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  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kevin Naderi of Lillo & Ella and Roost

    In Part 1 of our chat with Kevin Naderi, he related a fond memory of the special Persian dinners he made at Roost alongside his mom and grandmother. Does cooking run in the family? In Part 2, we find out and along the way delve into some deeper issues that affect many of Houston's independent restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Margaritas

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 87, Calamari at Lillo & Ella

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Crapitto's Closes After 19 Years & Kevin Naderi Opens Lillo & Ella

    After nearly two decades of service, Crapitto's Cucina Italiana will close on Saturday, May 24, due to a construction project in River Oaks. The Italian restaurant shared the disappointing news on Facebook saying that the last supper will be held on May 24. Other establishments located around Crapit ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Celebrate Mardi Gras With These New Orleans (Inspired) Drinks

    El Big Bad bartender Sheridan Fay knows a lot about Mardi Gras. She grew up in New Orleans and remembers serving as royalty in one of the many parades in town, then racing across town to see a different parade. There was lots of food ("My family always brought fried chicken") lots of revelry ("My un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Honor Texas With BBQ, Steak & Beer

    Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2603 La Branch When lunch time rolls around, we're hungry, and we expect you are, too. Cure those hunger pains with something comforting and something that simply hits the spot. The Golden Grill will be pulling up to our office today at 11 ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013

    The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Another Pie Shop Shutters and Highly Anticipated Restaurants Open Softly

    Even though the week began with a devastating fire-forced closure of a Houston pie shop landmark, the rest of the week has been filled with openings and announcements of future openings. But, let's begin with the sad news, shall we? Just two days after Thanksgiving, another pie shop caught on fire, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Houston Bartenders Have Some Great Drinks Lined Up For Your Fall and Winter ... Cheers!

    For much of the country, fall begins with the first cold front of the season, usually in September. There's a chill in the air, the leaves begin to change color, and everyone starts looking forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In Houston, we know it's fall when Starbucks rolls out th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Flora & Muse Goes Out With A Bang, and Tiger Den Delays Its Opening

    In one of the most surprising, yet epic, ways for a restaurant to close, Flora & Muse informed its customers it would no longer be open for business ... and did so during a Greek Wine Dinner. On Monday, October 28, general manager Evan Turner told guests at the dinner that the restaurant would be s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Margarita, Queso and Caesar Salad Competitions, Beer & Whiskey Dinners & More

    Reserve 101 hosts a tasting of Glenfiddich single malt scotch whiskey on Tuesday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. David Allardice, brand ambassador of Glenfiddich, will be there to offer samples of his company's whiskeys and to answer any questions you have about the distillery. Each ticket costs $20 and al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Calling All Houstonians to Root for James Nelson on MasterChef Season 4

    Here's another reason why you should love Houston so much. Another Houstonian has made it onto the fourth season of MasterChef and it looks as if he could go all the way. James Nelson, from Victoria, has advanced to the top 15 after wowing the judges with his audition recipe of pork belly with a len ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2013

    A Slice for a Tat

    Pi Pizza truck reflects on its unique promotion.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Openings & Closings: An Earlier Goodbye from Feast, But a Happy Welcoming of Christine Ha

    The month of May has seen many restaurants and bars come and go, including a few surprises and an earlier good-bye from a well-loved restaurant, but this week fortunately brought more openings than closings. As Mai Pham reported, Seasons 52 opened last week on Thursday offering a menu filled with i ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving to Montrose

    What does that mean for Houston?

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving into Montrose; What Does That Mean for Houston?

    Fried eggs and truffle oil as toppings may be old hat to foodies these days. We're easily distracted creatures who paw like needle-clawed kittens at every new bauble that comes along. But back in the rollicking days of the mid-2000s, the novelty had not yet worn thin and restaurants like Max's Wine ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 16, 2013

    The Pho-ndamentals

    A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Renovated Restaurants and Born-Again Bars

    It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Speed Rack Nationals: Wild Card Voting

    Talented women shaking up classic cocktails at obscene speeds is already fun, but throw breast cancer fundraising into the mix, and you've reached another level of intoxicatingly good karma. While San Antonio bartender Karah Carmack won Miss Speed Rack Texas this past January, it's not too late to ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eat, Play, Love

    Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eating Our Hearts Out

    100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City

  • 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 22, 2013

    Houston Turns In Lackluster Performance For Speed Rack 2013

    Speed Rack is a series of cocktail competitions that raise funds for cancer research. This year, proceeds are going to SHARE Cancer Support, a support organization for women with breast or ovarian cancer. Last year, Houston's lady bartenders really shined in the competition. The high-speed cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Houston Lady Bartenders Prep and Party For Speed Rack 2012

    This Sunday, January 13th, the Original OKRA Charity Saloon will host the Speed Rack Send Off Party for five Houston competitors from 6 to 10 p.m. (and possibly later). The party serves multiple purposes: All donations, proceeds and tips from drink sales will go to breast cancer research (because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Tequila & Tamales Returns on December 11 and You're the Judge

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2012
  • Dining

    October 18, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Let's get one thing out of the way before we get started: This is a list of the 10 best restaurants in the Heights, as "the Heights" is defined by the Houston Heights Association. That means that restaurants outside of its boundaries -- north of Loop 610 West, west of North Shepherd, south of the Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Real Ale Gone Wild and Firkins Everywhere: A Talk with Stewart Martin of Hay Merchant

    The name seems almost inescapable this year: Hay Merchant. The eight-month-old bar, seated on the curve of Westheimer just West of Montrose, has been described as everything from a new trend in bars to Houston's Mecca for beer to snobbish and inaccessible. It's strange that a place specializing in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mix It Up Tonight and Help Clean Out Rudz's Cellar

    Been waiting for the perfect Friday night to check out the new LaB 5555 series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Grab your soft-soled museum shoes, because tonight is that night. Tonight, four of Houston's best bartenders will be shaking things up as they compete to make the best Tanqueray ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 61, Black Bean Burger at Ziggy's

    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

    May 18, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Shine on a National Level

    A few years ago, a bar in Houston was just a place to get a drink and the people who worked there were just part of the service industry. Chefs were rock stars and everyone else was fairly invisible. In the last few months, there have been multiple bartenders who have become worthy of notice in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mucho de Mayo

    As May approaches, more Cinco de Mayo events are announced every day. Here are a few of our favorites. La Mexicana in Montrose is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And while the restaurant doesn't normally host a big Cinco de Mayo bash, it's blowing off the roof on Saturday, May 5, with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Give the Planet a Hug

    This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. That means plenty of tree-hugging food events that make you want to throw off the surly bonds of cynicism for at least one day and acknowledge that maybe you really do like Earth. And Revival Market is a good place to start. On April 22, Revival Market wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Lizmark Jr. & Octagóncito: Lucha Libre USA Hits Houston This Friday

    According to my research -- which I guess began 25 years ago on the streets of the Mexican border town of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, when I was playing with "Santos" toys that my mom bought me -- Lucha Libre is awesome. What is essentially a telenovela with more punching, flying, muscles and masks rolls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Burger Bracket 2012: The Final 4

    Now that our Burger Bracket judges have all finished signing their new endorsement deals with Lipitor, the Final 4 have been chosen. Each of the Final 4 burgers represents a favorite Houston style of burger: Fast Food, Extreme, Veggie and Fancy-Pants burgers. And all will compete against each other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011

    The challenge in choosing 10 of the best restaurants to open in Houston each year is a daunting one: Many of the restaurants I think are "the best" have little to nothing to do with each other, making for a list that falls all over the map when it comes to price, cuisine and location. Then again, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Galveston Gets Craft Beer and Its Own Restaurant Week

    Have you marked off next Thursday, December 15, in your calendar? Good, because the RSVP list for our Tequila & Tamales event is filling up fast. As with Wingtoberfest, the Tequila & Tamales tasting is free to the public, but it's also first-come, first-served. The first 200 guests will receive ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Tequila & Tamales and Green Beans & Guacamole

    ​At this weekend's Eastside Farmers Market, Urban Harvest will be hosting a citrus tasting in advance of its yearly fruit tree sale. More than 30 different varieties of citrus trees grow in Houston, and you're invited to taste them all this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. If you find a few you l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Mikkeller Beer Comes to Houston: Night After Monsters

    Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Jakob Mielcke​Mikkel Borg Bjergsø moved around the crowd last night at the Night After Monsters beer tasting like a virtual unknown. Clad in a red plaid shirt and a scruffy beard, Mikkel looked more like any other Montrose resident who'd walked over to Whole Foods for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    City of Ate: Our sister paper in Dallas interviewed Anthony Bourdain in advance of his new show, 48 Hours, and as Bourdain is wont to do, he dispensed some straightforward talk about his "low opinion" of Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner, why anonymity in a food critic isn't critically impor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: David Cordua of Americas, On His Role as Executive Chef and Favorite Eats Around Town

    Photo by Mai PhamExecutive Chef David Cordua, in the kitchen at Americas River Oaks​Yesterday, we talked to Executive Chef David Cordua, of The Cordua Group, about growing up in the kitchen and culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. You can read about it here. Today we'll talk to him about what he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    PRO TIP: Never trust these things. Never ever.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've filled a vacationing co-worker's cubicle with gummi bears. Ah, delicious whimsy! Good thing it's cooled off a little; last time we tried this back in July, she came back to a ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    TxDOT Sues Over Steamy Novel

    It's titled Don't Mess With Texas.