Diana Kennedy

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 31, Cochito con Mole Xico at Hugo's

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Diana Kennedy, Grande Dame of Mexican Cuisine, Brings Book-Signing Tour to Hugo's

    Here in Texas, we know a lot about Mexican food. But what most of America (including Texas) thinks of as Mexican is actually Tex-Mex, a hybrid of Mexican cuisine and American ingredients. It's comforting to us native Texans, for sure, but it's not true Mexican food. Diana Kennedy knows real Mexican ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2013

    Todo con Queso

    Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.

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    May 2, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tex-Mex Restaurants

    It's been more than a century since the first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in Houston. George Caldwell brought The Original Mexican Restaurant to our city in 1907, influenced -- most agree -- by a restaurant of the same name in his hometown of San Antonio. It would be another 20 years before Felix Mex ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012

    Philly Poutine

    A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Gustavo Arellano: Has the Tide Turned Against Tex-Mex Food?

    Gustavo Arellano isn't just any Mexican. Over the years, the writer has turned himself into almost the "official" Mexican of America thanks in large part to his syndicated column, "Ask a Mexican!" and books like Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. This is his most recent book and one in w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Brew Blog: New Belgium Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé Ale

    Gimmicky beers bother me a little bit. Take, for example, the absolutely horrible blueberry beer I tried a while back, in a fit of unexplainable masochism. I knew what I was getting myself into, really. I mean, we can all agree that nobody needs to put blueberries in beer, pretty much ever, right? T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    How Influential Was Houston In the Development of Mexican Food In the U.S.?

    Not influential enough, it would seem. At our sister paper in Orange County, "Ask A Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano has compiled a list of the "most influential cities in the development of Mexican food in the United States." Spoiler alert: Dallas and San Antonio are on there, but not Houston. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe & Shrine: Revival of the Fittest

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.​Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    First Look at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​"We had 1,000 covers on Friday night, then 1,200 covers last night," an exhausted but happy-looking Bill Floyd told me when he stopped by our table at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe on Sunday evening. It was a little past 5 p.m., the doors to the place had just opened, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    The 10 Do's and Don't's of Texas Food

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOne of my hobbies is taking jingoistic photos of our state flag. God bless Texas!​After seeing the dialogue back and forth on Lennie Ambrose's post about sweet tea and its availability in Texas, my colleagues and I began discussing our own caveats about eating in Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #39 Mole Poblano at Hugo's

    ​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

    January 6, 2010

    Top 9 Houston Restaurant Closings of the Decade

    Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.​1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Tex-Mex Temples: Combo Platters of Hopes and Dreams

    Diana Kennedy has always trashed the “so-called Mexican restaurants” north of the border and the “overly large platters of mixed messes” they serve. Following her lead, food snobs on the East and West Coasts ridicule Tex-Mex--which they seem to think is the invention of a bunch of dumb redne ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    Illegal Immigrants in the Restaurant Industry

    Mexican immigrant Hugo Ortega went from washing dishes to owning Houston's best Mexican restaurant — now he has a few things to say about immigration

  • News

    September 18, 2003
  • Dining

    December 26, 2002

    Mexican, Straight Up

    Pondering the similarities between rock and roll and Mexican food at Hugo's

  • News

    June 7, 2001


    Art Car Bawl, A Vanishing Past, Oinked Out

  • Dining

    May 10, 2001

    The Aroma of Authenticity

    El Hidalguense makes its Long Point neighbor seem downright American

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Brave Nuevo World

    Last in a six-part series

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    The French Connection

    Part 5 in the six-part history of Tex-Mex

  • Dining

    October 26, 2000

    The Authenticity Myth

    The Mex-Mex issue

  • Dining

    September 28, 2000

    Mama's Got a Brand-new Bag

    Mama Ninfa brings home fajitas

  • Dining

    August 31, 2000

    Combination Plates

    Legendary restauranteur Felix Tijerina mixed Mexican food and Texas politics

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    Pralines and Pushcarts

    A six-part history of Tex-Mex