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    October 31, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Real Estate Realities Vs. El Tiempo 1308 Cantina

    When other parts of the country have suffered economic downturns in recent years, Houston's economy has fortunately remained stable. One ironic and sad side effect of that durability is the climbing real estate prices. There are more profitable things that landowners can do than lease restaurants. ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Halloween Bashes & Post-Halloween Hangovers

    8th Annual Montrose Crawl @ Multiple Locations Friday, 7 p.m. Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose Get your costume ready and head over to Westeimer for Houston's most epic Halloween Bar Crawl, where you'll hit more than 11 restaurants and bars (and two food trucks) between Dunlavy and Montrose ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Dine Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving in Houston

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- and if you aren't planning on burning your house down with a turkey fryer (again) or you just don't feel like cooking, you're going to need some ideas on where to eat. Well you've come to the right place, friends. From casual options and brunches to fancy ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    A Much Overdue First Visit to Tony Mandola's

    As a self-identified "foodie" and food writer, there's little excuse I can offer for never having visited Tony Mandola's during my seven-plus years in Houston. "Mistakes were made," as they say, and it was only a few days ago that my inaugural meal took place. Note, "inaugural," not initial, because ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in the East End

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    6 Tips for a Parent Making Separate Meals for Everyone

    Maybe you're one of those people that makes the family dinner and says, "This is what we're having. If you don't like it, you don't eat." I admire that sort of fortitude, but I am paying a penance form being a picky pain in the ass as a child. Now I prepare three dinners every night. One is for me, ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kevin Naderi of Lillo & Ella and Roost

    In Part 1 of our chat with Kevin Naderi, he related a fond memory of the special Persian dinners he made at Roost alongside his mom and grandmother. Does cooking run in the family? In Part 2, we find out and along the way delve into some deeper issues that affect many of Houston's independent restau ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Review: Dosi Takes a Lighthearted, Unpretentious Approach to its Food

    The smoked Spanish mackerel at Dosi Restaurant Soju Bar looks like pop art on a plate. Bite-size rectangles of luminescent filet as tender as one could wish for are each garnished with a strip of lardo so thin that it's translucent. Rolls made of equally thin strips of celery stand on end, adding ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Klobasneks

    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, after our Underrated Kolache post last week, we decided to delve deeper into the kolach's savory cousin, the klobasne ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Jose Hernandez Re-emerges At Radio Milano

    Good news for Houston foodies: after his short but lauded stint as executive chef at La Balance in Katy, Jose Hernandez has re-emerged in a big way. Houston Business Journal reports that his new place, Radio Milano, opens in CityCentre today. This follows up his temporary role as Etoile's sous chef. ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours Near the Museum District

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks 2014 Registers Another Good Year

    Houston Restaurants Weeks which took up the month of August has raised more than $1.6 million in donation commitments to the Houston Food Bank, it was announced Wednesday. According to the event's organizers, chief among them Houston radio and TV personality Cleverley Stone, this translates to mor ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Erin Smith of Main Kitchen at JW Marriott

    Yesterday we did the first part of our interview with Erin Smith of Main Street Kitchen. EOW: Why did you end up leaving Plonk? ES: Plonk was the first restaurant I worked at when I moved back to Houston and I had no idea what the food scene was going to be like. Not having lived here for 10 year ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Review: The Honeymoon Will Get You Up in the Morning and Carry You Home Late at Night

    In the wake of neighboring Goro & Gun's transition from a restaurant with a killer bar into the more streamlined bar-only concept Moving Sidewalk, it may seem odd that The Honeymoon Café & Bar is positioning itself as a sort of one-stop shop for downtown residents and visitors. Goro's split persona ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Erin Smith of Main Kitchen at JW Marriott

    Erin Smith is one of only a handful of female executive chefs in Houston. She first caught attention for the menu that was tailored for the extensive wine focus at Plonk! Bistro. She made headlines when she joined Clumsy Butcher group to conceptualize the initial menu for the newly opened Blacksmith ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Mala By Morning: Blacksmith and Mala Sichuan's Chinese Breakfast and Donut Pop-up

    "I'll have the treasure chest cereal, the empress ribs, the golden coin omelet, the pork hock with bok choy, and the point and kill mouthwatering chicken." This was our initial order, which was quickly followed by "Just add the congee to that. Oh, and the calamondin cake donut and the sichuan pepper ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    The Last Bite: Rebecca Masson Is Throwing Her Final Sweet & Savory Fundraiser Dinner for Lucky Dog Rescue

    What started out as a fun fundraising event for the Lucky Dog Rescue charity has taken on a life of its own. Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson's Sweet & Savory charity dinners have become legendary. And this Sunday, she will hold her last one, which promises to be grand in every way. "So basically, when w ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Openings & Closings: An Unexpectedly Speedy Goodbye From Van Loc

    As reported Wednesday, Van Loc has unexpectedly closed much earlier than anticipated. The owners told us last week that it would close "before Thanksgiving." Well, that turned out to be last Wednesday. Van Loc opened way back in 1986 and was one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in Houston. While ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Big Brews and Free Burgers

    Big Brew, the nation's second largest craft beer festival, is coming to Houston from October 20 through October 26. The week-long celebration will feature more than ,000 craft beers from more than 40 Texas breweries along with a different event each day. Kick off the party with one of three beer din ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Tastes from Around the Globe

    Happy Hour @ Underbelly Starting Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close 1100 Westheimer Beginning today, Chef Chris Shepherd will pay tribute to his fellow chefs and friends around the country by "covering" some of their most influential dishes. "I've learned so much from other chefs," ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Pasta Day in Houston

    National Pasta Day is today -- a reminder, if not an incentive, for for pasta lovers all around town to indulge. Houston has many excellent restaurants where one can celebrate. For a taste of stellar house-made pappardelle bolognese, Best of Houston Italian Restaurant winner Ciao Bello is the pla ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Underbelly Is Playing a List of "Covers" at Happy Hour

    Between 3 p.m. and dinnertime, it can be tough to find a place to eat. Many restaurants close after lunch and reopen at dinner. Underbelly's wine bar, however, stays open even when the main dining room is closed, and thanks to a new happy hour menu, there's an opportunity to go on a journey across A ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    David Keck Pours Oregon Wines at Treadsack's Kipper Club This Saturday

    Keeper Collection, the Austin-based food and wine society, is taking its popular "Wine Ride" across Texas for the first time, including its first event in Houston this weekend. As part of a three-city, weekend-long series of tastings, the group will be hosting an Oregon wine tasting event at the K ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    8 Vegetarian Foods That Are Delicious

    People who decide to become vegetarians, or who at least want to limit the amount of meat in their diets, often find it difficult to give up on certain foods they've been long accustomed to. The idea of maybe never eating another hamburger is a daunting one for anyone who has grown up eating them. ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Review: Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen Only has a few Good Surprises

    Several restaurants, namely Ava, Trenza and Katsuya by Starck, all tried to make a go of it at West Ave. Even having big chef names attached, like Robert del Grande and Katsuya Uechi, did not help these restaurants succeed. West Ave may be great for residents, but it's an awful design for business v ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: 'tis the Season For Pumpkin Doughnuts

    Hank On Food: This past Saturday, Hank traveled to the Third Ward and visited with Myrtle Jackson of Not Jus' Donuts. Besides finding a mighty fine sweet potato pie, he gets a lesson in the trials of replicating the recipes of great Southern cooks, many of whom did not actually write them down. Alon ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Van Loc Closes Earlier Than Expected -- As In Today

    Van Loc restaurant, whose surprise announcement last week that it was closing sometime before Thanksgiving, closed today around the noon hour. The sign posted on the door thanked customers for their support through the years. On Tuesday night, the restaurant was packed with people who were obvio ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Eat This: Saag Paneer Omelet at Pondicheri

    Pondicheri offers a number of exemplary South Asian-inspired breakfast items, including the much-lauded "morning thali," an a beautifully compartmentalized platter of beef keema, curry, uppma, saffron yogurt, fruit, paratha, and fried egg. If you're visiting Pondicheri for breakfast for the very fir ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    First Look at Springbok, A South African Gastropub in Downtown Houston

    Located on Main Street, just around the corner from The Flying Saucer in the heart of downtown, is the cool new South African bar and gastropub, Springbok. Named after a type of African antelope and the South African rugby team of the same name, it's fitting that the decor includes wall mounted anim ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    A Few Answers to Common Questions About Meat

    I've spent the last few years working in meat markets and the meat departments of specialty grocery stores, and have encountered a lot of confused people in that time. In a lot of cases, that confusion is understandable. There is a lot of bad information floating around about meat. Just searching on ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Matteo Lunelli, "King of Italian Bubbly," Visits Houston

    Every week, it seems that another fine wine luminary sets her or his sights on the Houston market. Yesterday, ex-Goldman Sachs banker and one of the most powerful players in the Italian wine trade today, Matteo Lunelli (above), descended on Houston for a luncheon and tasting with Houston wine buyer ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Soufflé au Fromage

    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 mastering the all-mighty soufflé. A soufflé is a classic French dish consisting of beaten egg whites and a s ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Sad Goodbyes & More Sad Goodbyes

    The theme for this week must have been temporary closures and permanent closures. It was like a domino effect -- one restaurant announced it was closing, then another one, followed by several more. It's always a shame to see such a popular restaurant close when the reason isn't lack of business. Va ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Celebrate International Curry Week at The Springbok

    The Springbok will celebrate International Curry Week from October 13 until October 17; this event is typically celebrated around the world with special events from participating restaurants. Pete Walker, owner of The Springbok, wants to make International Curry Week an annual event in Houston next ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Greenway Plaza

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Randy Evans

    In Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Randy Evans, we explored his struggle with deciding to become a chef instead of a doctor (and how his wife helped), his friendship with chef Chris Shepherd and how he came to be Executive Chef at Brennan's of Houston. Perhaps, though, the most pressing question for ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Review: Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse Thrives in a Crowded Field

    "Would you like to try our picanha? It's our most prized cut of meat," says the server dressed in a tan-colored shirt with a red scarf around his neck. He holds the three-foot metal skewer just to the side of your plate, close enough so that you can see the juices glistening over the charred edges o ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Take a Whack at the Cronut Recipe

    Gastronaut: Meatless Mondays don't have to be bland; vegetarian and vegan dishes can easily be filled with flavor and enticing ingredients, like a veggie panini with a side of cauliflower nuggets at Green Seed Vegan. Katharine Shilcutt writes that the cauliflower nuggets "were as good as ever." The ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Randy Evans

    After last week's Chef Chat with Chris Shepherd, the next person that we wanted to talk to was Chef Randy Evans. As best friends who met on the first day of culinary school and went on to work for years together at Brennan's of Houston, the two are part of each other's stories. Evans was the forme ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Caracol: Doubling Down on Family and Ceviche

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'd4cG93cDpXX90dtttz6bkGEaApQuioBc'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video Houston is a rambling, gambling town and this year Best of Houston celebrates those in the community who are taking a chance. Hugo Ortega's story is truly one ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Two Years After Opening Papa Mio Continues To Excel

    Two years ago, a takeout supper from Papa Mio proved very good. Last week, dinner was absolutely terrific. Affordable, high-quality "red sauce" Italian food can be tricky to find in Houston, where most Italian restaurants tend to be higher-end and attend to regional or niche specialities. Not tha ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Hong Kong Nostalgia, Appropriately, At Confucius Restaurant

    If you are an ardent seafood lover, try to go to Hong Kong before you die. The island is home to dozens of restaurants, streetside stalls, and market booths serving transcendently delicious dishes involving prawns, octopus, squid, lobster, crab, plus a host of other "fish" from more than a hundred ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Taste-Testing the Taco of the Month at Torchy's Tacos: The Scarecrow

    October is finally here and that means another special taco of the month from Torchy's Tacos. The month-long specials have been packed with flavor, especially the month with four increasingly spicy tacos. And just as every bakery, restaurant and coffee shop has been adding something pumpkin to its ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Baker Spotlight: Annie Rupani, Chocolatier and Owner of Cacao & Cardamom

    Annie Rupani makes some of the most beautiful chocolates you have ever seen; each creation is like a work of art. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Anthropology and Religion, she set her sights on becoming a lawyer. And like every person studying for the LSATs, she found ways ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken-Fried Steak

    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 covering a Texas-bred Southern essential, Chicken-Fried Steak. Though it really needs no explanation, chicken- ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Little Bigs is Getting a Little Bigger

    It looks like Little Bigs is moving to a new location and it's going to be a much bigger space than the current spot at 2703 Montrose. The Houston Chronicle reports that Little Bigs's last day at its original location will be October 26; the owners expect to open at 4621 Montrose (the previous spot ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    The 5 Best Cinnamon Rolls in Houston

    Ahh. Cinnamon rolls. You can recognize that smell anywhere. Most of us probably have nostalgic memories of the smell of baking cinnamon rolls in the morning. And when the melted cream cheese frosting is poured over the top, it takes every muscle in your body to resist diving in before all of the rol ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    First Female Takes Home a Prize From Iron Somm, But Bubbles Still Win

    Female sommeliers have competed in the annual Iron Sommelier Competition for years, but last night marked the first time that one has taken home one of the major award categories. Vanessa Treviño-Boyd of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted scored the Best Presentation award last night. She succeeded in the in ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    There are very few chefs in the United States who can describe what it's like to win a James Beard award. As we discussed yesterday, Chris Shepherd is one of them, but success doesn't seem to have spoiled him yet. Most of the time, he's where he's always been for the last few years: at Underbelly me ... More >>

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