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When there was still an Amazon Grill on Gessner near Westheimer, I ate lunch there -- on average -- once a week. It was an easy choice to please a pack of picky co-workers, as it offered everything from fun South American food to "diet" food (gross, guys) and hamburgers. It had fried plantains just ... More >>
Guys. Hey, listen. We need to talk. It's about the annual Best of Houston® issue. I think you know what you did. But the problem, you see, is that you keep doing the same thing almost every single year. Something has to change. Y'all keep voting for McDonald's as "Best French Fries." Every. Sing ... More >>
Houstonians love a few things above all others: burgers, Tex-Mex barbecue, pizza, crawfish and breakfast. These are the foods that get us crazy passionate, the meals that fuel endless debates here in the city where residents eat for sport. We even have breakfast sub-categories that we love to jaw ab ... More >>
Cookmundo: Former EOW contributor John Kiely has a blog of his own, Cookmundo, and it's our featured food blog this week. I love the tagline: "Simple awesome food for the new cook," which also means you know what to expect out of Kiely's posts. Amateur cooks, let Kiely be your friendly guide to cook ... More >>
Photo by John KielyIt can be risky to give a bottle of booze as a gift, as it may not always be to the recipient's tastes. On the other hand, some liquors are easy to re-gift, or better yet, used for holiday parties. Here's five of the more seasonal: 5. Jameson Irish Whiskey This blend is ... More >>
Photo by John KielyAn ominous tweet arrived here, about the same time my Rittenhouse 100-Proof Bonded in Bottle approached "E." EatingOurWords Take note! RT @adriennebyard Just learned that the city is out of Rittenhouse 100, and that @BeardAndBitters bought the last 4 bottles. Not given ... More >>
Photo by John KielyA Master Gardener will know the ideal dates to plant and harvest each crop, but a Casual Tiller like myself requires a simpler scheme, so I go with holidays. Tomatoes and hot peppers go in after Valentine's Day; broccoli comes out on St. Pat's. Parsley and cilantro get pl ... More >>
Photo by John KielyThey look like scallions now...If you consider the rise of a Full Harvest Moon to be the end of the gardening season, then you aren't from Texas. On any day of the year there's at least one crop you can plant or seed in the ground, and have a productive crop weeks or month ... More >>
John KielyI banned store brands shortly after high school, after spending less money on a large jar of strawberry jam, and getting sparsely fruited corn-syrupy red sludge. I saved one dollar and tossed out three. But last year I observed, then participated in a blind taste test of five raspb ... More >>
Photo by John KielyI recently found myself on the quiet side of the glass partition from the McDonald's Playland at the new Ella location, in what I like to call the Old-Timers section, the place in just about every small-town McDonald's where retirees congregate. Oak Forest is like a small ... More >>
Photo by John KielyThe unique challenge to carrot-growing in Houston is simply a question of depth. A productive local garden can be made with a mere four or five inches of raised-bed soil, but carrots grow to be much longer, or should I say, deeper than that. A few inches underneath the ga ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas L. HallToo far? No. Not at all.So John Kiely beat me to the weird-French-Toast punch with his piece on French Toasted Tortillas, simultaneously making me shake my fist a la Jerry Seinfeld, muttering his name under my breath, and creating what is probably an unhealthy fixatio ... More >>
Photo by John KielyWhen Joseph French, an innkeeper in Albany, New York, invented French toast in 1724, he became an early practitioner of the American affinity to dip food in batter and fry it in fat. The oil has gotten deeper since then, the food more exotic, leading inevitably to the Texa ... More >>
Photo by John KielyClassic cocktails are called that, not because they're old, but because they are delicious. Most of them can be ordered at any well-stocked bar, and some of them--such as a Negroni, Sazerac, or Martini--can be ordered with swagger. However, there's some classic cocktails ... More >>
Photo by John KielyCathead biscuits and breakfast served all day at our No. 1 spot.For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 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 ... More >>
Photo by John KielyHierba Buena and CauliflowerWhen the yard withered in the drought, I was pleased. Turfgrass is the largest irrigated crop in America, but there's nothing to eat. With no lawnivores, nor lawn-to-table movements, grass is a relic from a past of cheap land and 40-hour workwe ... More >>
Photo by John Kiely"Why is there a date on the bottom of the box?" asked my son, as I self-scanned the Hain Sea Salt. It was one of those astute kid questions, from a mind uncluttered by logic. "I have no idea," I conceded. The salt had been flowing around the oceans for the last 250 milli ... More >>
Photo by John KielyIf Trader Joe's wasn't coming to Houston, I wouldn't bother with growing cauliflower, but TJ's Creamy Cilantro Dressing turns this meh veg into a dish. Like broccoli, it's a crop that thrives in cooler temperatures, so it's joining the fall crop rotation. Cauliflower can ... More >>
John KielyThe underage friend of a cousin, whom I'll call F. Minor, was talking to me about college life. He'd pledged a fraternity the year before, quickly rising to become a social director of the house. Ignorant of frat life, I had to ask, "What kind of duties does that require?" He lis ... More >>
John KielyYou BetNothing could be more purely Brooklyn, New York than an egg cream, right? The drink, yes, but there's something suspicious about the name of the required chocolate syrup, Fox's U-bet. Who says that in New York? I wonder how long Robert De Niro's career would've been delaye ... More >>
John KielyMaybe I'm just unlucky, but it seems as though the more deluxe the breakfast I receive in a restaurant, the greater the chance that the toast is burnt. I'll get bright white-and-yellow eggs, picturesque reddish-brown bacon, golden hash browns, and toast noir. I'm no longer bothered ... More >>
John KielyGin drinkers, for the most part, are a particular crew. We'll find a gin, perhaps the first one we try, and stake a position, like Coke and Pepsi drinkers. I was no different when I made Bombay Sapphire my house gin. There's nothing distinctive about Sapphire, but as the label dec ... More >>
John KielyHouston has many of the best hamburgers in America, but my favorite fast-food burger comes from Blake's, a New Mexico chain whose Lotaburger with green chile and cheese is iconic. Blake's motto speaks for itself: "If you are what you eat, you are awesome." However, Blake's is a on ... More >>
Today John Kiely wrote about his favorite bacon-preparation method, and it turns out y'all have some strong feelings on the subject. Commenter csoakley, for one, makes hers in similar fashion: I liked to cook it this way in my toaster/convection over (before it died). It certainly cuts down ... More >>
Kevin ShalinMom's Chocolate Cake at Benjy's.Chocolate. In my book, it's a superfood. Have something to celebrate? Break out the chocolate. Have a bad day at work? Time for chocolate. Feel like you're going to explode from overstuffing yourself at dinner? Chocolate to the rescue. Here ... More >>
Today John Kiely declared Classic Donuts better than Shipley's. Then commenter Mike Simon alerted us to the following: There is a new Shipley Do-Nuts "Concept Store" at 12225 Westheimer which takes things to another level. They serve hot donuts, beignets and fresh kolaches (try the Italian s ... More >>
John KielyNot as impressive as Kathryn Creech's yield.If there's any such thing as easy success in a warm-season Houston garden, it's green beans. As a first-time grower, I just plowed a 2-inch-deep furrow, dropped in the curved white seeds of Bush Snap beans, covered them with dirt, and wat ... More >>
Yesterday John Kiely wrote about his difficulties growing corn in Houston, and that got commenter Megan reminiscing about childhood: Ah, summer. The time of year where on any major country intersection there's a sweet corn stand. I was totally spoiled growing up - the farmer that leased m ... More >>
John KielyFor half of my life, a crop was part of my ID. "Where are you from?" "Indiana." "Oh, yeah, I've been there. Lots of corn." I thought it would get better when I moved west to New Mexico. "Oh, yeah, green chiles." It's better to live in Texas, where the stereotypes are more sub ... More >>
John KielyThere it is--The Tomato. That's what I got from three months of planting, watering and fertilizing. I had high hopes as flowers appeared on the vine, then tiny balls emerged and grew into large green tomatoes. The squirrels ran past, back and forth, ignoring the bounty of fruit a ... More >>
Photo by Kevin ShalinSimone on Sunset's Smoked Duck PizzaPicking a favorite pizza place is a hot-button topic. Let's see which places showed up on our lists. John Kiely 1. Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca 2. Russo's Coal-Fired New York Pizzeria 3. Pizza Hut John's Take: The worst pizza I've ... More >>
John Kiely grew some cucumbers and made cucumber sandwiches to have with his afternoon tea, which inspired reader Jack to write in. He had plenty to say about England ("$7 pints of beer, no refills on drinks, shoe leather steaks"), how to add milk to one's tea, and how Kiely should have prepa ... More >>