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 >>
Our 2013 Best of Houston® 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 >>
Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 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. Earlier ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
This spot started out serving its namesake dish and nothing else. Expanding the menu was a good idea.
With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttNo. Just...no.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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A Houston mainstay becomes a destination for culinary thrill-seekers
How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili
Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately
For Macario, the fight for Chicano causes and culture is far from over
Local table-tennis players whack away
Sonnenfeld's comic caper is in Big Trouble
Behind current blaxploitation pulp literature is - surprise! - the music biz
Safari tests brains, strength, endurance and the willpower to persevere when you're puking out of your boat. And pissing in it.
Cisneros and Medlar conduct a seminar on realpolitik