Gran Malo

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Review: El Big Bad has Captured Most of the Best from El Gran Malo

    The "Spicy, Smoky, Sticky Ribs" exceeded its promises. The Berkshire ribs, coated in a sauce with smoked Morita chiles, rice wine vinegar and piloncillo sugar, were perfectly tender. The heat from the chiles grew but never became unbearable, and the sauce had a deep, bittersweet character reminiscen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The Beautiful Game Is a Beautiful Thing at El Big Bad

    "Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllll!" A battle cry is being sounded across the bar by an overzealous fan. It's the tenth time he's done so, making it appear as though his boasting button stuck on repeat. Every time his Netherlands team scores against Spain, his drawn-out call elicits loo ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2014
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    April 11, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Dirk's Coffee Ceases to Brew After 15 Years In Business

    It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but, after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose Boulevard closed on Tuesday, April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Di ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Move Over, Cupcakes

    Macarons have taken your place.

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    February 28, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Gran Malo Announces Move & Killen's BBQ Finally Opens

    The popular tequila bar and gastrocantina El Gran Malo held its final day of food service on Sunday, February 23, after its National Margarita Day celebration on Saturday. However, according to Houstonia's food blog, Gastronaut, El Gran Malo is not gone for good. It's just moving. Kevin Naderi of Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Farmers Market Ride & National Margarita Day

    Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2603 La Branch This Friday, Coreanos will be joining us for lunch. Bring your family, co-workers and friends, and fill up your stomach with Mexican-Korean fusion dishes. How do Korean BBQ Tacos with spicy twice cooked pork belly, Korean sla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Bars to Cure Your New Year's Eve Hangover

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Good Deeds: Volunteer Time and Food

    Show you care this holiday season.

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    December 13, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Campioni Open Through Holidays and Fat Cat Creamery Finds A Home

    This past week, Eater posted that Prohibition in the Galleria area would be closing; however, in an updated post, Darla Guillen reported that Prohibition is actually moving to a building downtown. The new location will be at the McCrory Building on Prairie. The bar is holding a Closing Party on Sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Tequila & Tamales 2013: You Voted, and the Winners Are ...

    Tuesday night's third annual Tequila & Tamales at Pearl Bar was a great success, with more than 200 people showing up to taste tamales and tequila cocktails from five restaurants. Every single tamale I tried was delicious and worthy of a spot on your Christmas Eve dinner table (or a table any othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Tequila and Tamales Return! Mark Your Calendars (December 10) and Come Hungry

    It's that time of year again, folks. Across the country, Christmas trees are going up, lights are being hung, and cookies are being baked. And here in Texas, we're enjoying one of our favorite holiday traditions: tamaladas! For many of us here in Houston, December isn't December without tamaladas ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013

    Bivalve Season Is Here

    Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.

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    November 1, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Park Grand Opening, Sunday Morning Brunches & Taste of Sugar Land

    Dia de los Muertos @ El Gran Malo Saturday 11 a.m. through Sunday, 2 a.m. 2307 Ella Blvd. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at El Gran Malo. The fun begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Chef Ben Rabbani from the soon-to-open El Big Bad will be making tamales for attendees to enjoy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    El Big Bad Is Coming Soon: Divine Tequila Cocktails and Chef-Driven Tex-Mex

    Located on the prominent corner of Travis and Prairie in the location that used to house Cabo's, El Big Bad, the offshoot of Lea McKinney and Steve Sharma's wildly successful El Gran Malo, is almost ready to open. The gorgeous copper-topped bar is in place downstairs. The large, inviting patio is ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Good Vibes, Good Dogs and Good Coffee

    Good Vibes Party @ Liberty Station Friday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2101 Washington Bravado Spice is at it again with their second Good Vibes Party after the great success of their first fête in July that attracted 300 people. The parties are the brainchild of James Nelson and his partner Jeremiah Taller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    In Honor of National Tequila Day, Here Are 5 Of Houston's Best Tequila Cocktails (Plus Where To Get Drink Specials)

    It's National Tequila Day! In honor of what is likely the greatest national food holiday to ever exist, we've rounded up five of the most amazing tequila concoctions around. From a drink garnished with a chicken wing to a "cocktail" that's meant to be savored, check out our list of the best:

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Houston Getting Two More Tacos y Tequila Joints

    Fresh off the news from earlier this week that El Gran Malo is opening a second location downtown comes word that Pistolero's -- the restaurant replacing Nabi on Lower Westheimer -- celebrated its grand opening last night. Owner Shawn Bermudez is best known for his other Montrose-based projects such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Derby Day at Anvil, BBQ at D&T, El Gran Cinco, Party at Paulie's and Blake's BBQ on Burgerland

    Derby Day at Anvil Bar & Refuge Saturday, noon 1424 Westheimer Anvil will open its doors a few hours early tomorrow to host a Kentucky Derby viewing party complete with the classic cocktails of "the greatest two minutes in sports." The menu for the Derby day will be overseen by Alba Huerta -- owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Cinco de Malo and a Wine Dinner at a Gastropub

    L'Olivier, the subject of a very recent (and mostly glowing) cafe review, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this coming Tuesday, April 23. In honor of that milestone, the restaurant is hosting its inaugural Soiree de Printemps -- a springtime soiree -- with an all-day happy hour menu, live mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    DEFCON Dining: El Gran Malo

    On a recent Tuesday night -- our late night, the one on which after school activities all but force us to dine out instead of cooking -- my youngest daughter said she'd rather go home and eat sandwiches than put on pants. She'd just gotten out of her gymnastics class, clad only in the bathing suit s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Celebrate National Margarita Day Today with 15 of Our Favorites

    For whatever reason, some marketing genius decided that February 22 is National Margarita Day. I can't figure out what significance this day has to margaritas or tequila or Triple Sec or limes. Even the National Margarita Day's web page offers no clues as to why February 22 is so important, leaving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Liquor Infusion for Dummies, Plus How to Make Apple Pie Whiskey

    This is the first in a two-part series on home whiskey infusions, which make excellent gifts year-round and are a fun way to stock your bar aside from making simple syrups and shrubs. If you have ever been to El Gran Malo, you probably have an idea of just how awesome infused booze can be. In fact, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    A Returning Champion Wins at the 2nd Annual Tequila & Tamales

    Check out pics from the second annual Tequila & Tamales throwdown in our slideshow. If anyone thought that El Gran Malo's win at the 2011 Tequila & Tamales throwdown was a fluke, last night's results should change their mind. The year prior, the gastrocantina on Ella won the Tequila portion of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Tequila & Tamales Takes Place Tonight at La Mexicana, and It's Free!

    At last year's Tequila & Tamales throwdown, TQLA surprised attendees by taking home the night's big prize -- but not for tequila. Instead, the Southwestern restaurant (pronounced, yes, "tequila") won Best Tamales while the margarita madmen at El Gran Malo won Best Margaritas. For this year's Tequil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Dia de los Muertos at Malo

    El Gran Malo is hosting a big, bad Dia de los Muertos party on Saturday, November 3 -- all day long. In addition to a giant Dia de los Muertos shrine on the patio, the gastrocantina will have crafts to make your own veladoras (Mexican saint candles), papel picado and more. In the early evening, mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Sheridan Fay of Haven and El Gran Malo Talks Careers in Cocktails and the Changes Coming to Haven

    Longtime local favorite Haven is no stranger to talent in the kitchen or behind the bar. With the recent departure of Aaron Lara and Zach Adams -- both of whom are now behind the bar at the newly opened Pass & Provisions -- Haven has restocked the bar, so to speak, with a new crop of talent includi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Food Truck Fridays and Feliz Cumpleaños to El Gran Malo

    Do you take a little extra tima at lunch on Fridays? If so, come and spend it with us. Starting in September, the Houston Press will be hosting Food Truck Fridays on the first Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the House of Dereon (2204 Crawford). Every Food Truck Friday will feature a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    El Gran Malo Wins the LaB 5555 Mixology Contest at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

    At first, I wasn't sure how a drink containing both gin and coconut milk was going to work out. The creamy base is terrific in curries, but in cocktails? Although I watched as 150 people lined up to taste the creation, I remained unconvinced of the Rangoon Social Club that bartenders Angel Belman an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 62, Torta Burger at El Gran Malo

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

    You don't have to wait for Cinco de Mayo to enjoy one of the city's favorite cocktails, but it doesn't hurt to have a few in celebration, either. Just remember to toast the Battle of Puebla (after all, that's what Cinco de Mayo commemorates -- not Mexican Independence Day.) 10. Sorrel Urban Bistro ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012

    Where to Party This Cinco de Mayo

    Salt, tequila and lime

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Anvil's Matt Tanner Wins the 2012 On the Rocks Bartending Contest

    I love judging bartending contests. I love watching bartending contests. The showmanship and passion that is on display at these events -- Miss Speed Rack Houston, for example, or the recent Don Q Rum competition (both of which are sending female Houston bartenders to national championships in New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Rum Competition Sends Another Houston Bartender to National Finals

    On Monday night at Grand Prize Bar, seven Houston bartenders competed in a throw-down sponsored by Don Q Rum and the Houston chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild. The three men and four women came from a mix of Houston restaurants, clubs and bars. The competitors were: Kehlen Selph--Cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've just discovered the wonders of Biscoff Spread and now it's all over, as far as losing weight is concerned. And I thought Nutella was addictive, holy shit. It straight-up tastes like cookies, y'all. I'm dead. I'm so dead. We st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    La Iglesia Borracha: A Pop-Up Brunch with Booze at El Gran Malo

    I used to think that pop-up dining events were popular because they were a here today, gone tomorrow sort of thing, but with so many fine local chefs in limbo while waiting for their restaurants to open -- Oxheart Restaurant, Pilot Light Group, Restaurant Conat, and Underbelly, to name a few -- pop- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    National Margarita Day Is Today, Ash Wednesday, for Some Reason

    The people at the National Council for Naming National Days need to get together with the Roman Catholic church, because this seriously isn't going to work out. National Margarita Day on the first day of Lent? Surely you jest, National Margarita Council of Margaritas, National Chapter. But it's not ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2012

    The Hits of 2011

    Our favorite new Houston restaurants.

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    December 30, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Matt Bradshaw of El Gran Malo

    We stopped into El Gran Malo this week because nothing quite warms your chilled bones like a few shots of crushed black pepper, sea salt, cayenne and toasted Texas pecan-infused tequila. We sampled some of the bar's newest infusions, snacked on bacon-wrapped jalapenos that were so spicy my ears hurt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Tequila & Tamales: And the Winners Were...

    Photos by Francisco Montes​From the moment I saw Chef Tommy Birdwell's tamales plated and handed over to eager guests, I knew he'd brought his A-game to last Thursday night's Tequila & Tamales event at Xuco Xicana. Each corn husk had been tied and butterflied open with a flourish, showcasing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

    Photo by Troy FieldsSo many tequilas, so little sobriety to tackle them all...​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 whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    That is a very cute gingerbread house and OH MY GOD HOW COME I NEVER HAD SWEATERS THAT AWESOME WHEN I WAS HIS AGE?!​Welcome back to Eating Our Words, where the words came back a little on us last night. That's acid reflux for you. Eat an entire package of shortbread and then pass out while doi ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 8, 2011

    Gran Success

    The infused tequilas and modern Tex-Mex at this neighborhood hangout are bien bueno.

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    December 7, 2011

    El Gran Malo es La Mas Gran y La Mejor de Gastrocantinas

    Photos by Troy FieldsDoes your local Tex-Mex joint have a shrine to tequila?​Of course, it's also the only gastrocantina in town. So there's that. But should there eventually one day be many gastrocantinas in Houston, El Gran Malo will still be the Big Bad and the granddaddy of them all. El G ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Beer-quila at El Gran Malo

    Deschutes Brewery in Portland makes a hop-infused cheesecake for its brewpub menu. Charbay Winery & Distillery in California makes a hop-infused whiskey. New Holland Brewing in Michigan makes a hop-infused whiskey that it calls Hopquila. But the gang at El Gran Malo are making the real thing: hop-in ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Taste of Triniti and Brews on the Bayou

    Photo by Paul KnightBrews (and booze, if you go inside and order it) will be served on the bayou at Brenner's upcoming Beer Fest.​This weekend, if you aren't headed to our own BestFest, check out the 3rd annual Wine Festival on the Kemah Boardwalk on Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Mo ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011

    Dia de las Tequilas

    El Gran Malo is Houston's first infused-tequila bar, with a side of voodoo.

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