J.C. Reid

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    April 3, 2014
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    March 24, 2014

    Put Your Bib On for the Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

    In 2013, 1,300 people came out in the chilly windy weather to stuff themselves silly with brisket, sausage, turkey and more at the inaugural Houston Barbecue Festival. And this year, we're doing it all over again. The Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival is back at Reliant Center on Sunday, Apr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Inaugural Houston Barbecue Festival a Smoking Success

    Trent Brooks, a second generation pitmaster, packed up his entire barbecue operation -- smoker and all inside a trailer the size of an Airstream -- and headed south from Cypress. Ronnie Killen stayed awake for 19 hours straight, tending to 1,000 pounds of meat smoking in his pits overnight. José Lu ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: There's Someone Out There for Everyone, Maggie Rita's

    29-95: It's a New Year's Day must to indulge in a restorative brunch after a night of festivities. 29-95's Syd Kearney has an excellent list of places to do so, including plenty of favorites in and out of the Loop. Eater Houston: Speaking's another very handy list, this one for all the ho ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Churro Porn and Houston as Mutt City

    Robb Walsh: In his continuing series on where Texas cuisine is headed, Robb Walsh talks to Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd about Houston's role as a "new Creole city," citing a recent article by Southern food writer John T. Edge called "Savoring Mutt City." (Mutt City is us, by the way -- and it's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    New York Times: Rest assured that even if you have to travel outside the great state of Texas, there are at least a handful of places across the country that do Texas barbecue right -- even in Los Angeles and New York City. Writing for the New York Times, local foodie J.C. Reid tells us all about th ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

    Get your green waffles at Parisian Bakery III.​My friend Dr. Ricky has long said that there should be a comprehensive list of all the wonderful ethnic bakeries in town. I don't disagree, and in fact that's a list for another time. Today, however, we're focusing on all the different forms and ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Pierson & Company Bar-B-Que Likely Not Closed For Good

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttA be-flagged Pierson & Company in happier times.​UPDATE: J.C. Reid reports from Twitter: "Talked to Clarence Pierson. Still recuperating from 2x knee replacements. He vows to be back! Hopefully after holidays." Our phone breath must smell bad, but we're just glad th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Robb Walsh: When we make references to Houston being a "new Creole" city, it's for reasons like the ones Robb discusses in this post: Long Point Creole. Read and learn (and try not to get your feathers too ruffled, New Orleaneans). Houston Food Adventures: After a long hiatus, Phaedra is back! And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Eater Houston: Amber Ambrose has released the Eater Essential 38 for Houston, a list of the 38 restaurants that you must eat at this year. Do you agree with the list? What I find most interesting about it -- when viewed in map form -- is how closely it follows the geographic distribution of our Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. VINfluence: We were THRILLED to discover that Houston Master Sommelier Drew Hendricks has launched a blog. It's called VINfluence, and Drew is using it to share some of his insigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 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. Bon Appetit: The big news this week, of course, was Andrew Knowlton's trip to H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 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. Eatocracy: CNN's food blog has partnered with Food & Wine to announce the 100 n ... More >>

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    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

    December 22, 2010

    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. Robb Walsh: If you're still stumped for a Christmas gift, Robb Walsh would like ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    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. Dear Judy, F.Y.E.: This food blogger has been at it longer than most in town, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    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. The Necessarian: Although at the time of this writing, Nancy has packed up all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    A New Champion: Chick-fil-a Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shake

    ​Last month J.C. Reid raved about DQ's Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, ushering in the 2009 holiday-beverage season. Frozen or not, these are guilty pleasures at best. But we'll still take them intravenously if given the option, from tried-and-true drinks like the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte to Jack in ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Landowner's Challenge at West Alabama Ice House

    Photos by J.C. Reid​The West Alabama Ice House recently hosted the final round of the "Win Texas Land" promotion sponsored by Lone Star Beer. The premise is simple: Pass various tests which prove your true Texan-ness and win some Texas land. Three finalists participated: Corey Lossing of Ingle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Juan Mon's International Sandwiches

    Photos by J.C. Reid​Juan Montero is an international man of sandwiches. Adorning the walls of his newly opened sandwich shop are pictures of him eating sandwiches in just about every world city -- Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and many others. And as it turns out, these gastronomic tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Lunch at Le Mistral

    Photos by J.C. Reid​Houstonians have a peculiar relationship with French restaurants. Many Houstonians (and many Texans and Americans) cast a suspicious glance toward anything French. During the 2004 Presidential election, an anonymous source in the George W. Bush campaign remarked that oppone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Cafe Zol Gets a Makeover

    Photo by J.C. Reid​When Cafe Zol opened in early 2008 in the old Crostini location on Shepherd near Westheimer, the menu was billed as "Scandinavian tapas." Houston food cognoscenti responded with head scratching and mixed reviews, wondering if there really needed to be a challenger to the loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Lunch at Tiny Boxwood's Cafe

    Photos by J.C. Reid​Eating lunch at Tiny Boxwood's Cafe can be a paradoxical experience. On the one hand there is a crisp attention to detail in both the decor and the food. On the other hand, the menu, scribbled on a wall-high chalkboard just as you walk in, frustratingly omits any referen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    This Week in Deliciousness

    The veggie sandwich at Bowl, which is disappointingly served on a Plate.​Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we're such food dorks, every time one of us gets sunburned the rest of us giggle about the Maillard reaction.To start the week off, J.C. Reid handed o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Forno a Legna Pizza in Italy

    Photos by J.C. Reid Pizzerias in Rome are like Tex-Mex joints in Houston -- they're ubiquitous, they have basically the same menu, and, on average, they serve a pretty tasty meal. In Rome, there are basically two types of pizza -- pizza rustica, which is a chewy/crunchy crust with a myriad of p ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by J.C. ReidBAM! Goddamn peanut butter and bacon burger IN YOUR FACE. We're through the looking glass here, people!Welcome back to the weekly round-up of our food blog, Eating Our Words, where the beef isn't jerky but a couple of the maitre-d's are. Robb Walsh started us off this week with a v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Dessert Gallery's New Digs

    Photos by J.C. ReidYou're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. That's the conundrum faced by owners of successful and long-running restaurants when deciding if they should "update" their establishment. If you change too much, you face a possible mutiny by loyal customers. If you don't ch ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Community Bar Food

    Photos by J.C. ReidJust above the bar at newish Midtown watering hole called Community Bar is a chalkboard with various drink specials, as well as the words "Food served." I was intrigued yet doubtful. Bar food in Houston is definitely a hit-or-miss affair (mainly misses in the form of Velveeta nach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Do-It-Yourself Taco Burgers

    Photo by J.C. ReidTwo of Houston's best culinary traditions are taco trucks and burger joints. Houston food lovers like myself are often racked with indecision when choosing between the two for a quick lunch or dinner -- tacos or burgers? Which taco truck? Which burger joint? On a recent lunch outi ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Iranian Cuisine at Darband Shish Kabob

    Photo by J.C. ReidOne of the oldest and most well-known Iranian restaurants in Houston is Darband Shish Kabob on Hillcroft between Westpark and Harwin. Darband is a counter-service restaurant that serves inexpensive Iranian fast-food dishes. It's located in a neighborhood teeming with ethnic restaur ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Room At The Inn

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Canapes with house-made chevre and garden herbsAs the fourth course of the meal was set in front of me, I marveled at its elegant construction but was more struck by a far subtler thing: Every ingredient in the dish had been plucked fresh from the organic garden o ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    The Foie Gras Problem

    Photo by J.C. ReidI love foie gras. Is that bad? Foie gras is the fattened liver of a goose or duck. The fattening is brought about through the technique of gavage, or force-feeding the animal, in this case with corn. The resulting food product is a true delicacy which has a rich, meaty/salty flavo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Boudin Balls with a Gooey Surprise

    Photo by J.C. ReidOn a recent trip to the Bolivar Peninsula with a carload of friends, I stopped in the small town of Winnie, Texas for a quick pit stop at the local Texaco gas station that had a hot food counter serving mostly pizzas and fried foods. These counters, combined with a few picnic tabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Tintos Stakes a Claim to Inner Loop Tapas

    Photos by J.C. ReidVieiras al Albariño: Seared sea scallopsThe debate about which Houston restaurant serves the most authentic Spanish tapas rages on. Among Houston food lovers, the general consensus is that Rioja is at the top of the list for authentic tapas and great paella. But to a large popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    The Acadian Bakers in Montrose

    Photos by J.C. ReidMontrose has seen some exciting new restaurants open lately: Poscol, Little Big's and Feast. It's fun to discover something new. But there's also the opportunity to "discover something old" in the Montrose. For the last 15 years I've lived a block away from the intersection of Wes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Goat Brains Masala at Indika

    Photo by J.C. ReidIndika, the high-end Indian restaurant on Lower Westheimer, serves tandoori chicken, slow-cooked baby goat, grilled paneer and mulligatawny soup, along with kicked-up versions of crabmeat samosas, seared foie gras with onion masala and tandoori quail. But the dish almost every writ ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Stingaree Music Festival and Texas Crab Festival in Crystal Beach, Texas

    Photos by J.C. ReidReason to celebrateTwo of the biggest annual events at Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula east of Galveston are the Texas Crab Festival and the Stingaree Music Festival. In its 24th year, the Crab Festival traditionally has occurred on Mother's Day weekend and celebrates every ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by J.C. ReidThe pecans are held together with a sickeningly sweet cream made from sugar and nightmares.Welcome back to Eating Our Words' weekly round-up, where we try to put the week in some kind of perspective for you, before you go out on the weekend and obliterate it all. Monday was Memori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Stuckey's: The Travel Center That Time Forgot

    Photos by J.C. ReidYes, those are toy alligators in pink boas playing accordionsSummer travel season is here, and soon Mom, Dad and the kids will all pile into the family truckster and head out on the open roads for two weeks of familial bliss. Unlike yesteryear, when kids had nothing more than a ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Oaxaca Meat Market in Dickinson

    Photos by J.C. ReidOaxaca Meat MarketFM 517 in Dickinson, Texas is an unremarkable stretch of country road that's the main gateway to San Leon, Texas, and the legendary Gilhooley's Oyster Bar. Oysters lovers from around the world have made the pilgrimage down FM 517 to the little oyster shack on Gal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Menudo

    Photos by J.C. ReidBig steamin' bowl of cow stomachIf you've ever driven north on Airline Drive on a Saturday morning to the produce markets at Canino's, you may have noticed a procession of colorful, handwritten signs along the side of the road. Those signs usually contain one word and an arrow poi ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Okay, so maybe this week didn't start out so hot. First of all, Robb Walsh made the mistake of ordering a hamburger at BB's Cajun Café, a place renowned for its excellent poor boys, not so much its burgers. So not only did his week start out with a dry-ass hamburger, poor Robb was then plagiarized ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Robb Walsh has been vacationing in Hawaii. He had beer for breakfast and Spam musubi that actually looked really tasty. We hate him. A lot of restaurants are closing. A lot of GOOD restaurants. It sucks. Rodeo food: Give us fried or on a stick. Both would be best. That'll shut that ulcer up.

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    February 20, 2009

    Culinary Schadenfreude Comes to Houston

    scha·den·freu·de [shahd-n-froi-duh]-nounsatisfaction or pleasure derived from the misfortune of others I'm going to get to the point of this post right now: My life as a food lover is better because the economy is in a recession. There I said it. And before you label me as some kind of foodie ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    So It's Come To This: Jay's Corn Dog Tamales

    Well, I decided to take up Robb's challenge and come up with something for the football weekend. But I wanted to push the envelope a little with an over the top, artery clogging, bad for you something. And that something turned out to be corn dog tamales.

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    January 13, 2009

    "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off

    January in Houston is when Rodeo season really starts to kick in. One of the most popular events is the "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Baytown/Highlands Subcommittee of the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee. This year's event took place January 9 and 10 at San Jacinto Mall i ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Traditional Sunday Roast at Feast

    I'm a frustrated world traveler. Too little time, too much responsibility, too many places to see. All these things conspire against my natural born wanderlust. So I'm always looking for those opportunities in Houston where you can go and feel like you've been transported to a different country/cit ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Food & Foreign Policy

    The World Affairs Council of Houston is best known for holding public events featuring foreign policy heavyweights such as former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and James Baker III. However two upcoming programs will extend the Council's reach into food-related subjects.

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    January 2, 2009

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Redux

    Few American culinary inventions have been experimented on, analyzed, tested, and dissected more than the humble chocolate chip cookie. Myriad variations in recipe, presentation and technique have been exhaustively documented. As a home cook I tend to be a traditionalist. So I call for a return ... More >>

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