Chappell Hill

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Tacos (And One Burrito)

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Odd Pair: Kolaches and a Californian Rosé

    ​Out in California where I grew up, no one's ever heard of a kolache. However gastronomically inclined and aware, I didn't know what a kolache was until I moved to Texas three years ago. Since that time, the savory, flaky, crumbly, often gooey, and always deliciously homey sensorial experience ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli Is Worth the Drive

    ​Last year, former EOW blogger Ruthie Johnson wrote a piece highlighting the Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli Express. Fast-forward to a year later. This family-run establishment, once located in an Exxon station on the side of Highway 290 in tiny Chappell Hill, is all grown up. Now called t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Kevin Shalin went to Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli and made us hungry for kolaches, one of the many items on offer at this spot off 290 in Chappell Hill. If you make the trip, just be careful around the meat case, as commenter Ali discovered: I was there this weekend. I have a fridge full of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Brunch at Stella Sola

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStella Sola's version of "toad in a hole"​My poached egg split open at the touch of a fork, drenching the brioche beneath it with a thick, bright splash of yolk. It instantly brightened my dark Sunday morning. Eating brunch at Stella Sola isn't the cheapest thing y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Houston's Growing Garden Party

    Chef Ryan Pera tends the garden at the Grove.​If food is fashionable, local food is the flashiest piece on the Paris runways. These past few years have seen the locavore movement skyrocket like mad in Houston. The city now boasts dozens of farmers' markets, and people are beginning to explore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Chef Chat Part 2: Jalal Esmailkhanloo of Epicure Café

    ​Yesterday, we sat down with Chef Jalal Esmailkhanloo of Epicure Café, a quaint European café on West Gray. Eating Our Words: What would you recommend on the menu? Chef Esmailkhanloo: My favorite is the lamb shank with saffron basmati rice. It happens to also be our best seller.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jalal Esmailkhanloo of Epicure Café

    ​Epicure Café has been in the same quaint spot on West Gray for 21 years. It's a little piece of Europe nestled between stylish boutiques and the River Oaks Theater, with a decadent pastry case and a unique wine list. You'll want to slow down and hang out here for awhile. That's exactly what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Headed to Round Top?

    Best known for its twice-a-year Antiques Fairs -- the largest of which takes place this weekend -- Round Top is a tiny pinhead on the Texas map, a laid-back country town with a picturesque square and sweet-as-pie people. There's even a sign posted (at Royer's Round Top Café) that says "If you're ... 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

    August 6, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Breakfast Taco

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt Chorizo and egg taco from Brother's Taco House​There are those of us who are naturally early risers. And to those people go such wonderful things as brilliant sunrises, early morning calm, blessedly empty streets and the smell of freshly brewed coffee. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Chappell Hill

    Photo by Brittanie Shey​If you decide to head up to Lavenderfest, you might be wondering what else you can do to make your drive worthwhile. It turns out that Chappell Hill, home of Lavenderfest, is one of the most interesting almost-ghost towns in the Houston area. Once, it was one of the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Lavenderfest

    Photos by Brittanie SheyRows of lavender​Long after the bluebonnets have shed their petals, another lilac flower blooms in the Hill Country of Texas. Lavenderfest, August 8 in Chappell Hill, is devoted to the 2,500-year-old herb that is used in everything from cooking to aromatherapy to fragra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Room At The Inn

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Canapes with house-made chevre and garden herbsAs the fourth course of the meal was set in front of me, I marveled at its elegant construction but was more struck by a far subtler thing: Every ingredient in the dish had been plucked fresh from the organic garden o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008

    $7 at Chilosos Taco House in the Heights

    Where: Chilosos Taco House, 701 E 20th Street, 713-868-2273 What $7 gets you: Three kinds of sausage and a lot of egg. Much like the Anonymous Eater over at Food in Houston, I too had questioned whether Chilosos Taco House really exists. I drove by the place all the time, but I never saw any cars ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Blind Faith

    Luke and Rachel Watson have lost most of their sight. They eventually will lose all motor skills. Their parents are losing sleep -- do the adults tell their kids they're dying of Batten disease?

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Jug Ugly

    Aaron Loesch and band find inspiration in life's throwaway objects

  • Dining

    July 20, 2000

    Virtual 'Cue

    Lyndon's Pit Bar-B-Q serves an excellent approximation of the real thing

  • Dining

    May 11, 1995

    What's In a Name?

    A rose is a rose, and Puente's is Puente's, even when called Woodway Grill