Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants t ... More >>
Zagat Houston: You can find a classic dish, such as chicken and dumplings or chicken fried steak, in a variety of restaurants in Houston. Some places you can get it on the cheap, and some places have taken the classic dish to new heights (with prices to match). Zagat Houston's Amber Ambrose lists tw ... More >>
Smitten Kitchen: Everyone has their opinion about casseroles, and the green bean varietyis one that evokes strong opinions -- you either love it or hate it. But, for those who don't enjoy the casserole made from canned ingredients and fake fried onions, try this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which us ... 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 her pers ... More >>
When I first read it on NPR's food blog, I thought I'd somehow started reading The Onion without realizing it. I glanced up at the header at the top of the page. Still NPR. Oh God, it must be true... It seems it is true and also sad and funny and terribly confusing. French vintner Haussmann Famille ... More >>
This week several big name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh yeah and Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news, let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about. Eater ... More >>
My co-host John Granato and I have a standing breakfast bet (which I just now realized will have to be amended to something else at stake because we're moving from mornings to afternoons on 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio) and it goes like this: True of false: Out of these three quarterbacks -- Tim Tebow, ... More >>
Secret items or off-menu dishes at restaurants are nothing new. In many cases, they're arguably more famous than the regular food, such as the "Animal Style" fries at In-N-Out Burger (a chain which has more "secret" menu items than regular ones). Our own Brooke Viggiano has been compiling lists of " ... More >>
I am barely old enough to remember 7-Eleven, which departed the Houston market in the 1980s following the Dallas-based company's financial decline in that decade, but I remember the stores being awesome. Since it left the southern part of the state, 7-Eleven has mushroomed into a multi-national cor ... More >>
Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.
When I was in college, Dr Pepper ruled our campus (and so did Drayton McLane, but that's a story for another day). No, seriously. It became the official soft drink of Baylor back in 1997. And along with it came Dr Pepper Hour, formerly Coke Hour. Baylor University isn't just renowned for being the ... More >>
I'll be honest: The first thing I noticed when I walked into The Burger Guys' spiffy new downtown location at 706 Main wasn't the expanded dining room (which seats three times as many guests than its original Westheimer location) nor the artwork and TV screens that hung from the sunflower-yellow wal ... More >>
"No Coke...Pepsi!" Belushi's classic SNL skit is actually an homage to The Billy Goat Tavern, a dingy burger place in Chicago where you will be yelled at for your order, where they really do only serve Pepsi, and there are no fries, only chips. I've checked the place out and eaten a burger there - ... More >>
Today is 420 Day, the day known fondly to stoners everywhere as a kind of unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day. It's a holiday that's been around for more than 40 years -- you're not as hip or cool as your parents were, kids; they started this shit in 1971 -- and the evolution of the holid ... More >>
Robb Walsh: If you were wondering what the kerfuffle over Dublin Dr Pepper was all about last week, Robb Walsh has a simple and concise explanation for the uproar: "Why the corporate headquarters of Dr Pepper/Snapple found it necessary to close down the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in Texas and a living ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where your Pizza Boomerangs are no match for our Nacho Javelins. The roundup was slightly less weekly last week, because - and this is true - I spent the morning in the emergency room having tests done and several dozens of vials of blood ... More >>
Photo by Mike OverallThe bitter, extended legal battle between the 120-year-old Dr Pepper plant in Dublin, Texas and its parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), has finally been resolved. At issue were the liberties that the Dublin plant had taken both with its distribution and merchandising ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStep up and order at Local Foods.Let's get one thing out of the way first: Stop blaming benjy's for Antone's demise. I'm the first to say that I miss the old Antone's in Rice Village like I miss Elvis. So come on now: We can all agree that Antone's closed before it ... More >>
I sublet my apartment this summer, and when I returned, there were four cans of Dr Pepper in my fridge. I can probably count on one hand the sodas I really do not care for, and sadly (non-Dublin) Dr Pepper is among them. Dumping all four cans down the drain seemed like a colossal waste, not to ment ... More >>
And now we leave you with your weekly allotment of Gosh Darned Handsome.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've decided to postpone our Eating Our Words George Bush Park Barbecue, Fireworks, and Oily Rags Extravaganza until further notice. We know, we were loo ... More >>
Photo by megpiThis bottle of Dublin Dr Pepper made it all the way to Los Angeles.In late June, the 120-year-old Dr Pepper plant in Dublin, Texas announced that it was being sued by its parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS). The plant, which is the world's oldest and smallest Dr Pepper bott ... More >>
Joanna O'LearyVariation on the Boston Cooler. Note: Only use Diet Ginger Beer if your supermarket strangely lacks Regular.Liquid desserts are ideal for summer, and while I love a good milkshake, sometimes I like a little carbonation with my ice cream. A root beer float is the obvious choice; ... More >>
Residents take sides on bar noise issue.
It's just an ICEE with a silly (okay, sillier) name!Guess who just got back today? (I love Thin Lizzy; sue me.) Slurpees, that's who. While there hasn't been a 7-Eleven in the Houston city limits since the late '80s, fans of its famous Slurpee still exist. Although it's just a cleverly mar ... More >>
Photo by Amit GuptaDublin Dr Pepper: the highly-coveted Dr Pepper version of Mexican Coca-Cola.In the long history of entities suing themselves -- Wells Fargo in 2009, the government of Thailand in 2006 -- none have been as disheartening to Texans as the latest news that Dr Pepper Snapple (DP ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about Dr Pepper sort of suing itself - that is, parent company Dr Pepper Snapple suing the Dublin Dr Pepper plant for allegedly violating the terms of its franchise agreement. Which led commenter Stuart Reb Donald to present his theory about what's going on: ... More >>
Full-size image below.In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Renzo Understand This (Self-released, 2010) Renzo is the diminutive free-agent MC who enjoys ... More >>
When I was in college, Dr Pepper ruled our campus (and so did Drayton McLane, but that's a story for another day). No, seriously. It became the official soft drink of Baylor back in 1997. And along with it came Dr Pepper Hour, formerly Coke Hour. Baylor University isn't just renowned for bei ... More >>
Wear out that mouse fingerFor the record and in case it's not clear, we appreciate like hell all the reading and commenting you do all year on Hair Balls. We love it. What stories most piqued reader interest this year? The internet brings the ability to examine that closely. And here they ar ... More >>
The milkshakes may come with bacon and the burgers with foie gras, but there's no pretension here.
BRC Gastropub could be great.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBiscuits and bacon never looked so good.Let's get one thing out of the way first: BRC stands for Big Red Cock. There's even a giant crimson rooster in the parking lot, in case there was any misunderstanding. So get all the "Wow, that Big Red Cock is really deliciou ... More >>
The Game is close to beginning -- once you've had Flea and Josh Groban collaborate, things can only go up. We will say the Dr Pepper BCS trophy is likely the cheesiest-looking major trophy in sports. WIth the DP logo slapped prominently on it, the thing looks like a stand-up display at a Diamond Sha ... More >>
Photo by This Is Freaking RidiculousAn AK-47 made entirely out of bacon? Yup, that's pretty much 2009 summed up. So this is the time of year when we normally say things like "Wow, another year gone by already!" and "Can ya believe it's almost 2010?" and "Say there, how come you just broke my ... More >>
Photo by Jeff BalkeWaco isn't the first place that comes to mind when people think "road trip." Instead, visions of an ultraconservative town that was once the site of an epic, fiery battle between a cult and the United States government spring to mind. Fortunately for Waco, the town act ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshThis is the week that the "Dublin" signs on the highway are changed to read Dr Pepper, Texas. The 118th Dublin Dr Pepper Birthday Festival climaxes this weekend with an exciting schedule of events, including live music by Layne Golden and the 10-2-4 Band. There is a charity run ... More >>
Cocky Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge
Over the past few months, local TV personality and blogger Mike McGuff has been steadfastly and patiently compiling a list of all the locations around the greater Houston area where one can procure his favorite -- and my favorite -- chilled beverage of choice, a Dr Pepper Icee. Dr Pepper ... More >>
The demand for sugar-sweetened Dublin Dr Pepper has never been higher — just ask the bootleggers
Dr. Pepper, that little old soda company from Waco, has jumped onboard the Chinese Democracy Hating Train that began sometime at the end of Bill Clinton's second term in office. Everyone knows that Guns N' Roses frontman Howard Hughes (I mean Axl Rose) has been working on this Spruce Goose for the ... More >>
Kill the holiday crap with some caustic rock at the Proletariat
The Chicago clip crew gleefully gabs on in Barbershop 2
When it comes to local facts, don't rely on Allmusic.com
Party with purpose at "Illume"
Trying to get to the bottom of the Dr Pepper "Freaky Old Guy" mystery
Drink up, kids. Keep those soda dollars coming.