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    October 17, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Pasta Day in Houston

    National Pasta Day is today -- a reminder, if not an incentive, for for pasta lovers all around town to indulge. Houston has many excellent restaurants where one can celebrate. For a taste of stellar house-made pappardelle bolognese, Best of Houston Italian Restaurant winner Ciao Bello is the pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Another Day, Another Dress Code Dispute at Da Marco

    Welp. It's been a solid eight months since someone last contacted us regarding a dress code issue at Da Marco. Yesterday, we got an email from a reader who relayed the following tale of Da Marco dress code woe: My family of four and my friend got kicked out of DaMarco last night...My son had a na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Italian Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Eight of the Most Expensive Restaurant Dishes in Houston

    Feeling flush lately? Cars, watches and fancy shoes are so passé. Flaunt that wealth on something truly, fleetingly enjoyable: Food. Houston was founded as an oil town, so we have no shortage of affluence in our city. In spite of the fact that it's less oil-centric than it used to be, Houston has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Top 5 Ravioli To Try in Houston

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

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    January 15, 2014

    Business Casual? Man Turned Away From Da Marco for Wearing Sneakers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Top 5 Prix-Fixe Lunches in Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Wine Insider: Pricing extremes, good and bad, at Marco Wiles' Dolce Vita and Vinoteca Poscol

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

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    August 26, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Have a Friend Who Hates Broccoli and Anchovies? Take Them to Vinoteca Poscol

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Affordable Luxuries: Treat Yourself This New Year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Top 10 Octopus Dishes in Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

    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 >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Domenica Catelli of Catelli's

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    The Heights-Montrose-Museum District Council Seat: A Checklist for Potential Candidates

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Comments of the Day: On Wine with Lunch, and Hipstamatic

    ​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 >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Stretch That Dining Dollar: Eat Fancy at Lunch

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Fess Up: You Haven't Eaten at RDG Bar Annie

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #24 Pasta with White Truffles at Da Marco

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Slow Dough Bakery

    ​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).

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Antonio Gianola of Catalan

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Pasta with Truffles, a Bargain at $110 a Bowl

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    New Year's Pigs' Trotters

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    What a Difference a Decade Makes: Zagat's Top 5 Restaurants in 1999 and 2009

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Fearless Critic: Not The Only Brutally Honest Reviews In Town

    ​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 >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    You Can't Be Serious

    Our readers debate this year's Best of Houston® winners.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Lingering Over Lunch: Rioja's

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Fine 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Giant Candle Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2009

    Montrose Makes Way for Vinoteca Poscol

    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."  The confusion grew ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    May 23, 2008

    Jon Paul Lands at Landry's

    It seems everyone in Houston is familiar with Jon Paul. The popular restaurant world figure made his name as a host at Tony's, then worked as a consultant for Marco Wiles (Da Marco and Dolce Vita), then for Sabor, which is no more. After that, he joined Polo Becerra (Polo's, Post Oak Grill). And ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2007

    On Top of Spaghetti

    At Antonio's Flying Pizza, we ponder what cheese pizzas and cheese enchiladas have in common

  • Dining

    May 3, 2007

    Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind

    The Vintage Mirrors the Year

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    May 1, 2007
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    May 1, 2007
  • Dining

    January 25, 2007

    Posh Pizza

    Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    August 28, 2003

    Blooming Onions

    One ring to fool them all, or at least the Chron

  • Dining

    July 10, 2003

    Upscale Hospital Food

    The Med Center’s Trevísio may be frequented by surgeons, but that doesn’t mean the food is cutting-edge.

  • Dining

    February 6, 2003

    No Satisfaction

    Sorry, Mick, we're already having a big night

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    May 23, 2002
  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Leaches in the Mist

    Plus: Percentile Dysfunction, More Math Wrath, Double Dribbles

  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Love at First Bite

    Da Marco woos one over drinks, seduces with menu

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