Chris Frankel

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Katy

    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 >>

  • 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

    August 13, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: RDG Bar Annie

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The Great Yelp Debate Continues

    To love, hate or use: Yelp is stirring the pot yet again

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    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.

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving to Montrose

    What does that mean for Houston?

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving into Montrose; 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Commercial Free Cocktail and Oysters for Cause

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Cuchara: Montrose Mexican

    Even though the food is a bit uneven, Cuchara's drinks are spectacular and its dining room filled with energy.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    4 Warming Winter Cocktails from Houston's Hottest Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Cocktails from the Office Coffee Bar: Build-A-Bar and the Nature of Inspiration

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 20, 2012

    A Fire at the Broken Spoke

    Roy de la Garza on what's next.

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking? Clue: Tiki 'Tails

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mix It Up Tonight and Help Clean Out Rudz's Cellar

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 28, 2012

    Underbelly: The Taste of Home

    Chef Chris Shepherd incorporates Houston's disparate cuisines into one wonderful menu.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    "This Place Smells Weird," The Mexican Food/Body Odor Corollary, and Other Parental Embarassments: DEFCON Dining at Himalaya

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 83, Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® 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

    May 23, 2012

    Burgers and Memories at Lankford Grocery

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Occam's Razor: A Drinking Game

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Shine on a National Level

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Mala Sichuan's Big Sister Disappoints in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Turning Over a New Banana Leaf

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2012

    Birds of Bethlehem

    New Palestinian restaurant Al Aseel is turning out some wonderful roasted chicken.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Not Too Late for New Year's Plans

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011

    Sichuan Bucket List

    You'll want to try everything on the menu at this new Bellaire favorite.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    A Mini Food Tour Through Korea Town

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Cocktails and Collaboration: Chris Frankel at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Welcome Back, Brownstone Cafe and An Historic Pub Crawl

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    How to Make: Simple Syrup

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Jones Soda Cocktails

    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 >>