Nearly every evening I run up and down Kirby Drive, taking in the sights (elderly couples ambling into Carrabba's; valets standing around bored in West Ave), the sounds (car horns honking as drivers make abrupt right turns into the Whole Foods parking lot) and the smells (garlic, fry oil, diesel fue ... More >>
The theme of this year's Houston International Festival may be Australia, but at Celebrate Australia, the main food event of the festival, the best eats were decidedly Texan in nature. The barbecue cook-off competition, the first of what the International Festival hopes to make an annual event, br ... More >>
Ask any relatively intelligent American to throw out an Australian phrase, and he'll probably say either "G'day, mate," or "throw another shrimp on the barbie." This limited knowledge of Australian slang might lead one to think that Australians don't barbecue much other than shrimp, but this is, of ... More >>
"This is such a great event -- so many of Houston's best chefs all in one place!" said Matthew Lovelace, a sous chef at Osteria Mazzantini, as he offered me a sample of their Blackhill Meats lamb meatball and chicken liver mousse. His was one of the first booths I encountered at the 2nd Annual Big T ... More >>
I'm excited about this year's International Festival highlighting Australia for two reasons: One, it gives me an excuse to post the music video for Men At Work's brilliant 1980 song "Land Down Under" (see the next page), and two, I honestly don't know much about Australian food. Being that the fest ... More >>
Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.
The new Korean restaurant in River Oaks, Nara, now offers lunch and social hour menus. For lunch, chef Donald Chang will prepare a variety of new Korean dishes, such as buchim-gae (kimchi and seafood pancakes), oh-jing-uh bokkum (Korean sauteed squid), three sushi rolls and three Korean flatbread pi ... More >>
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 >>
"I flew in a special cut of meat from Japan for you tonight," said chef Donald Chang of Nara, grinning mischievously. "It cost more than $1,000 just for this piece of beef." He paused and let that sink in before adding quickly, "I hope it's good!" He needn't have worried. Those of us gathered aro ... More >>
We hope to see these places open soon.
Nara. There's something so inherently sensual about the way in the which the name rolls off the tongue. Spoken with a Japanese intonation, the "r" sound takes on the form of a soft "d," so that that it sounds like a secretive whisper of some sort: "Nah-dhah." My first time there, I admit I didn't ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>
Looking back at 2013, the foods that really stick out in our minds are the trendy ones: Cronuts. Sriracha. Pretzel buns. Kale. These dominated the discussions on food blogs, in culinary magazines and on morning talk shows. So with 2014 approaching, we thought we'd get ahead of the game by predicti ... More >>
Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.
In Korean, gogigui means, literally, roasting meat, and that's exactly what you do in Nara's new grill room, which opens to the public today, December 19. Traditionally, diners prepare the Korean "barbecue" themselves at tables with built-in gas or charcoal grills in an informal setting. But at Na ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal ... More >>
Suddenly, it seems everyone is talking about Nara. After remaining somewhat under the radar for the past several weeks, Nara, which opened last night, is now being discussed on blogs and on TV, And at first glance, you might wonder why. For starters, it's a Korean and Japanese restaurant opening in ... More >>
An evening of highs and lows.
The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>
Don Chang pushes the envelopeat Nara Japanese