In part 1 of our Chef Chat with Lynette Hawkins of Giacomo's, we discussed how it started out being a counter service restaurant. The customers didn't like it, though, and the restaurant is now 100% table service. Why didn't it work, though? We find out here in Part 2. We also get three recommenda ... More >>
Head to Canyon Creek Cafe on Tuesday, April 29, for a five-course beer dinner paired with brews from Buffalo Bayou, Saint Arnold and Karbach. The beer dinner costs $65 and begins at 6 p.m. with crispy calamari paired with Buffalo Bayou Figaro - Belgian Fig. Next, Canyon Creek will serve a roasted ga ... More >>
Are they still good?
In not-so-shocking news, another Washington Avenue bar bites the dust. The Houston Chronicle reports that Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington shut its doors on Thursday, March 20. The sports bar posted the closing announcement on Facebook; Blue Moose Lodge had been in business for three-and-a-half y ... More >>
One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston
What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
This week several big name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh yeah and Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news, let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about. Eater ... More >>
Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.
Let's pull the Band-aid off and list the bad news first: Jeannine's Bistro officially closed this past week after a temporary closure became permanent. On its Facebook page, the Belgian restaurant posted the following farewell: We've sadly decided to close, and wanted to thank all our friends & pat ... More >>
This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Come back to read parts two and three in this same space Thursday and Friday. Every single time I've been to Liberty Kitchen in the Heights, it's packed. There's something about the space -- the decor, the layout, the smooth sleek lines of th ... More >>
If I had to pick one word to describe the mad, exciting rush of restaurant activity that's defined 2012, it would be this: exhilarating. Followed closely by: exhausting. Trying to keep up with every single new restaurant that's flung open its doors exuberance -- welcoming the city's burgeoning food ... More >>
Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>
Although Midtown may be more well-known for its bars and late-night clubs, there isn't a shortage of good food to be found -- even if the neighborhood is steadily losing many of the Vietnamese restaurants that once saturated the area. In keeping with Midtown's current incarnation as the drinking-ou ... More >>
The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.
A perfectly poached 63-degree egg -- one of only two things that Chef Amanda McGraw cooks in her sous vide machine at Brasserie 19, the other being a giant pork chop -- is spilling its saffron-colored yolk across the crispy top of a parmesan custard inside a shallow, white ramekin. Off to one side, ... More >>
Octopus. Regardless of how it's prepared, I generally love eating the squirmy, tentacled creatures. A great, low-fat seafood option, octopus has this wonderfully distinctive texture. It's also light and fun to eat -- the perfect summertime dish. Our city's chefs must feel the same way I do, because ... More >>
Houston Chronicle: If you're wondering whether or not the Eatsie Boys will have beer from their own 8th Wonder Brewery when their Montrose cafe opens later this year, wonder no more: The answer is a firm no, thanks to bizarre and outdated TABC laws. Ronnie Crocker tackles the messy task of explainin ... More >>
Because there is so very much to discuss when it comes to Underbelly, the subject of this week's cafe review, I found myself having to trim back significantly in certain areas of the review in order to get a broader point across (which, TL;DR, is that Underbelly is where it's all happening and you s ... More >>
This restaurant impresses with simple, harmonious flavors — and its refusal to over-impress.
November 3 was National Men Make Dinner Day, one of an increasingly nonsensical line of national holidays that are being trotted out in larger numbers every year. This particular holiday was especially perplexing to those in the food industry, where men make dinner every night. A man probably will m ... More >>
Brasserie 19 is the place to see and be seen in River Oaks.
Photo courtesy of Coppa Ristorante ItalianoCoppa: Now open for business.The worst news of the week came from My Table early yesterday morning, when the magazine reported that downtown restaurant Voice has lost its executive chef, the very underrated Greg Lowry, and is in talks to "reconcept" ... More >>
Pearland is really moving up in the world, home to greats like Killen's Steakhouse and hole-in-the-wall gems like Thanh Phunog that serve wild boar pho. In addition to its own recently opened version of House of Pies, a new biergarten/carwash called King's Biergarten has opened on Broadway. A ... More >>
Yeah, I don't understand this either.Remember last week, when we blithely reported that it had been such a wonderful week of good news? Prepare yourself for a mixed bag this week -- and it's a big bag -- starting with the ugly stuff. After Caffe Bello's abrupt closure, there were rumors that ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttEnglish pea soup, lightly chilled, with lump Gulf crab meat: It's not available every day, but it should be.On a drizzly Thursday night, the warmly glowing interior of Brasserie 19 beckoned the crowds inside its crisp white interior and onto its broad patio. The r ... More >>
Photo by lc_dbKing Biscuit was one of the many restaurants to close over the past week.After a quiet few weeks, a rash of openings, delays and unexpected closings tore through the city this past week, starting with the news that Austin's "sexy Tex-Mex" import Vivo is not coming to San Felipe ... More >>
Pure Luck ravioli with warm tiny beets, brown butter and hazelnut puree.With an opening date seemingly in sight, the latest food buzz is centered around Chef Michael Gaspard's Brasserie 19. Gaspard's partners in the new venture, Charles Clark and Grant Cooper, are already old hands at shaping ... More >>
After talking with Charles Clark of Ibiza for the past couple of days, today we continue, discussing how his signature dishes are based in his roots and how Ibiza patrons can make special requests. EOW: So what should a first-time Ibiza patron order? Clark: To truly showcase my roots, they ... More >>
Today we continue our chat with Charles Clark of Ibiza about his time meandering through the Mediterranean. EOW: You spent some time traveling through Europe learning the Mediterranean cuisine. So help me connect the dots of how you went from riverside fryers and Chinese restaurants in Louis ... More >>
We visited with Chef Charles Clark of Ibiza to learn about his humble beginnings with food and the path that led to his Midtown Mediterranean menu. EOW: You got started in the culinary field at a very early age. How did you realize that food was the career path for you? Clark: Growing up in ... More >>
Charles Clark's favorite movie just might be the granddaddy of the "food film" genre
Octopus a la Plancha at Ibiza
Houston's favorite brewery, Saint Arnold, held their sold-out Second Annual One Pot Showdown yesterday afternoon on the kind of overcast, slightly chilly day that was perfect chili (and gumbo and stew and curry) eating weather. The rules for the One Pot Showdown were simple yet ... More >>
Treat yourself to Mediterranean-inflected breakfast foods and some of the most amazing wine deals in town at Catalan
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