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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Confusion at Osteria Mazzantini

    Unlike past weeks, this week was filled with upsetting and shocking closings. First, let's start with Osteria Mazzantini. On Tuesday, July 1, chef and owner John Sheely informed CultureMap Houston that his newest restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini, which opened in August 2013, would serve its last meal ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2014

    Appreciate the Ceviche and Ceviche House Will Feel Like Home

    This little restaurant tucked away in an Alief strip center knows how to mix it up with citrus, fish and fútbol.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Fourth of July Barbecue Tips From Houston Pitmasters Ronnie Killen & Will Buckman

    There's no question that the Fourth of July is a barbecuing holiday. Today is the day before this meat-feast celebration, so we wanted to help you decide what to plop on the grill this year by getting expert advice and ideas from a couple Houston barbecue pitmasters. We spoke with Ronnie Killen of K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 83. Porkobuco at Brooklyn Athletic Club

    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

    July 3, 2014

    Recipe of the week: Alabama White Sauce

    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. With summer in full swing, we're taking a look at a good ole' fashioned Southern BBQ stable: Alabama white sauce. Unlike most t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Where to Eat in Honor of the Top 8 Teams in the World Cup

    Yes, yes, we're all heartbroken over the United States' heartwrenching, nail biting loss to Belgium on Tuesday. We're bitter and angry but damn proud of our team (especially Tim Howard--hey, Superman!). Just because the home team is out of the running doesn't mean we're going to stop watching game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Ten Best Hot Dogs

    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 2, 2014

    A Ranking of Texas Whiskeys Under $40

    Though Kentucky and Tennessee have long been considered the whiskey and bourbon capitols of the country, Texas is increasingly making a name for itself as a whiskey producer. Walk into Spec's and ask for Texas whiskey, and they'll point you to a whole section filled with amber-hued liquor purporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Buttermilk Biscuits & Grilled Oysters

    CultureMap Houston: Marene Gustin loves to indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. She suggests making a tomato and cucumber sandwich with mayonnaise, black pepper and sea salt stuffed between two slices of chewy sourdough bread; pair it with a glass of Duchman Family Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    More Places to Watch the World Cup and the U.S./Belgium Game Today in Houston

    Though the World Cup is more than halfway over, there's no sense yet that the fervor is dying down--particularly as the home team (that's 'Merica, y'all) is still in the running. A few weeks ago, we compiled a list of some of the best spots in town to watch the games with a cold beer and (more oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 84, Chai Pie at Pondicheri

    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

    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

    July 1, 2014

    Celebrate the Fourth of July with Food and Drink at These Hot Spots

    Where will you be when the fireworks go off? The elaborate annual fireworks display over the city of Houston known as Freedom Over Texas can be seen by those gathered for the city's festivities in Eleanor Tinsley Park as well as by revelers throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. It's important t ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Roll Call! Bernie's Burger Bus Brick & Mortar Restaurant Now Open

    For a couple of weeks now, Bernie's Burger Bus--the restaurant, not the fleet of burger-flinging school buses roaming the city--has been holding a very quiet soft opening. No announcements were made, but the doors were unlocked, and if you wandered in for a bite, chances are the cooks would take the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Openings & Closings: The Honeymoon Is Open

    Boil House, located at 606 East 11th Street in the Heights, closed just as quickly as it opened. The crawfish restaurant opened its doors on May 9, but because crawfish season has ended, Boil House decided to close until mudbugs become available again, a.k.a. next year. On June 20, Boil House posted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Are Restaurants That Don't Take Reservations Shutting Out Certain Guests?

    Recently, my editor posed a question: Why don't some restaurants that clearly get a lot of business take reservations? I explained that individual restaurants likely have different reasons for that choice, but that it's becoming an increasingly popular option. First come, first served. She went on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Rockstar Winemaker Pax Mahle Takes Houston by Storm

    A Houston wine writer considered himself fortunate to get an audience with rockstar winemaker Pax Mahle yesterday while the charismatic sommelier cum winery owner was in town to show his wine to buyers and speak at a sold-out wine dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. That's not to say that Mahle is p ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014

    Chic, Upscale and Authentic Thai at Songkran Thai Kitchen

    Every now and then it'll surprise you.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 85, Tacos at Taqueria Maya Quiché

    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

    June 26, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Galleria

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    New Houston Fare at Jonathan's The Rub Reflects Houston's Diverse Community

    It's safe to say that Houston is a melting pot with a restaurant scene reflects that diversity. Chef Jonathan Levine of Jonathan's The Rub acknowledged that fact six years ago when he added the New Houston Fare section to his menu, which, to him, portrays the current Houston food scene. Levine come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Issue at Woodlands Salata Raises Question: Should You Bring Outside Food to Restaurants?

    On Friday, the Chronicle's Syd Kearney reported on a brouhaha going down on Facebook. Apparently two mothers and their kids had gone to Salata, a fast casual salad restaurant with locations all over Houston, and encountered an issue when they sat down to eat their meals. Employees of the Market Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Houston's Best Flaming Dishes and Drinks (in Honor of Pride Week)

    Everybody loves a good show at dinner, and in honor of Pride Week here in Houston, we're looking at some of the most flamboyant flammable dishes in town. To flambé a dish is to do more than merely set food in a pan on fire. In order for something to be flambéed, sauce containing alcohol must be l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Great Whiskey Debate: And the Winner Is...

    Earlier this month, I attended the Great Whiskey Debate, a private event for whiskey enthusiasts in Houston. I received an invitation to cover the event, which is part of a touring series set up by Beam/Suntory, in part to raise brand awareness but also to highlight the differences between each type ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    The Five Best Underrated Breakfast Spots (According to You)

    This was a tight and contentious race, if e'er I saw one. Much of the discussion revolved around what is or is not an underrated spot for the most important meal of the day. For example, some of you posited that Down House might be the most underrated because you absolutely love it and fear it does ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Beyond Brunch: Canopy Shines After 5 p.m.

    While many restaurants are particularly pleasant during certain times of the day, Canopy has, I think, been unnecessarily designated as "best for brunch" by many Houstonians, including, at one point, myself. I am definitely a fan of their sweet and savory morning fare, especially the challah french ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Latin Bites Introduces Five New Cebiches for National Ceviche Day

    Nothing says summer quite like ceviche, especially when you're eating it while lounging on a warm beach with a Pisco sour in one hand. OK, so the closest beach here is Galveston, and it's not exactly a tropical paradise, but there is definitely Pisco and ceviche to be found in Houston, and the best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Fried Green Tomatoes

    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 exploring the down home Southern classic, fried green tomatoes. But the "classically Southern" dish may not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Siphon Coffee: My New Happy Place for Coffee

    It didn't take long for me to become a fan of Siphon Coffee, the new coffee shop on West Alabama, just east of Montrose. It didn't matter that there were no seats when I arrived on a sweltering Sunday afternoon. I didn't even have to order their signature siphon coffee for it to become my new "it" c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Where to Eat, Drink and Caffeinate During Houston Pride Week 2014

    Since 1979, Pride Houston has been celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies with Pride Week, and this year, the Carnivale-themed bash is bigger than ever. Beginning Friday, June 20, venues across the city will host events honoring our LGBT community, culminat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Burger Specials & Taco Tuesday

    Beginning Monday, June 23, RDG Bar Annie will offer weekly summer specials during its Summer Food & Drink Series. First up is the Beer & Burger Menu, available from June 23 through June 29. For $29.50, each customer will be served three courses. Start with white gazpacho, or a celery root and drie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Get Hoppy With Us

    Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1001 Austin Join the Houston Press at MKT Bar tonight for Hoppy Hour featuring four Karbach brews: Love Street Summer Seasonal, Weisse Versa Wheat, Hop Delusion and Weekend Warrior Pale Ale. Sip on a beer flight for $7, or throw in food p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks Returns this Summer With New Prices

    For many Houstonians, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides an opportunity to eat out at some of the city's best restaurants at a more affordable cost than usual while simultaneously contributing money to the Houston Food Bank. It's always a great time to get out and enjoy all the delicious food Houston ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2014

    Farm-to-Table-Light: Embrace Dish Society For What it is, Not What it Could Be

    Dish Society touts its farm-to-table mentality and offers good food, albeit with a few detours.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 87, Calamari at Lillo & Ella

    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

    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Finding A Scotch Egg in Houston for (Almost) Every Day of the Week

    It's not the most appetizing-looking dish. The hard boiled egg in the center is usually possessed of a runny yolk that oozes a bit when you cut through the crisp brown outer layer and the crumbly pink or brown middle. Before you cut it, it looks like an oversized meatball, but it's the stuff on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Peak Season: Five Standout Tomato Dishes in Houston

    If there's ever a time to savor garden-fresh tomatoes, it's summertime. So we're taking a look at some in-season tomato plates that can not be missed. From gazpacho salad to tomato tacos, here are Five Must Try Tomato Dishes:

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Corner Table Announces Ja'Nel Witt as New Executive Chef

    On the heels of chef/partner Bruce Molzan's "amicable" departure from Corner Table comes news that the restaurant has hired former Hell's Kitchen winner Ja'Nel Witt to take over as executive chef. According to a press release sent out Thursday morning, Witt joined Corner Table on Monday, June 16. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Ten Best Bloody Marys

    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 18, 2014

    Where Are Houston's Female Sommeliers?

    Quick, name all of the female sommeliers in Houston. OK, if you can't name all of them, name at least ten. Trick question. Here in Houston, we have six: Vanessa Trevino-Boyd (60 Degrees Mastercrafted), Samantha Porter (freelancing), Kelly McCloud (Camerata), Annette Amaya (Cru Wine Bar), Angie Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Have A Hot Dog This Summer

    Urban Swank: Paulie's may be known for its incredible spaghetti and sugar cookies, as noted by Joanna O'Leary, but this Houston family-owned restaurant serves up many more tasty dishes you need to try. O'Leary suggests everyone begins their meal with the simple bucatini amatraciana, or an indulgent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Local Versus Global: In the Battle of Where Your Food Comes From, Who's Winning?

    This week's cafe review takes a look at Dish Society, a cute new restaurant concept brought to Houston by an Austinite disappointed by the lack of healthy fast-casual restaurants with a sustainable focus. As part of Dish Society's mission, a large portion of the ingredients they use and the drinks t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: Kraftsmen Baking Keeps H-Town Fed Day and Night

    Every other week, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. There are always great smells coming out of the old Oriental Textile Mill, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Four Cocktails to Make with Guajiro Honey Rum from the Canary Islands

    Several years ago, Debbie Doherty and Barbara Snider and their husbands traveled to the Canary Islands, autonomous colonies of Spain off the coast of west Africa. There, they fell in love with both the islands and their signature drink: Rum. Rum is most often associated with the Caribbean, but sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Goro & Gun's Summer Menu Goes Far Beyond Ramen

    It had been almost a year since my last meal at Goro & Gun when I received an invite to taste items from their new summer menu. Given my enthusiasm for their cocktails (delicious) and chicken wings (properly crispy), I was curious to look beyond the ramen dishes for which G&G is known and explore so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    The Worst Restaurant Names in Houston

    With Pho King, Pho Kim and Crapitto's closed, what restaurants are there left in Houston to ridicule? Plenty, it turns out. The conversation at a recent media dinner turned to bad restaurant names when we started discussing the current contender for worst moniker: TABLE. Only a few of us had been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Steak au Poivre

    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 the modern French beef dish, steak au poivre. Literally meaning "pepper steak," this steak is crusted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Vibrant Food and Atmosphere at D'Amico's

    The second conclusion I came to after dinner at D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe is that "bustling" and "relaxing" aren't mutually exclusive descriptors for a restaurant environment. The first conclusion was that D'Amico's provides its patrons with painstakingly crafted Italian food and fastidious ser ... More >>

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