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Food and Cooking

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    September 15, 2014

    Sweet Sarriette Pop-Up Dinner To Spotlight Four Talented Young Pastry Chefs

    On the surface, it might seem like just another pop-up at Paulie's, but this Sunday's "Sweet Sarriette" pop-up dinner -- an eight-course with wine pairing gourmet dinner prepared by Christina Au, Samantha Mendoza, Andrew Musico and Johnny Wesley -- promises to be extraordinary. The collaborating ch ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    My Preferred Hangover Cure, and More, at Juan Mon's International Sandwiches

    Juan Mon's is unassuming. Driving down Taft Street, you could easily miss it, and probably have already: From that vantage point, the view of the restaurant is mostly that of an alcove evidently once intended as a drive-thru, where a food truck which has clearly fallen out of use resides, and weeds ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Tout Suite is Finally Open in EaDo

    The Pappas Bar-B-Q located at 3814 Little York burned to the ground early in the morning on Sunday, September 7. The restaurant was closed during the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured while responding to the two-alarm blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Christin ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    MALK Offers All-Natural Plant-Based Milks to Houston

    Alternative milks, such as soy, almond and coconut, have become a lot more popular over the years. Those who are lactose intolerant or don't eat products from animals have opted for plant-based products, such as the aforementioned variations on milk. August Vega has been making alternative milks fo ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Eat This: Dry-Style Beef Chow Fun at House of Bowls

    Driving on Bellaire Boulevard to get to the majority of Chinatown eateries has been a challenge for some time now. The construction on Bellaire Boulevard in areas with the densest concentration of good eats has been ongoing mercilessly for at least a year, and traffic, not to mention safety issues a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    How Did Restaurants Do During Houston Restaurant Weeks 2014?

    Houston Restaurant Weeks came to a close on Monday, September 1. The total amount of money raised from the approximately 165 participating restaurants has not been announced yet, but we spoke with a few restaurant general managers/owners about their experience during HRW this year to get some feedba ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    7 Seasonal Brews to Kick Off the Fall Season in Houston

    You know fall is almost here when Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Oktoberfest beers start popping up all over the place. Too bad it's still hot as ever outside. We're almost halfway through September and the grocery store beer aisles are already filled with a multitude of fall brew ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Midtown

    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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    September 10, 2014

    First Look at Skinny Rita's Grille

    Tex-Mex and Latin cuisine gets a bad rap for being high in calories, fat, sodium and everything else in between. After a bowl of chips (that never becomes empty) plus guacamole, queso, sizzling fajita meat and veggies doused in oil, several flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, beans (refried or char ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Review: El Big Bad has Captured Most of the Best from El Gran Malo

    The "Spicy, Smoky, Sticky Ribs" exceeded its promises. The Berkshire ribs, coated in a sauce with smoked Morita chiles, rice wine vinegar and piloncillo sugar, were perfectly tender. The heat from the chiles grew but never became unbearable, and the sauce had a deep, bittersweet character reminiscen ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Doughnuts Shaped Like Hook 'Em Hand Signs

    Urban Swank: Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown is definitely not the place you go for a short grocery trip. Joanna O'Leary explains why she loves visiting the downtown location as it is "a multi-sensory experience." You can spend tons of time scanning the aisles for unique items such as smoked kipp ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Dinner Lab: Curated, Members-Only Experiences Arrive In Houston

    Pop-ups are fairly common events in Houston, where a variety of chefs (often in conjunction with bartenders and sommeliers) band together to throw a one-time meal. Pop-ups have been used as fundraisers, helped chefs launch restaurants and functioned as creative outlets that allow chefs to cook diffe ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Beyond Dumplings At Auntie Chang's

    Auntie Chang's Dumpling House is one of the best inner-loop Chinese(-American) restaurants and their namesake specials are very good. Skip the pan-fried pork, similar versions of which can easily be found elsewhere, and focus instead on the delicate steamed shrimp dumplings, whose diaphanous dough c ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Put On Your Lederhosen, It's Oktoberfest Time at King's Biergarten and Restaurant

    King's Oktoberfest is right around the corner. So put on your lederhosen and head down to King's Biergarten & Restaurant for the fourth annual celebration on September 26 through September 28 at the Pearland restaurant. During the first year of King's Oktoberfest, the restaurant only had seating f ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Jonathan's the Rub Is Staying Put in Memorial Village

    The second location for Jonathan's the Rub was slated to open at 963 Bunker Hill in November of this year, but that project has come to a halt. Chef and owner Jonathan Levine says he doesn't want to expand his business and would rather stay at his current location in Memorial at 9061 Gaylord. Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Who Makes the Best Banh Mi?

    Mr. Peeples will host a Mixology Contest on Monday, September 8, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The evening's competitors include Ricardo Guzman of Skinny Rita's Grille, Ryan Perry of Sundance Cinemas, Michael Rioas of Beaver's, Kristine Nguyen of Lei Low Bar, Prisilla Maldonado of The Refinery Burg ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Fluff Bake Bar Hosts Saturday Pop-Up Bake Sale at Southside Espresso

    EaDo Pub Crawl @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 5 p.m. 2202 Dallas Head to 8th Wonder Brewery on Friday for a pub crawl through East Downtown. Registration costs $15 and begins at the brewery at 5 p.m., but you must pick up your wristband (which gets you into the participating venues and drink specials ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Sip on Wine During Taste Around Town Houston And We Have the Discount Code

    Houston Restaurant Weeks just came to a close, but there's another foodie event, more specifically, a wine event, happening in our city in less than two weeks. Taste Around Town Houston is similar to restaurant weeks, except participating restaurants will feature wine specials, such as flights and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Eat This: Parrilla Mixta at Sal y Pimienta

    Tucked away in a quiet corner of CityCentre next to The Tasting Room and across from the much more grandiose Texas de Brazil is Sal y Pimienta. A new project by Gianfranco Percovich (one of the original founders of Tango and Malbec) the restaurant opened this past May, offering South American cuisin ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Downtown

    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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    September 3, 2014

    Local Neighborfood Plans to Bring Adventurous Houston Foodies Together

    Houston is bursting at the seams with adventurous foodies. But most of them only go out to eat with their close friends or loved ones. What if there was a way to bring these food enthusiasts together over dinner? Near the end of this year, this will be a possibility. Local Neighborfood is a start-u ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Review: Gyu-Kaku Brings Japanese Barbecue to Houston in Style

    "Just 15 to 20 seconds per side," said our server as she delivered a plate of toro beef tare to the table. One of the several meat selections that came with our course menu for two, this looked different from the rest. Heavily striated with fat, the thin strips looked a lot like bacon. When placed o ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Fried Foods to Try at the State Fair of Texas

    City of Ate: Our sister paper's food blog, Dallas Observer's City of Ate, has the scoop on which food competitors walked away victorious during the 10th Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas. We shared info about the finalists a couple weeks ago, and out of those entries, the Fried Gulf S ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Help Chef Luis Gallardo in His Fight Against Cancer

    The name Luis Gallardo is not a prominent one in Houston food circles. Like the many young chefs just who work hard to get better at their craft, Gallardo spent the earlier part of his career learning English while working 60-plus-hour work weeks. Still, he worked his way up from the maki station (m ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    10 Places for Boozy Milkshakes in Houston

    Milkshakes are good, but boozy shakes are so much better. The traditional blend of milk, ice cream and syrups makes for an enjoyably sweet refreshment, but the extra splash of tequila, rum or beer just takes it to a new level. When you're in the mood for an alcoholic drink, but are simultaneously c ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Chef David Coffman Joins Cullen's Upscale American Grille

    Chef David Coffman takes the reins of executive chef at Cullen's Upscale American Grille today, September 2. Coffman has experience at a variety of Houston restaurants, including Goro & Gun, Benjy's on Washington and in Rice Village, and Katsuya. The decision to bring Coffman on board at Cullen's w ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Smashburger's Not-So-Smashing Chicken Sandwich

    Can a burger joint offer a chicken sandwich that's as good or better than its hamburgers? Dare to dream, you say. Burger King's chicken sandwiches have the texture of sponges and are way over-salted, and the jury's still out whether McDonald's actually uses actual chicken in its sandwiches. Well, ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Your Guide To The Best Sunday Football Specials in Houston

    Football is back and we couldn't be more thrilled! Here's to a great season, especially for the Texans (but also for some other players because at the time of publication we have not yet had our Fantasy Football draft so we really don't know who we want to do well yet). That being said, we plan on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Five Burger and Local Craft Beer Pairings for Labor Day

    Most of us will spend our Labor Day outside by the pool (weather permitting) and will likely use the grill to make our lunch or dinner. Barbecue ribs and steaks are great Labor Day meals, but so are burgers. And what goes best with burgers? Well, fries, of course, but the other major accompaniment i ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    Three Labor Day Cocktails from Houston Bartenders

    The Labor Day holiday is here. And it's a day for sleeping in, relaxing, swimming at the pool, cooking on the grill and most importantly, not working. When we think about the best plans for a day off from work, we think sipping on a great cocktail is on the agenda. We spoke with three local bartend ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    Dish of the Week: The Chicago-Style Hot Dog

    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 one of the best ways to pump up your last days of summer hot dogs: The Chicago-Style Dog. In Chicago, ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Play Strip Twister and Get Evicted

    Another Upper Kirby establishment closed its doors this week. Irish pub Mugsy's at 2239 Richmond shuttered on Sunday, August 24, but the co-owner Randy Eddy tells Eater Houston that he is closing the Irish pub and replacing it with a New Orleans-style restaurant, Tavern Orleans. The menu will featur ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Upcoming Events: September is National All-American Breakfast Month

    Throughout the entire month of September, several restaurants will be celebrating National All-American Breakfast Month. Funky Chicken is promoting its Funky Brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring chicken and waffles, chicken biscuit sandwiches and mimosas. Bradl ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Remembering Chef Grant Gordon's Life in Food

    Anyone who knew chef Grant Gordon, whether it was through a restaurant, eating his food or being his personal friend, knew what an incredible person he was and that he was a truly skilled chef. Gordon established a name for himself in Houston as one of the most talented chefs under 30. He received a ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Best Places for Desserts in Houston

    Sometimes you just want something sweet and when you get that sugar craving, you have to satisfy it right then and there. Baking cookies or brownies takes too long and that small piece of chocolate you have in your pantry just won't do it for you. But, there are multiple places around town serving u ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Gerry Sarmiento of Mezzanotte & Piqueo

    During our interview, Gerry Sarmiento, the chef-owner of Mezzanotte and Piqueo restaurants, mentioned that he and his wife Adriana wanted to create the kind of place that they would patronize themselves. Part of that job is to create an atmosphere where customers feel recognized and cared about. I p ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The 5 Best Washington Corridor Happy Hours

    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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    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 >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Review: Hubbell & Hudson has Lost Some of its Spark Along with its Market

    You can't see inside the market at Hubbell & Hudson anymore. The expansive windows that allowed pedestrians to view the bounty of fruits, vegetables, breads and meats are now fogged and glazed. The elevator that used to drop you off at the floral department now dumps you out onto the Woodlands Water ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cherry Bounce Sours & Beer-Glazed Chicken

    Texas Monthly: David Alan of Texas Monthly profiles new Houston bar, Julep. Instead of writing about the julep drinks available at the Southern bar on Washington, Alan describes the Cherry Bounce Sour. Julep's version features cherry bounce (cherries macerated with sugar, spices and spirits) along w ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Gerry Sarmiento of Mezzanotte and Piqueo

    I admit that I have a soft spot when it comes to Mezzanotte and Piqueo. They are some of the few fine dining establishments in my neck of the woods, Northwest Houston near Cypress. When I'm too tired to drive into town or just want to be treated nicely close to home, I go to one of those two places. ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Latin Bites

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: This year, Latin Bites offers a $25 three-course brunch on Sunday and a $35 three-course dinner throughout the week. For each brunch sold, Latin Bites will donate $4 to the Houston Food Bank and $5 for each dinner sold. We decided to check out the HRW ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: La Casa Del Caballo

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: La Casa del Caballo is back on the list of restaurants this year and are offering both lunch and dinner. Lunch is three courses for $20, with first course options of two different kinds of soup, or a salad. Entrees include a 6oz ribeye, chicken breas ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Summer Risotto

    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, it's all about risotto. Risotto is a classic Italian rice dish that is slow-cooked in broth until creamy and decaden ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Spice Up Labor Day with Bravado Spice Hot Sauces

    Cruising the hot sauce aisle at Whole Foods Market, I stumbled upon the three Bravado Spice sauces: Jalapeno & Green Apple, Pineapple & Habanero, and Ghost Pepper & Blueberry, increasing in heat. With varying levels of heat and sweetness, all three hot sauces are great accompaniments to chips and gr ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Do You Know How to Spatchcock a Chicken?

    Discover why local foods matter during the Food-as-Medicine Experience at Sparrow Bar Cookshop Monday, August 25 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Chef and owner Monica Pope along with Ali Miller of Naturally Nourished, will teach guests about the medicinal qualities of foods, and demonstrate how to inclu ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema -- Vintage Park

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: This is the first year Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has participated in Houston Restaurant Weeks, and it's the first movie theater to join the HRW lineup. The Vintage Park and Mason locations both serve the same HRW dinner menu for $35 featuring three cour ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream & Treats Truck Hits The Houston Streets Friday

    Remember when you were a kid and would hear the jingle of the ice cream truck coming down the street? Nowadays, we tend to get our ice cream and popsicles from either the grocery store or one of the various ice cream shops around town. Yes, these are great, but what happened to the right to your n ... More >>

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