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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 76, Parrillada Platter at Tinto Grill

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    First Look at Dosi, A Korean Small Plates Restaurant and Soju Bar

    It would be tempting to visit Dosi just for Korean fried chicken. The tempura-battered free range chicken comes to the table tantalizingly stacked in a mound of tasty, bright orange, spicy-sweet gochugang (Korean red pepper) glaze, without a doubt the best version you can find in Houston at the mome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Reasons We Should Eliminate Tipping at Restaurants

    I'm always a little shocked and disgusted when I discover that someone I'm friends with is a lousy tipper, or expects some ridiculous level of service in order to extract a meager dollar bill from their miserly pocketbook. It's not usually a case of that person simply being an insensitive or cheap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Closures & Confusion in The Heights

    The Heights just couldn't catch a break this week. City Oven, located at 2802 White Oak, took down its signage and began clearing out the restaurant on Sunday, July 20. City Oven was owned by HUSA Management, Inc., who also owns Local Pour, Baker Street Pub & Grill in Rice Village, Watson's House of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Feast on Eel at Kata Robata & Get Ready for Houston Restaurant Weeks

    Kata Robata will celebrate Doyo-no-ushinohi, Day of the Ox during the Doyo period, on Tuesday, July 29. Basically, it's a day of feasting on freshwater eel in Japan. Chef Manabu Horiuchi will prepare a variety of freshwater eel dishes (unagi), as well as ones featuring saltwater eels (anago). The sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The Houston Press is Expanding Its Food Coverage, Has Opening for a Freelance Restaurant Reviewer

    The Houston food scene is gloriously rich, wild and big. And getting bigger. As a result, we at the Houston Press have decided to split up some of the responsibilities of our food coverage. Restaurant critic Kaitlin Steinberg will remain fulltime but move to a new role with additional daily online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Hosts Eid-al-Fitr Feast

    For the second year in a row, Quattro, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel, will serve an Eid-al-Fitr buffet dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This year's feast will again be prepared by sous chef Hassan Obaye, who was born and raised in southern Morocco and learned much of his culina ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2014

    Let the Food of El Sazon de Cuba Put You in a Miami State of Mind

    It's only fitting they make a perfect Cubano.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 77, Spaghetti Carbonara at Coppa Osteria

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: How Do You Pronnounce Giacomo's, Anyway?

    In part 1 of our Chef Chat with Lynette Hawkins of Giacomo's, we discussed how it started out being a counter service restaurant. The customers didn't like it, though, and the restaurant is now 100% table service. Why didn't it work, though? We find out here in Part 2. We also get three recommenda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Eat Local Food & Support Planted: Houston at Benefit Pop-Up Dinner

    Edible Earth Resources is a local edible landscaping firm that installs home gardens and landscapes, as well as many restaurant gardens, like the ones found at Haven and Coltivare. On Sunday, July 27, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Edible Earth will hold a benefit pop dinner at Haven as the kick off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Lynette Hawkins of Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    Chef Lynette Hawkins had already made a name for herself in Houston years before opening her casual Italian restaurant, Giacomo's Cibo e Vino. Hawkins' prior endeavor was La Mora Cucina Toscana. She operated it for 16 years before shutting it down for some very sensible reasons. (We'll cover those d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 78, The Outdoorsman at Pi Pizza Truck

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Sushi Sunday Funday at Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill

    They don't call it Sunday Funday for nothing. Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill in Rice Village offers up excellent sushi plates, bento boxes and seafood appetizers every day of the week, but the best time to enjoy these Japanese bites is Sunday, when Happy Hour is offered from the minute Kubo's opens at noo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    The Five Best Underrated Tex-Mex Restaurants in Houston (According to You)

    You know how we always say the Houston trifecta is composed of barbecue, burgers and Tex-Mex? Yeah, well Tex-Mex is clearly the victor, as more than 2,000 of you voted in our poll to determine the most underrated Tex-Mex restaurant in town. And the same thing that happened with the barbecue poll ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Fluffernutters Are Coming to Midtown

    The Owl Bar at 3200 Kirby will close after the weekend of July 26. The Upper Kirby bar won't be gone for long though; there are plans to reopen The Owl Bar at 2221 West Alabama sometime during the fall of this year. For three days (July 24-26), The Owl Bar will have a "closeout" weekend to get rid o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Upcoming Events: How Do The British Taste Wine?

    Don't wait until the last minute to snag your tickets to this beer dinner. Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar has partnered with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to serve an eight-course dinner paired with eight beers, four of which are custom-made specifically for this meal. Reserve your spot at Eleven XI on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best BYOB Restaurants (Plus What to Drink)

    It's like a personal challenge: Pick the best wine or beer to go with the food at a local restaurant. Rely only on my own limited pairing know-how. Pay as little as possible for said booze. Enjoy meal immensely knowing you've saved money and made a match. As much as I appreciate a great wine list o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 79, Campechana de Mariscos at Goode Co. Seafood

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Memorial

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Tout Suite Opens Soon Bringing Macarons, Eclairs & Homemade Food

    Tout Suite, sister company to Sweet Bakery in CityCentre, is just weeks away from opening. Despite typical delays from meeting city permit requirements and whatnot, the cafe, bakery and coffee shop is inching closer to opening its doors in East Downtown at 2001 Commerce. Tout Suite translates from F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Roy Shvartzapel's Culinary Journey to Common Bond

    His last name may be a little challenging to pronounce correctly, but chef Roy Shvartzapel of Common Bond is practically a Houston native. After traveling the world and working in some of the most renowned restaurants, he came back home to open the wildly successful, upper-crust bakery at Westheimer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Hump Day Cocktail: Old Fashioned at Poison Girl

    It's Wednesday. Hump Day. Still two days until the weekend. Honey, you look like you need a drink. Here's our suggestion. Tell 'em the Houston Press sent you. "The best thing about this bar is $2 drinks. If you go to Midtown, it's $8. Forget it." I've never been to Poison Girl during the day, so I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 80, Whole Fried Fish at Churrascos

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    We've Narrowed Down the Most Underrated Tex-Mex Spots...Vote Now!

    I never thought I'd say this, but here goes: Maybe, just maybe there are too many Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston. I know, I know, is too much of a good thing ever bad? Probably not, unless you're trying to figure out which Tex-Mex restaurants Houstonians think are underrated, and you discover ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Restaurant Managers and Servers Move Toward a Friendlier, Less Formal Environment

    "Treat celebrities like locals, and locals like celebrities, because everyone loves to be made to feel special." That's the mantra of Gabriel Stulman, owner of six restaurants in Manhattan and featured speaker at the inaugural Welcome Conference on hospitality held in New York earlier this month. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Truck Chicken Throwdown & A Full Moon Party

    Who Got The Gizzards! Chicken Challenge Championship @ Midtown Mobile Cuisine Friday, 5 p.m. 4002 Almeda This evening, eight local food trucks will compete to make the best chicken dish in the first part of a Food Truck Battle Series brought to you by Soul Cat Cuisine. Houston comedian Blue DaComic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Five Best Beer Flights in Houston

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. How to pick just one or two beers to drink during happy hour when there are so many to choose from? Fortunately for those fickle souls among us, a number of bars and restaurants in town offer beer flights, so you can get more bang for your buck and more beer for y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson Secures a Space for Her Brick & Mortar Bakery

    Back in December, the "sugar hooker" Rebecca Masson launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to help build out her dream bakery. Hundreds of Houstonians donated more than $53,000 to the cause, but then Masson got back to work, and we didn't hear much more about the upcoming bakery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Galveston

    The time for the great exodus has arrived. Every summer as the temperatures rise and the oppressively hot days stretch into muggy nights, Houstonians escape the confines of the city for tropical paradise Galveston. No, it's not the loveliest beach in the world (or even in Texas), but it's our beach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 81, Daughter-in-Law Burger at Natachee's Supper 'n Punch

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Rice Village

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Eat Your Dessert First at Kraftsmen Cafe

    Sometimes it's not a wise decision to eat at such a hopping place like Kraftsmen Cafe on a Sunday afternoon. But sometimes you forget that places like these fill up quickly with large parties, BYOB brunch groups and hungry patrons coming from church. The longer you stand in line, the hungrier you ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Talking Trenza and Those Pesky Closing Rumors With Suzie Jimenez

    This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. On the day of our visit, Susie Jimenez was working in the kitchen and had been all day. She'd been on-site since 7 a.m. and would be there a few hours past our 5:30 p.m. visit. She's one of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cake & Ice Cream Belong Together

    Zagat Houston: If you're in search of a new bar to try out this summer, check out Zagat Houston's list of the eight hottest bars in Houston, such as the only tiki bar, Lei Low, featuring tropical drinks like the popular Mai Tai. The Pimlico Irish Pub features Irish beers, whiskey and scotch -- it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 82, Chiles en Nogada Tradicionales at Pico's Mex-Mex

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Ripe Cuisine Set to Launch Vegan Food Truck With Help From Kickstarter

    When Stephanie Hoban moved back to Houston after living in New Work for a few years, she was struck by the disappointingly small number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in town. Rather than complain about it, she got to work. The registered dietician and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Confusion at Osteria Mazzantini

    Unlike past weeks, this week was filled with upsetting and shocking closings. First, let's start with Osteria Mazzantini. On Tuesday, July 1, chef and owner John Sheely informed CultureMap Houston that his newest restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini, which opened in August 2013, would serve its last meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Upcoming Events: The Perry's Steakhouse 4444 Special Returns

    The Perry's Steakhouse 4444 special is back this summer and because the steakhouse is celebrating its 35th anniversary, the four-course special will be available throughout July and August. Choose one item from four courses on the prix fixe menu for $44 after 4 p.m. every day. Begin with Perry's Sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Happy Birthday, Hugo's!

    Hugo's 12th Birthday @ Hugo's Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1600 Westheimer Birthday parties are great because there's always something sweet involved and nine times out of ten, it's cake. Hugo's will celebrate its 12th year in business this afternoon by serving its guests a free slice of birthday cake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Houston Restaurants Observe Ramadan with Sehri and Iftar

    Ramadan began on June 28, meaning observant Muslims across the world are participating in the month-long fast that makes up one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from a number of activities including eating and drinking. During these, the longest, hottest days of ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2014

    Appreciate the Ceviche and Ceviche House Will Feel Like Home

    This little restaurant tucked away in an Alief strip center knows how to mix it up with citrus, fish and fútbol.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 83. Porkobuco at Brooklyn Athletic Club

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Where to Eat in Honor of the Top 8 Teams in the World Cup

    Yes, yes, we're all heartbroken over the United States' heartwrenching, nail biting loss to Belgium on Tuesday. We're bitter and angry but damn proud of our team (especially Tim Howard--hey, Superman!). Just because the home team is out of the running doesn't mean we're going to stop watching game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Buttermilk Biscuits & Grilled Oysters

    CultureMap Houston: Marene Gustin loves to indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. She suggests making a tomato and cucumber sandwich with mayonnaise, black pepper and sea salt stuffed between two slices of chewy sourdough bread; pair it with a glass of Duchman Family Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    More Places to Watch the World Cup and the U.S./Belgium Game Today in Houston

    Though the World Cup is more than halfway over, there's no sense yet that the fervor is dying down--particularly as the home team (that's 'Merica, y'all) is still in the running. A few weeks ago, we compiled a list of some of the best spots in town to watch the games with a cold beer and (more oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 84, Chai Pie at Pondicheri

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Summer Travels: Tea-Smoked Eel at San Francisco's Mission Chinese Food

    What's the best thing about attending a good friend's wedding in Mendocino country, California? The excuse to fly into San Francisco early and partake of its amazing food offerings. (A close second: wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma.) I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco about a half doz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Celebrate the Fourth of July with Food and Drink at These Hot Spots

    Where will you be when the fireworks go off? The elaborate annual fireworks display over the city of Houston known as Freedom Over Texas can be seen by those gathered for the city's festivities in Eleanor Tinsley Park as well as by revelers throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. It's important t ... More >>

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