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    May 6, 2014

    New Local Rap That Almost Soothes Rockets' Playoff Sting

    I lost bits and pieces of my life last week, no thanks to the Rockets. Plenty of tweets, curses and Jeremy Lin mistakes had me willing to punch my television and completely rage out in a music-blogger form of The Hulk. (The less said about the series' heart-stopping finale, the better. -- Ed.) How ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Mardi Gras Bars

    10. THE CREOLE BAR AND GRILL All the college kids from both TSU and U of H Main hang out at the Creole for some killer Louisiana food and equally killer Louisiana imbibing. With a huge patio and sweet jazz playing most days, it may not offer the crushing madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets that Change Names

    It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Openings & Closings: The Bar Beat Gets Busy While Sushi Spots Shutter

    Weeks like this one make it hard to believe I'm actually leaving this post next Friday, because what a whirlwind of activity we've seen in the last seven days. First is news of four exciting new bars heading to downtown, north downtown and Montrose. Two of those bars are from the Clumsy Butcher tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings, Heavy on the "Closings"

    While there wasn't a whole lot of good news to report this week, there was a rash of closings. The holidays can be killer like that. After many years in business serving martinis to the Shepherd Plaza crowd, The Davenport closed last week. Often dubbed "The Davensnort" for the, ahem, activities tha ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Lexington Grille, Pink's, 1308 Cantina and More

    If you're into lunchtime trysts, the Lexington Grille is apparently a good place to schedule one. We're guessing things were not so romantic between the inspector and manager last week, when Lexington was hit with a dozen violations. But you never know -- maybe there is some potential for romance he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Helping NBA Stars With Their Finances

    To exactly nobody's surprise, the Rockets and James Harden agreed on Wednesday afternoon to a five year, $80 million contract extension, making Harden the first maximum contract player that Daryl Morey has inked to a deal in his tenure as Rockets general manager, and sending a clear message that Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    July 2012 in Openings & Closings: t'afia Is Dead, Long Live t'afia

    It's true: t'afia is closed. But only until August 14. That's when -- as chef/owner Monica Pope told us on Wednesday -- the restaurant will be reopened with a revamped concept. It's also true that our beloved Nabi is on the chopping block, as owner Ji Kang confirmed to Eater Houston. However, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Dumb: Robbing Cop Car Parked In Front Of Cop Shop. Dumber: Accidentally Turning The Flashing Lights On

    There's dumb and then there's dumber, as Hollywood has taught us. Two thieves, whose names have not been released, apparently fit the part, according to KHOU. The two not only broke into a cop car last night, the cop car they broke into was sitting in front of the HPD substation in the Heights. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Is Mission Burrito Trying to Compete with Torchy's Tacos?

    I get the feeling that Mission Burrito is suddenly trying to compete with newcomer Torchy's Tacos, the Austin import that features tacos with fillings like fried chicken and names like the Dirty Sanchez or the Trailer Park. Why? Because the Houston-based burrito chain has now introduced a new line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    The Meth Singularity: Oklahoma Woman Tries to Cook Batch Inside Walmart

    Booking photoAlisha Halfmoon: Streamlining an already lean and mean process​In last month's feature on meth in East Texas, veteran Angelina County speed freak James "Bull" Durham was positively exultant about the drug's ease of manufacture these days. Gone are the days whereby expert "chefs" n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Thanksgiving Day Dining and Takeout Options: Because Washing Dishes Sucks

    madfishestheblog.comTurkey Day doesn't have to be terrifying. ​Recently we read an article on "Facebook Depression," which is essentially a feeling of general malaise attributed to the constant comparison of one's own turbulent, unexciting existence to the seemingly glamorous and worry-free li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    25 Signs That You Aren't From Houston

    That's right, you're not from Houston​Earlier this week Arturo Valdes was pulled over for speeding down the West Loop feeder road in the City of Bellaire. After finding "irregularities" with his registration (probably something other than a Bellaire or West U address), Bellaire cops called in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Openings & Closings: June 2011

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttAssorted macarons from Petite Sweets.​This is a good time to live in Houston, folks. Never forget it. A week so filled with restaurant openings that it requires three pages (yes, I'm warning you in advance) to discuss should be proof enough of this fact. News that T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    At Least Two Injured as Truck Makes Unscheduled Delivery to Heights-Area Papa John's

    Photos by John Nova Lomax​This is the scene of a two-vehicle, one-Papa John's accident at the corner of West 11th and Durham today at about 1:30. According to a witness on the scene, the driver of the HVAC truck ran a red light, smashed into the Hyundai pictured and then careened into the piz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Notes from an Obscure Car Chase

    Tased and confused on West 11th.​So last night I am cycling home, listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast about the Red Army's sacking of Berlin. As I pedal up North Shepherd near the 11th Street Kroger, Carlin regaling me with tale after tale of unspeakable Red Army atrocities, a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Houston's Top 10 Crawfish Joints

    Photo by Tony ChenYou must make the crawfish do a puppet dance for your amusement before eating it. Fact.​Yesterday, we showed you the proper way to eat crawfish. Today, armed with that knowledge, we're going to show you the best places to eat them in Houston. It may not officially be crawfis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Houston: Worst Speed-Trap City in America?

    Speedtraps can be thwarted​A new compilation of online complaints seems to show that Houston, believe it or not, is either a) the worst American city for speed traps, or b) home to the drivers who complain most about speed traps. CNBC looked at all the reader-submitted listings at speedtrap.o ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2010

    Don't Miss Dish

    Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Nachos at Cyclone Anaya's

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    June 9, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #26 Fried Shrimp at Segari's

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    May 27, 2010
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    May 25, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 66, Bayou Body Count No. 124

    Down from Illinois, killed crossing the street​Charges have been filed in the auto-pedestrian accident of a 66-year-old man killed while crossing the street near a few blocks south of Washington Avenue.Brian Madden, 36, was driving a white Dodge Ram 1500 pickup around 6:15 Sunday afternoon in the ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 15, 2010

    What a Burger

    The truffle Kobe burger at Table Seven

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    February 16, 2010

    Happy Chinese Mardi Gras New Year, Tiger!

    ​Eat up that king cake, drain those booze bottles. Today is Fat Tuesday, Mardis Gras in French, the last day before Lent. Starting tomorrow, it's 40 days of atonement and fasting. Which means we need to get rid all of those evil temptations (like sweets, booze and fatty foods) today. But as it ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 4, 2010
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    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Washington Corridor Edition

    ​Ever notice that the Washington Corridor is roughly but uncannily shaped like a pancreas, with Washington Avenue as its pancreatic duct? We did. Without further ado, a few Health Dept. violators from the area this week: According to its website, Bubba's Sports Bar and Grill (6225 Washington ... More >>

  • News

    October 29, 2009

    Get All Dressed Up

    There's plenty of places to go this Halloween.

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    June 25, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    This week features not only restaurant closings and openings, but reopenings as well. The first of those, as expected, was Cafe Le Jadeite (1952 West Gray), which reopened this past Monday. Despite the fact that the name and decor have remained the same, the owners and the menu have changed. B4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Segari's U-10 Shrimp 2-Ways

    Photos by Robb WalshThe late Sam Segari was nuts about shrimp. His restaurant, Segari's on Shepherd, is run by his daughter now. But the shrimp dishes are still made with U-10s, the largest Gulf shrimp available. The cryptic code means "under ten to a pound" -- the actual average size is close to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Mardis Gras Specials: Mudbugs and Beads

    The sign in front of the Mardis Gras Grill at 1200 Durham reads, "Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at the Mardis Gras Grill." So what happens there when it really is Fat Tuesday? I asked GM Renee Evans. She told me that the restaurant is celebrating its namesake day with a Zydeco band on the patio, drin ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008
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    April 2, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    March 22, 2007


    Mardi Gras Grill hosts a weekly eating contest

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    December 8, 2005

    That Little Something Extra

    Cahill's on Durham

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    December 1, 2005

    Wrestling with Gourmet Tex-Mex

    Don't let the upscale decor at the new Cyclone Anaya's trick you into ordering the lobster enchiladas

  • Dining

    July 7, 2005

    Cyclone Season

    Two offspring of Cyclone Anaya's soon will be competing within blocks of where the original once stood

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    September 23, 2004
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    October 31, 2002

    The Marrying Kind

    Cahill's Fire Engine Blazin' Bloody Mary

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    May 16, 2002

    Force of Nature

    Floyd's Hurricane

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    September 21, 2000

    Best Neighborhood Sculpture Garden

    Blossom Street Gallery & Sculpture Garden

  • Dining

    June 22, 2000

    Mudbugs: The Dirty Truth

    The dirt on crawfish

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    May 21, 1998
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    January 22, 1998
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    June 26, 1997

    Soft and Crabby

    Summer's the right time for many things -- but none better than soft-shell supping

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    March 21, 1996

    The Money Trail

    Rose Marie Turford and Carolyn Stevens may be in jail, but the saga of Thelma and Louise goes on

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