confrontational with Lonesome Onry and Mean about "country music," like the last time we went to the bank in our father's little ranching town in Central Texas. As soon as we were introduced as a "music writer," one fellow - t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 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. Sunset: Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winner and food critic for our sister pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    106.9 FM Gets In The Zone, Misses The Point?

    ​Another Houston radio station has changed formats, or "flipped," although early reaction from some listeners is that the change is so slight it's hardly a change at all. Cox Communications has rechristened its property at 106.9 FM from "The Point" to "The Zone." It's not a sports station, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Rocky Horror Turns 35...Who Cares?

    Don't worry, Bat Out Of Hell will be released soon.​Last Sunday wasn't just an unpleasant day for Houston Texans fans, it also marked a largely unheralded anniversary. Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show mark a big milestone today - they've been doing the "Time Warp" for 35 years. The cult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Houston Runners Take on The Beer Mile

    Brittanie Shey​There's competitive eating, and then there's competitive eating, or in the case of the Beer Mile, competitive drinking. The concept is simple: chug a beer as fast as you can, then run a ¼ mile. Do that four times, and you've completed the beer mile. First person to cross the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Judge Daniel Burkeen: Texans Of Every Species Can Crap In The Woods

    At least put a one-holer out there​On March 9, the Texas Council of Environmental Quality received a complaint about David Cousins, a resident of Limestone County in rural Central Texas.Cousins, it was alleged, did not provide restroom facilities in the cabin on his wooded deer lease. Instead, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Headed to Round Top? Eat in Brenham.

    BLT with avocado from Must Be Heaven.​This week and weekend is the annual Round Top Antiques Fair, a gigantormous event that draws tens of thousands of people from all over the country, all looking to score the very coolest in antique furniture, knick-knacks and jewelry. Thinking about head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Barbecue - More Than Just Meat

    ​When we think of the rodeo, we think of barbecue. So in honor of the rodeo, we wanted to bring you our top five cities for barbecue in Texas. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Sure, we have our personal favorites like Taylor and Lockhart. But, what we soon realized is that barbecue is very personal. ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010
  • Music

    December 3, 2009

    In the Pit

    It's easier than ever to take pictures at concerts. Unless that's your job.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Mass Shooting At Fort Hood

    Madness has come to Fort Hood in Central Texas.Various media outlets are reporting that gunmen have killed seven people and wounded up to 20 others, and the situation is still fluid.Schools are on lockdown.CNN and others are following events; head there for more info."At least one person is 'neutral ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Million-Dollar Mud

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    My Widdle Dog Wote Himself An Op-Ed Cowwum!!

    We took note this summer when the Waco Tribune was sold to someone with no journalistic experience, whose first move was to add "In God We Trust" to the front page.​Now Clifton Robinson is taking Central Texas journalism to a whole other level. His publisher's column was written this week by his d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Free Tickets for Charlie Robison at House of Blues... Almost

    Charlie Robison has been around. He was born right here in Houston, but grew up alongside equally (if much differently) gifted songwriting brother Bruce in the South Central Texas ranching town of Bandera. In the '80s and '90s, he spent time in two of Austin's best-known and longest-running country/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Tonight: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead at Walter's on Washington

    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is a new band. Sort of. The Austin prog-punks apprenticed on legendarily freaky Central Texas label Trance Syndicate (Pain Teens, Ed Hall, Crust) after founders Conrad Keely and Jason Reece to the Texas capital from Olympia, Wash., in 1994, then ... More >>

  • Music

    October 2, 2008
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    May 30, 2008
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    May 15, 2008

    Smoke, Mirrors and Rainbows

    Overcoming chronic Radiohead fatigue

  • Dining

    December 6, 2007

    Balkan Grill & Market

    Try the hearty soups and stews at this fancy new Bosnian restaurant, or just hang out and drink Turkish-style coffee

  • Music

    August 23, 2007
  • Dining

    May 26, 2005

    Barbecue Identity Theft

    If it ain’t from Luling, why do they call it Luling City Market?

  • Dining

    November 6, 2003

    Shooting Bambi's Mom

    A gourmet environmentalist shares his favorite venison recipes

  • News

    May 8, 2003

    Rites of Spring

    Some early leaders in the ongoing Sweeps Games

  • Dining

    July 11, 2002

    When Jeffrey Met Thelma

    A Vogue foodie takes on an East Texas mess o' meat

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Grupo Fantasma

    Thursday, December 27

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    A Holiday Wish

    All he wants for Christmas is to pump iron

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2000

    The Curbside Critique

    (Houston Sculpture 2000)

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Striking Out

    Reid Ryan embarked on a new career as a team owner facing one big obstacle: voter approval of a new stadium. Then he called in a campaigner with the perfect pitch: a father named Nolan.

  • Dining

    August 27, 1998
  • Dining

    December 25, 1997

    Roll Out the Barrel

    Hackemack's is a barrel of fun

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