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 taking on Korean fried chicken. Korean-style fried chicken is fried twice, resulting in a skin that's way cri ... More >>
When I'm not writing, reading or day dreaming about food, I have a corporate job and my weekday lunches mostly consist of a sandwich, leftovers or a frozen meal quickly nuked and eaten hurriedly at my desk. Working in the Galleria area makes it all the more difficult to take some time for lunch as i ... More >>
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, coffee ... More >>
It's been a busy time for the Heights neighborhood as several restaurants and bars have opened their doors and some have announced future plans to set up shop. The newest Piatto Ristorante opened in the Heights on Monday, April 14, at 1111 Studewood. The newest Carrabba's location joins Liberty Kit ... More >>
Last week, we talked pizza. No, Houston isn't generally recognized as a great pizza city like New York or Chicago, but your responses to our query about the most underrated pies in town reminded me of just how many pizza joints we have here. You even alerted me to some spots where I can get deep dis ... More >>
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Every Easter, I thank god for my Italian ancestors. That's because at a young age I was introduced to my favorite Easter dish, Pizza Rustica, also known as Italian Easter pie. Pizza Rustica is actually not a pizza at all, but rather a savory, almost quiche-like enclosed pie filled with ricotta, eg ... More >>
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in a category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several m ... More >>
After this weekend, you and just about every other household with be in possession of a ton of hard-boiled eggs. Whether you dyed them for an Easter egg hunt or boiled them to make some deviled eggs, chances are you're stuck with more than you can want. My family always boils several dozen eggs, th ... More >>
"This is such a great event -- so many of Houston's best chefs all in one place!" said Matthew Lovelace, a sous chef at Osteria Mazzantini, as he offered me a sample of their Blackhill Meats lamb meatball and chicken liver mousse. His was one of the first booths I encountered at the 2nd Annual Big T ... More >>
If you're from the American South, then there's a 99 percent chance you have heard of Hummingbird Cake. To me, Hummingbird Cake is like a cross between Pineapple Upside Down Cake and banana bread. When you add the sliced bananas and pineapple chunks to the batter, its texture is much thicker than an ... More >>
Thanks to a drought across much of the major cattle-ranching states and a deadly pig virus, we may soon be doing what those pesky Chick-fil-A cows are always encouraging on the billboards: "Eat mor chikin." Or veggies. Or tofu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that beef prices ar ... More >>
The grocery stores are PACKED with Easter candies, and there's a lot to choose from. You don't want to make a poor decision when buying some of the worst candies, like Easter candy corn. Seriously? That's disgusting. Kaitlin Steinberg created her list of the worst Easter candies, and I have made my ... More >>
Since today is the first day of Passover, this week's recipe is an Ashkenazi classic casserole, potato kugel. Kugel is a baked pudding or casserole traditionally served on the Jewish Sabbath or other holidays. Originally puffed and baked in a ring shape, the name of the Yiddish dish likely referen ... More >>
In the United States, April 15 ranks up there as one of the worst days of the year. Tax Day. The day by which everyone must file their individual income tax returns to the federal government. Bye bye, money. In an effort to lessen the blow, many businesses offer freebies or discounts on and around ... More >>
It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but, after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose Boulevard closed on Tuesday, April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Di ... More >>
Saint Arnold Brewery now has a lunch menu , and it's offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the brewery and order the Saint Arnold Daily Lunch Special for $17.55, which includes the lunch special of the day, two extra courses and beer. Order the Meat and Texas Cheese Plate fea ... More >>
In this week's cafe review, you can read all about the magnificent meat and tantalizing tres leches at the newest Churrascos restaurant at Gateway Memorial City. However, there's something else about Churrascos--and, indeed, all the Cordúa restaurants--that should not be overlooked: The drinks. B ... More >>
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Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but now we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they' ... More >>
The City Hall Farmers Market must relocate during the first week of May, a change forced by a plumbing project to be carried out on the Reflection Pond at City Hall. The construction is set to begin on May 1, so the market will be heading down the street and around the corner to the front of the Ju ... More >>
Who doesn't love a night out at the theater? The beauty. The culture. The pre-show dinner and drinks. It's all good and fun until you realize what a hassle it is trying to navigate your transportation/parking situation for the night. Do you have time to walk, or do you have to cab it? Should you par ... More >>
Even though I spent five years at Rice getting my graduate degree, I didn't visit Miss Saigon Cafe in the Village until long after I had finished my studies. I think I subconsciously avoided the restaurant because Miss Saigon is the Broadway musical I love to hate. Or actually, mostly hate. (That he ... More >>
Passover Seders are unique to each family, though parts of the ceremonial meal -- including embarrassing the youngest person at the table with the singing of the four questions -- are constant. Hebrew songs and readings, the central plate of bitter herbs, and the cup reserved for Elijah are among th ... More >>
Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofes ... More >>
Starbucks recently announced that it would be adding beer and wine, as well as an "evenings menu," to select locations around the country, after testing the plan in 26 markets during the last several years. The bad news? Starbucks booze isn't coming to Houston anytime soon. The good news? We don't n ... More >>
We have a lot of extra cooked rice in the house these days. My husband has been on an Indian cooking kick, and he successfully made several amazing batches of rogan gosh, fish masala, and chicken vindaloo. He has been less successful in gauging how much rice we would consume with these dishes, which ... More >>
When translated from France to America, the culinary capital of the world's traditions often amount to starched white table clothes and stuffy service. Houston is luckier than most cities, as there are a few places in the Bayou City to get a great croque madame or a delicious foie gras torchon. In o ... More >>
We don't know about you, but we've got a little bit of spring (veggie) fever over here. We've already looked at the best places to get your asparagus on, but this week, artichokes are the name of the game. The ever-versatile vegetable, which is native to the Mediterranean, has a peak season that r ... More >>
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. Empanadas, stuffed and fried bread or pastries, are popular all over the world, especially in Southern Europe, Latin America, th ... More >>
Happy cows from California not only make great cheese, but they also make great milk, and that milk is used to make delicious, fresh and creamy yogurt in Dallas. Several months ago, the Dallas-based Greek and drinkable yogurt company Three Happy Cows ceased production after a fire destroyed the yogu ... More >>
It's here! It's here! It's here! OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks! I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still ... More >>
If you've ever driven around Rice Village in circles looking for a parking space, you know it's home to dozens of great restaurants and bars, so it makes sense for the neighborhood to celebrate itself. This year, for the first time, the Rice Village Alliance is hosting the Village Food & Wine Festiv ... More >>
New month, new openings. April may bring showers, but the month hasn't brought us any notable closings yet, just lots of openings and announcements of openings. Thien An has reopened at its new location, 2611 San Jacinto, according to CultureMap Houston. After closing in 2012, the Vietnamese restau ... More >>
The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at the fully air conditioned Silver Street Station. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. you will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 40 Houston restaurants -- bring your stretchy pants! Sample Italian food from Ciao Bello, Per ... More >>
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 >>
Well, Houston, you've proven your love of burgers yet again. More than 1,100 people voted in our poll to determine which burgers in Houston don't get their fair due, and the results are in. It actually wasn't even close for first place, either. Forty-five votes separate first and second places, th ... More >>
Are they still good?
This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.
Good banana bread is moist; it's full of bananas; it's sweet, but doesn't make your teeth rot; it's comforting; and it's just what you need at the end of a hard day (or any day, for that matter). While your grandmother or mom (or you) probably makes the best banana bread you've ever had, there are ... More >>
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 >>
The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is going to be here before you know it. Seriously, it's less than a week away! In case you forgot, Menu of Menus is on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. If you haven't purchased your tickets to this incredible food and ... More >>
Texas Monthly: This month, Texas Monthly shines the light on Coltivare, the new restaurant from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber of Revival Market. Patricia Sharpe writes about the delightful focaccia bread, describing it as "a miracle of springy texture and crunchy crust, luxuriantly brushed with Spanish ... More >>
Wow, what a week it's been for Menu of Menus. Fifteen new restaurants signed up to join us on April 8 (that's next Tuesday) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station for food, drinks and the epic Iron Fork competition. BB's Cafe will be on hand, no doubt serving up delicious Cajun-style fare, as ... More >>