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Food and Cooking

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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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Upper Kirby

    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 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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    October 1, 2014

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Houston

    For most of us, our day hasn't started until we take our first sip of coffee in the morning. America seriously runs on this stuff. No wonder people call it "liquid gold." Gone are the days where Starbucks is the end-all-be-all place to grab a cup of Joe, especially in Houston. This city is beyond b ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Controversial Pinot Noir Festival Slated to Come to Houston in 2015

    In yet another sign that Houston is becoming one of the leading "wine destination" cities in the United States, California winemaker and festival co-founder Jasmine Hirsch (above) revealed yesterday that the controversial "In Pursuit of Balance" tasting will be held in Houston on March 30, 2015. It' ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    Chris Shepherd won the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southwest earlier this year. He is the first Houston chef to do so since Robert del Grande won in 1992 and one who has helped thrust our culinary scene into the national spotlight. Shepherd's story is of a chef who has taken the journeyman's ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Middling Appetizers, Better Entrees at Polovina Italian Cafe

    On the never-ending restaurant row that is Washington Avenue, it is easy to overlook Polovina Italian Cafe with its generic facade and mini-strip mall locale. Or, perhaps, people do look at Polovina and are confused. The menu features many red sauce Italian-American classics like chicken marsala, f ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Chris Loftis In as Executive Chef at Number 13 in Galveston

    Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, the swanky waterfront restaurant overlooking Galveston island's Pelican Rest Marina, has named Chris Loftis as executive chef. Loftis, who joined Number 13 as part of their opening crew, had originally joined the restaurant as a sous chef when the restaurant opened ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    First Look at eT Craft Burgers & Beer in Northwest Houston

    Fans of the mini double-patty burgers from eT Premium Grill in the tunnels below the JP Morgan Chase tower now have a larger location to frequent in Northwest Houston. eT Craft Burgers & Beer opened in Cypress on September 25 and features a much larger space than the restaurant downtown. It's a welc ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Loco Moco

    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 loco moco. Loco moco is a Hawaiian dish typically consisting of white rice topped with ha ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Openings & Closings: There's A New Doner Kebap in Town

    Early in the morning on Tuesday, September 23, Spanky's Homemade Pizza's kitchen caught on fire, causing enough damage to close the 7210 South Loop East pizza shop. No one was injured during the fire and the owner plans to reopen Spanky's. The southeast Houston restaurant posted this statement on Fa ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Can You Complete The World's End Pub Crawl?

    5th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival @ Saengerfest Park Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 23rd and Strand, Galveston Spend your weekend in Galveston at the 5th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. The weekend is filled with events and activ ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    4 Ways to Make a Better Homemade Pizza

    Most people in this country love pizza. On any given day, 13 percent of the country's population eats the tasty Italian culinary treat in one form or another. Despite its European origin, it's difficult to imagine a time when pizza wasn't a major part of the American food scene. Unsurprisingly, piz ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    First Look at Museum Park Cafe

    It's been four years since chef Justin Basye was a semifinalist in the James Beard Rising Star award category during his tenure at Stella Sola. In the interim, he spent time at Revival Market honing his considerable skills, co-hosted several pop-ups called Les Sauvages and did a long stint behind th ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Randy Evans Kicks Off Consulting Company with James Coney Island

    After Haven closed, chef Randy Evans announced that he would begin consulting with restaurants and other food-related businesses through his company, Southern Son Restaurant Consulting. And his first gig is with James Coney Island. In fact, James Coney Island called Evans two days after Haven closed ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in The Heights

    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 25, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Jason Gould of Cyclone Anaya's

    When we last left our Chef Chat with Jason Gould, he had just ended up in Houston after a long journey that took him from Seattle to Lake Michigan and then New York at the worst of times. Once in Houston, he would work at two highly influential restaurants during their heydays: Aries and Gravitas. ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants Revealed - Oxheart Takes First Place for the Third Year in a Row

    Last night, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook revealed her 2014 choices for the Top 100 Houston Restaurants. It was the first time since the list was first released in 2012 that she did it in a public forum, in this case, a sold-out walk around dining event called the Houston Chronicle Culin ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Pre-Theater Dining at Damian's: Spaghetti & Meatballs and Complimentary Shuttle Service

    Going to the theater district should be an occasion. Maybe you have tickets to the Houston Grand Opera or the Houston Ballet. Maybe you're getting dressed up to see the Houston Symphony's new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Occasions like these make for a perfect date night -- especially if ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cheese is Your Friend

    Gastronaut: Change up your regular cheeseburger order at Sam's Deli Diner and opt for a cheesesteak instead. Katharine Shilcutt writes in this Gastronaut post that the Texas cheesesteak at Sam's is one of the best dishes the diner offers. A hoagie roll is stuffed with lots and lots of roast beef, gr ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jason Gould of Cyclone Anaya's

    One of the joys of interviewing chefs is finding that very few are boring. They are often dynamic, adventurous people with amazing stories. Chef Jason Gould of Cyclone Anaya's is no exception. This native Australian worked early in his career for one of the original "celebrity chefs" at a restaura ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Common Bond to Host First Pop-Up Dinner on October 6

    Common Bond Bakery & Cafe is so much more than just beautiful kouign amanns, 33-layered flaky croissants and those ooey gooey chocolate chip (more like chunk) cookies. The newly established eatery on Westheimer also has a savory selection that is absolutely mouthwatering. While those plates change e ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Eat This: Summer Salad and Crawdads Biscuit at Punk's

    The calendar says September, but it still feels like summer in Houston, so why not indulge in some warm-weather fare as long as it's on offer? See Punk's Simple Southern Food, where one of the best things on the current menu is the "Summer Salad." Although most patrons go to Punk's for the fried ch ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    10 Comforting Recipes to Make This Fall

    Ah, fall season. A time for cooler temperatures and heartier meals. Some of my favorite meals in the fall center around a warm, comforting dish usually while watching a football game. Unfortunately, everyone gets to celebrate the autumnal seasonal sooner than our portion of Texas does, but that does ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Braised Beef Kreplach

    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, in honor of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays Rosh Hashanah (beginning this Wednesday) and Yom Kippur (beginning Frid ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Enjoy Sorrel While You Still Can

    If you enjoy Sorrel Urban Bistro, you might want to get over there for their last few months of service. Greg Morago of Houston Chronicle reports that Ziggy Gruber, of Kenny & Ziggy's, is taking over the space at 2202 West Alabama on January 1st to convert it into Dubrow's New York Grill, a Jewish-A ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    A Wine Competition For A Cause:
    Iron Sommelier 2014

    Iron Sommelier, the annual wine competition and fundraiser, returns on October 2nd from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Houstonian. The event benefits The Periwinkle Foundation, a non-profit organization which helps seriously ill children and their families. It's also an opportunity for Houston's top somme ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in the Galleria

    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 17, 2014

    Review: Ordering Family Style is a Good Way to Go at Pico's Mex-Mex

    The Chiles en Nogada Tradicionales, a regional specialty from the Mexican state of Puebla, is extraordinary. Typically available only during pomegranate season in Mexico, the pulled-pork filled poblano chiles, topped with a creamy walnut sauce and fresh pomegranate kernels, are so in demand that the ... More >>

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