• Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Eat This: Dry-Style Beef Chow Fun at House of Bowls

    Driving on Bellaire Boulevard to get to the majority of Chinatown eateries has been a challenge for some time now. The construction on Bellaire Boulevard in areas with the densest concentration of good eats has been ongoing mercilessly for at least a year, and traffic, not to mention safety issues a ... More >>

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Paella with Rice Krispies & Hot Dogs for Breakfast

    Chewing and Reviewing: Eleven XI has a new summer menu and the folks of Chewing and Reviewing were the first diners to taste the offerings. They tried the Texas Turducken, quail stuffed with braised pork shank, pickled jalapeno and bacon, sitting on top of creamed corn. The couple capped it all off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Hillcroft

    Two weeks ago, I highlighted some of my favorite relatively unknown restaurants in Chinatown for your eating pleasure. There are so many spots there, it was hard to narrow it down to just five, but before I revisit even more delicious and authentic hole-in-the-wall eateries on Bellaire Boulevard, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    The Best Taiwanese Dessert You've Probably Never Heard Of: Snow Ice

    Snow has hit Houston for the summer. Snow ice, that is. It's a Taiwanese dessert that's been gaining popularity here in the Bayou City for the past few years, but in spite of its increasing adoration, many Houstonians still don't know much about it. The ice cream--for even though it looks like som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Where to Get Crawfish in Houston Right Now

    Last time we wrote about crawfish here on the blog, we had mixed emotions. On one hand, we were exited to welcome mudbugs back to our plates and bellies for the season after an unusually cold winter. On the other, we were somewhat flabbergasted by the prices and the short supply of our favorite sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Chinatown

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). This week, we're moving to the dining mecca that is Chinatown. With its huge number of incredible and authentic restaurants -- from family favorites like Fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 63, Bánh Mì at Les Givral's Sandwich & Cafe

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Baby It's Cold Outside: Here Are Five Things Guaranteed To Warm You Up, Head to Toe

    If you ventured outside yesterday you noticed that the temperatures had fallen. In honor of the chilly weather, we present five foods you should enjoy for lunch or dinner whenever the mercury drops, and we tell you where you can find them if you don't want to cook. 5. Ramen Just sipping on the bro ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Every Meal Is a Feast at Hai Cang Seafood

    Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant gives diners the royal treatment.

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    What's a G7?: Vietnamese Coffee on the Go

    Vietnamese iced coffee done the right way is a treat and is usually reserved for weekends when you can either set up the small metal drip filter or phin, and read a newspaper as you wait for each thick caffeinated drop to settle over the layer of condensed milk at the bottom of the glass, or head to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Openings and Closings: Midtown Happenings & a Cupcake ATM!

    We had one major closing to speak of this week and one almost closing, so let's just start there, and then move on to all of the exciting openings, shall we? Zunum restaurant in the Woodlands announced its closing on its Facebook page on Monday, August 5. Many people voiced their disappointment on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    "Asian Girlz" Is For Real Racist, Also Flat-Out Terrible

    In today's "things that should never exist, ever" file, we bring you one overtly racist song that is making the rounds. It's a real winner, with its lyrics about the beauty of an Asian girl's "creamy yellow thighs," "slanted eyes," "fried rice" and, well, "butt-fucking all night." Yeah. Those are li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Manly Cupcakes Can't Cut It

    How many Malaysian restaurants does it take to feed Houston? If you guessed two, you're correct. Proving that Houstonians like their Malaysian food in one single flavor -- Banana Leaf flavor -- newcomer Asam Laksa Malaysian closed this week in Chinatown. It could have also had something to do with t ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 14, 2013

    Crazy for Crawfish

    Houston's 10 best mudbug joints.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Time for El Tiempo's Big Debut and More Crawfish in Chinatown

    Are you in this for the long-haul? Good, because this week was chock-full of restaurant news -- and most of it happy news. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long post, starting with recaps of a few stories from earlier this week. Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Grand Prize Bar in Montrose and B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Upcoming Events: The Year of the Snake and Mardi Gras in Galveston

    Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and Houston has no shortage of places to celebrate. Straits Asian Bistro in CityCentre is offering special menu items this weekend (February 8 through 10), including Singapore Yu Sheng Hamachi with avocado spun radish and spicy yuzu dressing; Braised Pork Belly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    The last time we tackled the Top 10 restaurants in River Oaks, Tony Mandola's was still open in what is now Brasserie 19's spot in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Needless to say, things have changed a bit in three years. And in spite of its ritzy exterior, River Oaks still has plenty of inexpensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    First Look at Fat Bao: Fusion Dumplings and Fried Avocado Sticks

    I am an admitted, established sucker for fried avocado, roasted cauliflower and gua bao. So one would think that I'd be a sucker for Fat Bao, too, the new fusion restaurant specializing in bao -- steamed buns folded like half-moons into what are essentially the Chinese version of finger sandwiches - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Cafe Adobe Closing and Downtown Blind Items

    It looks like EaDo is getting more gentrified by the day, as one of our readers sent in pictures of TABC notices for Walker Street Gastropub, set to take over the old Cafe Shoppe place at 2016 Walker. A banh mi shop replaced by a gastropub? The old Chinatown has truly changed. Another old spot will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: The Map

    View 100 Favorite Dishes 2012 in a larger map Being the map nerd that I am, I look forward to mapping out our list of 100 Favorite Dishes every year to see the geographical distribution of our picks throughout the city. If you look back through our 100 Favorites lists from 2011 (mine) and 2010 (Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 6, Ma Po Tofu at Mala Sichuan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Everything's Coming Up Houston

    New York Times: Houston is getting all the national love this week. After being called "Texas's best and most diverse food city" by Andrew Knowlton in Bon Appétit, it's getting a spotlight from none other than The Gray Lady herself. The New York Times noted our sprawling Chinatown over the weekend ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat

    Grant Gordon, Matt Marcus and Kevin Naderi

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Tracy McGrady's Chinese Beer Commercial, Dissected (w/ VIDEO)

    Maybe it's because he was given official "ambassador" status a couple years ago, perhaps it's because China is one of the few locales left where he hasn't lost a playoff series, but most likely because he happened to share roster space (and the benefits of a robust health plan) with Yao Ming for abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 91, Avocado Gelato at Frozen Cafe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Not Your Food Court Chinese: Lunch at E Tao

    Char Sui.​After a long day of fighting the crowds at the Galleria, my dining companion and I were left tired and hungry. Katharine Shilcutt's first look at E Tao and the sheer convenience of not having to leave the mall to get what I was craving sealed the deal. I wanted Chinese food, but not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    The 7 Deadly Queues: Restaurants Where You'll Always Have to Wait in Line

    Photo by Ronald WoanThe longest line of them all...​I greeted last week's news of a second Banana Leaf with a bittersweet kind of joy. It's sad to lose the only good Chinese halal restaurant in Chinatown, but if the trade-off is getting another Banana Leaf location...then I guess it's almost a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    A Whole New Vibe: Vibe Lounge Houston

    Fresh Oysters on the Half-Shell with Three Caviars​Karaoke and sports bars are not uncommon down the long stretch of Bellaire in Chinatown. What is uncommon is one that serves delicious, well-presented, high-quality dishes in an ambiance you wouldn't expect from the area. After a rather disapp ... More >>

  • Articles

    December 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Money Cats and Date Nights

    Last chance for a lucky brunch this Sunday.​Isn't it romantic? Haven is offering a December-long special for lovebirds (or, hell, for two people who feel platonically about one another but also like to eat great food): Date Night. For $80 (exclusive of tax and tip), the two of you will be abl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: David Cordua of Americas, On His Role as Executive Chef and Favorite Eats Around Town

    Photo by Mai PhamExecutive Chef David Cordua, in the kitchen at Americas River Oaks​Yesterday, we talked to Executive Chef David Cordua, of The Cordua Group, about growing up in the kitchen and culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. You can read about it here. Today we'll talk to him about what he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes, Gathered Up and Google Mapped

    View 100 Favorite Dishes: The 2011 Edition in a larger map Now that it's been a little over a week since we wrapped up this year's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes, you've hopefully had a chance to digest some of the dishes on the map -- and I mean that both literally and figuratively. I know at lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Somebody's snitching? Don't let it get to you, Dem Damn Doggs. ​Rick Perry prays for America. We pray for lots of interesting inspection reports to make writing this roundup easier. Enjoy this divine bounty of dirty kitchens. If you are of a certain age and demographic, you probably remember ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    On the Menu: The Dumpling King

    Photos by Mai PhamPork and vegetable pan-fried dumplings, 10 per order for $4.50​I'm not one of those people who's likely to wander into a restaurant without having heard about it first. Call me picky, but if I'm going somewhere new, I like to know ahead of time what's good and what to order. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 100, Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe

    ​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 le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Food Fight: Spicy Peanuts

    ​The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​As mentioned yesterday, Lunar New Year will be celebrated this weekend across the city and in Chinatown in particular. The city's two biggest events will both take place near each other tomorrow, Saturday, February 5, so you can hit both if you can't make up your mind. The Chinese Community ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 6, 2011
  • Music

    December 30, 2010

    No Fools

    Mingling Cat Power and the Cure, Warpaint brings glee to even their darkest songs.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Pie, Dirt and Pimento Cheese: Food Trends for 2011

    Photo by Troy Fields2011 will be the year of the hot dog...among other delights.​Back in October, Nation's Restaurant News released their annual list of predicted food trends for 2011. Some items were already cresting the horizon here in Houston two months ago: high-end junk food, one-dish res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Just a reminder that if you haven't made dinner plans for tonight, there are still plenty of Houston restaurants open. B4-U-Eat has a terrific list, complete with menus, but just heading over to Chinatown is also a good bet (and generally a lot cheaper, too). W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Ma Po's Bean Curd at Classic Kitchen

    ​ It's no secret that the Taiwanese restaurant Classic Kitchen is a wonderful place for a Chinese-style breakfast, with a wide variety of buns, dumplings, pancakes, and snacky items, many of which, in China, are only available from street vendors and storefront takeaways. (Note that the breakf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Hot Pot at Thai Spice, For When Winter Returns

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttDig in.​So, it's not cold and drizzly outside anymore. At least for now. When that wonderous Seattle-esque weather returns, I'll be returning to Thai Spice (8282 Bellaire Boulevard) for more hot pot -- and I won't be ordering chicken this time. The Thai Spice Expre ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

  • Dining

    September 16, 2010

    Spinning Sichuan

    Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.

  • Dining

    August 26, 2010

    Sushi Surprise

    This nondescript-looking restaurant is serving the real thing.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Say Hello to EaDo

    We once described the area immediately to the east of the George R. Brown Convention Center as a "silent, godforsaken stretch of no-man's-land" that is neither the Warehouse District, nor the Third Ward, nor the East End. We employed that bulky definition because by 2000, its 1980s and '90s name - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    "Discovery Green" Is Classy?

    Why didn't they just go with Lightnin' Hopkins Park? Despite the best efforts of both Houstoned and Slampo's Place, the name of the new downtown park will most decidedly not be Lightnin' Hopkins Park. No, pretty much as Slampo and yours truly figured, the powers-that-be here wanted something "cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    Lightnin' in the Park

    Why wouldn't you name a park after this guy? With his usual style, aplomb and right-on-the-moneyness, mysterious local blogger Slampo — the Mike Royko of the local blogosphere -- has taken up yet another pressing issue: The City Hall-sponsored contest to name a new downtown park. "We're ... More >>

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