For nearly two years the Houston housing market has been booming. Home inventories are at all-time lows and the city set a record in July for total houses sold and total value of homes sold. It is no surprise then that rental costs have risen right along with home values. That includes rent houses, ... More >>
Last week was a big one for Kevin Naderi. The chef of Roost not only opened his second restaurant, Lillo & Ella, but also braved the television game show circuit, appearing on Sunday's episode of the Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games. He came in second on the show--"I was the winner in my paren ... More >>
Get outside and eat.
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in a category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several m ... More >>
It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
Garden Oaks and Oak Forest residents go to Shipley's for glazed doughnuts, but for cinnamon rolls, it's Charles Donuts.
What bugs our food writers?
So many awesome openings, so little time to try all the new places! Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of Anvil opened a new bar, The Pastry War, downtown on August 13 to major crowds interested to see what the Anvil boys had up their sleeves. The Pastry War is a tequila bar or "mezcaleria" with an empha ... More >>
The offer on the house you make today may be undercut tomorrow by the new rules governing appraisals.
We never expected to find a home as quickly as we did. When my fiancée and I started looking, we assumed we would casually search until after our wedding in October, then get serious. But as we watched interest rates slowly begin to tick upward, we decided to speed up the process. Even then, we ass ... More >>
Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant is closing after 13 years spent in a quiet strip mall on Highway 290, just outside of Garden Oaks. The restaurant is owned and run by husband-and-wife team Bob Wittman and Teresa Tadeo Wittman. Teresa, who was born in Xoxocapa, Veracruz and trained as ... More >>
New owner Shawn Salyers shows up to save the day.
Top 10 restaurants on Washington Avenue
"Bill Fool was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his entire youth living near Wrigley Field and really never left that particular area as a kid, ever..." says local luminary and punk lifer Bill Fool in an email. What follows is a short primer on this beloved curmudgeon. Mr. Fool has been a part ... More >>
Excellent speciality pizzas and 90 different craft beers.
The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.
5 things to know before you go
Hang onto your napkins, folks -- it's been a busy week for restaurant news around Houston. While coffee connoisseurs across the city eagerly await the opening of Blacksmith and Southside Espresso, another new coffee shop is already taking shape in Midtown. Aperture Coffee & Wine Bar took over the o ... More >>
Tom McCasland has long believed that Houston is a sleeping giant of a bicycling city, and these days Houston appears to be waking up and stretching its legs. Today Yale Law grad McCasland serves as the interim head of the Harris County Housing Authority, but even before he began his previous positi ... More >>
Facundo Cafe is a one-stop shop for your car, your appetite and more.
This week we hopped on over to Garden Oaks to check out Shepherd Park Draught House. We had heard good things so we went in with high expectations and weren't let down. It's a pretty cool little spot with a rock & roll vibe, one long wall lined with red leather booths and retro chandeliers hanging f ... More >>
Photo by HPDRogelio Martinez: Not bashful about his workIn recent months the near-northwest neighborhoods of the Heights, Timbergrove Manor, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks have been plagued with daylight home burglaries. Sadly, even after police have smashed one such ring of thieves, another cont ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsScallops and grits at our No. 1 pick.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 heft ... More >>
According to some, Montrose is seeing fewer rainbows these days.Montrose's "gayborhood" status is officially over. Or it's just like it has been for the past five to ten years. It depends on who you ask. Hair Balls recently spoke with various movers and shakers of the neighborhood's GLBT co ... More >>
F*** yeah, gourmet donuts.Eater ran a list yesterday of 10 food trends that are -- at least in New York City -- officially dead. Among them included the obvious (the gastropub), the non-events (pie as the new cupcakes, which still hasn't happened) and the debatable (I'm pretty sure Houstonian ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttI want this burger all over again.Listen up, because I'm making your lunch plans for you right now: Drive over to Ella, just outside the Loop, and pull in to the Dr. Gleem car wash. Yes, the one with the palapas out front. Get your car's oil changed, or get it det ... More >>
Sunday liquor sales to close budget gap.
Petrol Station gives Garden Oaks full-service charm.
Lacy, the famed Natachee's horse, nuzzles up to owner Jerry Don Luco. Jerry Don Luco, co-owner of Natachee's Supper & Punch, is a cowboy. He's got the hat, the boots, an endless supply of quirky Southern idioms, and like any good cowboy, Jerry has a horse. Her name is Lacy, and she's quickly ... More >>
Katz Coffee Company just bought a new "Transit" van and outfitted it with flashing safety lights and a wacky paint job. They call this high-profile delivery vehicle "the coffee ambulance." Katz custom-roasts proprietary blends for some of Houston's top restaurants, including t'afia, benjy's ... More >>
A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.
The Houston school district has announced that 120 schools will be open for students on Tuesday. Other schools will be added Thursday, officials said. Some other schools might need generators or portable buildings. No school was damaged so severely that massive repairs are needed, officials said. ... More >>
Could there be a fun, pro-music political action committee in Houston? Why the hell not?
Houstonian Nick DiFonzo has one of the world's finest collections of bad album covers
Sound Exchange's David Wilcox hopes to plant a Montrosian colony in the Second Ward
Time to say "ska-dios" to the Suspects; also, the Music Awards jinx strikes again
Not even a baby boom can sidetrack Sugar Shack's garage-punk express
Naderites have got the art car crowd and ample altruistic ardor. But they're still searching for a sporting chance.
The "neighborhood school" concept is a simple one. But not in River Oaks.
A former prosecutor finds it was easier to investigate ethically challenged officials than to run against one