It's been a sad past few weeks for the Upper Kirby restaurant scene. Brio Tuscan Grille (3029 Kirby) shuttered just after Cafe Express, Roak, Hendrick's Pub and OTC Patio Bar, all in the same area, closed. Swamplot reports that a moving crew arrived on Sunday, June 1, to pack everything up. There's ... More >>
The 42nd Houston Marathon takes place bright and early this Sunday, but if you're not running (and don't want to get up that early to spectate) you can still take advantage of one of the best aspects of the marathon -- the Marathon Expo at the George R. Brown. Also known as the Memorial Hermann IRON ... More >>
Once upon a time, Mexico was more than a land of cheap tequila, drug violence and border issues. Back in the day, it was oil country and oil industry types from all over the United States and the rest of the world flocked to Mexico because of all the slick black crude discovered beneath the soil. T ... More >>
"All the single dudes put up your phone. Now all the single ladies put up your phone. Turn to the nearest person with a phone up. Now type in your phone number. Now you have something to do after this." That was Chuck D, talking from the Doritos Main Stage. Or at least I think it was Chuck D. I was ... More >>
A woman in a Hummer stopped at a gas station to pick up some smokes and left her SUV running in the parking lot. This sounds an awful lot like the first line in a really weird joke, but it's actually something that happened according to a report in the Corpus Christi Caller Times. A 55-year-old wo ... More >>
A few years ago, I was getting ready to sell a house. My existing mortgage company had been purchased by another company and my account had been transferred. However, when it was transferred, the permissions that allow customer service representatives to do basic, but important, tasks like provide a ... More >>
Acting through the Harris County Attorney's Office, the State of Texas is suing the Fannin Food Mart and the property's landlord, Jae Kim. The state claims that the property is a public nuisance and neither Fannin Food Mart's registered agent Azeem Ali Noorani nor Kim have done anything to abate t ... More >>
This Sunday thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of Houston and at some point during their x-hour runs, they might want a little snack. Officials will be handing out water and Endurance Formula Gatorade (the official energy drink of the Chevron Houston Marathon), but some extra treats i ... More >>
If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>
Killed in a daylight robbery attempt.A gas-station employee who was shot during an afternoon robbery attempt Friday died a day later at Ben Taub Hospital, Houston police say. Syed Hussain, 28, worked in a Chevron station in the 5400 block of the East Freeway. About 4:40 p.m. Friday, he was e ... More >>
Brazos County JailJason Wayne "Crash 'Em Up" CrockettWe've said it before and we are duty-bound to say it again: Please, parents, get off the Wayne train when your baby needs a name. And as if having that apparently-crime-causing middle name wasn't bad enough, 28-year-old Jason Wayne Crocket ... More >>
Find cheap gas with GasBuddy.App: GasBuddy Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: GasBuddy.com Cost: Free People love their cars in Houston. More specifically, people love their enormous, gas-guzzling, monster-mobiles. With the turmoil in the Middle East driving gas prices ... More >>
Running in Houston and at Forward Operating Base Ghanzi in AfghanistanCraig Childs of Katy is running in the half-marathon that's part of the Chevron Houston Marathon. He'll be running with his wife. Even though Lt. Laura Childs will be in Afghanistan that day. As they did in 2007, marathon ... More >>
The Holiday 15 hit you like a ton of bricks thanks to endless array of bitchy relatives insisting you try everything, right? If you're in resolution mode (e.g. getting slim enough to fit back in your Spanx), then you'll need to get back to basics with simple recipes. The fewer ingredients, ... More >>
Inman Gallery rocks the holidays with two great shows.
Four Loko: Someone has to cover itIt's funny how certain things become your beat. Some guys get latched onto animal rights, some find their niche working for homeless people, while other find themselves covering a can of liquid death, in my case, Four Loko. I was the one who drank three can ... More >>
You can be Mario Batali in just a few easy steps.Halloween is upon us, yet again. And every year, Halloween costumes get either sluttier or blatantly, intentionally lamer. (Witness our sister blog, Art Attack, for more ideas on how to achieve the latter.) So what does a food-loving, non-slut ... More >>
Convenience store clerk killed in robberyA convenience store worker was murdered in a robbery on the southwest side Wednesday night, and a suspect has been arrested.The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, was working at a Chevron station in the 11300 block of Fondren about 9 p.m. Wedne ... More >>
A man leaving a gas station on Friday night made it less than a mile down the road when he was shot to death by a motorist. Keisy Marquez, 28, was driving eastbound near the 10700 block of Bissonnet when someone in another car pulled up to Marquez and shot him, police said. "This caused Marqu ... More >>
Houston billionaires haven't joined Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge. Yet. One of the big stories this week is Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, where the super-billionaires have promised to donate half their money to charity. Even better, they've convinced 38 other ri ... More >>
I love food served at gas stations and convenience stores. Every time I've passed by that Chevron on Montrose and Alabama, I've seen that picture of a two-egg breakfast plate on the window outside. And every time, I think, "Does their breakfast really look like that?" I got up early one day a ... More >>
Photos by J.C. ReidJuan Montero is an international man of sandwiches. Adorning the walls of his newly opened sandwich shop are pictures of him eating sandwiches in just about every world city -- Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and many others. And as it turns out, these gastronomic tra ... More >>
Many songs about Texas are written by residents wishing to celebrate some part of their beloved Lone Star State. Others come from non-Texans who are unable to resist the je ne sais quoi of the place that produced both Walter Cronkite and Karl Rove. One thing that many of them have in common, ... More >>
Sometimes Lonesome, Onry and Mean flat dreads going out to the mailbox. Why? Because there's no telling what musical mediocrity or aural atrocity lies ticking like an Al-Qaeda dirty bomb inside those bubble-packs with faraway foreign addresses like Saginaw, Michigan or Sausalito, California. I ... More >>
Montrose's hippest hangout draws bohemians and their admirers
A whole new concept in international fast food is coming to a stretch of Taft Street in Houston's Fourth Ward. Juan Mon's International Sandwiches and Drinks plans to bring an eclectic cuisine to one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. First, the neighborhood. Taft Street between West G ... More >>
The Christmas shopping season is in full swing, such as it is this year. The airwaves are full of idiotic giggling women who have been waiting patiently and desperately to see if they'll get a ring from their boyfriend, because Lord knows no woman would ever bring up the subject of marriage herself. ... More >>
At the Downtown Tiger Mart on Fannin, just below the I-45 overpass that carries motorists by the Houston skyline, manager Ali Badruddin has just about had it. On Friday, the state served notice to shut down his retail gas business in 30 days due to a laundry list of technical violations related to ... More >>
Has anybody noticed that the formerly spectacular burger at Hruska’s Grocery & Bakery in Ellinger has slipped a little? I stop at Hruska’s almost every time I drive between Houston and Austin by way of I-10 and Highway 71. I think it's almost exactly half way. At breakfast time, I either get k ... More >>
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
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How taking a Parkinson's disease wonder drug apparently makes some people want to gamble and have sex all the time
Did Donnie Riley kill Tarron Dixon, or was he shooting at someone else in a different Houston neighborhood that night 13 years ago?
Bugged about property taxes? Buy a skyscraper.
The family thought old receipts would mean big bucks. But money has proved elusive.
Saturday, October 4
Service station dealers record a couple of victories in their court battles with parent oil companies
In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.
The Race Car Club goes public
Triumph of the Spirit
The city doesn't seem to care that a Houston developer's plans for high-density apartments and a supermarket rest atop abandoned oil fields and possible contamination
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?