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 >>
Houston's 10 best 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 >>
Eat here before you die.
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
Pondering the similarities between rock and roll and Mexican food at Hugo's
Art Car Bawl, A Vanishing Past, Oinked Out
El Hidalguense makes its Long Point neighbor seem downright American
Last in a six-part series
Part 5 in the six-part history of Tex-Mex
The Mex-Mex issue
Mama Ninfa brings home fajitas
Legendary restauranteur Felix Tijerina mixed Mexican food and Texas politics
A six-part history of Tex-Mex