• Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Los Skarnales Hit 20 Years as Houston's Favorite Vatos Rudos

    If a band ever personified the "Houston Sound," Los Skarnales would certainly need to be on that list. Last year group was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame, after being Houston Press Music Award nominees and winners countless times. With shows that are always sweaty, soulful and a skanki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Old 97's at Fitzgerald's, 5/27/2014

    Old 97's, Lydia Loveless Fitzgerald's May 27, 2014 In band years, the Old 97's have now reached what you might call their Tattoo You period, settling into a solid signature sound while fighting off early-middle-age complacency and retaining the ability to surprise people a little. But if comparing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Pre-Theater Dining Without the Hassle: These Houston Restaurants Offer Free Shuttle Service

    Who doesn't love a night out at the theater? The beauty. The culture. The pre-show dinner and drinks. It's all good and fun until you realize what a hassle it is trying to navigate your transportation/parking situation for the night. Do you have time to walk, or do you have to cab it? Should you par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Where To Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

    Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 15, 2013
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    May 14, 2013

    Latino Music's Many Styles Charge Austin's Pachanga Fest

    Pachanga Fest Latino Music Festival Feat. Los Lobos, Celso Piña, Intocable, 3BallMTY, y más Fiesta Gardens, Austin May 10 & 11, 2013 Since 2008, the annual, family-friendly Pachanga Fest Latino Music Festival has showcased the vibrant blend of Latino-created music and art and its impact on Americ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses On the Northside

    The Greater Northside Management District classifies "The Northside" as the "24 square miles north of Downtown Houston" between Interstate-10/Katy Freeway on the south, Studewood/Yale on the West, Little York to the north, and Interstate-59 Eastex Freeway to the East (although for this article, we s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Macondo, Guadalajara, Taco Trucks and More

    Slim pickings this week, with a fairly anonymous group of restaurants listed in the inspections. We're sure the Sonic at 330 North Park in Kingwood isn't anonymous to whoever owns it, but most of us don't own the Sonic at 330 North Park in Kingwood. To the party who does, congratulations on picking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Astros Opening Day 2013: Fans Weigh In With Hopes & Opinions On AL Baseball

    For as long as I remember, I've been a baseball fan. Which is kinda strange considering I never played Little League, didn't learn how to hold a bat or catch a ball until my best friend taught me in high school, and my father's favorite sports team are fútbol-playing goats (Las Chivas Rayadas de Gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Saturday Night: 22nd Annual Mariachi Invitational at Arena Theatre

    HLS&R Go Tejano Committee 22nd Annual Mariachi Invitational Arena Theater March 9, 2013 In both numbers and influence, the Go Tejano Committee is one of the largest and strongest within the entire Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. It raises and awards millions of dollars worth of scholarships for hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 4, 2012

    Why Do Chicanos Love the Aztecs?

    And what are some Mexican regional stereotypes of Mexicans?

  • Dining

    August 30, 2012

    Paneer on Bombay Pizza

    If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Bombay Pizza: A Downtown Beacon on Main Street

    It's often tempting to refer to restaurants as beacons, especially if they're bright points in otherwise dark areas (whether metaphorically or literally). I once referred to Moon Tower Inn this way, noting the power that the hot-dogs-and-beer joint had to draw people in like moths to a flame. It wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Sarah Combs, 2 Others: Ran $27 Million "Black Market Peso" Money-Laundering Scheme, Feds Say

    A Dickinson woman and two other people have been charge with running a $27 million "Black Market Peso Exchange" money-laundering scheme, federal prosecutors announced today. Sarah Combs, 48, appeared in court here today; Willie Whitehurst, 44, of Houston will be arraigned next week and Enrique Mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Six-String Pawn Stars: Top 10 Famous Stolen Guitars

    Tom Petty got a real kick in the balls late last week when he discovered that his vintage blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTV Junior had been stolen from a California soundstage where the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Three other vintage guitars owned by b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Last Night: Maná At Toyota Center

    Maná Toyota Center April 4, 2012 The last time Maná visited Houston, they sold out Toyota Center two nights in a row. The world's premier rock en español band is on the second leg of the Drama Y Luz tour, in support of their latest album of the same name. The group from the land of tequila y ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Openings and Closings: The Non-Montrose Edition

    We had a few comments last week bemoaning the fact that the week's restaurant news was all out of Montrose. "Montrose - within a 10 minute drive for only 14% of the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, and yet it gets a least a third of the restaurant coverage in the Houston Press," wrote one commente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 20, 2011

    How Did the Chivas Soccer Team Get Its Name?

    And why won't my hot Mexican gardener take an HIV test?

  • Culture

    July 7, 2011
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    May 4, 2011

    Tequila Talk with Stewart Skloss of Pura Vida Tequila - Part I

    Founder Stewart Skloss with a bottle of the Pura Vida Anejo​I didn't expect to actually meet with Stewart Skloss when I contacted the offices of Pura Vida Tequila. I especially did not expect to meet with him the week of Cinco de Mayo and the launch of their radio station, the first ever "fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Tasting Spring Branch

    St. Arnold's and a slider from Avalon Diner.​Nothing makes a late Sunday afternoon like tasty food, cold beer and a sense of community. This is what I found at the Memorial Assistance Ministries' Taste of Spring Branch food tasting event this weekend. After a minor snafu involving a tree and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Downtown Dining for a Texas-Sized Group

    Photo courtesy of QuattroRoom with a view: La Cucina room at Quattro in the Four Seasons​Reader Brian T. writes in with a dilemma: I work for redacted and have been tasked with researching a recommendation list of Downtown's best dinner spots. My groups typically range from 20-45 people and n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Celebrating National Taco Day at Laredo Taqueria

    Photo by Erika Ray​Monday, I celebrated National Taco Day (yeah, I didn't really know that was a "thing" until late in the day) by tucking in at Laredo Taqueria (915 Snover, off Washington Avenue) with three fat tacos and a glass of sweet jamaica. Laredo Taqueria is one of those last holdouts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    10 Places I Liked as a Photographer, Want to Try as an Eater

    Photo by Jeff BalkeSteak and cheesy grits at Plonk Beer and Wine Bistro​Last week, I wrote about my experiences photographing 100 restaurants for the Houston Press online restaurant guide. During the month I was shooting, I shot eateries both familiar and not so much. Given my time constraints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Meeting Spanish Village For the First Time

    A bowl of queso is all you need some days.​I made the acquaintance of Spanish Village (4720 Almeda Rd.) for the first time last night. For a lifelong Houstonian, this might seem odd and perhaps a bit heretical, but the truth is that I'd never before set foot inside the old Tex-Mex joint just s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Sous vide pork at Textile.​Creating a top ten list for the Heights is an intimidating process. At a basic level, it's difficult to even define the Heights. And with so many great restaurants to choose from, we've had to leave out popular spots Teotihuacan, Vietnam Restaurant, and Onion Creek f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Salad City

    Green papaya salad at Asia Market​It can be a struggle to find a good salad in a town so fanatical for Tex-Mex. And barbecue. And burgers. But we know they're out there somewhere. It's still early enough in January that you might not have broken all of your New Year's resolutions... So where d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Architecture Gone Awry: Houston's 8 Ugliest Buildings

    Photo courtesy of SwamplotThe HISD Central Services building, a.k.a. the Taj Mahal​The old HISD Central Services building on Richmond -- called the Taj Mahal by HISD employees, both for its massive size and the massive budget that went into building it -- was torn down in 2007. One of the few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    The Major League Soccer All-Star Game Gets The Biggest Houston Stage, But Who's Going To Be On It?

    ​When Major League Soccer announced late July that the 2010 All-Star game would be played in Houston, there was much speculation as to where the event would be held. The Houston Dynamo currently call Robertson Stadium home, but Reliant Stadium is just so much prettier.The Dynamo front office hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Two Cousins Nabbed In Mexico For Separate Houston Murders

    ​Two men wanted for separate Houston murders were caught together in Guadalajara, Mexico yesterday afternoon. The crimes, which occurred about two years apart, were unrelated. The suspected killers are cousins. "Murder runs in this family," said homicide detective Michael Miller of the Houston Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Last Call For Art: This Weekend's Closings

    Four exhibits at Lawndale Art Center close this Saturday including "Washington Avenue: Forgotten to Gentrified," a photo exhibit by Robert Sennhauser that looks at the near-downtown neighborhood and the changes it's currently undergoing. Among the highlights of the exhibit are Sennhauser's taped int ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009

    “Washington Avenue: Forgotten to Gentrified”

    Photographer Robert Sennhauser documents the transformation a near-downtown neighborhood

  • Dining

    April 30, 2009
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    August 27, 2008

    Drowned Sandwich at Paparruchos on Sage

    I only learned about the torta ahogada recently. It came up in a conversation about a special type of Guadalajaran bread called birote or bolillo salado that has a higher salt content and a thick crunchy crust. The sandwich gets its name because it’s dipped in a spicy sauce made with chile de ar ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 10, 2008
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    April 17, 2008

    Doña Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen and “Perspectivas: A Window into Their World”

    A one-woman show and an art exhibit share the spotlight as part of the 2008 Texas Sor Juana Festival

  • Dining

    April 17, 2008
  • Calendar

    August 30, 2007


    Mexican rockers say, “To Love Is to Fight”

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    November 9, 2006



  • Dining

    September 21, 2006

    Top Tacos

    Mexican "tacos de trompo" are getting hard to find because the Health Department says they're illegal

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world

  • Culture

    August 1, 2002

    Crazy World

    Javier Téllez's work at Sicardi Gallery explores the insanity of "sanity"

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    North Guadalajara

    Fonda Dona Maria transforms into a colossal palacio

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Drive-thru Food

    Chicken tortas, Taqueria Fiesta Guadalajara,

  • Calendar

    September 24, 1998
  • Dining

    January 20, 1994

    Nuevo Voss

    Escalante's: south of the border, west of the Loop, high on profile and middling on menu... so far

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