Iron Chef

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Chuck's Eat the Street Comes to Houston in July--Here's a Preview of the Food-Filled Episode

    "Houston has a lot of people and a lot of money," Chuck Hughes says. "Fortunately or unfortunately, you need people and money for restaurants. Houston has everything going for it." This was a surprise to Hughes when he visited Houston at the end of May to tape his Cooking Channel show, Chuck's Eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Fish & the Knife Opens Today

    The almost austere, minimalist Fish & the Knife sign on the Westheimer-facing part of the building may be prominent, but it doesn't properly hint at the beauty that awaits inside. And if anything can be said about the Fish & the Knife, which has been under construction since 2010, it is that it is u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Chef Randy Evans Hosting the Iron Fork Competition at 2013 Menu of Menus®

    In 2012, Menu of Menus® celebrated its 10th anniversary with a move into a stunning new space -- Silver Street Station -- with plenty of room for the thousands of guests that showed up and with the inaugural Iron Fork competition. Last year saw master chef Monica Pope hosting the knock-out Iron Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 5, Machi Cure at Uchi

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Grand Incubator

    Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Southern-Fried Dim Sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie's Burger Bus

    Austin King is a nervous ball of energy. He hops around the small kitchen at the rear of Grand Prize Bar like a character in Super Mario Brothers, head down and face fixed in a grimace of determined concentration. He pulls dumplings from a fryer with one hand, sprinkles Tabasco-infused scallions ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Food Network Star Turns Former Judges into Competitors

    At my house, the DVR is always set to record Food Network Star (nee The Next Food Network Star). The only Food Network mega-star to emerge from the show was Season Two winner Guy Fieri, although other contestants have developed lasting concepts that continue to air on Food Network. I think one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    La Lupita Lives Up to Its Tagline: "No Tex. Just Mex."

    Upon stepping through La Lupita's heavy, black-iron door, you're greeted with rustic shelves holding tequila and baskets of colorful produce; a lively painting of La Virgen de Guadalupe; and a bright-red ceiling centerpiece made of hand-blown glass hearts. A grand spiral staircase with a wrought-iro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    5 Food Celebrities We'd Rather See Naked Than Anthony Bourdain (and 5 We Wouldn't)

    Stars and hearts over the naughty bits, so this is almost 100 percent safe for work. Almost.​In case you hadn't heard -- especially since the man himself Tweeted the pic -- a nude photo of Anthony Bourdain surfaced yesterday, taken 12 years prior while on vacation. To quote Bourdain on the pho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Domenica Catelli of Catelli's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenDomenica Catelli, outside her family's eponymous restaurant in Geyserville, CA​This week on a very special Chef Chat: the California wine country edition! Domenica Catelli might be the most prolific chef you've never heard of, with a hand in nearly every aspect of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mike Potowski of benjy's on Washington

    ​Yesterday, we caught of up with Executive Chef Mike Potowski of benjy's on Washington. We discussed a little of his past and his experience on Iron Chef America. Today, we talk benjy's. EOW: Could you describe the menu for someone who has never been to benjy's on Washington? MP: It is Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mike Potowski of benjy's on Washington

    ​Competition in the restaurant scene on Washington Avenue is fierce. This week, we catch up with one of the main players, Chef Mike Potowski of benjy's on Washington. EOW: When did this benjy's on Washington open? MP: It opened up on December 27, 2008. EOW: Where was your previous stop? M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Top 5 Food-Related Arcade Games

    You might have heard that October is Truck Month. You're right, of course - as if you could forget with those Chevy ads on heavy rotation -- but as a designation it's irrelevant. Everyone knows that in Houston, every month is truck month. You might also have heard that October is Texas Wine Month. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Recap: Episode Two of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Here's my chronological running diary of the random thoughts I had while watching episode two of The Next Iron Chef. We are reminded that in the first installment, Andrew Kirschner was sent packing. He has a soul patch. For the first challenge, the contestants are asked to put two breakfast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    The patron saint of food nerds come to Houston.​Do you have your tickets ready to see Anthony Bourdain this Monday night at Jones Hall? I certainly hope so, because the event is sold out. But don't fret; more celebrity chefs are on their way to Houston in coming months. Alton Brown, the origi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Peking Duck

    Peking Cuisine.​I'll refrain from making any "lame duck" or "peeking duck" jokes here because that would be fairly banal on my part. And it would also dumb down a dish that I've come to crave. Although Peking Duck has been a storied commodity since Imperial times in China, it has only been in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    An Unlikely Winner at the Mushroom Throwdown

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThrowdown judge Gracie Cavnar prepares to sample an entry.​The big guns were brought out last night for the fourth -- and largest to date -- throwdown organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds: the Mushroom Throwdown at Vic & Anthony's. From the judging pane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Gridiron or Iron Chef, Your Times Have Come

    Last night was the seventh elimination round of this season's Dancing With the Stars, and the second one to see two people go home. I guess at this point in the season the gimmick is starting to wear off? In which case, why not just have fewer contestants to start? Then again, when 16.4 million pe ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 13, 2009

    The Scoop

    We all scream for Houston's best ice cream

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Houston's Best Recipe for Success

    Chef Monica Pope at MacGregor Elementary School. Photos by Carlos Meltzer There's alot of talk these days about problems and solutions. The economy, the environment, healthcare, education. But as we all know there appears to be a lot more problems than there are solutions. And alot more talk than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Big State, Big Ideas

    Just when those blisters from the Austin City Limits festival have finally gone away, here’s another nearby multi-day, multi-stage musical happening. Saturday and Sunday’s Big State Festival at College Station’s Texas World Speedway (plenty of tickets available) is aimed squarely at the big-ha ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Losing It

    Our intrepid columnist goes camping and finds it a bare-bones affair

  • Calendar

    October 21, 2004
  • Music

    May 27, 2004
  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Mac Attack

    A cancer patient sues McDonald's, contending a peppered burrito caused his nosebleed

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Injecting Fun into Death Row

    If your condemned convicts survive, you thrive in this game

  • Culture

    May 11, 2000

    Dawn of the Dead

    Sci Fi's brilliant good vs. evil is a corpse in search of a burial