Anybody can come up with a simple name for a sports team. God knows there are enough Tigers and Lions and Eagles and such to fill a stadium. But, it takes real creativity and bravery to come up with a totally unique nickname for a school. In Texas, where high school football is only slightly less im ... More >>
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It's been more than a century since the first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in Houston. George Caldwell brought The Original Mexican Restaurant to our city in 1907, influenced -- most agree -- by a restaurant of the same name in his hometown of San Antonio. It would be another 20 years before Felix Mex ... More >>
This is the second part of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with chef Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza about his role as a chef in a big hotel restaurant. Today we talk about some of his personal influenc ... More >>
The further one digs into the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music, the deeper one's appreciation of the contributions of Houston's country-music pioneers becomes. Yeah, just check out the black circles under the eyes and drunk-ass grins on Leon Payne's band above. That photo alone sp ... More >>
We're living in a globally connected world right now. Goods of all kinds are available from anywhere in the world in days, or in cases like music and films instantly. Our favorite expression lately is, "Living in the future is awesome," and if anyone argues with you punch them in the face and ... More >>
Do you know how dark it is in GPB? This is the best I could manage.There is a point at which last night's events begin to get extremely fuzzy for me. I know that some time around 10:30 p.m., I ended up on the back porch at Grand Prize Bar (1010 Banks, 713-526-4565) smoking cigarettes -- I don ... More >>
Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>
From Ground Zero of the immigration crisis along the Mexican border
This Shady Acres cafe is a great place to go for beer and burgers, but a challenging place to eat outside.
Photo by Troy FieldsRobb Walsh's recent feature on the dubious origins of most fajitas eaten in restaurants today sent Houston Press photographer Troy Fields on an interesting journey to the original Ninfa's on Navigation, to photograph the entire process of prepping their famous fajitas. The meat u ... More >>
Mark Mavrantonis, Director of Culinary Development for Legacy Restaurants, which owns the Original Ninfa's, buys Certified Hereford outside skirt steak for the famous fajitas there. He doesn't hold back in his opinions about fajita meat. "Using inner skirt steak for fajitas is probably okay," he wr ... More >>
What are you really eating when you order fajitas in a Tex-Mex restaurant?
A woman from Crockett who says she owns the rights to the name Rin Tin Tin is suing a movie studio that recently released a film about the famous German Shepherd. She is asking the court not only for money in damages, but also that every single copy of the movie be destroyed. According to a lawsuit ... More >>
American steaks: second of a three-part series
In the cultlike customs of Texas A&M, tradition is life. Even in death.