French Quarter

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Play Strip Twister and Get Evicted

    Another Upper Kirby establishment closed its doors this week. Irish pub Mugsy's at 2239 Richmond shuttered on Sunday, August 24, but the co-owner Randy Eddy tells Eater Houston that he is closing the Irish pub and replacing it with a New Orleans-style restaurant, Tavern Orleans. The menu will featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Celebrate Mardi Gras With These New Orleans (Inspired) Drinks

    El Big Bad bartender Sheridan Fay knows a lot about Mardi Gras. She grew up in New Orleans and remembers serving as royalty in one of the many parades in town, then racing across town to see a different parade. There was lots of food ("My family always brought fried chicken") lots of revelry ("My un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Mardi Gras Bars

    10. THE CREOLE BAR AND GRILL All the college kids from both TSU and U of H Main hang out at the Creole for some killer Louisiana food and equally killer Louisiana imbibing. With a huge patio and sweet jazz playing most days, it may not offer the crushing madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Mixed Emotions: When CD Compilations Create "Feelings"

    I recently received an e-mail from my nephew, Orlando, inviting me to join something called the "Mix of the Month" club. The correspondence detailed how 12 members of this group would each have an assigned month to create a mix CD to send to the others. Original, creative cover art was encouraged. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Tequila Bar, French Food and How Many Dunkin' Donuts?

    So many awesome openings, so little time to try all the new places! Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of Anvil opened a new bar, The Pastry War, downtown on August 13 to major crowds interested to see what the Anvil boys had up their sleeves. The Pastry War is a tequila bar or "mezcaleria" with an empha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: A Good Metro App, Instagram and the Hunger-Saving UrbanSpoon

    I spent a day in Washington, D.C. on Friday visiting the Smithsonian, the National Archive, the Capitol Building and a number of other sights in our nation's capitol. Naturally, my phone was well used. In fact, the battery was essentially spent by the time I headed back to where I was staying late i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Bizarre Acting Roles by 20 Famous Musicians

    It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    Rouxpour: Gumbo and Bros

    Despite rowdy crowds and inconsistent cooking, Cajun joint shows real promise.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Texans-Saints: Five Things To Watch

    Every even-numbered year since I got into radio in 2007 (and perhaps even before that, I just wasn't paying attention), the Houston Texans would travel east on I-10 in mid-August (actually, to be more accurate, they probably flew charter) to practice for the entire week against the New Orleans Saint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Brian Downing: Alleged Alabama Teabagger Pleads Not Guilty (w/ VIDEO)

    On the evening of January 9, 2012, the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game. They beat them like a drum to the tune of 21-0. The game was so lopsided that LSU amassed a grand total of 92 yards in total offense, five first downs and didn't cross midfield unti ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011

    Better Off

    A '90s alt-rock band that has stuck together and even ended up in the black.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Last Night: Atmosphere & Evidence At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jody Perry​Atmosphere, Evidence House of Blues September 22, 2011 Aftermath is pretty sure that this indie/hip hop genre is the next big thing. Here's why: Firstly, it's much catchier and original than most of the rap you'll hear on the radio; secondly, it incorporates live musician ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Lady Gaga Sings The Big Easy Blues

    Photos by Annelia WililamsEugene Moody​Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning. It looked like she was having a little trouble with her zipline. The reason Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning, instead of Channel 13's Eyewitness News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    NCAA Sweet Sixteen Central

    What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?​It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    On the Menu: A Good OMG at Sabine River Café

    ​I recently sampled some of Sabine River Café's newest menu items at a media dinner. The restaurant is now offering seven new entrees and three desserts. Some of the additions include the Monterrey Chicken, King Ranch Chicken Casserole, Steak Laffite, and French Quarter Praline Cheesecake. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Cover Story: Connecting H Gallery to Three Prominent Recent Art Scams

    ​This week's feature is the account of an alleged art heist conducted by an art gallery in the Heights. Over a dozen local and Texas artists claim that Heidi Powell-Prera and her mother Sandy Bernstein, the owner/operators of H Gallery on West 19th Street, have been scamming artists for the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: My Boobs Shall Not Be Denied

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 10, 2011

    For Richer or Poorer

    The po-boys at Zimm's Little Deck come up short.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Vintage Cocktails: The Fine Art of the Daiquiri

    It's a fine art indeed.​The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks is a hard-to-find but indispensable cocktail manual first published in 1948. My barstained copy (it was stained before I got to it) came from a southside Houston thrift store and was marked down to $9.95. The out-of-print book now goes on A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Chicory

    StimpsonJCat ​What is it? Chicory is a versatile, edible, flowering plant. The leaves are used for salad, and the roots can be found in coffee as an additive (or a substitute in some cases). With Houston's proximity to New Orleans, we usually think of the famous coffee at Café du Monde just ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    On the Road in New Orleans

    Shrimp and grits from Surrey's.​With the economy in the dumps and airline companies being more annoying than ever, more and more people are choosing to spend their summer vacation at closer, drivable locales. One popular destination is the Crescent City. With its old-world charm, plethora of g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    New Orleans Dining on the Cheap: Daisy Duke's

    ​Shockingly, most restaurants in or around the French Quarter of New Orleans area close at 10 p.m. during the week. The drunks are left to choose from Lucky Dogs or greasy pizza. But if they stumble slightly out of the Quarter to 121 Chartres St., they'll happen upon this 24-hour establishment ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Telling New Orleans

    The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Vieux Carre

    ​People often ask bartenders what their favorite cocktail is, but a good bartender draw out patrons to find out what they like. Still, if there was ever a time for one cocktail to be noted above others, it would be now - following the Saints' Super Bowl victory, Mardi Gras, and the ongoing nationw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Oh, For A Muse Of Fire (Hydrants)

    Animals wind up at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care for all sorts of reasons. Regular readers know all too well of the existence of douchey owners who surrender cats and dogs for idiotic reasons. But today's dirty half-dozen are all stray. They've been out there in that cruel world all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Where The Hou-Dats Will Be For The Super Bowl: Ragin' Cajun, Big Woodrows Or I-10

    ​There are a ton of New Orleans Saints fans in Houston, and the number grew after Katrina rocked Louisiana.They call themselves "Hou-Dats," and they are making big plans for Sunday. The two biggest HQs in town for Saints fans: the Ragin' Cajun on Richmond and  the Big Woodrow's on Chimney Roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    The Magical World of New Orleans's Central Grocery

    ​We recently visited New Orleans. A friend requested we bring back a bottle of olive spread from a little Italian convenience store located at 923 Decatur Street. We had never visited Central Grocery, but we promised to come back with the spread, assuming we could locate the iconic store soone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Donut Patrol: Chez Beignet

    ​The French doughnuts at Houston's Chez Beignet are up there with the beignets at Café Du Monde in the French Quarter, Morning Call in Metairie or any other Louisiana donut stand. And they come with a mug of chicory coffee au lait, if you like them that way. An elderly German couple named th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Jesse Dayton - Sorry, "Captain Clegg" - on Rob Zombie and His Role In Halloween II

    Jesse Dayton's star just keeps rising. You have to give the former Beaumont lad credit, he works at it steadily, and these days has his finger in writing, performing, producing, and acting as well as operating a label. As anyone who checks Facebook knows, Dayton posts something about every twenty m ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2009
  • Dining

    February 12, 2009
  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    2nd Anniversary of the Poison Pen Reading Series

    Monthly Literary Installment Marks Two Years with Poison Girl

  • Dining

    September 25, 2008

    Memories of Brennan's

    A Houston institution burns; will it be back?

  • Music

    September 18, 2008
  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Bayou City Cajun Festival

    Will it be eat first and dance later, or vice versa, at this zydeco party?

  • Calendar

    October 18, 2007

    Alas, alak, Alaska!

    Eerie lullabies to settle your case of the Mondays

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    H-Town Zydeco

    Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Au Revoir, Chauncey

    The goat and his two humans go home to New Orleans

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Underwater Dance Club, For Reals

    New Orleans husband-and-wife duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat cheat death and struggle to keep their freak scene from going under

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Trem, Texas

    The soul of New Orleans lives on in Houston, especially at Sammy's on Main

  • Dining

    June 23, 2005

    Pan-Louisiana Fusion

    Call it Cajun, Creole, zydeco or whatever you want, it's all good at Soul on the Bayeaux

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

    Thursday, May 5, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

  • News

    February 5, 2004

    Turkeys Fly

    Houston actually pulls off one crazy week

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Landlord

    Ted Callaway

  • Calendar

    October 9, 1997
  • Dining

    September 11, 1997

    On the Road

    Crowded and confusing Dixie's Red Hot Roadhouse may be. But, oh, what a fryer.

  • Music

    July 24, 1997
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