Johnny Carrabba

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    What's The Deal With Upper Kirby?

    Nearly every evening I run up and down Kirby Drive, taking in the sights (elderly couples ambling into Carrabba's; valets standing around bored in West Ave), the sounds (car horns honking as drivers make abrupt right turns into the Whole Foods parking lot) and the smells (garlic, fry oil, diesel fue ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    Grace's, Which Serves Everything, Is Johnny Carrabba's Last Hurrah

    A confusing menu and sky-high prices make Johnny Carrabba’s tribute to his grandmother good, not great.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    This Week's Cafe Review: What's the Deal With Grace's?

    Lately I keep getting that question. "What's the deal with Grace's, anyway?" I'm never quite sure how to answer, never sure if my friends are looking for stats (hours, etc.), a back story, or an answer to why the menu is so--as one of my buddies described it--bipolar. The first two questions I can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    The Most Underrated Restaurant in Houston Is...

    Well, friends, more than 1300 of you voted on the most underrated restaurant in Houston. Thanks for letting your opinion be known. Some of you weren't happy with the poll choices, but remember, those came from you, not me. So you have only yourselves to blame. But really, I thought all of the opti ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Sammy Patrenella Shares Some Family History

    This week's feature story (online Wednesday) takes an in-depth look at the Houston families who developed our diverse food scene into what it is today. We spent hours researching and interviewing family members to compile their stories, but not everything could make it into print. In celebration of ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 14, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Doughnut Spots

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Dining

    August 2, 2012

    Do It Yourself

    Top five condiments to make at home.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    First Look at Mia's, the First of Carrabba's Three New Restaurants on Kirby

    While the chain of Carrabba's Italian Grill restaurants exists across the nation -- there are more than 230 locations these days -- the original Carrabba's itself was founded here in Houston in 1986. John Charles "Johnny" Carrabba III and his uncle, Damian Mandola, opened the first Carrabba's on Kir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Farm Living Isn't the Life for Damian Mandola

    Damian Mandola and his wife, Trina -- both notable Houston chefs and restauranteurs -- have found themselves in a spot of bother up the Hill County, where they currently reside on a ranch outside of Austin. That spot of bother? Allegations that they had three of their neighbors' Swiss mountain ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    The Cow Says "Oink"

    Which Houston restaurants are swapping pork for veal?

  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    Italian Bubba

    Damian Mandola -- a big man who's made it big

  • Dining

    May 4, 1995

    Steak and Potato Paradise

    If you can get past the silly surface, Outback delivers the goods

  • Dining

    January 6, 1994

    Working on the Chain Gang

    Carrabba's is cloning itself for national consumption. Has it kept its original flavor?