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Food and Cooking

  • 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

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Montrose

    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 >>

  • 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 21, 2014

    Food Trucks and Restaurants Bump Against Grease, Drugs and Empty Chairs

    Let's make Houston a more walkable city, even if people are walking on their way to tacos. Or so went the thinking for dozens who showed up to Wednesday's council committee meeting in support of relaxing regulations for food trucks. The issues on the line: whether food trucks are allowed to serve i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Houston's Best Cafeterias: Hearken Back to the Good Old Days

    I haven't always been a food snob. When I was little and my mom would teach night classes at the local university, my dad and I were left to our own devices for dinner. Because the man can do little more in a kitchen than boil water for pasta or make a cup of coffee, we often found ourselves at Lub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Review: Common Bond's Pastries are so Divine We're Driven to Rhyme

    It's buttery, flaky, a cavernous treat, the type of thing no one can help but eat when they see the whole tray piled high behind glass, beckoning diners who gather en masse. The puffy, crisp roll has a light outer shell that begs to be sliced to reveal each round cell created by yeast and what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    An "Unoaked" Chardonnay Hits the Spot at Grotto

    It was difficult to find a seat Monday night at the bar at Grotto, the popular Houston mainstay. Between a couple of very friendly ladies dressed in bright blouses and a queue of middle-aged traveling businessmen who seemed eager to share a cocktail with them, two Houston food and wine professional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    "Summer Riesling" Grease Parody Brings Down the House at Camerata

    There was brio in the air last night at Camerata, as co-owners David Keck and Paul Petronella wrangled an ornery projector and guests sipped Riesling selected especially for the wine bar's "Summer of Riesling" microlist. The occasion was the debut screening of "Summer Riesling - A 'Summer Nights' P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    First Look at Pax Americana

    At the table next to us, three business-suit clad men let out exclamations of excitement when their first round of plates arrived. Many of the plates were topped with tufts of mixed green herbs, already something of a signature at the two-week-old Pax Americana. "We have a farmer who's planting the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Cafe

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: This year, Backstreet Cafe offers one lunch menu for $20 and five prix fixe dinner menus paired with white and red wine, cocktails or beer for $35 each. For lunch, guests have the option of four first course dishes, followed by dessert; dinner include ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    5 Can't Miss Weekend-Only Eats in Houston

    The weekends are special times to relax and do things you don't normally get to do throughout the week. So, why eat at the same places you can on Monday through Friday, when you could spend your Saturdays or Sundays at places serving food or offering food events only available on the weekend? Sure, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Five Best Underrated Greasy Spoons (According to You)

    After reading your comments and tallying your votes for the most underrated greasy spoons in Houston, I've come to a conclusion: We don't have enough greasy spoons here. There are several big ones that get all the credit and a few lesser-known ones with small but devoted contingents of fans. So he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Torchy's Tacos Challenges You to Earn the Burn

    This month, Torchy's Tacos features four spicy tacos of the month. Each week, the fast-casual Tex-Mex spot releases a special taco, and as the weeks progress, each one gets spicier. And when we say spicier, we mean hot as hell. The first week, Torchy's unveiled The Barn Burner. It's a simple taco f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Gold Cup at Catalina Coffee: Single Cup, Hand-Brewed For You

    Catalina Coffee is an excellent place to relax, sip on your choice drink and nibble on a pastry. The calming environment of hipster baristas throwing together lattes, espressos and cappuccinos like it is second nature makes your visits to Catalina on Washington worthwhile. While the folks behind the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    UPDATED: L'Olivier Removed from Houston Restaurant Weeks

    It appears you can get kicked out of a charity event for breaking the rules. CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler broke the news earlier this afternoon that L'Olivier was removed from the lineup of restaurants in Houston Restaurant Weeks for its $30 lunch menu at the restaurant; the online menu display ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Tiempo Cantina Opens Sixth Location

    In quick turn-around time, El Gallo Rojo, which opened just a few months ago downtown at 917 Franklin, has closed. But, a new restaurant is taking its place. Macondo Latin Bistro, previously located at 208 Travis, closed on Sunday, August 3, and revealed on Facebook that it will be reopening somewhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Upcoming Events: 91-Cent Original Coneys at JCI Grill

    Planted: Houston will host a Traveling Speakeasy series to fund the project of developing a network of urban farms in Houston on Monday, August 18 at Beaver's Icehouse. Each Monday night a bar will host a "Traveling Speakeasy" where customers can sip on special drinks only offered that night; half o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Galveston

    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

    August 14, 2014

    Lone Star Chuck Wagon Team Represents Houston & BBQ on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race

    The fifth season of The Great Food Truck Race premieres Sunday, August 17, at 8 p.m. on Food Network, and the Lone Star Chuck Wagon team will represent Houston with its barbecue Tex-Mex mobile eatery concept. The reality show competition features a total of eight teams composed of three individuals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mark Holley of Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    In Part 1 of our Chef Chat, we learned about Mark Holley's extensive experiences at some of the best restaurants in the United States, including Brennan's, Commander's Palace and his prior restaurant, Pesce. In Part 2, we'll learn more about his latest endeavor, Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Review: Dear Toby Keith, You Don't Want Your Name on this Bar & Grill

    There is definitely a dress code at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. After sitting at a table waiting to get service for 20 minutes, I realized that the people around me in plaid, button-down shirts with pearl snaps and dusty brown cowboy boots with Wrangler jeans tucked into the top were get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 72, Shorty Mac at H-Town StrEATs

    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, ... 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 12, 2014

    Presale Tickets Go On Sale Today for the Houston Press BrewFest

    Ready for more beer, bands and bodacious food trucks? Houston Press BrewFest returns Saturday, October 18 at Silver Street Station. The fourth annual event, held in conjunction with Lucky's Pub, will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with indoor/outdoor beer-sampling, local food trucks and live music. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Pit Fire Closes Hinze's Bar-B-Que in Wharton

    It was a sad day in Wharton on Monday, August 4, when 40-year-old Hinze's Bar-B-Que burned to the ground as a result of a pit fire. The Houston Chronicle reports that the fire occurred during the evening around 7 o'clock; no injuries were reported. Hinze's was a favorite of many Houstonians and thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: The Grove

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: This year, The Grove offers three meals for HRW -- a two-course $20 lunch, three-course $25 brunch, and three-course $35 dinner. Add-on items are available at full-price, such as $14 guacamole and chips, $15.50 pickled Gulf shrimp and $9 deviled eggs. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 73, Hog & Hominy Poutine at Underbelly

    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

    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 6, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Family-Friendly Restaurants

    There are still a few weeks left before school starts for most of Houston on August 25, and in that interum, parents will be getting in as much time as possible with their little bundles of joy--assuming they aren't already itching to hand them off to teachers the first moment they can. While soaki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks at Churrascos Sugar Land: A Double Date in the Suburbs

    On a double date with old friends this weekend, we took advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks and booked a table at Churrascos in Sugar Land. The beautifully designed restaurant -- which won the Houston Press Best South American Restaurant award in 2013, is often overlooked because of its suburban l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Review: Punk's Simple Southern May Be Trying a Little Too Hard, But Don't Miss the Biscuits

    As we placed our order, the server's eyes grew wider and wider, and his hand moved furiously across his notepad, attempting to keep up with our laundry list of desired appetizers. When we were finally finished, he stepped back and looked at us -- two people who had just ordered enough food to feed t ... 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 4, 2014

    Six Summer Salads to Enjoy Now in Houston

    Say what you will about the oppressive Houston heat--our greenhouse-like atmosphere makes for some great summer growing. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, corn, beans, melons and various greens are in abundance, while traditionally fall crops like squash, brussels sprouts, grapes figs are starting to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Scallion Pancakes

    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 scallion pancakes. Scallion pancakes are a popular Chinese dish also known as cong you bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    First Look: Julep, An Old Fashioned Southern Cocktail Bar with Modern Sensibilities

    When you first drive up to Julep, the chic new cocktail bar from Alba Huerta of Anvil and Pastry War, all you can see through the large glass windows is white lace with whispers of people floating somewhere behind it. It's a cool, easy vibe made cooler by the mounds of ice you see sailing past on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Get Your Frappes at Bite Macarons This Summer

    You could get your Frappuccino fix at Starbucks this summer, but you can also satisfy that sweet tooth while cooling off with the frappes at Bite Macarons, and they are much better. For the rest of the summer, the French patisserie is offering summer drink specials, such as New Orleans iced coffee, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Say Hello to Another Cupcake Shop

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Central Market's Hatch Chile Festival Returns

    Americas in River Oaks will host a Jordan Wine Dinner on Tuesday, August 5, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7 p.m. For $195, each person will receive four main courses paired with a wine from the Jordan Vineyard & Winery, plus dessert. The regional sales dir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Houston Restaurant Weeks Kicks Off

    Houston Restaurant Weeks Starts Friday Houston Restaurant Weeks kicks off today. Why not celebrate the weekend by eating at one of the many participating restaurants and benefiting the Houston Food Bank all at the same time? Check out our guide to help you decide where to eat; we've categorized the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The Dunlavy Event Space Will Bring Clark Cooper Concepts Food to Buffalo Bayou

    If you've ever wished that Coppa Ristorante or Brasserie 19 could cater your next big party, you're in luck. Clark Cooper Concepts, the restaurant team behind Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria, Coppa Ristorante and Punk's Simple Southern recently announced they secured a space at Buffalo Bayou Park ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Chef Randy Evans Talks Haven's Closing and What's Next For Him

    It was a celebration last night at Haven, chef Randy Evans's farm-to-table restaurant famous for its fried chicken and upscale comfort food. December 19 would have marked Haven's fifth anniversary, but the restaurant closed unexpectedly after service last night to make way for a new business in the ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 31, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 75, Fried Chicken Ballotine for Two at Provisions

    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 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Museum District

    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

    July 31, 2014

    The Olajuwon at Kahn's Deli Is A Slam Dunk

    Although Kahn's Delicatessen has been serving sizable "real sandwiches" to the Houston community since 1945, the restaurant is often overlooked in favor of powerhouse delis such as Kenny & Ziggy's. H-towners should spread the love to Kahn's, which also knows a thing or two about what to put betwee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    First Look at True Food Kitchen, A Restaurant Based on Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

    It's sad, but true: When you think of the "healthy" food options available in Houston today, there aren't many exciting options that come to mind. Enter True Food Kitchen, the Phoenix-based chain that is poised to take the nation by storm (they currently have eight open locations; Houston will be th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Competitive Wine Prices at Coltivare Pair Well

    Back in 2009, when the Houston wine scene was just beginning to take off, then-sommelier Antonio Gianola asked a visiting wine writer to cast his gaze across the dining room of the now defunct Catalan. "Look," he said with evident pride, "there's a bottle of wine on every table." It was a seminal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Popular Farm-to-Table Restaurant Haven Serving its Last Meal Tonight

    The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago first reported this afternoon that Haven and Cove Cold Bar will be closing after service tonight. The well-liked restaurant just off Kirby Drive is known for serving fresh produce from its own garden and meats sourced from local producers. Chef Randy Evans of Hav ... More >>

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