Galveston Bay

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    The San Jacinto River Waste Pits Unleashed Toxins Into the River and, Residents Say, Their Bodies

    After a series of storms in March 2012, John Bonta is sorting through the wreckage on his Highlands ranch, 20 miles west of Houston. He's just gotten home from work when his wife, Pam, asks him to help her pick up a portion of the fence that had fallen during the night. He doesn't wait for her, thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Group Talks Multi-Billion Coastal Barrier We Hope We Don't Need (But Probably Do)

    Earlier this month the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance met to discuss a plan that would keep us (and our energy industry) from going underwater in the event of a catastrophic storm surge. Unfortunately, according to storm watchers, the Gulf Coast is likely to get hit by a major storm every 15 y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Has Put Texas Oysters and Seafood Off the Menu

    The Galveston oil spill was bad enough when it was leaving oiled birds and all kinds of environmental and economic damage in its wake. Now it's even hitting the Texas seafood. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory on eating shellfish and other seafood from Galveston Bay o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Oil Slick Is Still on the Move

    Although commerce is pretty much back to normal with limited use of the Houston Ship Channel for fishing and recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that the oil slick that was cramping Galveston Bay's style isn't gone yet. It's currently traveling south along the Texas coast. Right now, environm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Galveston Bay Spill is Killing Spring Migration

    Crews are working to clean up the mess created by more than 150,000 gallons of sticky black crude oil dumped in Galveston Bay on Saturday, but with no end in sight the environmental implications will likely only get worse. So far, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials report they've found three oil-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Galveston Bay Closed to Shellfish Harvesting Due to Dinophysis

    The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Not because we want to go and eat all the oysters up, a la Lewis Carroll, but because right now is decidedly not the best time to go oystering in Galveston Bay. As of Thursday, parts of Galveston Bay will be closed to oystering due to the ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    Toxic Time Bomb?

    Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013

    Bivalve Season Is Here

    Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Oyster Season Opens On November 1, And Local Restaurants Are Ready To Get Shucking

    "He first selected the smallest one ... and then bowed his head as though he were saying grace. Opening his mouth very wide, he struggled for a moment, after which all was over. I shall never forget the comic look of despair he cast upon the other five over-occupied shells. I asked him how he felt. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Sips, Suds & Sliders & More

    Sips, Suds & Sliders at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. Purchase tickets for the Sips, Suds & Sliders event at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center for just $20 in advance and $30 at the door to feast on a variety of sliders from lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    State Seeking To Close Rollover Pass After Almost 60 Years, To Residents' Regret

    Back in the rum-smuggling days, runners used to head for the narrowest, shallowest spit of land blocking the Gulf of Mexico from entering Galveston Bay. They're roll their barrels over the land, which became known as Rollover Pass. In 1955 the state dredged the site in order to improve fishing and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Commercial Free Cocktail and Oysters for Cause

    Alex Gregg, bar manager at the upcoming Goro & Gun, is reviving his popular Commercial Free Cocktail series -- initially hosted at Grand Prize Bar -- for a limited, three-night run at Ambrosia. And this time, he's bringing along guest bartender Chris Frankel to help. Both bartenders got their start ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Galveston's Red Tide Appears to Have Dissipated, Oysters Recovering

    Photo by mintprofusionOysters affected by red tide are toxic to humans.​On January 27, two small portions of Texas Gulf waters were conditionally opened to shellfish harvesting after a red tide epidemic forced the indefinite closure of oyster season in October. San Antonio and Espiritu Santo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    No-Nonsense Sea Salt

    Photo by John Kiely​"Why is there a date on the bottom of the box?" asked my son, as I self-scanned the Hain Sea Salt. It was one of those astute kid questions, from a mind uncluttered by logic. "I have no idea," I conceded. The salt had been flowing around the oceans for the last 250 milli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Houston Food Adventures: Phaedra is back and blogging, and just in time to help ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Houston's 10 Best Beach Homes

    Photo courtesy of​See that lovely view above? That's Galveston Bay, and it's looking better than ever this summer thanks to skyrocketing travel costs (have you tried to book an airline ticket lately?) and the massive oil spill that's decimating the rest of the Gulf coast. What's more, rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Just in time for summer, a cool-sounding restaurant with an even cooler concept has come along. Oceans, the ceviche-only restaurant that took over the old Bistro Vino location, is officially open to the public. We took a first look at Oceans a few weeks ago and found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    The Colder the Water, the Sweeter the Oysters

    ​When the water gets cold, oysters put on glycogen to insulate themselves. That's why Northern oysters are sweeter than Gulf oysters in the fall. The colder the water, the sweeter the oysters -- up to a point. When the water temperature falls below 40 degrees, oysters stop feeding and shrivel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Grab a Bag of Oysters

    ​I stopped by Louisiana Foods on Wednesday and bought a sack of oysters. I went for the giant-size super selects. These were harvested a couple of days ago in Matagorda Bay, and thanks to the sandy bottom, the oysters are much cleaner than the usual Galveston Bay catch. I served some on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Bacliff's 4th Street Players Gang Gets Hit With Federal Prison

    As Hurricane Ike threatened the Upper Texas Coast, we went to press with the story of the 4th Street Players, a predominantly white Anglo street gang in the Galveston Bay town of Bacliff. Nine members of the gang, who wore red colors in emulation of LA's Blood gangs, had been arrested in May of last ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Oysters and Coffee

    These petite-sized Galveston Bay oysters made a lovely breakfast. I ate them with some heavily buttered German sourdough rye toast from the HEB on Bunker Hill and a cup of Community Club coffee. A drop of lemon and a dash of Tabasco perked up the breakfast half shells nicely. Oysters and coffee tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Houston Blows Up Real Good

    The awesomely morbid folks at Carlos Labs have created a "Ground Zero" nightmare generator for every city on Earth. Using Java Script and some Google Map magic, anyone can pinpoint a location in the world, AND BLOW IT THE HELL UP. You can choose your own weapon of mass destruction and see how big "g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Cheap Fat Oysters and Cold Shiner Bock

    As I drove by Pappa's Brothers Seafood on Shepherd yesterday afternoon around four o'clock, I noticed that the sign advertising oysters for $3.95 a dozen wasn't up anymore. I pulled over anyway and went inside to ask if the promotion was still going on. "Let me see," said the bartender pushing a but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Order your Holiday Oysters Now

    The French eat more oysters per capita than anybody in the Western world. And 80% of the oysters in France are eaten during the holiday season--from a few days before Christmas until a little after New Year's Day. Why? Because oysters are at their peak this time of year. And they go so well with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    The Effects of Hurricane Ike on the Oyster Industry

    Misho Ivic Misho Ivic, the owner of Misho’s Oyster Company in San Leon, says that thanks to Ike, there aren’t going to be any oysters harvested in Galveston Bay for a while. The Louisiana oyster grounds were also closed for several weeks as a result of Gustav. But the closings will have limited ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    Sex, Death & Oysters: Texas Oysters at $46 a Dozen

    Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto put Galveston Bay oysters on sale last weekend at a whopping $3.85 Canadian EACH! Texans think ten bucks a dozen is outrageous – how about $46.20 for twelve? Oysterman Rodney Clark is originally from Prince Edward Island, home of Malpeque Bay and some of Canada ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    Half Shell Face-Off

    Compare East Coast oysters to Gulf Coast oysters and see what you think

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    He Does Have a Nice Glow to Him...

    Monica Fuentes Sure, it looks fine now. But just wait till it grows a head... It's not going to make any sense, so let me just say it: I jumped in the Houston Ship Channel. Yes, the same Houston Ship Channel that we all know runs from the East End though arguably the most industrialized 15 mile ... More >>

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Hold the Salt

    Too much of a good thing threatens the oysters in Galveston Bay

  • Dining

    January 26, 2006

    I Am the Walrus, Part 2

    Oysters on the half shell aren't the only attraction at the old Magnolia

  • Dining

    January 19, 2006

    I Am the Walrus, Part 1

    Winter is prime time at Willie G's oyster bar

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Over the Limit?

    PCBs may prompt a first-ever warning against bay speckled trout fishing

  • News

    January 13, 2005

    Draining the Swamp

    A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sex, Death and Oysters

    Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Seafood Restaurant

    Goode Co. Texas Seafood

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    July 3, 2003

    Mixed Messages

    Casualties aren't easy to count in the continuing battle of Bayport

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Not Worth A Dam

    Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Green Port?

    A Port suit accuses several companies of contaminating its land for decades

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Raw Deal

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?

  • Dining

    August 6, 1998

    A Different Kind of Steak House

    Chimi-Churris South American Grill has great steak and fabulous roasted potatoes

  • News

    June 26, 1997

    Besieged by the Bay

    Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.

  • Music

    January 4, 1996
  • News

    June 29, 1995

    Dead in the water

    Bothered by shrinking catches, growing regulations and a sense of frustration, Galveston Bay's shrimpers say that they, not the shrimp, are the endangered species.

  • Calendar

    December 8, 1994
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