The popular tequila bar and gastrocantina El Gran Malo held its final day of food service on Sunday, February 23, after its National Margarita Day celebration on Saturday. However, according to Houstonia's food blog, Gastronaut, El Gran Malo is not gone for good. It's just moving. Kevin Naderi of Ro ... More >>
A first look at this new restaurant.
The week was filled with openings and upcoming restaurant announcements, as well as one notable closing. Gigi's Asian Bistro and Dumpling Bar has closed after serving customers classic Asian dishes and dumplings for six years inside the Galleria. Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago reported that the res ... More >>
Since their 2011 debut, London-based shoegazers Yuck have earned an esteemed spot among the in-the-know indie circuit. With an impressive self-titled debut under their belts, their momentum has been growing. You'd think last year's departure of Yuck's front man and chief songwriter, Daniel Blumber ... More >>
This dosa will take you away to the streets of Chennai.
As a former Bostonian, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Dunkin' Donuts, but among the many blessings that came with moving to Texas was the chance to become acquainted with Shipley's. I will always favor their monstrous apple fritters, though recently I have willed myself to trt their ... More >>
It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>
What can you use doughnut-flavored vodka for?
It was my husband who spied the sign as we pulled through the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. "New Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich--have you had it?" Josh asked. We had just finished a workout, and were still in our sweaty sweats--what better time to zip through a fast food joint "just for coffee"? Talk ... More >>
Remember back in August when we relayed the Chronicle's initial report that Dunkin' Donuts was planning to open 60 stores in Houston during the next five years? Well, the doughnut craze is still going strong. This week, the Chronicle reported that Krispy Kreme is making a Houston comeback. The chai ... More >>
As it's the week before Thanksgiving, it's no surprise there hasn't been much action with restaurant openings and closings. B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter reports on two closings this week: Trophy Room Sports Bar & Grille in Katy and Two Saints on Memorial Drive. Neither the websites nor the phone nu ... More >>
In response to my rant against the so-called pumpkin spice donut , one commenter suggested that I try the pumpkin spice donut holes at River Oaks Donuts. Never one to turn down an excuse to eat deep-fried sugary bread, I stopped by Houston's newest haute doughnut shoppe (ironically, en route to Ta ... More >>
Among the many things I admire about Dunkin' Donuts is its steadfast commitment to using every holiday under the sun as an excuse to issue theme/specially-decorated baked goods and drinks. Not that capitalizing on certain annual fetes is unheard of in the food world (hey there, M&M's!), but Dunkin' ... More >>
Houston loves Halloween, and Houstonians love food, so if you are too old for trick-or-treating, why not reserve a table at a restaurant and spend the final night of October enjoying some spooky and delicious food? We've compiled a list of some of the area's restaurants that will be offering special ... More >>
Garden Oaks and Oak Forest residents go to Shipley's for glazed doughnuts, but for cinnamon rolls, it's Charles Donuts.
4th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival @ Saengerfest Park Friday-Sunday 2302 Strand, Galveston Eat some of the best and freshest shrimp from the Gulf during the 4th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. Start with a fried shrimp dinner in the park on Friday, followed by a gumbo stroll durin ... More >>
The first, most well-known rule of breakfast is that it's the most important meal of the day, but the lesser-known rule of breakfast is that it's the best fast food meal of the day. With that in mind (and a song in the heart, given a newfound proximity to Dunkin Donuts) it seemed the perfect time to ... More >>
What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>
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So many awesome openings, so little time to try all the new places! Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of Anvil opened a new bar, The Pastry War, downtown on August 13 to major crowds interested to see what the Anvil boys had up their sleeves. The Pastry War is a tequila bar or "mezcaleria" with an empha ... More >>
Like many residents across the city Tuesday morning, Edward Gomulka wanted to get some donuts. He got them, and a whole lot more, thanks to a special promotion being put on by Dunkin' Donuts. Not only did he walk out with breakfast, he walked out with $1,000, a Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System (with ... More >>
Even though four new Dunkin' Donuts locations are set to come to the Houston area this summer, some of us can't wait for those locations to open. Two billionaires, Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, decided to open River Oaks Donuts on Westheimer in the River Oaks neighborhood because there wasn't a donut a ... 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 >>
It's been confirmed: Dunkin' Donuts is coming to my neighborhood. I am excessively excited. Eight years living in Beantown made me take for granted the ubiquitous opportunities for Dunkin' Donuts fare--and I'm not even talking about its famous iced coffee since I'm not a java drinker. Here are fiv ... More >>
This week brought more openings and reopenings than closings, so let's start with some reopenings. Eater Houston reports that Marfreless, the makeout bar that closed in March of this year, posted an announcement on its website on June 14 that it will be reopening at the same location in River Oaks ... More >>
If anyone has driven by the future location of Dunkin' Donuts at Shepherd and Fairview, he or she may be wondering where the "Coming Soon" sign has gone. No, Dunkin Donuts hasn't changed its mind about setting up shop in what is destined to become the most centrally located Dunkin' in Houston.
Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.
This week has been full of openings and few closings. So let's just get the bad news over with. Houston Avenue Bar, aka Re:Hab Houston, informed the public that its lease is up and will be closing the first week of July. The Houston Chronicle reported that management already has a new location thou ... More >>
Today is national Donut Day and the inner Homer Simpsons in all of us get to indulge in their love for donuts and celebrate their existence. The holiday, started in 1938 as a fund-raiser in Chicago for The Salvation Army, was established to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during WWI. ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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.