• Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Gearing Up For the Cold Season

    Winter is coming. Well, at least what counts as "winter" here in Houston, which usually consists of blustering winds, rain and perhaps five days of freezing temperatures. Count your blessings. At least we don't have to shovel snow. Just in time for the cold season is Zagat Houston's list of nine w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Aside From the Parking, Pasha Is Perfect

    Two of the best Turkish restaurants in Houston, Pasha and Istanbul Grill, are a stone's throw away from each other in Rice Village, yet empirical evidence suggests the latter is more heavily frequented than the former. Perhaps this is because Istanbul Grill is located in the very heart of Rice Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    The 15 Best Songs We Heard In May

    "Collard Greens," Schoolboy Q If you enjoy beats that conjure images of huddled, bouncing basketball teams moments before tip-off, you'll enjoy "Collard Greens." If you also enjoy raps about having game, money and weed, you'll return for a second helping. And, if you want to hear Schoolboy Q's Black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Rice Village (Save Room For Some Dessert)

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, Upper Kirby, and EaDo. Today, we're looking at the shopping mecca that is Rice Village. Here's our list of the best cheap (under $10) lunch spots that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Phamily Bites Redux, St. Pius X and More

    We're doing a lightning round of the Health Department Roundup this week. And we'll start with some good news. The Phamily Bites truck got a reinspection and made it through without a ticket or closure order this time. In fact, the only violation the city turned up was dirty non-food-contact surface ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 7, 2013

    Nazif's Is Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Nazif’s Turkish Grill & Deli swings into action with olive oil, tomatoes, yogurt, sheep’s milk cheese, tea and more from its delicious Mediterranean crossroads cuisine.

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Humble Deli Sandwich

    Houston's top 10 versions.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Rice Village

    We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights and now Rice Village, an area that's absolutely saturated with great restaurants. One of the best things about the saturation in Rice Village is how easy it is to park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Parking Problems at Pampa Grill

    Attention, Inner Loopers: You can lay claim to a host of issues that are all your own, but not parking problems. They exist all over town. Yes, even here at Pampa Grill -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- in far west Houston at a little strip center on Hammerly at Gessner. "What should we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Kerry Beyer Goes Across the Universe Without Leaving Home in Music Video

    Every time we get a new song or video from Kerry Beyer it is just plain weird. Not the videos themselves, but the fact that these acoustic accomplishments are coming out of one of Houston's best and most acclaimed horror film directors. Oh well, a man's got to have layers. His newest outing is a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: A Sweet, Rosy-Cheeked Revue

    The setup: This intimate, four-character, Off-Broadway musical revue about relationships (1996) makes you feel better when you leave than when you come in, as its visionary producer James Hammerstein once said. There's magic in that pronouncement, for this pleasant, unexciting, eager-to-please litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    Slow week for punitive measures -- the Health Department issued no citations and temporarily closed just one place. Looks like you'll have to get your schadenfreude elsewhere. Try reading a few stories about the former captain of the Costa Concordia, that should work. The recipient of that closure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Our Top 10 Music Videos of 2011

    ​Our obsession with the medium of music videos remains as strong as its ever been, and we've done our best to bring as many of the best of the newest releases to you in the digital pages of Rocks Off over the course of the year. We're pleased to round up the cream of the crop as we did this ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    They Might Be Giants, But Terrance Zdunich Is The Bad Ass Russian

    We got to hang out with Terrance Zdunich, the creator of Repo: The Genetic Opera and the man who played Graverobber in the film, while he was down in Houston at Comicpalooza promoting his excellent comic The Molting. Either we clicked like true homies, or he's just really, really patient with goth f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. Sunset: Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winner and food critic for our sister pap ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2011

    Shisha and Chardonnay

    At Skewers, you can smoke, drink and eat classic Lebanese food.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Houston's Best Patios: The 10 Best to Pretend You're On Vacation

    Photo by Taylor LaShaeEl Pueblito, home of Houston's best cabanas.​With patio weather season in full swing, Houstonians are absolutely spoiled for places to enjoy the day outside. And sometimes all you know is that you're in the mood for a patio, but can't figure out where to go. So how do you ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Ali Nazik at Istanbul Grill & Deli

    Look! A parking place! Of course, it wasn't there when I visited. ​I've passed by Istanbul Grill & Deli often during dinner hour but never stopped as the parking situation always made me a bit nervous. However, after hearing a Turkish colleague of mine praise the place, I stopped the car, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. 29-95: Former EOW blogger J.C. Reid has a nice piece on the subtleties and idio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Who Knew There Are So Many Songs About Rabies?

    Centers for Disease Control Library​Monday night, as the crickets sang sweet songs into the early fall air, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of rubber bats on our door, and wrapped up copies of Old Yeller and Cujo to surprise our young daughter with when she awoke the next morning. Ahhh, is there ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Black Crowes Pull the Plug

    Band celebrates album's 20th anniversary by going on hiatus.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Catherine Duwez of The Broken Spoke

    ​Yesterday we spoke with The Broken Spoke's (1809 Washington Avenue) chef and owner, Catherine Duwez, about her culinary background. Today we continue our conversation. Eating Our Words: We hear you make some amazing homemade mayonnaise. That must make you pretty popular with diners. Catheri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    $7 at Istanbul Grill and Deli

    ​Where? Istanbul Grill and Deli (5613 Morningside, 713-526-2800) What $7 gets you: A gorgeous sandwich and a glass of water. I stopped by Istanbul Grill and Deli in the Rice Village for lunch with family. It was a scorching day, and Istanbul's cool interior was refreshing. Istanbul has a sma ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010

    Bedtime Stories

    Natalie Merchant finds poetry in new album.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Turkish Ravioli: Manti at Istanbul

    English translation for manti: Oh dear God, yes.​Manti is one of the few Turkish dishes that Americans might be familiar with that didn't come from the Mediterranean. Foods like hummus, baba ganoush and dolmades all have roots in the Levant and its bordering countries. Not manti. The clever l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    5 Places to Take Your Kids After Church

    Take them to the Black Lab. ​Whether your Sabbath involves pulpits and preachers or pigskin and Pearl, here are some ideas to maximize the family time, faith notwithstanding. The Black Labrador Take your baby to a pub...? Why the heck not, when the cheese soup at the Black Lab is absolutely ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    Orhan Pamuk

    The Turkish author gives us an Istanbul that is both ancient and modern

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Social Distortion: Dear Social Media Swami

    Actual swami not pictured.​Dear Social Media Swami,I think my girlfriend's social media obsession is out of control.  At any given time, she's either on the computer or checking her iPhone for the latest stuff happening on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever.  She hates being bothered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    The Sister Cities Of Houston: A Critical Appraisal, Part 1

    With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. In the interest of brevity, though, we are parceling out our findings over the next couple of days. Here are the f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2009

    Mehmet Murat Somer

    The U.S. finally gets to meet the camp characters in the Hop-Çiki-Yaya series

  • Dining

    January 22, 2009
  • Film

    August 28, 2008

    The Edge of Heaven Can Wait

    Storylines and cultures crash in this German/Turkish import — and isn't it arty?

  • Dining

    January 3, 2008

    Turquoise Grill Brick Oven Bistro

    Try the Turkish kebabs at this offbeat office building eatery off Kirby

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Get Lit: Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic

    Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic, is a husky 400-page to-do list that includes 400-color photographs and sells for $40. The first word that comes to mind when opening the spine of this baby is stately. All Geographic books are that. For the wande ... More >>

  • Film

    May 31, 2007

    The Joy in the Bubble

    Cannes 2007 was a success, but how many of its movies will you actually get to see?

  • Home Entertainment

    September 21, 2006
  • Dining

    August 31, 2006

    Great Kebab

    Istanbul Grill

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2006

    Turkish Delight

    Julia Walsh It's tastier than it looks... And now we present "What's in Robb's Refrigerator?", where we ask food critic Robb Walsh what's growing in his Sub-Zero: Looks like some leftover alinazik from Instanbul Grill on Morningside. Alinazik means eggplant puree. This one is mixed up with yogu ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 3, 2005

    Hot Plate

    My Kebab; No, Mine

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    What's That Smell?

    Canadian art punks Les Georges Leningrad drop a number deux

  • Dining

    December 18, 2003

    Ancient Eggplant

    Ephesus Grill may be a new restaurant, but its cuisine is from way back in the day

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Turkish Restaurant

    Empire Turkish Grill

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best-Looking Restaurant Staff

    Istanbul Grill and Deli

  • Dining

    December 19, 2002

    Not That Turkey

    Where have all the Turkish restaurants been? Hiding in plain sight as "Mediterranean" cafes.

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Stuffed Mushrooms

    Istanbul Grill & Deli

  • Dining

    October 18, 2001

    Imagine All the Pitas

    Houstonians have broad minds, and stomachs

  • Dining

    March 1, 2001

    Turkey Pie

    Istanbul Grill & Deli

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    God's a Joke

    The Reverend Jeffrey Eernisse preaches the gospel of divine comedy

  • Dining

    June 10, 1999
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