Dawn McGee

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    July 17, 2014

    Five Foods You Miss Long After You Leave Houston

    Houston is a damn fine food town. Pity the Houston expat who leaves and never tastes queso again. Pity me, who left five years ago for the better weather of Los Angeles and found myself missing the grub immediately. Thankfully, I come back a couple times a year to visit my folks, and every time I dr ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants Near Hobby Airport

    One of the questions I get most frequently from friends who travel is this: Why isn't there anywhere to eat around Hobby Airport? To which I say: There are lots of places. You're not looking hard enough. Hobby is one of those parts of town that requires a finer-toothed comb than, say, the Montrose ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in EaDo (a.k.a. Old Chinatown, a.k.a. East Downtown)

    So you're not comfortable with the EaDo sobriquet. I don't care. The damn thing has stuck. It's short, easy and to-the-point. (Besides, the more important question is what to call that weird DMZ area on South Shepherd that's not quite Montrose, not quite Upper Kirby, not quite River Oaks and not qui ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Ken Tanagi Joins the List of Houston's Biggest Food Personalities

    I'm loathe to say that Houston has any "soup Nazi" type characters dominating its dining rooms or kitchens -- only because I hate to start any post off with Godwin's Law. Instead, I prefer to think of people such as the late, great Darawan Charoenrat of Kanomwan (a.k.a. the Thai Nazi) as Houston's b ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Houston Slips to No. 4 on Travel Leisure's List of Top Burger Cities

    After reigning as Travel Leisure's No. 1 burger city in America for 2011, Houston has now slipped to No. 4 in the magazine's 2012 list. This year's top city? Providence, "with its reputation for creative, locavore chefs" according to the magazine, followed by Philadelphia and Chicago. Providence? ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Served With a Side of Nostalgia: Houston's Top 10 Time Warp Restaurants

    There are restaurants which evoke a strong sense of nostalgia, even if you've never dined there before. You can look around at the picture-lined walls or the spots near the counter where the linoleum has rubbed away and know that you are only a small speck of the humanity that this place has served ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Hubcap Grill's Ricky Craig on Twitter Outbursts and Axl Rose Rants

    This past Tuesday around 10 p.m., anyone who follows Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig on Twitter could tell that he was having a bad night. Craig is well-known for voicing his opinions -- often stridently -- on Twitter, but Tuesday was different. "Ewan MacDonald get out of Houston and GO BACK TO DALL ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Seafood 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.

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    April 5, 2011

    Jonathan's the Rub Sweeps the 2011 Burger Bracket

    Photos by Dawn McGeeRicky Craig, owner of Hubcap Grill, constructed one of 32 burgers.​Virginia Commonwealth University may not have advanced to play in last night's national championship NCAA game, but another underdog team ended up sweeping a Final Four at yesterday's 2011 Burger Bracket Cha ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Honky Tonk Blood A Macabrely Nice Surprise

    Dawn McGee​See more photos from Thursday's premiere in our slideshow. Rocks Off will admit we were skeptical going into Thursday night's premiere of Honky Tonk Blood at the River Oaks Theatre. It's not so much that we thought the idea of a black comedy set in the Houston music scene was dubio ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    MLK Boulevard, Houston: In Pictures

    Photos by Dawn McGee​Today, of course, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It seems every American city of any decent size (and minority population) has a street named after him. Writer Rob Walker has a blog featuring pictures of MLK Boulevards around the nation. We decided to do our part.

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    January 3, 2011

    More New Year's Eve Fun From Around Houston

    Rocks Off hopes you're recovered from New Year's Eve. We are...almost. You've already seen and read about Fitzgerald's massive NYE blowout, but there was lots more going on around Houston to ring in 2011. Here are a few more highlights. Lauren Cohen​The mechanical bull was about the only thin ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Last Minute Christmas Shopping: Experience the Madness!

    Dawn McGeeSean Waggoner and his daughters look for a present for mom.​We've all done it at some time or another. Waiting until the very last minute to brave the crowds at Highland Village or the Galleria. As we heard someone say, it's not so bad if you just suck it up and expect it to be a has ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Rocks Off's Most-Viewed Slideshows of 2010

    Faith Silva10. Adam Lambert at Hobby Center​Rocks Off will be pulling together a collection of our favorite concert shots from the past year shortly, including some pics of you all in the audience. But right now we've decided to take a look at your favorite music slideshows of 2010 -- that is, ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart: The Invented Traffic Jam Wasn't Exactly Hellish

    Photo by Dawn McGee​It's tough to say whether this weekend's "Carnage" protest in the Heights was a success or failure, but we can say for certain, it happened. Here are a couple conflicting accounts.

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    October 19, 2010

    Andre Johnson Goes To School

    Photos by Dawn McGeeAndre Johnson gets team coverage​After being postponed by an injury, Texans star receiver Andre Johnson made his annual visit to Bastian Elementary today, hot on the heels of his clutch game-winning TD catch Sunday.Johnson has more or less adopted Bastian, and the kids can't se ... More >>