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Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Unlimited, Unusual Quesadilla Creations To Be Made At Freebird's

    "Why would you ever go to a place that specializes in burritos and order a quesadilla? That's like getting lo mein at a pizza place." -Anonymous Because Freebird's, my friends, provides a unique opportunity to make your own funky one-of-a-kind quesadilla. While at most other burrito, Tex-Mex, taco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    First Look at Modernos Tacos Tex-Mex

    From the outside, Modernos Tacos Tex Mex looks like your typical nondescript strip mall restaurant. Come a little closer, however, and a charming design space awaits, complete with a funky local Mexican mural in the window, beckoning you to have a closer look. Just a month old, Modernos, located ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Openings & Closings: More Tex-Mex, Please

    Anthony Calleo, owner of Pi Pizza Truck and Sandy Witch Sandwich Company, announced this week on Twitter that his sandwich shop has officially closed. Sandy Witch, located inside Grand Prize Bar, was Calleo's second food endeavor. Calleo tells Phaedra Cook in part two of this week's chef chat that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Polonia Houston's Best and Only Polish Restaurant? Sounds Right.

    Polonia says it's the only restaurant in Houston serving authentic Polish food. Don't waste your time, however, on determining the relative veracity of this claim if you're in the mood for pierogi, stuffed cabbage, barszcz, bigos, etc. Theirs are amazing and your time is better spent eating than sea ... 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 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 4, 2014

    Room Temperature Ramen and Cooling Appetizers from Nippon

    It feels like 105 degrees outside, yet still craving ramen? Not an uncommon situation for Asian noodle soup lovin' Houstonians in the summer months. In the humid hell that is August, there's something to be said about letting a giant bowl of ramen delivered to you piping hot, cool to room temperatu ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    July 31, 2014
  • 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 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 11, 2014

    What is Halal Meat, and Why Should You Care?

    "These things alone he has forbidden to you: What is already dead, blood, the flesh of swine, what has been offered up to other than Allah." Al-Anam 6:145 While driving around Houston, you've probably noticed signs for Halal meat markets or Halal delis. You've probably read labels touting that a c ... 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

    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

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Tacos (And One Burrito)

    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

    July 7, 2014

    The Most Underrated Tex-Mex Restaurants in Houston...According to You

    We have a joke here at the Houston Press that if we want people to read our stories, we need only to put "burgers," "barbecue" or "Tex-Mex" in the headline. Houstonians are very loyal to the trifecta that makes up what's arguably our signature cuisine: Meat, meat and Mexican food. We've already ask ... 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

    June 30, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Turkish Shish Kebab

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're sharing a recipe for a Turkish classic: shish kebab. The word kebab literally means "roast meat." Though there ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014

    Chic, Upscale and Authentic Thai at Songkran Thai Kitchen

    Every now and then it'll surprise you.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Taco Bell's New Quesarito Makes Me Reconsider Fast Food Loyalties

    I have distinct loyalties where fast food is concerned. I grew up in Corpus Christi, birthplace of Whataburger. The first Texas-based fast food chain opened on Ayers Street in 1950 and quickly spread like an orange and white wildfire across the city. When I was in high school, I'd walk to Whataburg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Taste-Testing Squash Blossoms at Hugo's

    One of the best ways to celebrate the summer season is by cooking beautiful fruit and vegetables, especially squash blossoms. Often found at local farmer's markets, squash blossoms are the edible flowers from zucchini and summer squash, and they are only available for a short period of time during ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 12, 2014

    Hughie’s Offers Inconsistent Food and Long Waits, but the Crowds Keep Coming

    For every hit at Hughie’s, there's a big ol’ miss.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Korean Al-Bap: A Party in a Hot Stone Bowl

    A few years ago I spent some time in Korea, and I absolutely fell in love with the food. Things I thought I wouldn't enjoy--kimchi with fish for breakfast, noodles made of mung bean jelly, fried squid on a skewer--are dishes I now crave when I'm feeling nostalgic for my time in that beautiful countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    First Look at Regal Seafood: Watch This Chef Carve a Duck

    If you're looking for a new place to sample Cantonese cuisine, venture out of the loop to Stafford and visit the new Regal Seafood (12350 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX) restaurant. Owned by the same people who opened up E-Tao in the Galleria, Regal quietly opened a few months ago on the southbound Sou ... 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 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

    May 27, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 94, Combo Catracho at Mi Bella Honduras Restaurant

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    The Midtown Banh Mi Showdown

    Settling the banh mi question once and for all.

  • 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 16, 2014

    Goro & Gun Combines Two of Houston's Biggest Obsessions: Ramen and Crawfish

    The broth is darker than ramen broth, and it's more rich, more velvety. Instead of a five-minute egg and slices of pork floating above chewy noodles, there's fresh corn and bright red curly crawfish tails. To eat it, you're given chopsticks and a chirirenge spoon. On the side, packs of saltine crack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Step Aside, Waffogato, Houston Has Five Awesome Affogatos

    Affogatos are one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable Italian desserts. In Italian, affogato means "drowned," which is exactly what happens -- a scoop of ice cream or gelato gets doused with a piping hot shot of espresso. This "drowning" action creates a complex and satisfying treat with just two in ... 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 14, 2014

    The Ultimate Midtown Bánh Mì Taste Test

    Because the Houston Press office is in Midtown, I eat a lot of bánh mì. Need a light lunch? Bánh mì. In a hurry? Bánh mì. Craving meat, veggies and carbs? Bánh mì. Want something spicy? Bánh mì. It's my go-to meal to satisfy just about any lunchtime criteria. Unfortunately for someone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    10 Best Things to Christen Your Grill With on Memorial Day (or Whenever)

    Memorial Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means -- it's grilling time. You might have used your grill here and there throughout the spring season, but as the summer months approach, get ready for back-to-back weekends (and even weeknights) of grilling your food. Of course, you ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    Take your mother out this year.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 100, Fish Bánh Mì at La Baguette

    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 2, 2014

    Breaking News: MF Sushi to Re-open Next Week

    On Sept 29 of last year, the unthinkable happened to MF Sushi. The restaurant -- which had been named Houston Press' Best New Restaurant of 2013 -- caught fire and burned down, forcing chef and owner Chris Kinjo and his partner, brother Alex Kinjo, to shutter the restaurant indefinitely. Since the ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 1, 2014

    Five Hidden Gems to Discover in Chinatown

    Here's where you should be eating but probably aren't.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    It feels like just yesterday we were rounding up the places to eat on Easter. Now, it's time to help you decide where to take Mom out on her special day. A multitude of Houston restaurants are opening up their doors on Sunday, May 11, to serve brunch, lunch and/or dinner. So be a planner and make re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Kick Back & Relax With A Michelada

    Texas Monthly: Summer is quickly approaching and that means it's time to whip out the ice cold drinks. While you could stick to snow cones and lemonade, why not try making your own michelada? Texas Monthly shares its recipe for this cold beer drink made with hot sauce, limes, Worchestershire sauce, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Songkran Thai Kitchen Opens in Uptown Park

    As a college student at UCLA, Thai food was easy to come by. Aside from pizza, it was one of the easiest foods to get delivered, and I didn't realize at the time how spoiled I'd become by its easy availability until I moved to Houston. While we definitely have excellent choices for ethnic food, I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Eating Through the Eastern Bloc in Houston

    When people think about food from the former Soviet Union, the first two ingredients that come to mind are dill and sour cream. But there is much more to the diverse cuisines of the USSR and former Soviet Satellites and Houston has the Russian, Polish, Czech and Bosnian eateries to prove it. Let's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Italy à la Houston

    Traveling to Europe is expensive, and not everyone has the ability, time or money to make the trip. But, good news. You don't have to! You can actually stay right in Houston and visit a multitude of shops, restaurants and parks just as you would in a European country. A few weeks ago, we wrote abou ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014: A Love Letter to Houston Food

    Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2014

    Tiger Den's Noodles and Broth Are Vying to Be Houston's Best

    This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

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