A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.
It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.
If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons. Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke ... More >>
This weekend, the city once again hit the Press-organized Haute Wheels food truck festival. Like last year, the trucks that inspectors visited did pretty well. Chilantro BBQ got hit with two violations: potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature (corrected on site), and no shatter-pro ... More >>
A recent Zagat survey revealed that we still consume coffee even if the price of a cup of Joe continues to increase while our economy struggles to get back on its feet. In fact, the average American consumes 2.2 cups of coffee each day, according to the Zagat statistics. Although we need to cut bac ... More >>
From eating like cavemen to redneck sketti, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest food happenings of 2012. 12. Singapore Serves Mashed Potatoes...From A Vending Machine? The internet was abuzz when a photo of a mashed potato vending machine surfaced. Eventually, the viral picture was tr ... More >>
It's December now, and the holiday season is rapidly approaching. If you're a Christian, you know the reason for the season is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus H. Christ. But one thing you may have noticed is that we don't live in a Christian nation, contrary to the beliefs of commentators su ... More >>
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
Ever since the planned second location for Killen's Steakhouse in the Heights fell through, Ronnie Killen has been keeping busy back home in Pearland. There, he's currently in the process of transforming his popular steakhouse into Killen's BBB. Writing for CultureMap, Ruthie Johnson Miller says th ... More >>
As of this writing, I am still comfortably ensconced in the Hotel Palomar in our nation's capital. There is a Negroni at my side, compliments of the hotel, which was waiting for me in the room after I returned from walking off a Shake Shack burger at lunch. That's service. Both the Shake Shack and ... More >>
Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.
Lucille's (5512 La Branch) had its soft opening earlier this week, and plans to host its grand opening on Monday, September 10. The restaurant is the latest addition to the food-starved Museum District, which recently saw the well-received Jade Stone Café open inside the Asia Society. Unlike the pa ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where uncooked quinoa and trail mix are no substitutes for massive amounts of junk food no matter what our dieticians tell us. Yes, I'm trying to cut down on the calories; it's beach season, after all, and I'd like to be able to take just ... More >>
We had lived in Houston for many months before I realized there was, in fact, a Dunkin Donuts in this city. I love Dunkin Donuts -- love, love, love it. You have to understand, I grew up in a town where cute little boutique coffee shops just don't exist (or at least, exist sporadically -- there is o ... More >>
I'm pretty much a kolache novice. Before my experience Sunday morning (after a crazy trip to cover/shop the Jason Wu for Target event) I had had exactly two kolaches: a pumpkin-filled one from Sinfull Bakery and a random kolache my husband bought me when I was drunk, the contents of which I can't ev ... More >>
What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>
Yes, that really is the name of the sandwich. I am not a Starbucks person--I am a Dunkin' Donuts person all the way. If you've never had a Dunkin' Donuts coffe, you are really missing out on something delicious, and I really think Starbucks' coffee is terrible, unless you go for the lattes a ... More >>
Hillcroft and Raja Sweets have become the epicenter of Houston's vibrant Indian population.
These tacos taste approximately 4.5 billion times better than they photograph.Look, I am an Upstate New Yorker who moved to Houston via Fairbanks, Alaska, so I'm not going to shine you on like I'm some world-renowned expert on what a breakfast taco is "supposed" to be, okay? But a few weeks a ... More >>
That's not Jesus, that is clearly Rasputin. This pierogi will take ages to destroy.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our skin is getting tan and leathery, our forearms like bronze hamhocks, our necks like freshly-stained rawhide, our nipples like crisp yet moi ... More >>
Jus' Mac.The world of food and drink can at times be puzzling. Here are five things we wonder about the Houston food scene. 5. Jus' Mac: Is it? I don't have a problem with Jus' Mac's food. I'm not a big macaroni and cheese guy, but their product (on my only visit) was pretty darn good. Bu ... More >>
Front row: Christy's, Fresh & Best. Back row: Dunkin', Shipley.Was it Alexis de Tocqueville or Jonathan Gold who said, "Every city gets the donuts it deserves"? Either way, you have to wonder what Houston did to deserve Shipley Do-Nuts. The Shipleys may be lovely people, and the corporation g ... More >>
Whole Foods' cioppino on the left, Central Market's clam chowder on the right. When the weather gets cold - and stays cold - there's nothing like a piping hot bowl of soup. Sometimes you're in the mood for chicken pho. Other times it's tortilla soup. Or maybe French onion soup. Or maybe split ... More >>
Bob McNair doesn't know why you're so pissed, Texan fansThings I've learned in the last 24 hours: 1. Dunkin' Donuts is re-opened on Bellaire Boulevard and is cranking out some positively delightful coffee and flatbread sandwiches. Highly recommend. 2. Per @OMGFacts on Twitter, the most dan ... More >>
A regular Paul the OctopusSo last season I did these Best Bets posts on Fridays and made every attempt to conduct myself like an actual handicapper, coming up with reams of statistics and subjective observations to lead to a conclusion that I hoped made reasonable sense. End result? A predic ... 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 >>
A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.
There's a reason why Franco Mondini-Ruiz is so hot right now
Dwarf sisters ditch the doughnuts to become trail-glazers on the strip circuit
What's a lonely Jew to do on Christmas? Nosh on kosher vegetarian Indian food at Udupi Cafe.
Notes from the (corporate-sponsored) underground
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