Ravioli? Seems so...square. Yes, boring, pedestrian versions abound (thank you, Chef Boyardee). Fortunately, Houston is a bastion of innovative takes on stuffed pasta. Try one of these five standout plates and rethink your stance on ravioli. 5. Veal Ravioli (Arturo's Uptown Italiano). "Earthy" is ... More >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
On Tuesday afternoon, a person who frequently interacts with Eating...Our Words on Twitter tweeted the following statement: Just got tossed out of Da Marco. Friend was wearing sneakers. "Do you have another pair of shoes?" What a bunch of dicks.— Misha (@tastybits) January 14, 2014 ... More >>
It's not every day that you'll want to indulge in a fancy meal for lunch, but when you do, a lunch prix-fixe is the only way to go. For a fraction of the cost you would pay for dinner, many of the best restaurants around town offer set lunch menus for your dining pleasure. Here are our picks for the ... More >>
In October, when Eating Our Words published "Houston's 10 Best Destinations for Wine," a number of readers complained in the comment section that none of Marco Wiles' restaurants had been included (his Da Marco was excluded, as were all "trophy wine" destinations; see the intro to the post for the e ... More >>
One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston
There are a lot of things Houstonians hate. Humidity. Bad barbecue. The city of Dallas. But there are few more contentious topics in the Bayou City than valet parking. When I first moved here, the whole valet situation was confusing to me. We're not New York City. We do have parking spaces here. ... More >>
Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.
There was a period of time in my life when I couldn't get enough of that first date feeling. It's akin to the adrenaline rush of skydiving or rock climbing -- except often with the promise of food or drinks in lieu of potentially plummeting to your death. (Sure, there's the danger of emotional pain ... More >>
Maybe it's the contrarian in me -- the endless debater who loves a good, healthy, productive argument -- but there are few things that bring me more pleasure in this world than finding a food someone claims to hate and then finding or making an amazing dish with that food, turning that hate into lov ... More >>
Most of our readers will hopefully remember Robin Leach's signature sign-off at the end of each episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous during the show's decade-long run: "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams." As far as sign-offs go, the phrase is no Walter Cronkite's "...and that's the way it ... More >>
It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>
Octopus. Regardless of how it's prepared, I generally love eating the squirmy, tentacled creatures. A great, low-fat seafood option, octopus has this wonderfully distinctive texture. It's also light and fun to eat -- the perfect summertime dish. Our city's chefs must feel the same way I do, because ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. 10. The ... More >>
There are no inspection reports available from February 23 to 29, but there are dozens of reports from February 22, Ash Wednesday. We're not sure about the significance of that. But it is important for restaurants to remember that they art dust, and to dust they shalt return, just keep that shit off ... More >>
Photos by Matthew DresdenCatelli's Ravioli (dc sauce on the left, butter garlic on the right)After our spirited conversation (covered in parts one and two of this Chef Chat), Domenica Catelli brought out a few of her restaurant's dishes. I asked her about the challenges in creating a menu whe ... More >>
Must love Jon Stewart.The proposed new map of city council districts includes one carved out of the Heights, Montrose and the Museum District, uniting the richest, hippest, proud to be Inner Looper bunch of white people possible. If you're planning to run for the seat, here are some things y ... More >>
Today we're doing two comments of the day, because we so wholeheartedly agree with them both. First, in response to Katharine Shilcutt's post "Stretch that Dining Dollar: Eat Fancy at Lunch," commenter Francesca gave an over-the-top thumbs up to wine with lunch: Oh, the wisdom encapsulated ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by Kent WangEat like a prince at Da Marco (on a pauper's salary).At Da Marco, as I ate the last, sweet bites of my antelope paillard -- the barely gamy meat pounded thin and just slightly crispy at the edges, draped with caramelized peppers and finished off with a beautiful mound of flu ... More >>
Photo by mrzarquonIt's okay if you've never eaten at The Breakfast Klub. Fess up....or maybe you haven't eaten at La Colombe d'Or or Tony's or Mark's. Or, on the other hand, you haven't eaten at Lankford Grocery, Irma's, Pizzitola's or Molina's. Maybe you've never eaten at a Chili's. I don't ... More >>
Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>
The dough might be slow, but this little bakery is bustling. You know all that really good bread you've been eating at places like Anvil and Branchwater Tavern? It has been coming from Slow Dough Bakery (1314 Roy Street, 713-568-5674).
Antonio Gianola is no stranger to the Houston wine scene. In fact, you've probably read multiple articles on him and his restaurant, Catalan. So, how did this former medical biller and coder become the talk of the town? One glass of wine at a time. "I was good at medical billing and coding, ... More >>
I split a bowl of pasta topped with huge slices of a white Alba truffles with a lunchmate at Da Marco over the holidays. A bowl of tagliatelle and truffles goes for $125 at dinner. It's only $110 at lunch, so we paid a mere $55 each for the ethereal experience. The flavor is like nothing else ... More >>
Polo's New American has a young executive chef with some great Houston roots. We dropped by one afternoon to pay him a visit and see what Polo's is all about. Eating Our Words: How did your culinary tales begin? Adam Puskorius: Before becoming executive chef of Polo's, I was a sous chef at ... More >>
This weekend, Da Marco will be serving zampone, the stuffed pig's foot that's traditionally eaten on New Year's in Italy. Da Marco is serving the zampone with lentils and the mustard-marinated fruit called mostarda. December 31 is called La Festa di San Silvestro in Italy. You eat lentils, ... More >>
Stacy McLady or true superstar?
Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>
Ten years ago, Houston was a different city. Enron hadn't yet experienced its downfall. Downtown was just beginning its slow renaissance. There were no silly "town square" concepts littered around town. People were just learning the word "McMansion." Montrose wasn't gentrified. Neither were any of t ... More >>
One can't possibly argue with the extraordinary usefulness of Fearless Critic, from its many lists, to its valuable compendium of area restaurants, to its handy ratings system. But one can definitely argue with its claim that its reviews, by "food nerds" and food bloggers, are somehow superi ... More >>
Our readers debate this year's Best of Houston® winners.
Photo by Robb WalshFine dining establishments are suffering in these days of the downturn. But as we've mentioned many a time before, the best restaurants in the city have some of the choicest lunch specials. Bistro Don Camillo's business lunch, an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $18.95 is ... More >>
The violations in the Health Department's online reports aren't always clear (what exactly does "Unapproved use of 'V' threads on food contact surface" mean?), and they'll sometimes test your gag reflex ("Raw partially cooked food served or offered for sale"). But that's part of their charm. Here ar ... More >>
Vinoteca Poscol moves in.The rumors flew when beloved Belgian restaurant Cafe Montrose closed late last year after Hurricane Ike. Patrons hungry for their fix of moules, frites and Chimay were baffled when they pulled into the parking lot one day to find it "temporarily closed ... More >>
At Antonio's Flying Pizza, we ponder what cheese pizzas and cheese enchiladas have in common
The Vintage Mirrors the Year
Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca
One ring to fool them all, or at least the Chron
The Med Center’s Trevísio may be frequented by surgeons, but that doesn’t mean the food is cutting-edge.
Sorry, Mick, we're already having a big night
Plus: Percentile Dysfunction, More Math Wrath, Double Dribbles
Da Marco woos one over drinks, seduces with menu