• Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Anthony Calleo of Pi Pizza Truck

    NEWS UPDATE: at 9:15 am this morning, Anthony Calleo has announced that Sandy Witch, his second food endeavor located inside of Grand Prize Bar, has closed. This closely followed an announcement on their Facebook page of a collaborative brunch with Bernie's Burger Bus. The brunch was to be on August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Tacos (And One Burrito)

    Our 2013 Best of HoustonĀ® winners were announced a while back, 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're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014: A Love Letter to Houston Food

    Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 73, Chili Cheese Mac from Jus' Mac

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Juggalo Eats and a Quest for the Mystical Burrito Man

    Note: this past weekend, the folks at our sister paper Riverfront Times ventured into the breach that is the Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, Illinois. Rocks Off is amazed they made it out in one piece... especially considering the food on offer there. One of the true hardships that we f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Taco Nuts, L.J. Wiley's New Taco Truck, Is Open for Business

    The last time I visited with chef L.J. Wiley was in March. That's when the prodigal chef was busy hosting a pop-up dinner called "Yelapagain" with his former employees and colleagues from Yelapa, the modern Mexican restaurant Wiley helmed to critical acclaim before departing for New York City in 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    More Than Just Raspas at Refresqueria Rio Verde

    To assume that Refresqueria Rio Verde is simply a refresqueria would be incorrect. Although the sides of its white-and-red truck are painted with the colors and flavors of the various raspas it sells, you may miss the comparatively less emphatic "tacos" and "tortas" that look like afterthoughts. Yo ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eating Our Hearts Out

    100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 pizzas.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

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

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 Best of HoustonĀ® 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. Earlier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Frito Pies (or Not) Across America

    I suffer under no delusions that Frito pies -- whether Texan in origin or not -- are as popular outside of Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico as they are in this Frito tied-triangle. I understand that Frito pies are to our region as lutefisk suppers are to Minnesota or lobster rolls are to Maine. However, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8

    Between our last Burger Bracket 2012 announcement and today, we had an interesting development: The owners of H-Town StrEATs welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. The team is taking a well-deserved leave of absence, which means that H-Town StrEATs had to drop out of this year's competition. ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Dining

    January 26, 2012

    Mac and More

    This spot started out serving its namesake dish and nothing else. Expanding the menu was a good idea.

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011

    The Real World

    With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    SXSW Eats: Freddie's on 1st

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttNo.​Last year, I wrote an entire series of posts on places to get great grub while you're slumming in Austin at SXSW. Those were: Polvos (2004 S. 1st Street) Torchy's Tacos (1311 S. 1st Street) Moonshine (303 Red River) Mozart's (3825 Lake Austin Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: "Taco Trucks and Crepes Trailers: Modern Texas Foodways"

    Street food is picking up steam across the country, and Houston is no exception. During the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium last weekend, attendees were invited to view the exhibit "Taco Trucks and Crepes Trailers: Modern Texas Foodways" at the University of Mississippi's Gammill Gallery, runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Ritter's Substandard Frito Pie

    ​ How in the world can you mess up a Frito Pie? All you have to do is dump a ladle of chili in a bag of Fritos and maybe garnish it with some chopped onions. Somehow Ritter's Frozen Custard stand on Fry Road in Katy managed to turn this simple idea into a wad of white cheese and pickled jalap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Social Distortion: Killing Tom Softly With MySpace's Song

    Oh, 2006. Long lost 2006. The Golden Age of MySpace. Remember MySpace? That social networking site you logged into obsessively before the advent of Facebook and after Friendster's demise? Where Microsoft Paint made a fourth-quarter comeback in the image editing (and annotating) arena? Where b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    History of Texas Chili--Without Beans

    Chili con carne was introduced to America by the "Chili Queens," women who served food in San Antonio's Military Plaza as early as the 1860s. Chili stands were also common in Galveston and Houston; they were the taco trucks of the 1800s. Tamales with chili was the most common order--beans were often ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2006

    A New Tony's Order

    A Houston mainstay becomes a destination for culinary thrill-seekers

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    Road Trip

    How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Texas Burger Binge

    Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    The Warrior Ramirez

    For Macario, the fight for Chicano causes and culture is far from over

  • Calendar

    August 19, 2004

    With a Paddle

    Local table-tennis players whack away

  • Film

    April 11, 2002

    Barry Bad

    Sonnenfeld's comic caper is in Big Trouble

  • Music

    March 30, 2000


    Behind current blaxploitation pulp literature is - surprise! - the music biz

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Full Contact Paddling

    Safari tests brains, strength, endurance and the willpower to persevere when you're puking out of your boat. And pissing in it.

  • Calendar

    July 18, 1996
  • News

    September 29, 1994

    Scary Tales from the Tapes

    Cisneros and Medlar conduct a seminar on realpolitik