There's been a lot of heavy discussion over plans to build a botanic garden on the East End, with a likely home being the Gus Wortham Golf Course. It all came to a head at a public forum hosted by the city late last month when passions collided over where to place the multi-million garden space. Co ... More >>
HPD is investigating the beating death of Alejandra D. Gueldner, 72, of Houston. She was found at 1200 Hardy Street, an industrial area near the warehouse district, at 4:45 a.m. January 17. The victim had been working at the Hilton Americas at 1600 Lamar Street until midnight. She was seen on survei ... More >>
It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>
Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.
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 >>
The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.
What a difference a year makes. In May 2012, the first annual East End Street Fest was held on Cinco de Mayo along Harrisburg Boulevard, with the lovely and talented Norma Zenteno serving as the headlining musical act. For the second annual entry, the venue has shifted to the brand-new esplanade tha ... More >>
It was an exciting week in terms of openings for Houston restaurants. We heard about two closings only, but a ton of restaurants announced plans concerning openings (many came forward with dates, too!). Let's get the closings out of the way before we get to this week's openings and news about soon- ... More >>
It still smells like coffee outside the Maximus Coffee Group plant on Harrisburg Boulevard in the Second Ward, but there's no smoke coming from the plant's exhaust chimneys, and no trucks are driving in and out of the complex carrying Maximus coffee. Ninety percent of the 250 unionized workers at M ... More >>
The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>
Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.
Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.
As of today, Jeannine's Bistro remains closed in Montrose with no word from owner Andrew Klarman as to its eventual reopening date. The popular Belgian bistro closed temporarily this past Saturday due to staffing issues. Plenty of other doors were shut this week, too, including the beloved Olde Tow ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in EaDo.
So you're not comfortable with the EaDo sobriquet. I don't care. The damn thing has stuck. It's short, easy and to-the-point. (Besides, the more important question is what to call that weird DMZ area on South Shepherd that's not quite Montrose, not quite Upper Kirby, not quite River Oaks and not qui ... More >>
The East End is undergoing some necessary growing pains right now as a new generation of Houstonians rediscover the neighborhoods right next door to downtown. Construction of a METRO light rail to connect the East End with the main line has had Harrisburg torn up for some time, but is nearly complet ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 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 hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Just yes ... More >>
Houston's Top 10
Three years ago, the Houston Chronicle released a pretty much dive bar-free list of 20 dive bars, and now their scrappy little sibling 29-95 has inflicted a similarly hapless collection of ten of the same. On the 29-95 list: Rudyard's, Boondocks, Warren's, Poison Girl, Catbirds, the Continental Clu ... More >>
Along with Lightnin' Hopkins's cousin Milton Hopkins, Houston jazz diva Jewel Brown heads north to Chicago this weekend, where she and Hopkins will entertain folks with their new album, Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown. The festival is paying tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins since this would have been hi ... More >>
In 1904, Houston's base ball team couldn't find a home base.
Police are looking for Jaime Mata, who's been charged with arson for burning a bar in the 8000 block of Harrisburg after barricading the door so patrons couldn't leave. Crime Stoppers says Mata and a friend were tossed from the bar. They returned, "closed the burglar bars and barricaded the door wi ... More >>
Better or worse that he didn't make it to work?The off-duty cop who hit a school bus in the afternoon last year has been charged with drunk driving, and HPD confirms he was on his way into work when the accident happened. As opposed to just being drunk and behind the wheel on a weekday after ... More >>
W.B. Yeats perusing the city's health inspection recordsWe're starting this week real classy-like with an appropriately apocalyptic Yeats poem, because we're excellent at copying and pasting stuff that makes us look smart. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the ... More >>
Where's Indy when you need him?We were intrigued by Brittanie Shey's visit to the Camp Logan ruins in Memorial Park last month, so we wondered: Where are the best spots in the Houston area to do some archeological exploring? We asked Louis Aulbach, one of the best Houston historians, for som ... More >>
We are wuvvedWhen we looked askance last week at Metro's plans to declare its undying Valentine's Day love for its passengers, little did we know how darkly, bitterly cynical they were. THE NEW METRO !!!!!! (pat. pending), instead of sending tedious e-mails purporting to rebut line-by-line o ... More >>
Metro's Airport Direct is getting the biggest change out the agency's bus service overhaul. Metro officials discussed today the details of a sizable overhaul of the agency's bus service for next year, and, surprisingly, the move has little to do with saving money. In fact the changes, as currentl ... More >>
Raquel Munday: Aggressive towing policy left her helplessOver the summer and fall, three black women have been found strangled in and around the streets of downtown Houston.While some are starting to speculate that a serial killer is on the loose, at a news conference this week at HPD headquarter ... More >>
This week's Health Department Roundup brought us to some interesting-sounding places. At Supple Skin (2368 Rice Blvd.), a May 5 pre-opening inspection found the ceilings not easily cleanable in the walk-in fridge, food prep area and several other sections of the shop. At Boom Boom Game Room ... More >>
If we can;t have the fun, can we at least have the funk?As you walk two mushy downtown blocks on a blazing August afternoon in Houston, surely the question that comes to your mind is "Isn't this fun?"Or maybe not.Anyway, the extremely important publication Portfolio has done an extremely scientif ... More >>
Jenny Schlief chops and screws Michael Jackson's Thriller
Metro board members yesterday heard from a business owner who said that light rail construction near his used car dealership is causing him to lose money because Metro isn't keeping all its promises.Mark Rodriguez, the business owner, has a used car lot on Harrisburg Boulevard near the intersecti ... More >>
Win or lose, the mood is always congenial in U of H watering hole The Den.
Is Houston about to become America's coffee capital?
Bad news from the state capital... Actor Lou Perryman -- who played Claude in Eagle Pennell's 1983 Houston-shot film Last Night at the Alamo -- was stabbed to death April 1 in his South Austin home. Perryman was 68. A suspect is in custody.Perryman's most prominent role nationally was as L.G. ... More >>
If you're a transsexual and you gotta pee, there are at least 21 locations in Houston where you won't run into any problems - at least according to safe2pee.org, a website that lists 1,848 transsexual-friendly bathrooms in 476 cities. Hair Balls tried to get in touch with the person who started the ... More >>
The Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Eastwood Civic Association, and some East End residents are up in arms over Metro's plans for a light rail overpass on Harrisburg Boulevard. So what's their problem, you say? Why would anyone have anything critical to say of Metro? Yeah, Hair Balls found ... More >>
Out Go the Lights
Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude
At the Love-Joy Ministries kitchen, there's dessert and good deeds, too
Wretched Research, Godwin's On Target, Culture Jocks
Technology has changed the nature of barbecue. But deep in the heart of Texas, a few true artists still cling to the old ways. We go in search of greater Houston's greatest pits.
Dead Horse Walking
For more than 70 years, Milby High School has educated working class kids from the East End. In the early 1960s, I was one of them. I recently went back to Milby to see not what had changed, but what, if anything, remained.