We hope to see these places open soon.
Many have said that 2013 was a disappointing year for restaurant openings in Houston. Writers and eaters alike lamented the fact that there was no Uchi this year, no Underbelly, no Oxheart. Plenty of great restaurants opened to be sure, but nothing with the immediate star power of some of 2012's bes ... More >>
For those who speak Spanish, the word caracol is instantly evocative of seafood. It translates to conch, or shell, and in addition to rolling off the tongue, the word has special meaning for Hugo Ortega and his wife,Tracy Vaught, of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe. "Hugo's brother used to be the chef a ... More >>
James Beard award-winning Chef Bradley Ogden is opening several restaurants in Houston, including Funky Chicken, which had its soft opening on December 6. Its grand opening will take place on December 18. We talked to him recently about his career and plans for the new restaurants. EOW: How did yo ... More >>
The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.
Even though the week began with a devastating fire-forced closure of a Houston pie shop landmark, the rest of the week has been filled with openings and announcements of future openings. But, let's begin with the sad news, shall we? Just two days after Thanksgiving, another pie shop caught on fire, ... More >>
After three years of operating a sizable baking business on an 8-foot table in the kitchen of Kraftsman Baking, Rebecca Masson was ready for a little more elbow room. She's the creator and owner of Fluff Bake Bar, a company that makes cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods, and she has achi ... More >>
Scores of great female chefs are ignored.
This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat with German Mosquera of Restaurant Cinq. You can read Part 1 here. EOW: How old are you? GM: I turned 28 this year. EOW: Tell me about your background. GM: So, I was born in New York, grew up in New Orleans, and half of my high school life was in ... More >>
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a list of the 100 dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her person ... More >>
Surviving its critics' predictions, this restaurant continues to thrive in Houston, folllowing a most atypical path to attract the city's diners.
The second competitor in our Iron Fork competition has been announced, and we've pulled out all the stops: Ryan Hildebrand, executive chef and owner of Triniti, will be going head to head with defending champion Kevin Naderi of Roost to see which chef can make the best two dishes with a secret ingre ... More >>
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: Tell me about Brooklyn Athletic Club. JA: This was originally Shepard's idea. He's had the idea for a long time, but it was hard to come to fruition without having a property tha ... More >>
Each year, Food & Wine recognizes the nation's great up-and-coming chefs with The People's Best New Chef -- a contest which allows readers to vote on the 10 best new chefs from 10 regions around the country. This is the first year that Food & Wine has employed a Gulf Coast regional category -- excit ... More >>
Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.
It's been quite the year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries that's as big as, if not bigger than, the expansions Houston and Austin have seen in past years. (See "T ... More >>
A stroke, a brain tumor and the loss of his sense of taste haven't kept Chef David Guerrero out of the kitchen.
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. It wasn' ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I endured a rather unpleasant dinner at The Rouxpour -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- which had nothing to do with the food itself and everything to do with two very drunk patrons. After being harassed by the two men throughout the evening, I finally retrieved a manager ... More >>
It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>
If you're like most Houstonians, you haven't, in the past week, been swept off your feet and transported to India and back in a matter of hours, experiencing the joy of Indian street foods, upbeat music, age-old traditions, and exotic beverages in between. But to my own and a diverse group of food w ... More >>
Both high-end and accessible, Uchi moves into Montrose and changes the game.
Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks
The current photo on t'afia's Web site, which is being updated every day with new imagery which relates to Pope's plans. You've heard of burning your boats. But what about burning your apron? It's this striking visual that is currently greeting visitors to the Web site for t'afia, chef Monica Pope' ... More >>
For one day this Thursday, July 19, Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Houston to promote his book, Yes, Chef: A Memoir. The Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised, James Beard Award-winning chef, restauranteur, cookbook author, and TV personality will spend the early afternoon hosting a sold-out, five-cour ... More >>
Grant Gordon, Matt Marcus and Kevin Naderi
Until this past Tuesday, I didn't realize how easy a day trip to San Antonio could be. Thanks to the recently raised speed limit on I-10, you can speed to the Alamo in three easy hours (or less, if you set your cruise control just above the new 75-mile-per-hour speed limit...not that I'm advocating ... More >>
Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main St., Pearland 281-485-0844 www.killenssteakhouse.com This is the third of a three-part chef chat series. Click here to read part one and two. Chef Killen has done a lot to change the dining scene in Pearland, having first transformed himself, and i ... More >>
"Proud to say, you asked and you shall receive," said Jake Mazzu, owner of The Burger Guys, this morning on Twitter. "The Burger Guys downtown opening Feb. 1st." A new downtown location of the popular burger joint was just one of two exciting announcements today sure to get Houston's food lovers bu ... More >>
Rendering courtesy of UchiAlthough it's still just drywall now, Uchi will look like this very soon.Uchi, the new sushi restaurant opening soon at Westheimer and Montrose, is finally taking shape. The famous arched windows of its predecessor -- the much beloved Felix Mexican Restaurant -- have ... More >>
When I attended the James Beard awards ceremony earlier this year in New York City, I found myself sandwiched between Maggie Kennedy and Robb Walsh at the dinner table. Kennedy is the photography director for Garden & Gun, while Walsh has been known to contribute articles to the Southern lifestyle ... More >>
The Gulf of Mexico produces some of the world's most delicious seafood, but we're not processing it for sushi. What gives?
The boys are back in town...In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, given chef Randy Rucker's notoriously short attention span, Bootsie's Cafe is closing at the end of the month. Rucker and company are packing up their chef's knives and moving back inside the Loop, according to a pr ... More >>
Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell, in front of TQLAHouston native Tommy Birdwell, the co-owner/executive chef at TQLA, may hold the record for having worked at more restaurants than any other chef in Houston: 37, at last count. Then again, his career began at age ten. A graduate of ... More >>
This spectacular restaurant is already a Heights institution.
Photo by FabioBasye is leaving Stella Sola to further sharpen his skills.It's a day for kitchen shakeups across Houston. First came the news from the Houston Chronicle that Michael Kramer is ending his partnership with The Tasting Room. And now, Justin Basye has also announced that he's leav ... More >>
Granted, it looks like pure death. But it's tasty!Poring over the short menu at the recently reopened Spindletop (1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234) last week, something odd caught my eye. There, listed next to the cumin-rubbed rack of lamb, was a phrase I hadn't seen used in quite a long time: Me ... More >>
This weekend I sat down with insightful veteran chef Mark Schmidt of the historic Rainbow Lodge. We talked about seasonal cooking, his childhood summers spent in England, and his experience as a guest chef at the James Beard House. Eating Our Words: Can you start by telling us about your bac ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain is a man who requires little introduction. The author of Kitchen Confidential -- the book published almost exactly 10 years ago, which catapulted him to fame -- and host of popular TV shows like A Cook's Tour and No Reservations, Bourdain is the prototypical bad-boy chef, Marco Pier ... More >>
Whether you think he is actually hot or not, there are few chefs (heck, people!) who elicit a passionate response like Bryan Caswell. Love him or hate him, the Reef, Little Big's and Stella Sola boss was a Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef" and has even walked a red carpet with food papar ... More >>
Liver and onions over mashed potatoes: The ultimate comfort food.One of Houston's most critically acclaimed restaurants, Feast, is moving to New Orleans. They aren't abandoning Houston quite yet, but in a recent interview with CultureMap, chef and co-owner Richard Knight hinted that our city ... More >>
Two new Hawaiian fast-food joints are bringing down-home Asian fusion to Houston.
At Arcodoro, youll find stunning seafood dishes and a classy late-night singles scene
Seven months and $3 million later, the eatery at the Four Seasons emerges even better than before