Houston Health Department

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    The Final Feast: Groundbreaking Restaurant Closes With Sold-Out Night

    Click to view the full, final menu from Feast. Feast's friends and fans packed the little house at 219 Westheimer for a final taste of hearty delights such as fish and scallop pie and coq au vin. The sold-out final night was a fitting end for a place that convinced Houstonians that offal was not aw ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    From Tacos to Tikka Masala

    Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Welcome Montrose's Midtown Bar & Grill

    La Guadalupana is one of Montrose's most beloved Mexican restaurants, a charming family-run bakery that also happens to turn out top-notch Mexican breakfasts every day of the week. And soon, it could become one of Pasadena's most beloved restaurants too. Owner Trancito Diaz told our own Francisco M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    PSA: This Rat Fetus Was Not Found in Timmy Chan's Fried Rice

    The Original Timmy Chan's on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (a.k.a. Timmy Chan's Chicken & Rice) may have only been inspected by the City of Houston Health Department once since November 2010, but that inspection didn't turn up anything that we'd call remotely offensive. And that Timmy Chan's on M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Pools And Community Centers Come Under Parker's Budget Ax

    Pool's closed today, and all summer​Eight swimming pool pools and seven community centers won't open this summer and about 750 city employees will be laid off under the new budget proposed by Mayor Annise Parker today.The fire and police departments avoided layoffs. "Developing this budget h ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Sit, Stay

    The Boneyard is a barking good time for man and his best friend.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Chef Monica Pope Goes to Jail (Okay, Not Really)

    Photo by Tam VoI don't think they serve beets in prison.​But that's the status update that more or less freaked out half of the Houston food community when they saw it posted on her Facebook wall earlier today: Thought I'd send the lunch menu from jail (long story, blame the health dept) but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    The Strange Saga of The Muffin Man

    Above: Jason "Muffin Man" Perry speaks, um, passionately at a Houston City Council meeting on September 28, 2010. Sitting at home one August day in the Montrose, I watched as a young man walked up and down my street, rolling up flyers and sticking them into gates and doors up and down Hyde Park. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Taco Truck Gourmet: The Southwest Comisaria

    ​The Houston Health Department requires that every taco truck must visit a commissary to dump waste, refill the tanks with potable water and sanitize the kitchen every 24 hours. Each truck has to carry receipts for these daily services and display a current Health Department inspection sticker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Hotel Edition

    ​Inspecting a hotel kitchen is a tall order, and hotel food services are usually represented on any given bi-weekly tally of health code violators published by the Houston Health Department. Those hotel restaurants ordered to clean up their acts this month in our fair city include: The Inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Sell-By Date, Schmell-By Date: Where to Find the Cheapest Groceries in Town

    ​Eating Our Words recently became acquainted with and enamored with Capital Sales, a "scratch-and-dent" grocery store on the corner of Almeda and Binz. The sign out front declares discounts to 30 to 60 percent on a wide variety of goods, and once inside, you discover it's no lie. We love to st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Sometimes There's God Edition

    ​Believe it or not, trolling the Houston Health Department website for tidbits about dirty floors, missing hand-washing signs and spoiled animal parts is not always an invigorating activity. But sometimes, as Blanche Dubois says, there's God. Take a look at page one under Full Service Restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Hyperlink Edition

    This week's hall of health-code-violating shame includes restaurants previously reviewed, mentioned, discussed or otherwise examined in the Houston Press. Back in September 2004, Press food critic Robb Walsh said to forget about the then-ubiquitous South Beach bitch of a diet and eat up at The Sac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Bakery Edition

    This week's roundup feature retail bakeries cited by the health department for sugar-dusted food-service blunders during the past two weeks. On the wholesale front, Sammy's Bakery (11331 Bissonnet) was caught with an overflowing garbage container in its food service area There are also no paper tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Swine Flu Closes Three HISD Schools, Episcopal High -- And All Of Fort Worth ISD (UPDATED)

    HISD has announced two schools have closed until further notice because of possible -- but not confirmed -- cases of swine flu.Harvard Elementary and Hamilton Middle School, both in the Heights, are the schools."Late last night the City of Houston Health Department informed HISD Superintendent Abela ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 21, 2006

    Top Tacos

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

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Edifice Complex

    Another new sports facility, another round of hype

  • Dining

    March 29, 2001

    Side Order of Worms?

    You like fresh salmon? So do marine parasites.

  • News

    November 5, 1998

    Downtown Dumping, Dog-Style

    Is a businessman's problem a preview of the poop ahead?

  • News

    January 25, 1996


    A movie star's claim of a cancer cure spreads Cat's Claw fever through the city

  • News

    December 14, 1995

    Getting the Lead Out

    A Mexican folk remedy stymies attempts to cleanse Houston of a heavy metal

  • News

    March 16, 1995

    The Battle Over Brentwood

    To one side, it's a question of power; to the other, it's a question of homophobia. For both it's a question of whether a community, once sundered, can ever be bound together again.