When I mentioned to a few friends that I was spending a lot of time recently exploring good ol' Katy, Texas, I got the same response over and over: "Katy? Oh. I'm sorry." Initially I was sorry too. The rush hour drive in a car without air conditioning in June was my own fault. The veritable restau ... More >>
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 >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: We went to RDG Bar Annie for a luxurious lunch that was a stunning value: three courses for $20. You can also go for dinner ($45 for four courses) and they even have an HRW brunch ($35 for three courses). Service/Atmosphere: RDG is sophisticated yet cozy. ... More >>
To love, hate or use: Yelp is stirring the pot yet again
Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.
What does that mean for Houston?
Fried eggs and truffle oil as toppings may be old hat to foodies these days. We're easily distracted creatures who paw like needle-clawed kittens at every new bauble that comes along. But back in the rollicking days of the mid-2000s, the novelty had not yet worn thin and restaurants like Max's Wine ... More >>
Alex Gregg, bar manager at the upcoming Goro & Gun, is reviving his popular Commercial Free Cocktail series -- initially hosted at Grand Prize Bar -- for a limited, three-night run at Ambrosia. And this time, he's bringing along guest bartender Chris Frankel to help. Both bartenders got their start ... More >>
This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>
Even though the food is a bit uneven, Cuchara's drinks are spectacular and its dining room filled with energy.
This week we asked bartenders around the city to tell us a little about their upcoming holiday cocktails for the [slightly] cooler month ahead. Below you will find their current favorites -- four vastly different drinks from three of Houston's very best cocktail bars. El Lechedor from Alex Gregg a ... More >>
I don't drink at work. Let's get that out of the way right off the bat. I never know who reads this thing, after all. I do, however, drink an awful lot of coffee. I split my time between making coffee I want to drink (I love my Aeropress and Hario hand grinder), and coffee I need to drink (I loathe ... More >>
Roy de la Garza on what's next.
Although this bar is currently known as a place to you get both your caffeine fix and your Tiki-inspired cocktails in one fell swoop, it's also about to be known throughout September as the place to come and grab a drink from your favorite Houston chefs on Monday nights -- thanks to bartender Chris ... More >>
Been waiting for the perfect Friday night to check out the new LaB 5555 series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Grab your soft-soled museum shoes, because tonight is that night. Tonight, four of Houston's best bartenders will be shaking things up as they compete to make the best Tanqueray ... More >>
Chef Chris Shepherd incorporates Houston's disparate cuisines into one wonderful menu.
Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning and prior experience are critical in determining the proper ... More >>
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 >>
In this week's cafe review, we take a look at how Lankford Grocery has managed to remain relevant and curiously current despite nearly 75 years of dealing in the dual arts of burgers and nostalgia. But what's equally interesting to me is gathering stories of Lankford Grocery's patrons over the years ... More >>
Spare me your opinion on the accuracy of the attribution, or the exact translation of "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity," and indulge me in my slightly unwarranted perversion of the spirit of the statement, but, when you get right down to it, Occam's Razor is essentially the Reinheit ... More >>
A few years ago, a bar in Houston was just a place to get a drink and the people who worked there were just part of the service industry. Chefs were rock stars and everyone else was fairly invisible. In the last few months, there have been multiple bartenders who have become worthy of notice in the ... More >>
Visiting family in Dallas this weekend, I found myself with a little down time to explore a city I very nearly grew up in but know very little about. I spent my summers as a kid split into three very different settings: Houston, Dallas and a cattle ranch in Henderson, and only eating out in one of t ... More >>
As reported earlier this week, Gravitas closed swiftly and unexpectedly over the weekend. The restaurant had changed hands several times in the last year, and both parties blamed the other for Gravitas's inability to make timely payments to the bank. All of its equipment was reclaimed by said bank, ... More >>
New Palestinian restaurant Al Aseel is turning out some wonderful roasted chicken.
Ring in the new year at one of our three top choices.Next week, we'll have a complete round-up of New Year's Eve dinners and dining events. But this week, we're spotlighting three favorites to include in Upcoming Events -- make your reservations now! Jasper's in The Woodlands is hosting a pr ... More >>
You'll want to try everything on the menu at this new Bellaire favorite.
Photos by Mai PhamThe English translation was "cow's feet," but it was just a beef shank soup with tendon at Korean Diner.Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I can read Korean. So if you take me out of my comfort zone and into the Korea Town (K-Town)/Spring Branch area of Houston, I'm just as ... More >>
The key word here is "collaborative."I've been a fan of Giacomo's ever since I "discovered" the charming small-plates Italian spot for DEFCON Dining. I've been a fan of Chris Frankel since well before he helped me turn terrifying sodas into delicious cocktails. When I heard that he was doing ... More >>
Photo by Alex GreggChris Frankel will be shaking things up once again at Giacomo's.Ghost hunters and professional drinkers, you'll want to sign up for tonight's Historic Pub Crawl starting at the Lancaster Hotel. The tour will take you through five area pubs (with half-off happy hour fare at ... More >>
Inside the light and airy Relish Fine Foods.Relish Fine Foods had its grand opening this past Monday and Tuesday, and was already off to a fast start when I dropped by at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The store was already sold out of all of their salads, and other prepared items were going jus ... More >>
Follow the yellow brick road...June is a busy month for food events, from special one-off dinners to big celebrations and galas. Now's a good time to break out the eating pants or start adding extra workouts to your schedule; this is a month of good eats. All month long, Agnes Moffit Park in ... More >>
Sometimes wonderful things are born out of our comments section and we remember for a moment just how awesome humanity can be when it comes together for a good cause. The Lemonade Day Crawl is a perfect example of that awesomeness, suggested by commenter Chris Oakley in support of National L ... More >>
Simple. Syrup. The name says it all. It should be a staple of restaurants and cafes, yet seems strangely ignored in favor of packets of "raw sugar," resulting in sub-par chilled beverages. As Houstonians surviving on unlimited refills of iced-tea during the sweltering months, we should be cla ... More >>
Chris Frankel.Everyone likes to talk about the great presents they receive over the holidays. What often goes unmentioned is the laundry list of crappy gifts out there. You know you got them, likely from some far-flung aunt who just can't believe that anyone wouldn't want a collection of salt ... More >>