Yes, yes, we're all heartbroken over the United States' heartwrenching, nail biting loss to Belgium on Tuesday. We're bitter and angry but damn proud of our team (especially Tim Howard--hey, Superman!). Just because the home team is out of the running doesn't mean we're going to stop watching game ... More >>
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. A schnitzel is an escalope, or a boneless piece of meat pounded thin using a mallet, that is lightly salted and coated in flour, ... More >>
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, we're here to tell you why Pearland is more than worth the drive for you inner-loopers. Here is our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots ... More >>
Samuel Adams Fall Beer Dinner @ The Palm Friday, 6:30 p.m. 6100 Westheimer The Palm is hosting a four-course fall dinner paired with Samuel Adams beers. The night begins with a reception at which Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL will be served with crostini topped with caramelized onions, apple chutne ... More >>
Hank on Food: Hank has been blogging up a storm lately, but one of his most useful recent entries is a review of Just Burgers up near Spring. He notes that the outside of Just Burgers is pretty nondescript, but inside it's a veritable shrine to the Texans and to burger. The menu features creatively ... More >>
This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for parts two and three, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Kris Jakob is frowning in concentration, looking a bit intimidating. He's concentrating ferociously on his plating, and I'm trying to snap a ca ... More >>
Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.
Modern-day Texans may not see much German influence when they look around, but the indirect effects of decades of German settlement still linger in large pockets of the state. The first waves of German immigration began in the 1830s ahead of the European Revolutions of 1848 that sent floods of Fort ... More >>
The best of continental cuisine all in one beautiful, good mix.
Despite Texas' solidly German heritage, Houston boasts only a handful of restaurants, a fact I've often lamented. If my favorite spot, King's Biergarten, were any closer to town, I would probably spend way too much time there. Though the cuisine might seem a bit antiquated by today's standards, th ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekly mea ... More >>
Although Midtown may be more well-known for its bars and late-night clubs, there isn't a shortage of good food to be found -- even if the neighborhood is steadily losing many of the Vietnamese restaurants that once saturated the area. In keeping with Midtown's current incarnation as the drinking-ou ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekly meal ... More >>
A Pearland biergarten serves up tasty Austrian-German food and lots of fun.
When it comes to German beer on draft, there are two places to beat in Houston -- even if one of them is technically in Pearland. Closer to the heart of the city, Midtown's Bar Munich has an impressive array of taps that includes all six varieties of Hofbräu München (including their Oktoberfest b ... More >>
Sometimes we all have to indulge our inner German and enjoy some Würste mit Bier. And the platter you see below is one of the finest ways to do so, with ample servings of warm German potato salad, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, bread that's served soft and hot and -- of course -- two kinds of sausages. ... More >>
Insert obligatory photo of buxom woman in a dirndl consuming lager from a stein here. (And remember: Lederhosen are Austrian, not Bavarian!)If there's one thing that we Americans enjoy doing, it's co-opting other countries' holidays and turning them into giant boozefests for no good reason ot ... More >>
Chicken is usually the last thing on my mind when I go to a "nice" restaurant. I usually want to try interesting meat dishes I would never be able to replicate at home. I have come to expect, however, that even the most exotic establishments will usually offer a rather plain chicken-centric e ... More >>
As a high school exchange student in Europe about hundred years ago, I developed a fondness for schnitzel, bratwurst, and sautéed cabbage. Germanic cuisine does not always offer the most sophisticated flavors, but it certainly sticks to your bones in a way that is particuarly satisfying whe ... More >>
What is it? Red cabbage is exactly what it sounds like. While it isn't as exotic as a lychee or Chinese broccoli, it wasn't something I ever ate growing up in Southeast Texas, so it is exotic to me. Until later in life when I experienced some tart, sweet and savory red kraut at a German rest ... More >>
Anybody wanna polka?
Break out your lederhosen
Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. Through the course of drinking various soft drinks and reporting back to you on them, I'll occasionally discover beverages like Vimto: something I ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttMore and more, organizers are mixing music with food at the industry parties that permeate the scene during the daylight hours of SXSW. This morning, I quelled my angry stomach with a full English breakfast of grilled tomatoes, Heinz beans, egg butties and tea at t ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshJames DeWolf and rabbit sausageThe Hill Country town of Frederickburg is the capital of the Texas German Belt. You can pretty much tour the whole town by driving up and down Main Street. The coolest restaurant in town is Rebecca's Table next door to the Rather Sweet Bakery and Ca ... More >>
Sure, I love all the cowboy junk inside the exhibit halls and the wicked-ass carnival rides at the carnival. I don't even mind teenaged FFA members screaming at me to buy a program. But by far, the best thing at our Houston rodeo is the food. All the heaping, awful, death-defying foodstuffs that h ... More >>
Photo by Robb Walsh Opa’s seemed to be the official sausage supplier in Fredericksburg. Menus at German restaurants and biergartens all over town featured Opa’s bratwurst, knackwurst and “Opa sausage,” the local nickname for a coarse ground pork and beef link officially known as “Opa’s ... More >>
Who invented the CFS? There are a lot of competing theories. Whose do you love? Better try them all to be sure.
Take a ride out to Richmond and discover the wonders of old-fashioned Swiss cooking
Alfredo's serves up excellent German sausage and a lot of conversation
Getting misty-eyed over creamed herring and sweet German beer at AnneMarie's Bistro
Joe Mannke gives us the dish on German food
Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown
George's civic slur
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Darby's flashes back to a gentler time
A restaurant aims to conquerHouston with Austrian open-faced sandwiches
Hackemack's is a barrel of fun
There's nothing delicate to be found in Old Heidelberg's deliciously Teutonic soul
Cafe European is a suburban surprise that's worth the drive