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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Upper Kirby is Getting a Face Lift

    It's been a sad past few weeks for the Upper Kirby restaurant scene. Brio Tuscan Grille (3029 Kirby) shuttered just after Cafe Express, Roak, Hendrick's Pub and OTC Patio Bar, all in the same area, closed. Swamplot reports that a moving crew arrived on Sunday, June 1, to pack everything up. There's ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014

    The Five Best New Food Trucks in Houston 2014

    Armed with only a truck and a dream (well, and a batch of recipes), these food entrepreneurs continue to fan out across Houston.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 91, Smoked Salmon Waffle at The Waffle Bus

    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

    June 5, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Upper Kirby

    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

    June 4, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Italian Restaurants

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Where to Eat on Father's Day in Houston 2014

    Father's Day is less than two weeks away and it will be here before you know it. Houston restaurants are gearing up for the big day, and so should you. On Sunday, June 15, various establishments will offer celebratory brunches, lunches and dinners along with some drink specials. Check out our round ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Houston Summer Food Bucket List

    Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the weather and eat some really good food. Thank goodness we live in a city bursting with opportunities to satisfy our adventurous food cravings. We have listed ten food-centric tasks for you to do this summer. Think of it as a bucket list. Get all of these things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 92, Chirashi Lunch at Sushi Miyagi

    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

    June 3, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: Boheme Makes Continental Food for a Continental Crowd

    Every other week, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Most restaurants have a kitchen. In fact, it might be safe to say that all res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    As More Food Trucks Go Brick & Mortar, the Houston Scene Evolves

    This week's cover story (online tomorrow and in this week's print edition) looks at five exciting new food trucks that have opened in Houston in the past year and at how the local food truck scene is evolving. Three or four years ago, a new wave of gourmet food trucks were just starting to pop up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    5 Best Soft-Shell Crab Dishes To Try In Houston

    With the advent of soft-shell crab season, many Houston restaurants are featuring specials using these supple crustaceans, while some establishments that offer soft-shell crab year-round are simply taking advantage of the fresh crop. If you've got a soft spot for soft-shell crabs, check out some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

    Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Lucky Burger Says Goodbye After 40 Years & Siphon Coffee Finally Opens

    Swamplot broke the news this week that Lucky Burger at 1601 Richmond Avenue will close on Saturday, May 31. Now that the burger joint's lease is up, the restaurant will turn off the lights after 40 years of operation. But, if you want to take a piece of the restaurant home with you, especially if it ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 93, Finocchiona Sandwich at Siphon Coffee

    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

    May 29, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Washington Corridor

    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

    May 28, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: A Spicy, Meaty Burger at Hobbit Cafe & Saint Arnold's New Brew

    A Little Leaven: When you take a trip to a different country, or even a different state, you usually find a favorite dish, treat or snack that you can only have when you're in that area. Stacy reminisced about the corn Popsicles she had 15 years ago while on a mission trip in Beijing. Every time she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Kevin Naderi Talks Lillo & Ella and Lunch & Brunch

    Last week was a big one for Kevin Naderi. The chef of Roost not only opened his second restaurant, Lillo & Ella, but also braved the television game show circuit, appearing on Sunday's episode of the Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games. He came in second on the show--"I was the winner in my paren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Crapitto's Closes After 19 Years & Kevin Naderi Opens Lillo & Ella

    After nearly two decades of service, Crapitto's Cucina Italiana will close on Saturday, May 24, due to a construction project in River Oaks. The Italian restaurant shared the disappointing news on Facebook saying that the last supper will be held on May 24. Other establishments located around Crapit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Upcoming Events: A Couple That Cooks Together Stays Together

    Facon Brazilian Steakhouse opened in Vintage Park several weeks ago, but the new restaurant will hold its grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 28, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Tickets to the event cost $50 and include a three-course prix fixe meal consisting of multiple Brazilian meats, a tapa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend With Cod, Beer & Enchiladas

    Go Fish Weekend @ Khun Kay Thai Cafe Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m., Monday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 1209 Montrose Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and to Khun Kay Thai Cafe, that means it's time to go fishing. Today through Monday, the Thai rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Movie Review: Chef Is Sweet but Not Super-Meaty

    Throughout the screening, my friend, a chef, kept elbowing me in the ribs. It happened any time a chef or a cook in the film presented food to someone who proceeded to tell said chef or cook how wonderful the food was. Then, the chef would seem surprised and self-deprecating. "Is it really good?" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Chef Roy Shvartzapel Talks About His Wildly Successful New Bakery, Common Bond

    On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., there was already a line of people waiting to get in. It wasn't a rowdy crowd who'd been camped out all night like the folks who brave the elements and each other to get their grubby hands on flat screen TVs on Black Friday. There weren't any flat screen TVs for sale inside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Where To Get Food and Booze-a Near Comicpalooza

    One of the best ways to guarantee you enjoy any convention is to remember to take breaks away from it. After hours of being on your feet amongst thousands of fellow fans, it's important to get away for an hour or two, sit down for a while and get some nourishment. Besides that, do you really want to ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    The Midtown Banh Mi Showdown

    Settling the banh mi question once and for all.

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    Grace's, Which Serves Everything, Is Johnny Carrabba's Last Hurrah

    A confusing menu and sky-high prices make Johnny Carrabba’s tribute to his grandmother good, not great.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase

    You know how sometimes people complain about having to leave the 610 Loop? I used to be one of them. I used to bitch and moan about leaving the comfort of Montrose or Midtown, even if it meant exploring something new and awesome, just because I hated fighting the inevitable traffic on the Southwest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 95, Tamal de Puerco at Andes Cafe

    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

    May 22, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Downtown Houston

    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

    May 21, 2014

    I Ate One of the Best Meals of My Life This Weekend...And It Was in Dallas

    Some people call it sibling rivalry. Others say that Houstonians are jealous that Dallas is thought of a wealthy and sophisticated, while we have more of a gritty, urban reputation. Maybe it's because Dallas always seems to get national attention for good things, while we end up on lists for crime a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    This Week in Food Blogs: Make It a Summer of Barbecue, Ice Cream & Quesadillas

    H-Town Chow Down: Ace Chinese Restaurant in The Woodlands is no more; it was gutted and transformed into a new restaurant, The Republic Grille. The H-Town Chow Down crew paid a visit to the Texas cuisine restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed its offerings, especially the Republic Burger and chicken frie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    This Week's Cafe Review: What's the Deal With Grace's?

    Lately I keep getting that question. "What's the deal with Grace's, anyway?" I'm never quite sure how to answer, never sure if my friends are looking for stats (hours, etc.), a back story, or an answer to why the menu is so--as one of my buddies described it--bipolar. The first two questions I can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    El Celler de Can Roca Announces Launch of World Tour in Houston

    "We have an 11-month wait list right now," said chef Joan Roca apologetically when I inquired about dining at his restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Ranked among the top five restaurants in the world for six years consecutive years by Restaurant magazine, El Cellar de Can Roca reached the number one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Chicken Florentine Benny at Brick & Spoon

    To visit Brick & Spoon, I first had to get over my annoyance over the recent rash of restaurants in Houston that have chosen to title themselves via the pairing of two vaguely related things through the conjunction "and." (See Goro & Gun, Fish & The Knife.) Then, I had convince myself that I could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    The Bull and the Pearl Is the Latest Hip Pop-Up to Feed Houston

    "I kind of stay away from pretentious food, but I try to bring something a little different to the table," says Ben McPherson before launching into an explanation of his re-imagined hushpuppy. It's more like a beignet than a dense ball of cornbread, but it retains the sense of the south that McPhers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Niko Niko's Heads to Pearland While Dunkin' Donuts Continues Its Houston Takeover

    It was quite an exciting week for many anticipated restaurant openings. Some are still in the soft opening stage, like Common Bond, but others have officially opened to the public, like Preview Modern Seafood Cuisine. This new Sugar Land restaurant at 4645 Highway 6, Unit C, was in the soft opening ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 15, 2014

    Dumplings N More Has Mastered the Art of Soup Dumplings

    Forget the language problem — the food speaks for itself.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Spring Branch

    Oh, Long Point Road. You are a foodie's dream destination. There are consummate favorites Vieng Thai and El Hidalguense. There's Korea House, one of the most popular Korean restaurants in town, and Tacos Del Julio, home of greasy but delicious trompo. Detour a little and you'll find Polonia, Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Heights

    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

    May 14, 2014

    Rustika Offers a Continental Breakfast All in One Spot

    Perhaps you're craving a breakfast taco--because really, when are you not? But your significant other wants pancakes with the works and your mom wants just a bowl of oatmeal and fruit, thank you. You could drive all over collecting breakfast items to suit each taste. Or you could go to Rustika Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Eat Your Veggies At Coltivare

    Hank On Food: Hank fills us in on an overlooked pizza and wine restaurant in Sugar Land, Coal Vines & Wine Bistro. His server was not only knowledgeable about the wine offerings, but also the craft beer selections. After munching on fried zucchini chips and sipping on Row Eleven Vinas 3 wine, Hank o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Philippe Schmit Re-Emerges With Wine and Chocolate Dinner

    After abruptly parting ways from his eponymous restaurant last September and triumphantly returning to the kitchen in March for a pop-up foie gras dinner at Kris Bistro, chef Philippe Schmit is back again, and this time, his focus is on chocolate. Schmit is widely regarded as one of the best French ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 98, Helado de Lúcuma at Pollo Bravo

    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

    May 13, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Kimberly Paul of Osteria Mazzantini gets Witchy

    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 we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Uchi's Community Table Showcases So Much More than Japanese Seafood

    Once a month, the chefs at Uchi get together and visit various farmers' markets around town for fresh, seasonal veggies to use in unique culinary creations the following Monday. They choose the best looking vegetables from local farmers and the best Gulf fish from fish mongers, and then they retire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    First Look at Luna Pizzeria

    If you drive past the Barnaby's Cafe on West Gray, you've probably noticed a sign telling you to eat at Luna Pizzeria on Kirby. After reading this sign practically every day, I have developed an undying craving for pizza. So, this past weekend I finally visited Luna, a new concept from the owners of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Openings & Closings: It's Good To Have You Back, MF Sushi

    Last week ended with sad news when local baker, Jody Stevens, lost her home in a fire. Thankfully she was not at her home during the fire, but she lost everything inside her home, including the the tools she uses for her cake business, Jodycakes. Various restaurateurs and chefs have created fundrais ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Pig Dinner, Curry Crawl, Fried Chicken Throwdown & More

    BRC Gastropub will host a Pig Dinner with brews from Firestone Walker on Wednesday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. For $50, each guest will feast on pho-braised pork belly served with a Vietnamese salad and nam pla (fish sauce) paired with Firestone Walker Pale 31; spicy grilled pork lettuce wraps pair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Sandy Witch Sandwich Co. Debuts New Happy Hour Menu

    While pondering what he should serve for happy hour at Sandy Witch inside Grand Prize Bar, owner Anthony Calleo kept three things in mind: First, he looked at about 40 different happy hour menus around Houston to figure out what type of food most people serve during happy hour. Then he looked at wha ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2014
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