• Culture

    October 16, 2014
  • Music

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Places to Drink Alone

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    8 Ways to Have a Bad-ass Valentine's Day, No Date Required

    I'm not here to tell you how Valentine's Day is a corporate crock, nor am I here to tell you that the only refuge of a single person on V-Day is burning a box of your past lovers' memorabilia while sobbing into a pile of old mixtapes. Both of those ideas are gross, as are most of the Lonely Hearts-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    The Perils of Beer and Waxing: Ranger Creek Small Batch No. 1

    The first thing I noticed about this beer was the smell. It was in the backseat of my car, packed in a box alongside a bunch of other bottles I'd picked up at the Whip-In in Austin. I started noticing it about the time I hit Elgin. It smelled a bit like what happened when one of my daughters got sic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Unidentified Man, 52, Shot by 19-Year-Old Clerk Over Stolen 12-Pack, Bayou Body Count No. 90

    A man who walked out of a Third Ward convenience store with an unpaid-for 12-pack of beer was shot by the store's 19-year-old clerk, police say. The victim, whose name was not been released, had been accused of stealing from the store before. He entered the store in the 3300 block of Elgin shortly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Goat Graffiti Officially In The Running For World's Lamest Tagging

    In case you haven't noticed the latest menace haunting Houston's streets, someone keeps spray-painting the word "goat" on stuff along Washington Avenue and in a couple other areas around the city. This week they hit Kung Foo Saloon and the corner store by Blue Moose. This is annoying for a lot of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Dolce Delights Is Beautiful, and Here Are Some Photos to Prove It

    I'm just getting acquainted with Dolce Delights, the three-month-old patisserie next door to Sushi Raku in Midtown, but I'm already smitten after one croissant and a cup of coffee. It's charming that way, with a light-filled dining room that encourages lingering in cozy, wool-covered chairs or a gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Just the Facts, Mostly

    Normally we go all Popeye Doyle on the inspection reports, doing things our way, asking for forgiveness rather than requesting permission. We'd even consider purchasing an ankle holster if we were allowed to rub up against girls while on the clock. (Just kidding, it's a quick-draw gimmick.) Today, t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Local Musicians, Up Early, Remember Late Nite Pie

    Photos by Chris GrayThe flames at Late Nite Pie had been extinguished by 6:45 a.m.​Midtown pizza restaurant Late Nite Pie burned some time after closing in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. reported that the popular post-show destination suffered "major damage" and that Houston Fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Weather Outside Is Frightful (with Photos)

    You wanted rain, you're getting it. You're also getting a reported tornado touchdown in Fort Bend County and flooded service roads and intersections. Power is out in some areas of the city; others have lost internet service. Reports coming in from TxDOT and various tweeters indicated impassable c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Follow-up question: "How young is too young for you?"​You should know that checking out the city's health inspection reports is a good way to discover new restaurants. You'll also discover a few things about yourself, like just how dirty is too dirty. For your sake, we hope you consider El P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    There's no way this wouldn't work​The selection of inspection reports was slim last week, but things have picked up over at the city's website. In the past seven days, inspectors issued eight citations and temporarily closed five more places without issuing citations. The city's gotta pay for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Texas Wildfires, Via Facebook and Twitter

    LinneainTX​Recently we wondered what 9/11 would have been like with today's social media. We're getting some slight taste of it with the wildfires raging through Central Texas and Magnolia. People are tweeting updates, pleas for help rescuing livestock and horses, putting up photos and setti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Maple Leaf Pub

    ​The Place: The Maple Leaf Pub 514 Elgin 713-520-6464 The Deals: $3 wells; $2.50 pints of Miller Lite and Bud Light; various other weekly and daily specials, including cheap shots of the day and $3 martinis on Mondays, which also feature bingo. The Hours: 3 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Glenn Livet told us about happy hour at the Maple Leaf Pub. He had a good time, but what captured the commenters' collective imagination was the other Maple Leaf, in New Orleans. Commenter Ted Stickles shared that he's barfed there 7.75 times. And commenter Dante pretty much summed up e ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011
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    February 3, 2011
  • Dining

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    RIP, Fear Factory: Decrepit Building Bites The Dust

    Unlike he building, we hope these guys are still with us​Just two years after winning Best Abandoned Building by us, the old apartments known to everyone as the Fear Factory have been town down.Located a block north of Milam and Elgin, the building has always looked spooky, and a weathered sign ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Comfort Food at Cream Burger

    ​"I've had a terrible day," my friend grumbled. "Terrible! I need meat." "Burger or steak?" I asked. "Burger," she quickly replied, a scowl still on her face. "Definitely burger." And so we were off to Cream Burger (3481 Elgin). The little burger shack in the Third Ward, just on the edge of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: John Brand of Las Canarias and Pesca on the River

    ​This week we chatted with Chef Brand and tasted a smattering of the dishes he helped develop for the Omni Hotel's Texas Triple Play menu. Because Chef Brand was visiting, he did not prepare the meal himself - it was prepared by Omni Houston's Café on the Green. We started with the crab cake ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010

    "La Lengua Muerta"

    These local artists examine their “Latin-ness”

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Magnolia City Mixtape: New Videos, 7-Inches, Poster Shows, National Blogpress... Enough to Make You Think We've Got an Actual Scene Around Here

    Well, the Justice Department has approved the Live Nation/Ticketmaster monopoly merger. What does this mean for you, the average concertgoer? Well, even more inflation on the already-ridiculous $6 Lone Stars at House of Blues. Free Press Houston had a well-written cover story last spring about the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    Soul Night 2

    Get your fill of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner at the Aurora Picture Show's funky flashback

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Late Night Scene: Saint Dane's

    Fried Oreos​We could probably tell you every bar inside the loop that serves Miller High Life, the champagne of beers. We're happy to report that Saint Dane's (502 Elgin) is one of these bars. But it also serves shots in plastic cups, which is a personal peeve of ours. We mean, is this a frat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Houston 101: Cruising Westheimer: The Favorite Teenage Pastime of Reagan-Era Houston

    ​For such a big city, '80s Houston was in some ways still a small town. Case in point: the teenage ritual of cruising Westheimer, in which the fourth largest city in America did its best to impersonate a one-Dairy Queen town, one where all you can do is drive down the strip and then turn back arou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    Although only open for a few short months, Out of Africa (14019 Southwest Freeway, #204) has already closed. An excellent review from Robb Walsh in March, fantastic reviews on B4-U-Eat, an excellent burger and a killer patio weren't enough to save the young restaurant. This leaves Houston with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Go Have Your Advice About A New HISD Superintendent Ignored

    The Houston school district has released its scheduled of community meetings where you can go and have your advice ignored about who should replace Abe Saavedra.No, no, no -- of course your input will not be ignored. It will be included in a lengthy report put together by the search team. And as lon ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    For The Person Who Has Everything - A Double Wall Stainless Steel Tiffin

    I discovered Payal at 5615 Savoy (just off of Harwin near Hillcroft) a few years ago when I went in search of some Indian stainless steel cookware. The Indians do spectacular things with stainless steel: dishes, cups, teapots, pressure name it. And when I walked into Payal for the f ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Project Row Houses Salutes Lightnin' Hopkins

    Project Row Houses, the nationally acclaimed Third Ward-based artists' collective, honors the lasting impact of another Third Warder of note, Lightnin' Hopkins, in its new installation THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL: The Great Electric Show and Dance - Commemorating Sam Lightnin' Hopkins. After the opening rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Stopping for Barbecue on the Way Back to Houston

    Dodging Hurricane Ike last Friday, Juliet Stewart led her family and friends out to Giddings to stay on some land she owns there. Fourteen men, women and children from Missouri City, Sunnyside and the Southeast end of Houston camped out in two RVs, a tractor-trailer and a car. I ran into the caravan ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    Art in the Park/VISIONS Cultural Arts Tour

    Midtown has an art double-header

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 1, 2006

    The Adventures of John Lomax and the Walk Down Westheimer

    Walk on, folks. The weather should be perfect. As promised, this Saturday, we will be reprising the Great Slog down Broad Majestic Westheimer as chronicled in this story here. Well, in part anyway — I'm told that we cannot all trudge together along this busy thoroughfare out where there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    Now I Get It

    Let's call this one "bad cop." I never quite understood the phrase "can't win for losing." That is, until the Chron told me about Michael Kubosh, a local bondsman who intentionally blew through the intersection of Milam and Elgin yesterday morning, hoping to get caught by a red-light camera so h ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 27, 2006

    Fetish Food

    Late Nite Pie

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2005

    Free to Jam

    Get the blues at the Eldorado Ballroom's Juneteenth Bash

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2004
  • Calendar

    October 28, 2004

    Tips for Treats

    Get a load of ghosts, goblins and goths this Halloween weekend

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2004
  • Film

    January 29, 2004

    Pop It, Lock It, Yo

    You Got Served exhumes something suspiciously akin to break dancing

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Cemetery

    Glenwood Cemetery

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2003

    Still Standin'

    Project Row Houses revives the old Eldorado Ballroom

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Preservation Hall

    Project Row Houses will revive Houston's first home of black music

  • Dining

    October 17, 1996

    Back to Wok

    A pair of Asian pioneers return to blaze new (if familiar) paths

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