The restaurant bans kids after 7p.m., and everyone on the Internet has an opinion.
Back in the summer of '93, I got heat stroke. And a concussion. It was my first summer in Houston, after 10 years in Indiana, with its average July high of 83. I was playing an all-day soccer tournament out in Bear Creek Park, its freshly-razed expanse offering no respite from the brutal sun. I had ... More >>
In case you didn't know, we here in Texas are so far behind the curve when it comes to alcohol laws, we might as well be your grandmother trying to work The America Online. Other states literally look to Texas as the textbook example of how not to do things. It's an embarrassment, really. States li ... More >>
We recently had a handful of friends over to help christen our new home. And we decided since they were kind enough to come visit, the least we could do would be to use them as guinea pigs for a host of oddball beers sitting in our beer cellar -- from gluten-free strawberry beer to sours. While I'm ... More >>
Well, someone at Shiner must have finally wised up and realized this whole craft beer thing isn't going anywhere. Because for the first time in 103 years, the Spoetzl brewery in Shiner has not one, but two ales in their portfolio. After the moderate success of its Double Wheat Ale -- Shiner 102 - ... More >>
The 10 best new restaurants of 2012.
Taking a look back just four years to former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh's list of Top 10 Texas beers from 2008 shows what a difference a few years make. While the list holds some very solid selections, like Pale Moon and Live Oak Pilz -- as well as one carry-over to this list-- the sheer ... More >>
It's been a big 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 as big as, if not bigger than, the expansion Houston and Austin have seen in past years. Dallas/Fort Worth a ... More >>
I will be the first to admit, I never expected to like much Sugar Land's Town Square had to offer, much less the package as a whole. Between the distance, the generally unappealing Town Center shopping format or the fact most other concepts of this nature dotting Houston's landscape tend to be a tea ... More >>
The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.
Last week, we took a look at some of the very worst labels you can find on a bottle of beer. To counterbalance all that artistic vomit, we gathered some of the most iconic and creative labels on shelves today -- labels that feature artwork as original and important as craft beer itself. 10. Boulev ... More >>
I can admit it: I am a packaging whore to some extent. A nice label is bound to catch my eye, be it laundry detergent, gin, beer, heroin... By the same token, bad marketing can turn me off of what may very well be a great product. Beer is a notorious offender in the bad-packaging arena. Across the ... More >>
On August 15, culinarians across the country will be celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. Hoping to recruit at least one million people into the celebration, her original publisher - Alfred A. Knopf - has begun JC100, a celebration of Julia's legacy in the 100 days leading ... More >>
The barely three-month-old Underbelly is coming out of the gate strong, and is now ready to host its first beer dinner. Chef Chris Shepherd is joining forces with Austin-based brewery Jester King to create a five-course menu of what Shepherd calls his "traditional Houston-inspired food." Beer pairi ... More >>
While seemingly every other beer-loving person in the City of Houston was packed into The Hay Merchant a few weeks back, I was alternately stuck at work reading through pages of boring technical documents, or helping my kid with math homework. I'm not complaining, exactly, but I must admit that I fe ... More >>
I think that 2012 is shaping up to be Houston's year, after a long 2011 featuring false starts, delayed openings, unexpected closings and failures to launch. That's not to say that 2011 didn't have its perks: Look for our list of the year's best new restaurant later this week. But it came with its ... More >>
The second benjy's location serves low-key local foods.
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Jakob MielckeMikkel Borg Bjergsø moved around the crowd last night at the Night After Monsters beer tasting like a virtual unknown. Clad in a red plaid shirt and a scruffy beard, Mikkel looked more like any other Montrose resident who'd walked over to Whole Foods for ... More >>
Shit just got real.Jester King, based in Austin, is one of the state's most popular craft breweries. The TABC (or Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission), also based in Austin, is one of the state's most powerful agencies. And with news that Jester King has just filed a lawsuit against the TABC, ... More >>
Collaborative dinners take center stage. (Note: There are women involved, too.)Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ... More >>
Photo by John SuhBeer-battered zucchini, mussels, basil dressingIn order to continue riding the wave of culinary creativity, sometimes we have to think outside the box. Sometimes we have to look outside the city. What is going on in the restaurants up the interstate? What ingredients and t ... More >>