Garden Oaks

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Randy Evans

    In Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Randy Evans, we explored his struggle with deciding to become a chef instead of a doctor (and how his wife helped), his friendship with chef Chris Shepherd and how he came to be Executive Chef at Brennan's of Houston. Perhaps, though, the most pressing question for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Dollar Tree Buying Family Tree for 8.5 Billion Dollars

    For years, I've wondered how dollar stores could survive this deep discount tactic never realizing how many there were. On Monday, it became clear just how profitable these stores can be when Dollar Tree agreed to buy Family Dollar for the cost of 8.5 million items in its stores...not including tax. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    An Ode to the Classic Texas-Style Roadside Burger

    "How's your dad?" asks a man stepping in front of the line to pick up a burger from the window. He called ahead; clearly he knows how this works. He's talking to the owner of Champ Burger, whose father used to be behind the window before he got too old and had to let his son take over. When the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Five Best Underrated Pizzas in Houston (According to You)

    In polling you, dear readers, about your favorite underrated pizzas in town, we received a number of comments that made us say "AMEN," but none quite so much as one from reader PizzaEater: "Pizza is a lot like sex," he/she wrote. "When it's good, it's amazing. When it's bad,'s still prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Things You Can Do Until the Good Shows Come Back

    If you reach mid-month and feel the boredom begin to gnaw at your brain like some Lovecraftian monster, get to Reliant Center next weekend (January 18-19) for the America's Got Talent open auditions. You're sure to see something truly nightmarish there - particularly if Howard Stern shows up. Even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, Upper Kirby, EaDo, Rice Village, the East End, and the Galleria. But we're not done yet ... Today, we're moving just outside the loop to the neighborho ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 10, 2013

    Cottonwood Masters the Squirrel (and a few other items, too)

    You'll definitely want to discover the food at this lively über-bar.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Nuts for Tacos and the Importance of Buns

    Open the Taps: The big news this week is the passage of a few beer-related bills in the Texas Senate. Open the Taps has the rundown on what it means now that brewpubs' annual production limit has been raised to 10,000 barrels and breweries can sell beer directly to consumers for on-premise consumpti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Here He Comes to Save the Day: Garden Oaks Burger Stand Mytiburger Is Back and Better Than Ever

    For this week's cafe review, I visited seminal Garden Oaks burger stand Mytiburger, which nearly shuttered last year after 46 years in business. It did, in fact, close its doors...for two weeks. During that time, local Baskin-Robbins franchise owner Shawn Salyers stepped in to purchase the business ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eat, Play, Love

    Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    It wasn't too long ago that the Houston Chronicle called Oak Forest "the new West University." The neighborhood just north of Loop 610 and to the east of Highway 290 has been attracting young families in spades -- families who are helping to reinvigorate the subdivisions that make up Garden Oaks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Upcoming Events: John Mueller Brings His Barbecue to Houston

    Don't have the time or gas money to burn driving out to legendary barbecue spots like Smitty's, Kreuz, Franklin, Snow's or Louie Mueller, but have a hankering for classic Central Texas-style 'cue? You're in luck, then, because highly-regarded pitmaster John Mueller is headed to Houston for a one-day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Stark Raving Wines, Joel Stein, Food Trucks and a Crazy Good Time at Cottonwood

    When I saw H-Town StrEATS post about the Stark Raving Wines book signing with free wine and street truck food, I didn't hesitate. Seriously. Street food and wine, plus the opportunity to meet regularly featured Time magazine columnist and book author Joel Stein -- how could I resist? It didn't ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Downtown Derring-Do

    Restaurants and bars are betting on downtown in increasing numbers, as more business owners perform daring feats like -- gasp! -- moving into vacant spaces on Main Street or taking over failed locations with zest and zeal. Now that I've gotten all of the Errol Flynn language out of my system for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Lunfast, Roznovsky's and Pop-Up Opium Dens

    Weapons Grade: Justin Vann, sommelier at Oxheart, continues to write some of the most interesting and enlightening prose-poetry about what it means to work in the service industry. "Tell me what I'm tasting in this pourover." "Can you believe who they hired for their sous?" "Why don't you do another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Subterranean Sushi and Pizzitola's Pits

    Swamplot: Craft beer lovers are about to have a whole lot more to love in Houston, reports real estate blog Swamplot. Premium Draught will be moving into the old Kaboom Books space next to Antidote Coffee in the Heights, while Cottonwood Bar will be moving in down the block from Shepherd Park Draugh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Parcel Pies and Zoos Without Tigers

    Weapons Grade: Whether or not this story of a zoo with no tigers is a metaphor for sommelier Justin Vann's work at Oxheart is beside the point; zoos do need to have fewer tigers, and we need to learn to appreciate the zoos that showcase something other than tigers. Don't know what I'm talking about? ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Dear Star Pizza...Is Wax Paper Really Too Much to Ask?

    Dear Star Pizza, I want you to know that I am a longtime fan and admirer of your work. Hell, before I was peer-pressured into trying your food I didn't even like pizza at all, an unheard-of thing in a man of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generation. The fact that picking up a pizza made you invi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Asparagus, Honey and Dreams of Sushi

    If last week's cafe review of Shepherd Park Draught House piqued your interest, then head over to Garden Oaks tomorrow for its Spring Fest Parking Lot Party. The party runs from noon to 9 p.m. and will feature beers from Karbach Brewing as well as music from outfits like '80s cover band DeLorean Ris ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 5, 2012

    Draught House of Rock

    This Garden Oaks pub serves above-average grub and local brews — for grownups.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Shepherd Park Draught House: A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll

    What's country about Shepherd Park Draught House? The goat cheese-infused grits and the Shipley's glazed donut-topped waffles served during Sunday brunch. The Texas brews like Karbach and Southern Star on draft, along with a $2 Texas happy hour on Tuesdays. The so-called "Texas reds" chili made with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    This week people across the country will remember just how much cooking can suck. Imagine being a chef or restaurateur, trying to cook for many more diners than the average Thanksgiving party. And keeping things clean for the Health Department while you do it. And not making a whole lot of money, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    One Year Later: Plonk Doesn't Need No Stinking Sign

    ​When I reviewed Plonk a year ago, I mentioned that the wine bar didn't have any signage to speak of -- not even above their endcap space in a Garden Oaks strip center. I got lost heading there for the first time, and all of my dining companions did too. Last night, and one year later, my fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Shepherd on Draft

    ​Anyone who may have mourned the passing of Octane -- the coffee shop-cum-cafe in Garden Oaks -- will be pleased as punch to hear what's taking its place: Shepherd Park Draft House, a "pub/restaurant" which fills as much of a niche as Octane attempted to do. The bar will be located at 3402 N. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Songs About Houses, Castles, Mansions, Shacks, And Apartments (And Yurts)

    ​In Rocks Off's seemingly never-ending quest to live alone, we have been looking at Craigslist listings (so, that's where you got the idea for that blog!), getting help from a realtor friend, and driving aimlessly around the neighborhoods surrounding our office. We have even thought of buying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Tunnel Explorer: Miller's Cafe

    ​My last trip into the fabulous world below the world yielded little but confusion and disappointment. I'm beginning to believe that the tunnels are just one large, subterranean cavern of "meh." I descended again last week in search of something delicious to eat, and found Miller's Café. I w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The Most Disappointing Restaurant Openings of 2010

    Gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes accompanied news that we'd no longer be able to enjoy Sabetta's homemade sausage and peppers.​This week, we start our countdown of 2010 restaurant openings and closings, counting down the restaurants that opened in 2010 after great advance buzz only to ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 25, 2010

    Pegging Plonk

    A neighborhood wine bar that's hard to categorize

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    The Five Most Underrated Neighborhoods In Houston

    This convent is a landmark in Idylwood​Everyone knows THE places to be in Houston. It's just a question of which one fits your taste (and wallet).River Oaks, the Heights, Montrose, Bellaire -- everyone knows those places. But Houston is so vast, so unpredictable, that little bubbles of terrific ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Long, Loud And Raw Houston School Board Meeting Leaves Few Happy

    It wasn't quite like this at last night's HISD board meeting, but it was close​In a lengthy and tumultuous school board meeting Thursday night, trustees voted 8-1 to fire Principal Mable Caleb and five other administrators and teachers from the Key/Kashmere mess, approved another 170 employe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    HISD's Very Own Blackboard Jungle

    ​Fondren Middle School is "a blackboard jungle. The efforts that are required there are Herculean...The kids at Fondren have to learn how to come to school and where the school is located."Trustee Larry Marshall, not known for mincing words when he considers something unacceptable (famous Larr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Garden Oaks Comments Live On in Cyberspace (Updated)

    The question as to whether Garden Oaks Elementary, now a neighborhood school split between traditional and Montessori classes, should be turned into an all-Montessori school lit up the comment line on the HISDConnect magnet department website a few days ago. And what's happened to all the comments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    HISD Employs Shazam-You're-a-Magnet Strategy In Effort To Save Schools

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Under a proposal unveiled today by Superintendent Terry Grier and his staff, Jones High School, for years now one of the most academically troubled schools in the Houston school district, will be turned into a science, technology, engineering and math magnet with a specia ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010

    Debutantes Run Wild Gala

    Track suits and tuxes, garter belts and gowns, it's all okay at this DiverseWorks fundraiser

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Year of the Meatball: Doyle's "Spaghetti Works"

    ​If there is an iconic meatball in Houston, it must be one served on top of he spaghetti at Doyle's on 34th Street in Garden Oaks between Ella and T.C. Jester. Opened in 1954, Doyle's was one of the first restaurants in the city to offer pizza. But what really brought generations of Houstonian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Aftermath (Literally): Area Musicians Remember the Days Following Hurricane Ike - "You Could Smell Rotten Stuff About 13 Miles Away from the Causeway"

    Bill OliveSilver Jews (and some very grateful fans) at Walter's on Washington, September 18, 2008​Rocks Off originally meant to post this on Friday, but one thing led to another and if memory serves, on September 14, 2008, we were still without power, living out of an ice chest and wondering what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    National Pie Day: Do Your Part and Have a Slice

    You may not know it, but today is National Pie Day (at least according to the folks at the American Pie Council, which, by the way...sweet gig!).  It's the 23rd anniversary of the venerated holiday, which was created -- appropriately, if rather disgustingly, enough -- to commemor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Aftermath: Jana Hunter and Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez at the Petrol Station

    Photos by Ramon "LP4" Medina It would be a stretch to call Wednesday's Jana Hunter/Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez show - which had been hastily relocated to Garden Oaks coffeehouse/pub the Petrol Station from DiverseWorks - normal. That much was clear when some guy came out of his house and expressed his ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 25, 2004

    Landmark Fajitas

    What you order at Herrera's Mexicatessen depends on how you feel about bacon

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Skate and Bike Park

    Dirtwood Ramp Park

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pie

    Flying Saucer Pie Company

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Bus Stop

    Outside Sears

  • Dining

    May 25, 2000
  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Megascreen Cinemas March In

    Big complexes threaten end to neighborhood era

  • Calendar

    April 16, 1998
  • Dining

    December 12, 1996
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