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 >>
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
Flogging Molly makes the walls sweat at the House of Blues.
New owner Shawn Salyers shows up to save the day.
Houston is a sprawling metropolis of subdivisions and strip centers that retains a strong cultural hub. But this "cultural hub" has actually become more of a cultural sprawl. Especially music-wise, neighborhoods outside Loop 610 are often seen as culturally sterile, though some elements of Houston's ... More >>
1940 Census data for two Houston streets.
Census data becomes open to the public after 72 years, so the U.S. government has just released the 1940 census for perusal. That's the good news. The bad news is the data is put together in a maddeningly frustrating way. You can't look up individuals by name, only by address. The handwriting can ... More >>
The first time I went to Piola, I thought "damn, this place is bright." It had been a crappy, rainy Monday. I was hungry and in a nasty mood, but the place actually cheered me up. It was happy hour, and I ended up getting pretty happy. I ordered a few French 75s for $5 each and the Rio de Jan ... More >>
Saint Dane's Bar & Grille is easy to miss, but hard to forget.
Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom around the time Ted Williams would have been covering it for the Houston InformerRocks Off is pulling double shifts this week - are we ever - so on our "break" that ended a few minutes ago, we repaired to a nearby watering hole for a co ... More >>
David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>
Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.orgThe Eldorado Ballroom in the 1940sA year ago, Third Ward had no music-related official Texas historical markers. Soon, it will have two. Last month, the Texas Historical Commission approved a marker application filed by Project Row Houses for the Eldorado B ... More >>
Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.
San Antonio's John Brand is executive chef at Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, along with Pesca on the River at the Watermark Hotel. We were able to catch him during a brief visit to Houston, when we discussed the process of writing corporate menus -- and how to coax a secret barb ... More >>
It's been a while since I've posted in the Sole of Houston, and truth be told, ever since David Beebe moved to Marfa and I got a bike, we've kinda hung up our walking shoes. But that's just us. A guy named Brent Zius is picking up the slack. This Monday, Zius plans to walk an even longer st ... More >>
Photo by Longhorn NationAs the whole world knows by now, popular Midtown Vietnamese Restaurant Mai's caught fire yesterday. This Houston institution is so popular, the fire has even gained national coverage outside of the culinary community, which is quite an amazing feat. So why do we mour ... More >>
The Eldorado Ballroom, the boxy Deco warehouse on the corner of Elgin and Dowling, will once again be filled with the sounds of soul thanks to Aurora PIcture Show and film curator Peter Lucas, who are presenting Soul Nite Saturday at 7 p.m. The ballroom, the epicenter of Houston's black musical ... More >>
The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>
Whatever its name, Avant Garden is a cornerstone of bohemian Houston.
Photo courtesy of happykatie. Late Nite Pie, the longtime bastion of 2:00 a.m. pizzas in Midtown, closed two weeks ago according to anecdotal reports. Not wishing to believe this was true, I headed out to Late Nite Pie this past weekend and poked around on a Sunday morning. No s ... More >>
An unexpected adventure starts at Late Nite Pie
Hi. I'm John Lomax, and I'm a pedestrian. My friend, Uncle Tick, and I walked down 16-plus miles of Westheimer. This is our story.
Some are curmudgeonly but intriguing. Others are just a bad trip to S&M land.
See Delilah Montoyas million-dollar babies
New Orleans artists find refuge -- and studios -- in Houston
Spider's Web is a thriller with twists and turns galore
Rub elbows with the pros at the HBCU Film Festival
The Third Ward gets down and artsy with the "48 Hours" fest
A documentary looks under the skirt of Wendy Chicago
Pop-art star Peter Max hawks his wares in Houston
Third Ward kids get their own wheels
A new group wants to push an anti-flooding agenda
The best black East Texas barbecue within an hour of downtown
Once a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs, Lloyd Wells caught the champ's attention with all his "pretty girls"
An imaginative Three Kings skewers the combat genre
Third Ward boxing club gives kids a place, a goal, a change
Big hugs, tasty poor boys and durian -- if you dare
At Original New Orleans Po-Boys, the treasures are Southern-fried
One of Houston's most venerable communities is set for redevelopment. Before that happens, though, perhaps one question needs to be answered: Whose community?
Gatemouth Brown's lesson for longevity do what you do, and be the best at it
The Houston Police Department sideswipes the city's landscape ordinance