A beautiful thing about the Houston restaurant scene is the love and support that is shown to those going through difficult times. On November 29, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe was engulfed in flames. Bella-Katherine Curtis has been the owner of the place for the past 22 years, and has provided homemade ... More >>
This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Check back with us tomorrow to read Part 2. When we talk about neighborhood restaurants around town, Paulie's on Westheimer has been a Montrose staple for years. Celebrating its 15th year in business this year, the casual Italian restaurant ... More >>
The Pho Binh family of restaurants offers what's often called the best pho in Houston, but they can also be a bit of a drive. The original Pho Binh sits in a trailer down in far south Houston, while its newer sister restaurant -- Pho Binh by Night -- is in the western reaches of Chinatown (which its ... More >>
Eatsie Boys still runs catering out of its food truck, but with a restaurant homebase now it can do so much more.
The last time we compiled a list of Houston's best coffee houses was in February 2011, and things have certainly changed since then. In just the last several months, Houston's caffeine scene has benefited from several new entrants, all of which are determined to raise the city's coffee profile just ... More >>
With co-owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber busy opening up Coltivare -- the upcoming Heights restaurant from the Revival Market team -- food at the market itself has been left in the capable hands of Adam Dorris, chef de cuisine at Revival and the most recent chef de cuisine at Stella Sola. It's Dorr ... More >>
29-95: Opening today is Brooklyn Athletic Club, the new restaurant from Lance Fegen and chef Jeff Axline that took over the spot where Zimm's Little Deck once stood. Greg Morago has a preview of the space, which features two spaces in one: "The Clubhouse, a 45-seat, diner-style, full-service restaur ... More >>
Why hadn't it ever occurred to me to drop matzah balls in pho before? I mused to myself as I sat mesmerized by the giant, stainless steel mug of matzah ball pho sitting in front of me at the new Eatsie Boys Cafe yesterday morning. The pairing is almost a natural, when you think about it: the fatty-s ... More >>
The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.
Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>
Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza. While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the mast ... More >>
On my way home a few nights ago, I noticed that a hunch I'd had was true: Bibas Brooklyn Express had closed after only six short months in business on Main Street. I'd noticed the lights off for a few days, and a new spread of brown paper in the windows meant only one thing. B4-U-Eat reports that th ... More >>
Third Ward coffeehouse is an art space, community meetingspot and vegetarian cafe in one.
Houston Beer Week buzz has been kind of a slow burn this year. With no balls-to-the-wall epic beer dinners like last year's Petrol Station vs. Hay Merchant battle planned for this year, one big event -- The Draft -- is promising to be Beer Week's heavy hitter. The Draft is this year's revamped and ... More >>
Celebrate 20 years of artist studios at Lawndale Art Center and five years of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program with Tasteful Art, a special tasting event featuring local contemporary artists and chefs at the historic and beautiful Hofheinz House (3900 Milam). Lawndale is bringing culinary artists ... More >>
First, there was Just August Project. And then came Pilot Light Group. And then came Oxheart Restaurant. And soon we will have the The Pass and Provisions. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat installment, we found out where Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, and Justin Yu like to eat around ... More >>
Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>
In its savory form, sanguinaccio tastes like oddly greaseless pan sausage. Revival Market even serves the stuff in a tall, sausage-shaped round along with a fried yard egg, the crumbly texture of the sanguinaccio thirstily soaking up the golden yolk once you pierce the egg's delicate white cloak. I ... More >>
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® 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 >>
The joke wasn't even that funny. New York celebrity chef David Chang, hearing that Jeremy Lin would likely come to Houston to play for the Rockets, at least for three years, tweeted yesterday, "@momofuku is looking to sign a three year lease in Houston, Texas." As Eater National reported today, ... More >>
When chef Ji Kang moved to Houston from Dallas, he didn't know what to expect. By his own admission, Houston was a last resort. The Austin native and Dallas-trained chef hadn't planned on moving here, but -- as he said in this week's cafe review of his new restaurant, Nabi -- he's glad he did. "If ... More >>
It's Sunday morning, just 15 minutes shy of 10 a.m., and already, a small line had formed as I entered Paulie's on Westheimer for an encore of Chef Justin Yu's popular Money Cat Brunch pop-up. A fundraiser for the newly formed OKRA (Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs) non-profit, the even ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas L. HallMoneycat Whole Fried Butterfish: Delicious, but disturbing to young children.Justin Yu's Moneycat Brunch pops up over at Umai Japanese Restaurant">Umai Japanese Restaurant, every Sunday between 9 and 3, or until food runs out. It's been running for about a month now, ... More >>
Photo by Kevin O'MaraA reminder of what our No. 3 pick used to look like.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 ... More >>
Photos by Mai PhamSuckling pig with buns and sauce, one of the many dishes from Kata Robata's izakayaTwice a year, Kata Robata transforms its patio into an izakaya, a casual after-work drinking place with Japanese bar food. Izakaya-type food is not fancy. They are the Japanese equivalent to S ... More >>
You look like...a grande mocha, no sugar, no whip, extra dry, half skim, half whole milk with caramel. Sugar-free caramel. Jerk.This weekend, I stopped into Inversion for a caffeine infusion in my preferred format: a cortado, which is a shot of espresso cut with an equal amount of steamed mil ... More >>
This South Houston burger joint with a small-town vibe serves tasty, old-school burgers.
Cafe Luz's giant lightbulb was painted by Borrego herself.Downtown has a new coffee shop as of this morning at 6:30 a.m. That's when Frank Freeman opened the doors of Cafe Luz at 907 Franklin, his new venture with Lucrece Borrego and Jesus Acosta, who also own Kitchen Incubator. Cafe Luz is ... More >>
Chef Raj Dixit takes over at The Inn.Another busy week in the city where good things happen in threes: Three coffee shops are opening soon, three chefs have moved into new positions, and three restaurants are fast on their way to opening (or reopening, in one case). And bad things happen in t ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttDijon shrimp salad sandwich with Bibb lettuce and sweet peppers.Let me be clear up front: Relish Fine Foods is in no way related to Central Market, aside from being located a few blocks away from the grocery giant on San Felipe and Weslayan. However, the similariti ... More >>
Photo by Adrienne ByardSeth Siegel-Gardner, left, and Terrence Gallivan in the kitchen at Revival Market.The living room at Seth and Hannah Siegel-Gardner's tidy blue house in the Heights is packed: two chefs and their wives, a journalist, three dogs, a massive cookbook collection and a flat- ... More >>
FacebookLinda Salinas, before shaving her mustache.Linda Salinas is a talented sommelier and bartender. She's worked at and with some of Houston's best bars and restaurants: Voice, Anvil, Branch Water Tavern, Bootsie's, Beaver's, 13 Celsius and Kata Robata. She is a fixture within the industr ... More >>
The Top Ten Coffeehouses in Houston
Photo by Gary R. WiseGreenway Coffee, one of Houston's leading coffee houses.Last week's First Look at Black Hole Cafe prompted some interesting discussions in the comments section, namely a lively debate about the merits of weighing a just-opened coffee house against other, more established ... More >>
Does Montrose need another Inversion? The folks behind Black Hole Cafe (4504 Graustark, 713-528-0653) apparently think so. And since they're also the folks behind popular establishments Poison Girl and Antidote -- the former in Montrose, the latter in the Heights -- the new Black Hole Cafe wi ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... More >>
Photos by Jeff BalkeSamples were drained during last year's Wine Conference sessions.Last September marked the inaugural year for The Wine Conference, an annual event pairing more than just food and wine. The Wine Conference seeks to pair people with knowledge, whether those people are wine e ... More >>
It's a little bit insane to try and narrow down all of the food options in the Montrose area to a "top 10." This list, as with all others, is personal and also imperfect. Such an exercise will surely lead to impassioned protests of "How could you be so stupid as to have missed _____?" and insults of ... More >>
Edited: This article has been revised as a result of misinformation received by The Houston Press. Although Anvil Bar & Refuge hasn't started serving brunch quite yet, one thing's for sure: The mimosas are going to be damn good. Starting this Sunday, May 16, Anvil will be serving a Sunday b ... More >>
Photo by Jared CherupThere's more to Clear Lake than just NASA, the sadly rotting Jim West mansion and that hotel where a woman mowed down her husband in the parking lot. And there's also more to the area than overly-fancy eateries like Cullen's or old mainstays like Villa Capri and the Seabr ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse Caleb Gutierrez's michelada, rimmed with cumin and saltWhile we may not have a palate for wine, it's no secret that Eating Our Words loves beer. And hot sauce. And the two of those things magically mixed together in a pint glass. So in the interest of further promoti ... More >>
Is Houston about to become America's coffee capital?
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSilence Huang points out good and bad characteristics on a calibration cup of latte.Judging a latte art competition is deceptively difficult, as we found out on Friday night. Silence Huang, one of our fellow judges and a master barista from Taiwan, drew careful diagram ... More >>
Don't miss this Chinese restaurant on Bellaire near Highway 6 — just don't order the Chinese food.
Photo by Robb WalshWhen I heard that Tuscany Coffee barista David Buehrer had never attended an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, I invited him to meet me at Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant on Richmond. We were seated in backless stools at a traditional low, round table in the back of the restauran ... More >>
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt A packed dining room at Catalan on Monday nightPeople swarmed the table full of pork and beans at last night's long-awaited Pork Belly Throwdown at Catalan like bees on a hive. Dishes such as Vermont maple-glazed Kurobuta pork belly shared space with whole suc ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshDavid BuehrerThere were a couple of coffee connoisseurs sampling the espresso blends at Tuscany Coffee in the Greenway Plaza food court when I stopped by to check it out. "We come by to sample the espresso every day," they told me. And they aren't the only ones. Barista David Bue ... More >>
Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>