The 7th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the right to a jury trial. The 8th Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." A new report by Human Rights Watch shows that federal criminal defendants, especially those charged with drug crimes, are having their constitutional rights arguab ... More >>
Hank on Food: Hank has been blogging up a storm lately, but one of his most useful recent entries is a review of Just Burgers up near Spring. He notes that the outside of Just Burgers is pretty nondescript, but inside it's a veritable shrine to the Texans and to burger. The menu features creatively ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar Cookshop is offering a two-course HRW lunch menu ($20) and a three-course HRW dinner menu ($45). Service/Atmosphere: I had not been to Sparrow since the name change/concept shift, and it was fun to revisit a space I enjoy. Grant ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar offers three menus for Houston Restaurant Weeks: two lunch menus, a two-course meal for $20 and a three-course meal for $30, and a three-course dinner for $35. Each menu comes with an optional wine pairing; $5 per course for the lun ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks:The Oceanaire is offering two menus for Houston Restaurants Weeks: a lunch menu, a two-course meal for $20 ($3 donated to the Houston Food Bank), and a three-course dinner for $35 ($5 donated to the Houston Food Bank). Service/Atmosphere: The Oceanaire is lo ... More >>
The restaurant bans kids after 7p.m., and everyone on the Internet has an opinion.
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Au Petit Paris Bistro is serving two Houston Restaurant Weeks menus, a three-course lunch for $20 ($3 donated to the Houston Food Bank) and a three-course dinner for $35 ($5 donated to the Houston Food Bank). You can pair a glass of red merlot wine, house sau ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: We went to RDG Bar Annie for a luxurious lunch that was a stunning value: three courses for $20. You can also go for dinner ($45 for four courses) and they even have an HRW brunch ($35 for three courses). Service/Atmosphere: RDG is sophisticated yet cozy. ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Coppa has a Houston Restaurant Weeks menu available for dinner that reads like a Greatest Hits list. I was able to have several of the dishes they are known for in one meal and was thrilled. The cost is $35.
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Two course brunch or lunch for $20 (choose either appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert) and three course dinner for $35. Sorrel Urban Bistro will donate $3 per brunch or lunch and $5 per dinner to the Houston Food Bank. Service/Atmosphere: We went t ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: During the month of Houston Restaurant Weeks, Soma Sushi offers a four-course dinner for $35 per person, from which the restaurant will donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank. The fact that I could have four courses from an awesome sushi restaurant for just $35 w ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Glass Wall is on the higher end of pricing ($45 for dinner instead of the usual $35) for Houston Restaurant Weeks but it's a case of getting what you pay for. They are only open for dinner. There are optional (and astute) wine pairings by "Grape Alchemist" an ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Haven is offering brunch, lunch and dinner for HRW. Lunch and brunch are each $20 and include two courses (no dessert). Dinner is $45 and includes an appetizer, an entrée and dessert. Service/Atmosphere: My mother and I decided on a late dinner at Haven ki ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Latin Bites is offering brunch and dinner menus during HRW so this is the perfect time to try out this modern Peruvian hot spot. (Kaitlin Steinberg visited recently, and reviewed LB.) At brunch, $20 will get you two generous courses--but you should really add ... More >>
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Three course lunch for $20 and three course dinner for $35. The price is right and the historic, brick and mirror-walled space is stunning. The lunch entrée selections are the Hearsay burger, grilled salmon and chicken picatta. All entrees come with side ite ... More >>
Cafe Chino proves looks can be deceiving.
With so many restaurants participating in the month-long Houston Restaurant Weeks this year (more than 150 so far), it can be difficult to choose which ones to tackle. And since you want to make reservations at nearly all of the participating HRW spots, you'll want to start planning now. That's why ... More >>
J. Lo's Marilyn Monroe moment may not have gone as well as she planned. You see, when Monroe sang the words "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy, the controversy arose by murmurs of an affair. When J. Lo sang those words, scandal came by means of scathing headlines about human-rights ... More >>
In June 2009, Chris Vogel wrote our story "For Their Own Good," detailing the problems created when teens are left in solitary confinement in jail for up to 23 hours a day. We'd like to think we made an impact -- well, we had some effect in Harris County, which is what we concentrated on -- but as ... More >>
Tomorrow is International Bacon Day. In honor of everyone's favorite fatty strip of pig, we're bringing you some of Houston's Most Outrageous Bacon Dishes. Country-Fried Bacon: BRC Gastropub's Deviled Eggs w/ Country-Fried Bacon. Leave it up to a Big Red Cock to take a piece of humble bacon, chic ... More >>
UPDATE: In grand Houston Restaurant Weeks tradition (which used to be just "Houston Restaurant Week," no plural at the end), HRW has been extended once again this year. The month-long dining-for-charity eatstravaganza will run through Labor Day weekend. The last day to get your $20 lunches and $35 d ... More >>
There are several restaurants offering four-course dinners during Houston Restaurant Weeks instead of the traditional three-course dinners, and I'll admit that this is the main reason I chose Soma Sushi for dinner with a friend last Saturday night: the opportunity to eat four dishes for only $35 (fa ... More >>
New York Times: Houston is getting all the national love this week. After being called "Texas's best and most diverse food city" by Andrew Knowlton in Bon Appétit, it's getting a spotlight from none other than The Gray Lady herself. The New York Times noted our sprawling Chinatown over the weekend ... More >>
CultureMap: Houston Restaurant Weeks starts today, and celebrated earlier this week with a kick-off party at Momentum Audi. The Houston Press was not invited (was it something we said?), but luckily CultureMap was there to cover the event and remind folks that, above all, HRW is about raising money ... More >>
On August 15, culinarians across the country will be celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. Hoping to recruit at least one million people into the celebration, her original publisher - Alfred A. Knopf - has begun JC100, a celebration of Julia's legacy in the 100 days leading ... More >>
What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>
I didn't order it, but I managed to steal a few bites.As we mounted the steps to the restaurant, my five-year-old began to have a meltdown. This was not good. We had been anticipating DEFCON 5, and had chosen a restaurant accordingly. She had left her hair-band behind, it seemed, and she was ... More >>
Christina UticoneSweet rock baby shrimp saladHouston Restaurant Week is better than Christmas -- there, I said it. Last year my husband and I went crazy trying new restaurants, finding many of our favorites through the Restaurant Week event. This is the gift that keeps on giving (and I'm coun ... More >>
There have been a few significant changes to this year's Houston Restaurant Week, the annual fundraising-through-dining event that benefits the Houston Food Bank. Most noticeably, the event will run throughout the entire month of August (making it "Houston Restaurant Month," technically, but ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Culture Map: Sarah Rufca asks a question that anyone who deals with group dinin ... More >>
Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories.
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Aghastronome: That's right, Houston's own Bryan Caswell will be competing on th ... More >>
Yes, they even have GF chocolate chip cookies.No big surprise here, but a welcome announcement nonetheless: Houston Restaurant Week has officially been extended until Labor Day, making it -- in effect -- Houston Restaurant Month. HRW was expected to end on August 21, tomorrow, but will now ru ... More >>
Happy anniversary, Block 7 Wine Company!Seven courses, wine pairings and even a pre-dinner reception: Think you can work your way through this menu? Considering that each course will be prepared by a different chef from a different upscale Houston restaurant, you'll want to consider saving up ... More >>
RA Sushi is about to get even clubbier than usual...Houston Restaurant Week is in full swing right now. With so many restaurants to choose from, people have been overwhelmed with choices -- not a bad position to be in, really. I love CultureMap's efficient little "cheat sheet" for trying to f ... More >>
No appointed lawyers, unlike criminal courtsAlberto was born in Portugal, but moved with his parents to the United States before his second birthday. In time, he received his green card, becoming a legal permanent resident.But Alberto was bipolar, and as the decades ticked by, he found himself ho ... More >>
Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.
Jose Medellin is probably in Hell, if you believe in that sort of thing, and we're not sure how good the Internet service is down there. (We're guessing they use Comcast, though.)Medellin was executed in August by Texas after being convicted of the murder of 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena.His execution ... More >>
For days after the storm, inmates in Beaumont lived without A/C, electricity or hot meals. Press releases kept saying everything inside was fine. Guards and prisoners agree — that was nothing but B.S.
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
UH student Mariyah Moten put on a two-piece and became (in)famous in Pakistan
An oil-field services employee from Texas is shot down on the streets of Nigeria, martyr to someone's cause
Catholic priest John Chinh Tran re-created Vietnam's Thai Xuan Village in Houston with an iron hand. These days his control is slipping away.