As we placed our order, the server's eyes grew wider and wider, and his hand moved furiously across his notepad, attempting to keep up with our laundry list of desired appetizers. When we were finally finished, he stepped back and looked at us -- two people who had just ordered enough food to feed t ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>
If you've ever wished that Coppa Ristorante or Brasserie 19 could cater your next big party, you're in luck. Clark Cooper Concepts, the restaurant team behind Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria, Coppa Ristorante and Punk's Simple Southern recently announced they secured a space at Buffalo Bayou Park ... More >>
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>
Imagine you own a restaurant, and you want to fill seats. You need to get people to make reservations. So you turn to OpenTable, the number one online reservation software. It's been around since 1998, so it's had plenty of time to work out the kinks. Nearly 27,000 restaurants around the country u ... More >>
The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair took place this past week. Last Friday, hundreds gathered at the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square for the week's signature event, the Grand Tasting. As in past years, the evening featured endless choices for wine and food. This year, however, there wer ... More >>
Walking into Punk's Simple Southern Food, the latest of the Clark Cooper Concepts restaurants and the next door neighbor to Coppa Osteria in the Rice Village, I couldn't help but be charmed by its down-home country vibe. Like the other restaurants in their portfolio (they also own Ibiza, Brasserie ... 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 >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
After Chef Philippe Schmit left his namesake restaurant, Philippe, back in September, the chef de cuisine at the time, Manuel Pucha, took the reins as executive chef. Now, Philippe's name will change to Table; the restaurant will close on Saturday, January 11, to prepare for its reopening, which is ... More >>
Chef Brandi Key's hands-on approach takes Coppa Osteria outside the box.
I originally went to Coppa Osteria for the pizza. I stayed for the appetizers. And the desserts. And the wine. As you'll read in this week's review of the newest restaurant in the Clark Cooper Concepts family (that is, until Punk's Simple Southern Food opens in the next few months), Coppa Osteria ... More >>
There's really no other way to say this. The wine prices at Brasserie 19 on West Gray are insane. And that's not just the California-speak of my youth creeping into my wine blogging. They are insane, crazy, nuts, cuckoo, mad, screw-loose, and just downright non compos mentis.
Brandi Key Coppa Ristorante Italiano 5555 Washington Tel: 713-426-4260 This is Part 1 of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for Parts 2 and 3, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. When Brandi Key was named executive chef at Coppa Ristorante Italiano, all eyes were ... More >>
This week, we've been chatting with Brasserie 19 and Ibiza's Chef de Cuisine, Amanda McGraw, about the rewards of staging in kitchens outside of Houston, and about the specifics of her role. Today, we sample some of her food. To highlight the in-house charcuterie program, McGraw put together a pict ... More >>
Yesterday, we chatted with Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 and Ibiza about her times staging in Chicago, and what it was like opening a restaurant like Brasserie 19. Today, we continue our conversation. EOW: What is your official title? AM: I am the Chef de Cuisine for Brasserie 19 and Ibiza. E ... More >>
My ideal Friday night is simple - I don't ask for much: All I want is a delicious meal with my man... accompanied by an even more delicious bottle of wine (or two)... in a softly lit room...somewhere not too far...with a bill that won't break the bank. See, I'm easy (restrain yourselves, Michael Sco ... More >>