• Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Randy Evans

    In Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Randy Evans, we explored his struggle with deciding to become a chef instead of a doctor (and how his wife helped), his friendship with chef Chris Shepherd and how he came to be Executive Chef at Brennan's of Houston. Perhaps, though, the most pressing question for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Rebecca Masson of
    Fluff Bake Bar

    In Part 1, we learned about Rebecca Masson's journey that would take her from the slopes of Breckenridge, to one of the finest culinary schools in the world and, eventually, to Houston. Here in Part 2, we'll find out how she became a contestant on "Top Chef: Just Desserts" and sought crowd-funding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The Dunlavy Event Space Will Bring Clark Cooper Concepts Food to Buffalo Bayou

    If you've ever wished that Coppa Ristorante or Brasserie 19 could cater your next big party, you're in luck. Clark Cooper Concepts, the restaurant team behind Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria, Coppa Ristorante and Punk's Simple Southern recently announced they secured a space at Buffalo Bayou Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    First Look at Dosi, A Korean Small Plates Restaurant and Soju Bar

    It would be tempting to visit Dosi just for Korean fried chicken. The tempura-battered free range chicken comes to the table tantalizingly stacked in a mound of tasty, bright orange, spicy-sweet gochugang (Korean red pepper) glaze, without a doubt the best version you can find in Houston at the mome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: How Do You Pronnounce Giacomo's, Anyway?

    In part 1 of our Chef Chat with Lynette Hawkins of Giacomo's, we discussed how it started out being a counter service restaurant. The customers didn't like it, though, and the restaurant is now 100% table service. Why didn't it work, though? We find out here in Part 2. We also get three recommenda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Passaporto Italia Begins at Central Market

    Head to Canyon Creek Cafe on Tuesday, April 29, for a five-course beer dinner paired with brews from Buffalo Bayou, Saint Arnold and Karbach. The beer dinner costs $65 and begins at 6 p.m. with crispy calamari paired with Buffalo Bayou Figaro - Belgian Fig. Next, Canyon Creek will serve a roasted ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013

    Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Family-Friendly Restaurants, Labor Day Openings & More

    What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Travis Lenig of Liberty Kitchen, On Making Customers Feel Special and His Fried Chicken Wednesdays

    This is Part 2 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, our chat with Travis Lenig of Liberty Kitchen revealed a bit about his background as a chef, and how he loves eating spicy food. Today, our conversation moves to the work he's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Brandi Key of Coppa, On Making the Perfect Pizza and Coppa's Next Move

    Brandi Key Coppa Ristorante Italiano 5555 Washington Tel: 713-426-4260 This is Part 2 of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. EOW: So the concept of Coppa as being an Italian Restaurant, and you coming from Pappa's, how did that evolve and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Joe Stark of Brasserie 19 Gives Us a Veteran's View from Behind the Bar

    Finding a bartender for this week's article proved far harder than usual. After visiting three bars in a row manned by -- in this order -- a bar back, a first-day waitress and, finally, no one at all, I began to wonder if I had finally succeeded in my goal to drink Houston dry. In a last-ditch effor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Handicapping Houston Restaurant Week: Your Guide to the Best Deals and Meals

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Shea Cooper of Coppa Talks Barrel-Aged Cocktails and Dramaturgy

    Coppa Italian Ristorante had very large shoes to fill when it opened in the old Catalan space. From its dramatic yet understated décor to Chef Brandi Key's fresh take on familiar Italian classics, Coppa seems to be forging its own way in the world quite nicely. I stopped in early on a Sunday aftern ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Top 9 Comments On Summer Fest 2012: Where's The Women?

    As most of Houston and the surrounding area knows by now, Free Press Summer Fest announced its 2012 lineup in the wee hours this morning. By now Rocks Off has had a few more hours to reflect on the festival, entering its fourth year at Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2 and 3, and also to take a shower. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Marcus Gausepohl of CHA Champagne & Wine Bar

    ​I had passed CHA Champagne & Wine Bar on Waugh across from Whole Foods so many times but hadn't stopped in until this week. I was in a celebratory mood because I'd gotten 90 percent of my Christmas shopping done on Cyber Monday and felt I deserved a pat on the back glass of Champagne. A frien ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 29, 2011

    That's Rich

    Brasserie 19 is the place to see and be seen in River Oaks.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Top 5: Places to See and Be Seen

    Benjy's on Washington on a Friday night​Let's face it, Houstonians have a tendency to be fickle. They flock to the coolest places when it's new and hip to do so, losing interest and moving on when the next hot new thing hits the scene.  When a place is "in," though, everyone seems to want t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex in City Centre

    Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex​Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex is a cool kind of guy. The first time I met him, during the launch of Bistro Bar, he came down from the kitchen decked out in full chef's regalia - complete with a signature chef's toque hat t ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    Nightfly: Hard to Kill

    Is Nouveau Antique Art Bar leading a Midtown renaissance?

  • Dining

    January 7, 2010

    International House of Sandwiches

    Juan Mon's youthful swagger is endearingly silly, and his sandwiches are very tasty.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Showdown at the IPA Corral

    Houston's favorite brewery, Saint Arnold, held their sold-out Second Annual One Pot Showdown yesterday afternoon on the kind of overcast, slightly chilly day that was perfect chili (and gumbo and stew and curry) eating weather.  The rules for the One Pot Showdown were simple yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Coming Soon: Juan Mon's International Sandwiches

    A whole new concept in international fast food is coming to a stretch of Taft Street in Houston's Fourth Ward. Juan Mon's International Sandwiches and Drinks plans to bring an eclectic cuisine to one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. First, the neighborhood. Taft Street between West G ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2006
  • Year End

    December 29, 2005

    New Year's Eve Guide 2005

    Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Don't Speak

    A man of few words, dance music hero Sasha talks with his hands

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    A Fable

    The Streets take on rap with a British accent and deliver a modern morality play

  • Music

    March 13, 2003

    Ted Leo

    Hearts of Oak (Lookout)

  • Film

    May 16, 2002

    Game Boy

    Hugh Grant shows real substance in a solid comedy about growing up

  • Dining

    October 25, 2001

    Patriotic Excess

    Luxurious Vallone’s most interesting new menu items arean early casualty of the war