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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Tiempo Cantina Opens Sixth Location

    In quick turn-around time, El Gallo Rojo, which opened just a few months ago downtown at 917 Franklin, has closed. But, a new restaurant is taking its place. Macondo Latin Bistro, previously located at 208 Travis, closed on Sunday, August 3, and revealed on Facebook that it will be reopening somewhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Galveston

    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

    August 14, 2014

    Lone Star Chuck Wagon Team Represents Houston & BBQ on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race

    The fifth season of The Great Food Truck Race premieres Sunday, August 17, at 8 p.m. on Food Network, and the Lone Star Chuck Wagon team will represent Houston with its barbecue Tex-Mex mobile eatery concept. The reality show competition features a total of eight teams composed of three individuals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mark Holley of Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    In Part 1 of our Chef Chat, we learned about Mark Holley's extensive experiences at some of the best restaurants in the United States, including Brennan's, Commander's Palace and his prior restaurant, Pesce. In Part 2, we'll learn more about his latest endeavor, Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Review: Dear Toby Keith, You Don't Want Your Name on this Bar & Grill

    There is definitely a dress code at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. After sitting at a table waiting to get service for 20 minutes, I realized that the people around me in plaid, button-down shirts with pearl snaps and dusty brown cowboy boots with Wrangler jeans tucked into the top were get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 72, Shorty Mac at H-Town StrEATs

    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, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Skip the New Sushi Rolls at Pei Wei Asian Diner

    Pei Wei Asian Diner has changed its menu over the years to include a variety of healthy and lightened menu items. Dishes normally battered and fried can be ordered steamed; tofu and vegetables are now available; and two new sushi rolls have been added to the "healthier" food lineup. It seems like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Pit Fire Closes Hinze's Bar-B-Que in Wharton

    It was a sad day in Wharton on Monday, August 4, when 40-year-old Hinze's Bar-B-Que burned to the ground as a result of a pit fire. The Houston Chronicle reports that the fire occurred during the evening around 7 o'clock; no injuries were reported. Hinze's was a favorite of many Houstonians and thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: The Grove

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: This year, The Grove offers three meals for HRW -- a two-course $20 lunch, three-course $25 brunch, and three-course $35 dinner. Add-on items are available at full-price, such as $14 guacamole and chips, $15.50 pickled Gulf shrimp and $9 deviled eggs. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 73, Hog & Hominy Poutine at Underbelly

    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

    August 6, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Adison Lee of KUU

    KUU, a fine Japanese restaurant that opened six months ago, is tucked in the back of Memorial City's new "lifestyle center" near Vallone's. I wish it faced the feeder road of I-10, because KUU is putting out cuisine that deserves to be front-and-center. Although Chef Adison Lee resists comparison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Family-Friendly Restaurants

    There are still a few weeks left before school starts for most of Houston on August 25, and in that interum, parents will be getting in as much time as possible with their little bundles of joy--assuming they aren't already itching to hand them off to teachers the first moment they can. While soaki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks at Churrascos Sugar Land: A Double Date in the Suburbs

    On a double date with old friends this weekend, we took advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks and booked a table at Churrascos in Sugar Land. The beautifully designed restaurant -- which won the Houston Press Best South American Restaurant award in 2013, is often overlooked because of its suburban l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Review: Punk's Simple Southern May Be Trying a Little Too Hard, But Don't Miss the Biscuits

    As we placed our order, the server's eyes grew wider and wider, and his hand moved furiously across his notepad, attempting to keep up with our laundry list of desired appetizers. When we were finally finished, he stepped back and looked at us -- two people who had just ordered enough food to feed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Six Summer Salads to Enjoy Now in Houston

    Say what you will about the oppressive Houston heat--our greenhouse-like atmosphere makes for some great summer growing. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, corn, beans, melons and various greens are in abundance, while traditionally fall crops like squash, brussels sprouts, grapes figs are starting to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Say Hello to Another Cupcake Shop

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Central Market's Hatch Chile Festival Returns

    Americas in River Oaks will host a Jordan Wine Dinner on Tuesday, August 5, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7 p.m. For $195, each person will receive four main courses paired with a wine from the Jordan Vineyard & Winery, plus dessert. The regional sales dir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Houston Restaurant Weeks Kicks Off

    Houston Restaurant Weeks Starts Friday Houston Restaurant Weeks kicks off today. Why not celebrate the weekend by eating at one of the many participating restaurants and benefiting the Houston Food Bank all at the same time? Check out our guide to help you decide where to eat; we've categorized the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The Dunlavy Event Space Will Bring Clark Cooper Concepts Food to Buffalo Bayou

    If you've ever wished that Coppa Ristorante or Brasserie 19 could cater your next big party, you're in luck. Clark Cooper Concepts, the restaurant team behind Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria, Coppa Ristorante and Punk's Simple Southern recently announced they secured a space at Buffalo Bayou Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Ramen: Where to Get the Trendy Dish in Houston and What's Next

    For every one person in Houston who complains that the ramen fad is over, there are ten more people who get really excited about every new ramen joint opening and every bowl they have yet to try. Like the cupcake, ramen refuses to die. Fortunately, as Houston's ramen universe continues to expand, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Chef Randy Evans Talks Haven's Closing and What's Next For Him

    It was a celebration last night at Haven, chef Randy Evans's farm-to-table restaurant famous for its fried chicken and upscale comfort food. December 19 would have marked Haven's fifth anniversary, but the restaurant closed unexpectedly after service last night to make way for a new business in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 75, Fried Chicken Ballotine for Two at Provisions

    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 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Museum District

    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 31, 2014

    First Look at True Food Kitchen, A Restaurant Based on Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

    It's sad, but true: When you think of the "healthy" food options available in Houston today, there aren't many exciting options that come to mind. Enter True Food Kitchen, the Phoenix-based chain that is poised to take the nation by storm (they currently have eight open locations; Houston will be th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Competitive Wine Prices at Coltivare Pair Well

    Back in 2009, when the Houston wine scene was just beginning to take off, then-sommelier Antonio Gianola asked a visiting wine writer to cast his gaze across the dining room of the now defunct Catalan. "Look," he said with evident pride, "there's a bottle of wine on every table." It was a seminal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Popular Farm-to-Table Restaurant Haven Serving its Last Meal Tonight

    The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago first reported this afternoon that Haven and Cove Cold Bar will be closing after service tonight. The well-liked restaurant just off Kirby Drive is known for serving fresh produce from its own garden and meats sourced from local producers. Chef Randy Evans of Hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Viral Craigslist Post Says Smartphones are Ruining Dining Out...But Are They?

    About two weeks ago, an anonymous commenter posted a diatribe to the Craigslist "Rants and Raves" section that has actually made people pay attention (as opposed to recent Houston posts about kids at Starbucks and the stupidity of Craigslist readers). "We are a popular restaurant for both locals an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    First Look: The El Cantina Superior Is Not So Super

    Screaming children, smoky fajitas and weak margaritas basically sums up The El Cantina Superior. This new Tex-Mex spot opened just a few weeks ago in the Heights at the corner of White Oak and Studewood. Based on the hype, it seemed to be the new place to be. Unfortunately, it has got some serious w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Review: AC and Really Good Food Have Been Added to The Boot

    The plywood walls and rickety shelves are gone, replaced by eggshell-colored paneled siding and sleek black wall mounts holding rows of Southern beer and half-empty liquor bottles. There's a new coat of paint on the outside, though years of chipped layers are still visible under the facelift. The pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Fluffy Pancakes & Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

    Zagat Houston: Searching for the perfect ice-cold treat to cool off with this summer? Check out Zagat Houston's list of the best ice cream parlors in Houston. Indulge in Cloud10 Creamery's twist on the classic banana split featuring caramelized bananas with vanilla bean, chocolate and Nutella with m ... More >>

  • 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

    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 >>

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