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    November 13, 2014

    Papa John's Frito Chili Pizza Ain't Nothin' But Schwag

    A few weeks ago, Papa John's announced a new pizza and created a bit of an uproar. I won't weigh in on the espionage issue, but I will weigh in on the pizza. With apologies to Anthony Calleo. Or perhaps the opposite. I've only had the Pi Pizza Truck 420 Slice once, and it was quite a while ago. Th ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Try These Five Chili-Smothered Dishes in Houston

    Fall is here and we've got one thing on the mind: eating a crap ton of chili. It's the ultimate comfort food...especially when it gets smothered on top of other comfort foods. Check out these five chili-packed foods that go way beyond the bowl. See also: Five Absolutely Loaded Fries

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    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 >>

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    July 23, 2014

    What Your Hot Dog Toppings Say About You

    You know what they say. You can tell a lot about someone by what they put atop their hot dog. Okay, so maybe nobody actually says that. But we swear it's true! Here's what your hot dog toppings say about you: Just Ketchup: You're mom still does your laundry...and you don't mind one bit. What? She ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Top 5 Discontinued Chips We Want Back!

    Nothing lasts forever, and we both know snacks can change. Well, that is not exactly what Axl Rose sang, but his sentiments about ephemerality, I think, apply to junk food as well as love. In the world of chips, flavors come and go; here are five that made their mark and deserve a comeback. 5. Moz ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 48, El Real Burger at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

    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 person ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southeast Texas

    Do your non-Texan friends wonder why you call every soda a coke, even if it's a Dr Pepper? Do they ask you why you only suggest restaurants that serve barbecue, Tex-Mex or comfort food? Or do they have no clue what you're talking about when you say the word, "kolache"? These things don't make you we ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift Guide: $15 and Under Stocking Stuffers For Lucky Friends

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive, ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you co ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 61, Old Fashioned Frito Pie at Armadillo Palace

    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 personal ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Origin Stories, Yelp Feuds and Frito Pie

    Houstonia: The folks over at Houstonia were conducting some really interesting reporting on Monday, and decided to go the Buzzfeed route with an entertaining list. John Nova Lomax scoured fast-food companies' histories to uncover fun and surprising facts about your favorite joints. Among the interes ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    A Caviar Renaissance Plus Tips for Consumption

    Caviar was one of those things I always knew was super expensive even if I wasn't quite sure what it was. At the grocery store, my mother, not usually the type of parent to discourage me and my siblings from looking and touching things, would not let us manhandle those tiny jars filled with black bu ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    How Do You Dress Your Dog?

    So often while watching Mad Men I am completely gobsmacked by the way things used to be in the olden times. I mean, wow -- smoking while you're pregnant? Referring to pot as grass? Crazy pants. I thought had seen it all until season 6, episode four ("The Collaborators") when Don gets stoned and tel ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Beyond Chili-Cheeseburgers at The Chili Shak

    If Pvt. Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue had been into chili instead of shrimp, I imagine that The Chili Shak is just the sort of place he and Forrest Gump would have opened. The list of menu items that come topped with owner Bernard Montgomery's chili -- based on a secret family recipe passed down fro ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    'Tis the Season for Spirits and Cheese: (Reposado) Tequila Edition

    This holiday season, turn the tables on the traditional "wine and cheese" combo by pairing cheeses with your favorite hard alcohol. In this special series, I'll be investigating which fromages go best with distilled spirits as well as offering tips on how to construct a tasting without breaking the ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Don't Be a Weiner--Eat One! Celebrate National Hot Dog Month at Happy Fatz

    Independence Day has passed, but your craving for hot dogs has not -- what's a weiner-lovin' foodie to do? Never fear, folks, because July is National Hot Dog Month and today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal is good for half-off ($5 for $10) on joy-inducing Happy Fatz food. Located in the Heights, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    French Fries: Not Just For Ketchup Anymore

    My older brother moved to Holland a few years ago for a girl. Though they aren't together anymore, she did visit us in Houston when they were still going out. Wanting to test the stereotype that the Dutch love to put mayo all over their fries, I took her to Whataburger. "Agog" is the only adjectiv ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Stew on This: One Pot Meals From Around the World

    Family-style dining is a universal trend in food. There are cultures whose every meal is shared, served in a communal pot with some sort of bread or grain as an accompaniment. With origins in leaner times, one-pot meals exist the world over, bringing families together in good times and in bad. G ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Pie-magination: 5 Improbable Pizza Pies

    Considered from a local, regional, national and international perspective, the world is home to a great variety of pizzas. From authentic to fusion to deep dish to Sicilian-thin, the term "pizza" covers all manner of sins. I think that we owe it to ourselves, as a pizza-obsessed nation, to do bett ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 100, Chili Cheese Mac at Jus' Mac

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston ® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 26, 2012

    Pena's Is Donut Heaven

    Pena's in Pearland gives Shipley's a run for its money.

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    April 20, 2012

    Go Gourmet This 420 Day: Houston's Best Stoner Snacks

    Today is 420 Day, the day known fondly to stoners everywhere as a kind of unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day. It's a holiday that's been around for more than 40 years -- you're not as hip or cool as your parents were, kids; they started this shit in 1971 -- and the evolution of the holid ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Odd Pair: What Wine to Serve with Frito Pie?

    There is perhaps no dish that inspires connoisseurship among Texans as much as Frito Pie. Shrouded in mystique and lore, this mighty staple of rigorously authentic Texas gastronomy, speaks to the citizens of our state like no other in our culinary canon. By combining indigenous ingredients and form ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Macaroni & Cheese

    I always brake for mac and cheese.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from othe ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Burgers

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Houston ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Keep On Truckin': Pi Pizza Truck

    There's something very appropriate about the fact that Pi Pizza's truck, dubbed Pythagoras, is stationed outside Catbird's nearly every night. The back of the truck reads: "Pizza. Tattoos. Whiskey. Rock 'n' Roll." The latter three of those are found in spades inside Catbird's, the Montrose bar best ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    The Frito Pie Is Not from Texas: Commence Pearl-Clutching...Now

    Jalapeños are a popular Frito pie topping in Texas...if you're not a weenie.​There I was in Half-Price Books this weekend, poring over the alarmingly titled 500 Things To Eat Before It's Too Late (fearmongering listicles: they're not just for food blogs), when I saw it: a section on our belov ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Odd Pair: Turkey Chili, Fritos, French's, and Demi-Sec Vouvray

    ​Labor Day weekend found us in Orange, Texas, visiting with Tracie P's parents and family. Following our nephew Brady's football game, Mrs. B -- my mother-in-law -- had a lot of hungry mouths to feed on a rainy East Texas evening, including her three grandchildren, a six-months pregnant daught ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Serve with Doritos?

    ​When asked what factors had shaped his palate and his wine collection when he first began collecting fine wine, rockstar (literally, not just figuratively) and winemaker Maynard James Keenan answered: "Mountain Dew and Doritos. Like most American kids, that's what I grew up on." This was a fe ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Off-the-Menu at El Real: The El Real Burger

    ​Let me start by saying that I haven't eaten a Frito tortilla chip in about 15 years, so when I went out to eat and review the off-the-menu El Real Burger, I was a little skeptical. How delicious could it be, if it featured something I stopped eating in college? The answer is: pretty effing de ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Brew Blog: Ranger Creek La Bestia Aimable

    Ranger Creek La Bestia Aimable: Smells like dogs - In a good way!​When I was in sixth grade, my family adopted a dog. Well, "adopted" might be a bit of a stretch. "Abducted" might be more appropriate. He'd been wandering around the neighborhood for a while, pretty clearly a dump-and-run, and I ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Top 5 Stinkers

    Just don't get too close.​Maybe you're one of those people known for having offensive breath. Along with coffee, garlic, onions and tuna fish, these five foods may just be the culprits. 5. Chili Cheese Fritos How's a breath that smells like the armpits of a thousand construction workers s ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Yankee Chili

    ​This just might prove to be my last Shiftwork Bites column. Not because I'm going to stop cooking at work, but because I might be forced to stop writing about food in Texas, or living in it, for that matter. You see, I'm kind of a Yankee. Let that one sink in. Okay. Are you guys (note the ab ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Wait a minute, where the hell are the Fritos?​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where procrastination is (note to self: think of some clever definition and insert it here later). We started the week off with one of our favorite things: a recounting of time spent jud ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Comfort Food at Cream Burger

    ​"I've had a terrible day," my friend grumbled. "Terrible! I need meat." "Burger or steak?" I asked. "Burger," she quickly replied, a scowl still on her face. "Definitely burger." And so we were off to Cream Burger (3481 Elgin). The little burger shack in the Third Ward, just on the edge of ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Galveston

    ​I don't know if it's the hot weather or the recent atrocity befalling the Gulf of Mexico or what, but lately I've found myself taking any and every excuse to make the trek down I-45 to visit our island neighbor to the south. Now, I'm not claiming to be a local who knows every great little und ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Strange Snacks

    ​If you were ever a fan of Sex and the City, you may recall the episode from season four in which the women recount their "secret single behavior" -- the things each of them did when their boyfriends, lovers or husbands weren't around. Carrie admitted that her "SSS" was standing around in the ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Dip

    Photo by Mike Licht​Today, Becky Means shared her recipe for classic black-eyed peas on Eating Our Words. Here's our favorite non-traditional black-eyed pea recipe, a crowd pleaser for sure. Purists know that the traditional New Year's Day meal also features collard greens, stewed tomatoes, ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 10, 2009

    Creekside Burgers and Beer

    This Shady Acres cafe is a great place to go for beer and burgers, but a challenging place to eat outside.

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    October 22, 2009

    The Wheel World

    Commenters get angry on both sides of the road over "Ghost Riders."

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    July 14, 2009

    New Burgers at Hubcap Grill

    Photos by J.C. ReidRicky CraigIn a previous post about taco burgers, I mentioned I had struck up a conversation with Ricky Craig, owner of Hubcap Grill, and offered my services as a taste-tester for any new burgers he might be working on. This week I got the call. Craig invited me and several other ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Frito Pie

    In theory, Frito pie should be a relatively difficult thing to screw up. It's just a bag of Fritos and some chili with shredded cheese on top (and onions, if you're not one of those obnoxiously fussy eaters). But in reality, the Frito pie is greater than the sum of its parts: It's an ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    The Thing About Frito Pies

    For people who did not grow up in Texas, and for the occasional Texan who did not spend time in public school lunch rooms or patronize the concession stands at Friday night high school football games, a Frito pie is a dish containing three ingredients: Fritos corn chips, chili, and cheese. I make t ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    The Bolivar Ferry Is Back, Baby

    It's back! As of six o'clock this morning, service on the Bolivar Ferry has resumed. The biggest job in getting the boats back in service wasn't any damage to the ships themselves; rather it was dredging a bay that had been transformed by Ike. There was minor damage to boats and facilities, but th ... More >>

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    Pretty Girls Make Saves

    As video games go indie, Wack imagines a few likely pairings

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    December 29, 2005

    Wagyu Beef

    Where to get it, how to cook it

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