Francisco Montes

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Houston Bands Bask In KISS' Reflected Glow

    Note: On the heels of KISS' Labor Day Eve visit to Houston, local label Artificial Head Records rounded up several local bands to assemble at Fitzgerald's Friday night to rock and roll all night with their favorite songs by the painted men from Detroit Rock City. Although our scheduled reviewer had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Glazed Doughnuts & No-Bake Pizza

    Urban Swank: If you haven't been to Glazed the Doughnut Cafe in the Medical Center yet, then take Joanna O'Leary's advice and get yourself to the 24-hour doughnut shop.Two of her favorite flavors are the maple bacon and the lemon poppy seed, but the plain glazed will satisfy that sweet tooth, too. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Five More Musicians Who Need Emojis

    Last week a new app launched called Hi-Art that birthed unto the world a new round of emojis, including musician-based ones. The most notable name was Ghostface Killah because, well, I think we can all agree that we'd rather text a Ghostface emoji than one of Jason Derulo. This is only the first ro ... 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

    April 28, 2014

    The 12 Best Acts of iFest's First Weekend

    The Apple Scruffs Performing as "The Down Under Band" for the day, The Apple Scruffs took an inspiring break from their usual gig as a Beatles cover band to cover music from Australian musicians, in homage to this year's spotlight country. This quartet was so good, it inspired thoughts about what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Beer and Food Trucks Galore

    8th Wonder Anniversary Block Party @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 6-11 p.m. 2202 Dallas 8th Wonder Brewery has been in Houston for one year and is throwing a block party tonight to celebrate -- it's a "Celeb8ion of Beer." For $25 (tickets purchased at the door) you will receive a commemorative glass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Returns & Saint Arnold Takes Over Dry Creek Cafe

    In honor of National Ravioli Day, D'Amico's Italian Market in Rice Village will celebrate all things ravioli for an entire week. Beginning on Monday, March 17, D'Amico's will offer special ravioli dishes featuring a variety of fillings, including fresh salmon ravioli smothered in a delicate cream sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Farmers Market Ride & National Margarita Day

    Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2603 La Branch This Friday, Coreanos will be joining us for lunch. Bring your family, co-workers and friends, and fill up your stomach with Mexican-Korean fusion dishes. How do Korean BBQ Tacos with spicy twice cooked pork belly, Korean sla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Philippe To Become Table & Brian O'Neill's Isn't Closed

    After Chef Philippe Schmit left his namesake restaurant, Philippe, back in September, the chef de cuisine at the time, Manuel Pucha, took the reins as executive chef. Now, Philippe's name will change to Table; the restaurant will close on Saturday, January 11, to prepare for its reopening, which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Tequila & Tamales 2013: You Voted, and the Winners Are ...

    Tuesday night's third annual Tequila & Tamales at Pearl Bar was a great success, with more than 200 people showing up to taste tamales and tequila cocktails from five restaurants. Every single tamale I tried was delicious and worthy of a spot on your Christmas Eve dinner table (or a table any othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Tequila and Tamales Return! Mark Your Calendars (December 10) and Come Hungry

    It's that time of year again, folks. Across the country, Christmas trees are going up, lights are being hung, and cookies are being baked. And here in Texas, we're enjoying one of our favorite holiday traditions: tamaladas! For many of us here in Houston, December isn't December without tamaladas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Pi Pizza Truck Offers Free Pizza For Life, But You'll Have to Get a New Tattoo This Weekend

    "In my head, pizza and tattoos kind of go together." Looking at Anthony Calleo, the owner and chef at Pi Pizza Truck, it's clear he's not kidding. He has colorful tattoo sleeves on both arms, and lord knows where else he has been inked. And he also loves pizza. He started Pi Pizza Truck two years a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best-Sounding Music Venues

    Listening is not necessarily the strong suit of Houstonians who frequent live-music venues. But for those who do choose to silence themselves and their phones for live performances (or those drowned out by the sound system), there are certain places around town that are built for great sound. These ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Doughnut Spots

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, 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'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Honor the Dearly Departed By Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with Food and Drink

    Every year in early October, chef Hugo Ortega begins decorating his restaurant, Hugo's, for one of the most important holidays in Mexico: Dia de los Muertos. Papier maché skeletons hang from the chandeliers in the dining room. Bright, fluffy tissue-paper flowers poke out from behind light fixtures ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 80, The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    The Best Acts We Saw at the HPMA Showcase, Part 2

    Electric Attitude When the set starts with the band's lead singer booty-bumping with the ladies in the front row, you know it's funny. When that same singer, Blake Shephard, stands on top of an amp, shot in hand, not one, but four times, you know it's fun. When he returns to the crowd not once but f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Death Train

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Master Distiller Greg Davis Talks Maker's 46.

    Recently, Eating Our Words was fortunate enough to sit down with Makers Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis at Eleven XI to talk about Makers 46 and what exactly makes it so different than the original. Maker's 46 is the bolder, grander version of the classic bourbon. At just three years old it is in m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Pi Pizza Truck Reflects on Tattoos & Its Free Slice Offer

    Last November, local food truck favorite Pi Pizza wanted to celebrate its one year anniversary with something memorable. Anthony Calleo, owner and head honcho of Pi Pizza, came up with the idea to offer anyone who got a Pi Pizza tattoo during that month free pizza for life. Not some pizza for a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Severe Weather Is Here (w/Pictures!): Save Those Files, Use the Tunnels & Tip Your Pizza Guy Better (Updated: Person Hit By Lightning)

    If you don't have a window, you might not realize it's 10 p.m. in parts of Houston. It's a dark and stormy night out there, as Edward George Bulwer-Lytton would say. Last night saw some major thunderstorm activity, with impressive lightning shows in some parts of town. (This being Houston, other ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    From Tacos to Tikka Masala

    Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Welcome Montrose's Midtown Bar & Grill

    La Guadalupana is one of Montrose's most beloved Mexican restaurants, a charming family-run bakery that also happens to turn out top-notch Mexican breakfasts every day of the week. And soon, it could become one of Pasadena's most beloved restaurants too. Owner Trancito Diaz told our own Francisco M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Trancito Diaz, Chef and Owner at La Guadalupana

    Who is he? La Guadalupana Bakery and Café is a small unassuming restaurant tucked away in the corner of a small lot that it shares with a convenience store and a washateria. It's easy to miss if you're driving down Dunlavy any given day of the week and not actively looking for it. However, if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Tequila & Tamales: And the Winners Were...

    Photos by Francisco Montes​From the moment I saw Chef Tommy Birdwell's tamales plated and handed over to eager guests, I knew he'd brought his A-game to last Thursday night's Tequila & Tamales event at Xuco Xicana. Each corn husk had been tied and butterflied open with a flourish, showcasing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Swoop, There It Is: Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting Hit Rosharon (w/ VIDEO)

    Francisco Montes​Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon is hosting this weekend the US Parachute Association's National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting, where jumpers "swoop" at speeds starting at 75mph towards earth while navigating an obstacle course on the landing field, all while being j ... More >>