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Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in a category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several m ... 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 >>
In the United States, April 15 ranks up there as one of the worst days of the year. Tax Day. The day by which everyone must file their individual income tax returns to the federal government. Bye bye, money. In an effort to lessen the blow, many businesses offer freebies or discounts on and around ... More >>
It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but, after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose Boulevard closed on Tuesday, April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Di ... More >>
Saint Arnold Brewery now has a lunch menu , and it's offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the brewery and order the Saint Arnold Daily Lunch Special for $17.55, which includes the lunch special of the day, two extra courses and beer. Order the Meat and Texas Cheese Plate fea ... More >>
In this week's cafe review, you can read all about the magnificent meat and tantalizing tres leches at the newest Churrascos restaurant at Gateway Memorial City. However, there's something else about Churrascos--and, indeed, all the Cordúa restaurants--that should not be overlooked: The drinks. B ... More >>
Your guide to holiday meals.
This latest branch is as successful as the first.
Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.
Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but now we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they' ... More >>
Who doesn't love a night out at the theater? The beauty. The culture. The pre-show dinner and drinks. It's all good and fun until you realize what a hassle it is trying to navigate your transportation/parking situation for the night. Do you have time to walk, or do you have to cab it? Should you par ... More >>
Even though I spent five years at Rice getting my graduate degree, I didn't visit Miss Saigon Cafe in the Village until long after I had finished my studies. I think I subconsciously avoided the restaurant because Miss Saigon is the Broadway musical I love to hate. Or actually, mostly hate. (That he ... More >>
Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofes ... More >>
Starbucks recently announced that it would be adding beer and wine, as well as an "evenings menu," to select locations around the country, after testing the plan in 26 markets during the last several years. The bad news? Starbucks booze isn't coming to Houston anytime soon. The good news? We don't n ... More >>
When translated from France to America, the culinary capital of the world's traditions often amount to starched white table clothes and stuffy service. Houston is luckier than most cities, as there are a few places in the Bayou City to get a great croque madame or a delicious foie gras torchon. In o ... More >>
We don't know about you, but we've got a little bit of spring (veggie) fever over here. We've already looked at the best places to get your asparagus on, but this week, artichokes are the name of the game. The ever-versatile vegetable, which is native to the Mediterranean, has a peak season that r ... More >>
It's here! It's here! It's here! OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks! I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still ... More >>
New month, new openings. April may bring showers, but the month hasn't brought us any notable closings yet, just lots of openings and announcements of openings. Thien An has reopened at its new location, 2611 San Jacinto, according to CultureMap Houston. After closing in 2012, the Vietnamese restau ... More >>
The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at the fully air conditioned Silver Street Station. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. you will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 40 Houston restaurants -- bring your stretchy pants! Sample Italian food from Ciao Bello, Per ... More >>
Are they still good?
This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.
Good banana bread is moist; it's full of bananas; it's sweet, but doesn't make your teeth rot; it's comforting; and it's just what you need at the end of a hard day (or any day, for that matter). While your grandmother or mom (or you) probably makes the best banana bread you've ever had, there are ... More >>
Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>
The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is going to be here before you know it. Seriously, it's less than a week away! In case you forgot, Menu of Menus is on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. If you haven't purchased your tickets to this incredible food and ... More >>
Texas Monthly: This month, Texas Monthly shines the light on Coltivare, the new restaurant from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber of Revival Market. Patricia Sharpe writes about the delightful focaccia bread, describing it as "a miracle of springy texture and crunchy crust, luxuriantly brushed with Spanish ... More >>
Wow, what a week it's been for Menu of Menus. Fifteen new restaurants signed up to join us on April 8 (that's next Tuesday) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station for food, drinks and the epic Iron Fork competition. BB's Cafe will be on hand, no doubt serving up delicious Cajun-style fare, as ... More >>
The big news of the day comes from Hunter-Gatherer, a new restaurant imported directly from restaurateur Nigel Mycroft and his partner Samuel Mburu of Kenya. The duo have been running a restaurant called, simply, Safari just outside of Nairobi since 2008, and they've recently decided to expand to th ... More >>
Menu of Menus is a mere week away, and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you either need to get on it ASAP before they sell out, or answer these trivia questions correctly and win two VIP tickets! VIP tickets now cost $90, and general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets will get diners in ... More >>
When Local Foods opened its first location, I worried about its proximity to my gym. It continues to be difficult not to give in to the temptation to reward myself with a truffle egg salad sandwich and seven-layer bar every time I have a good workout. With the launch of a second Local Foods so clo ... More >>
For last week's cafe review I visited Caracol, the new Mexican seafood restaurant from Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, and noted that while there are some truly stellar plates on the menu, the sheer number of items being prepared in the kitchen is perhaps resulting in some dishes being less than they ... More >>
When I order steak at restaurants, I tend to make tired jokes about how rare I like it. "I want my meat black and blue," I'll say. "Bring it to me still bleeding." Though I don't literally want my steak bleeding onto my plate, there are some instances where a little blood in my meal makes it all ... More >>
Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>
In not-so-shocking news, another Washington Avenue bar bites the dust. The Houston Chronicle reports that Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington shut its doors on Thursday, March 20. The sports bar posted the closing announcement on Facebook; Blue Moose Lodge had been in business for three-and-a-half y ... More >>
In case you didn't know, Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at Silver Street Station (fully air conditioned this year!) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hopefully you have already purchased your tickets to the biggest culinary event hosted by the Houston Press, but if you haven't, then what ... More >>
Spring has sprung.
The ambitious new spot is making waves.
"Don't order anything with truffles," my friend said during a recent dinner at an upscale restaurant in town. "It's not truffle season any more. It won't be worth it." I had, of course, heard the phrase "truffle season" before, particularly in reference to the expensive Alba white truffles, which a ... More >>
The Rosemont Social Club, if you haven't yet been, leaves quite an impression--even before you get to brunch. (But you should get to brunch, and soon.) Entering through the "secret" back door, your first look is of the downstairs bar and the giant, turquoise-upholstered captain's chairs that surroun ... More >>
The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is coming up, on April 8, and we're more excited than ever about the wonderful restaurants that have committed to attending and serving samples of their delicious food. You wanted Korean food, and you got it! Nara will be joining us and samp ... More >>
Last night, Randy Evans of Haven welcomed Kevin Naderi of Roost and Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI to his restaurant for a one-night-only dinner prepared by the three chefs in honor of Menu of Menus. The pop-up dinner consisted of four passed hors d'oeuvres followed by four courses and either a cocktail ... More >>
It took a recent trip home to New Jersey to remind me how much I love white pizza. And not the kind that is just mozzarella cheese without tomatoes, or even worse, the kind made with alfredo sauce. I'm talking about real New-York-style white pizza made with the pièce de résistance: creamy, milky r ... More >>
When you travel to The Woodlands/Conroe area, you are probably heading up north for a few reasons: 1) To see a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2) To shop at The Woodlands Mall and Market Street or 3) To eat at one of the Waterway restaurants or newly established eateries in the surrou ... More >>
We're told that there are only about ten tickets left for our first-ever Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tuesday evening at Haven, so get 'em while you still can! The dinner, which begins at 9 p.m. (leave the kiddos at home), will feature food from Haven chef Randy Evans, Roost chef Kevin Naderi and E ... More >>
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 >>
Houston Press will host the 12th annual Menu of Menus Extravaganza on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. And guess what? Ticket prices have DECREASED and will be available at these prices from today, Friday, March 21, until Tuesday, March 25. So, now is the time to ... More >>
"Thirty years ago, I took one huge leap of faith that completely changed the course of my life forever, and with it the course of many other lives. Thirty years ago, I opened Backstreet Cafe." Thus begins restaurateur Tracy Vaught's introduction to Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neig ... More >>
The 12th annual Menu of Menus® food and wine extravaganza is coming up quickly, and we're excited to announce a few more of the restaurants that will be joining us at the celebration. On April 8, be ready to taste some delectable Tex-Mex food from local chain Los Cucos Mexican Cafe and some tamal ... More >>