• Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Review: El Big Bad has Captured Most of the Best from El Gran Malo

    The "Spicy, Smoky, Sticky Ribs" exceeded its promises. The Berkshire ribs, coated in a sauce with smoked Morita chiles, rice wine vinegar and piloncillo sugar, were perfectly tender. The heat from the chiles grew but never became unbearable, and the sauce had a deep, bittersweet character reminiscen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Carrying on The Curse: 4 Jinxed Houston Restaurant Locations

    Yesterday we looked at seven spots that seemed to have "reversed the curse" by shaking out of the revolving door patterns of their address' previous tenants. Today we have four spots that continue to falter. 322 Westhiemer Today: Empty Previously: Don Julio's, Café Bello, La Strada The fire was ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2012

    Yum, Fried Bubble Gum

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas foods

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Adios Concepcion y Bienvenidos Alma

    Although there are only four items in this week's roundup of openings and closings, all of them are rather big deals (arbitrarily speaking, of course -- there's still a presidential election going on and all that). Starting with the news that chef Jonathan Jones is out at Concepcion. I made one vis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    An Intoxicatingly Good Idea: Concepcion

    It was ladies' night. Well, as much of a wild to-do as two moms, an artiste and an idle attorney could muster up the energy for. What started out as a mature, smart evening meal with what should have been extremely profound, intellectually stimulating conversation, resulted in a margarita vaca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    What's Your Signature Cocktail?

    Noted food writer and Esquire food critic John Mariani was in Houston recently, only a few months after proclaiming that ours was one of his favorite restaurant cities: "On occasion, when asked what are America's best restaurant cities," he wrote on his personal website, "I have sometimes surprised ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Pepper Jacks the Old Cabo Space and We Wrap Up May

    Because sometimes around EOW, we like to take a little poetic license with things, here is the past week's restaurant news presented in some merry iambic pentameter: Though downtown's lost a Mexican rest'rant, Fear not because another soon will haunt The Cabo space with patio sublime: Pepper Jacks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: Fancy-Ass Nobel-Type Prize-Winning Pizza and More

    Welcome back to the weekend roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're actually kind of looking forward to two straight days of festival food this weekend. It'll be a welcome vacation from reality and sanity. We started the week off right with a look at the many, many, many different varieties o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Fish, (Non) Finger Food, and a First Look at Concepción

    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

    May 28, 2012

    The Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Houston

    When we published our "Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die," the suggestion was made by several people that we re-print the list again -- this time with instructions on where to find these various delicacies in Houston. I'll tell you that not all of the dishes or drinks on the list ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: A Stark Look at Katsuya and Wine's Greatest Hoax

    ROFL House: Been wondering how the sushi is at ultra-luxe L.A. import Katsuya by Starck? Matt took a first look at the West Ave restaurant and came away -- shall we say -- less than impressed with both the service and the food, saying: "I've had better spicy tuna with more spice and more flavor from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Openings & Closings: April 2012

    So, while I was gone last week, chef Ryan Hildebrand and his investors announced plans to open yet another restaurant only four short months after Triniti opened on Shepherd. Brande, as the new restaurant will be called when it opens in late 2013, will occupy the old Ruggles space on Lower Westheime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Blind Items Gain Vision Edition

    Everyone likes to see a good blind item come to fruition. We have two that gained sight this week. With one of our most recent items, our readers -- as usual -- were spot on in their guesses. Ocean's, the big white house in Montrose that currently serves subpar seafood, will soon become Concepción ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Is There a Chocolate Factory in Houston's Future?

    Tejas Chocolate is a young company. Scott Moore, Jr. and his partner Michelle Holland started making chocolate from scratch and working with cacao beans in 2010, and Tejas Chocolate began in earnest in 2011. Scott and Michelle are still working their day jobs running a railroad supply company, while ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 26, 2004

    Pepper-Spraying Jos

    A "Bubba Mexican" polices the border in Buford Gomez