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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
At Skewers, you can smoke, drink and eat classic Lebanese food.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Centers for Disease Control LibraryMonday 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 >>
Band celebrates album's 20th anniversary by going on hiatus.
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 >>
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 >>
Natalie Merchant finds poetry in new album.
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 >>
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 >>
The Turkish author gives us an Istanbul that is both ancient and modern
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 >>
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 >>
The U.S. finally gets to meet the camp characters in the Hop-Çiki-Yaya series
Storylines and cultures crash in this German/Turkish import — and isn't it arty?
Try the Turkish kebabs at this offbeat office building eatery off Kirby
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 >>
Cannes 2007 was a success, but how many of its movies will you actually get to see?
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 >>
My Kebab; No, Mine
Canadian art punks Les Georges Leningrad drop a number deux
Ephesus Grill may be a new restaurant, but its cuisine is from way back in the day
Empire Turkish Grill
Istanbul Grill and Deli
Where have all the Turkish restaurants been? Hiding in plain sight as "Mediterranean" cafes.
Istanbul Grill & Deli
Houstonians have broad minds, and stomachs
Istanbul Grill & Deli
The Reverend Jeffrey Eernisse preaches the gospel of divine comedy