James Silk

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    In Memoriam: Top 12 Saddest Restaurant Closings of 2013

    A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    The Final Feast: Groundbreaking Restaurant Closes With Sold-Out Night

    Click to view the full, final menu from Feast. Feast's friends and fans packed the little house at 219 Westheimer for a final taste of hearty delights such as fish and scallop pie and coq au vin. The sold-out final night was a fitting end for a place that convinced Houstonians that offal was not aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    5 Houston Chefs We Want to See on Chopped

    Chopped has to be one of the best culinary competition shows on TV, today. It's filled with excitement as contestants from all over the country open up a basket full of mystery ingredients that you (and probably the competitors) would never put together in a dish. The four selected chefs for each e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Feast, Acclaimed Nose-to-Tail Restaurant, Closing in 9 Months

    In the next nine months, you can do one of two things: (1) gestate a human being inside your womb (requirement: possessing female anatomy) or (2) eat at Feast one last time before the restaurant closes for good. In a Twitter update this afternoon, Meagan Silk -- wife of chef James Silk, who owns th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Vietnamese Edition, Plus Feast and Peeing Outside

    Quite a few Vietnamese places in this week's reports, from Midtown to the west side. And at the end of this post we address peeing outside, so stick around. Pho Saigon (2808 Milam) got hit with five violations last week: dirty non-food-contact surfaces; dirty floors; raw food and cooked food not se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 50, Beef Sweetbreads at Feast

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Romantic Restaurants

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of HoustonĀ® 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. Most peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Facing Food Fears: #4 Pig's Ears

    ​To hell with trepidation. I'm forcing myself to try those five intriguing foods that scare me. I may barf, I may cry, and I may not always enjoy myself, but at least I won't be a coward. #4: Pig's Ears I was nervous about finally trying prune juice and just plain queasy at the thought of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    The Houston Culinary Awards Get a Facelift

    Photo courtesy of My TableThe steel awards themselves (no more glass!) weren't the only new things this year.​"You can't help but feel great when you're honored and respected by your peers and Houston diners," said Sean Beck today, after bringing home a stunning two awards at the annual My Tab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #14 Cassoulet at Feast

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chefs: Meagan Silk

    Tam Vo​Every day this week we'll be highlighting the female winners from our poll on Houston's Hottest Chefs. On Friday we'll reveal the hottest chef of all. When you walk into Feast, the first thing you're likely to see is Meagan Silk, and lucky for you. The petite blond, who sports an easy ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 10, 2010

    Designer Meats

    In Houston, more and more chefs are curing their own pig products

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​The 6th annual Empty Bowls Houston event is tomorrow, Saturday, May 22. Wondering what this creative charity event is all about? It's simple: For a $25 donation, you'll get a straightforward lunch of soup, bread and water, but you'll also get to select a one-of-a-kind, handmade bowl donated b ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Chef Tats

    Kitchen pros express themselves through inked flesh, no matter how upscale the Houston restaurant.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Snackshot: Food Tattoos

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​Amanda Joyner is a pastry chef who wears her heart on her sleeve - literally. Sure, she isn't the first chef to permanently imprint themselves with their chosen profession or life's passion (see: James Silk, Megan Silk and Richard Knight's matching pig tattoos at Fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Roasted Pig Snout

    Photo by J.C. Reid​When the chefs at Feast, Richard Knight and James Silk, opened their nose-to-tail dining establishment on Westheimer in mid-2008, the response from many Houston diners was "What's nose-to-tail?" The technique of using every part of the animal in dishes, often involving "offa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008