Jonathan Jones

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Review: El Big Bad has Captured Most of the Best from El Gran Malo

    The "Spicy, Smoky, Sticky Ribs" exceeded its promises. The Berkshire ribs, coated in a sauce with smoked Morita chiles, rice wine vinegar and piloncillo sugar, were perfectly tender. The heat from the chiles grew but never became unbearable, and the sauce had a deep, bittersweet character reminiscen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Jonathan Jones Brings Interior Mexican Cuisine to El Big Bad and It's Damn Good

    It's Friday evening, just past 6 p.m., and chef Jonathan Jones is moving with ease behind the bar at El Big Bad downtown. He seems comfortable, happy. His mood is decidedly jovial, and he's telling us about the some of the daily specials he's running now that he's taken over as executive chef of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Hot Roast Beef Melt: Takeout Lunch From Monarch

    About a month ago, I happen to acquire $25 in "Zaza Bucks", the official currency of the nation of Hotel Zaza. Although Zaza Bucks were designed to encourage guests to "stay and play," that is, use said money poolside, at ZaSpa, on room service, etc., I decided to use my voucher (not redeemable fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Recap: The Woodlands Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase

    There are food and wine events throughout the year, but none as big, or with as much at stake, as the Wine Rendezvous and Grand Tasting at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. This is no regular tasting event. Where other events may have winners, and the winners may take home trophies or bragging ri ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Upcoming Events: The 9th Annual Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands

    Yep, it's that time of the year again. Wine & Food Week is coming to The Woodlands next week. From June 3-9, The Woodlands will become home to more than 50 restaurants; 500 wines; legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe; and a vast collection of craft beers and gou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Ribs and Ramen Reign Supreme at the 2nd Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown

    There are pig parties, and then there is Go Pig! Or Go Home! The second annual charity throwdown event last night at Kata Robata was every pig lover's dream -- and then some -- with Houston's top chefs throwin' down everything from traditional roast suckling pig to cochinita pibil to oysters topped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza and His Beautiful Spring Menu

    This is Part 3 of a three part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous posts, click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. Oftentimes, hotel restaurant menus are boring, safe, predictable. Where independent restaurants can take liberties with their menus and be as cutting edge or as esoteric as they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza, On Running a Hotel Restaurant and Creating a New Menu to Give the Restaurant a Houston Identity

    This is the first part of a three part Chef Chat series. Come back on Thursday and Friday, to read parts two and three of this series. Walk into the lobby of the Hotel Zaza, and as you're checking in you'll see a life-size billboard of the hotel restaurant Monarch's new executive chef, Jonathan Jon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Second Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Throwdown is Coming This April

    "Go pig! Or go home!" That is the gauntlet that has been thrown, and the challenge, the question, the machismo duel that will pit 23 of Houston's most prominent chefs in a challenge to create Houston's most supreme incarnation of a suckling pig. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Apr ... 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

    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Sampling Over 60 Restaurants at the 7th Annual Feast with the Beasts

    Check out our pics from the Houston Zoo in our Feast With The Beasts slideshow. There were lions, cougars, giraffes, snakes, elephants, a rooster and more. Plenty of animals and plenty of food -- exactly what you'd expect to find at the Houston Zoo's 7th annual Feast with the Beasts. This past Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Amalia Pferd, Sean Carroll, John Peterson

    Owning a food truck/mobile cart is hard work, but at the end of the day, you still gotta eat. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat series, we're checking in to see where some of Houston's on-the-go chef-proprietors get their grub on. Let's see where Amelia Pferd of Good Dog Hot Dogs, Sean Carroll o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking? Clue: Hotel Hotness

    At this hotel bar, the menu is about to get completely revamped by new chef Jonathan Jones. The drinks, however, are still flowing until then. And with the nicer weather in the air, it's the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine on the hotel's notably beautiful patio. Think you know where we're dri ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

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    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Speakeasies, Hoedowns and Free Yoga Classes

    A shuttered business on downtown's Main Street is getting a new tenant -- for the night. 304 Main will be hosting a one-night-only speakeasy on Monday, October 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., sponsored by Knob Creek Rye Whiskey. Local bartenders will be shaking cocktails featuring the rye and chef Jonathan Jo ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2012

    Yum, Fried Bubble Gum

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas foods

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Adios Concepcion y Bienvenidos Alma

    Although there are only four items in this week's roundup of openings and closings, all of them are rather big deals (arbitrarily speaking, of course -- there's still a presidential election going on and all that). Starting with the news that chef Jonathan Jones is out at Concepcion. I made one vis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    OIMBY Returns After a Two-Year Break

    Outstanding in the Field dinners -- meals which feature a tour of a local farm and food prepared by a master chef on the farm itself -- are famously fabulous, but also notoriously expensive. And two years ago, a few Houston food lovers decided to do something about it: start their own. Outstanding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: A Stark Look at Katsuya and Wine's Greatest Hoax

    ROFL House: Been wondering how the sushi is at ultra-luxe L.A. import Katsuya by Starck? Matt took a first look at the West Ave restaurant and came away -- shall we say -- less than impressed with both the service and the food, saying: "I've had better spicy tuna with more spice and more flavor from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Openings & Closings: April 2012

    So, while I was gone last week, chef Ryan Hildebrand and his investors announced plans to open yet another restaurant only four short months after Triniti opened on Shepherd. Brande, as the new restaurant will be called when it opens in late 2013, will occupy the old Ruggles space on Lower Westheime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Blind Items Gain Vision Edition

    Everyone likes to see a good blind item come to fruition. We have two that gained sight this week. With one of our most recent items, our readers -- as usual -- were spot on in their guesses. Ocean's, the big white house in Montrose that currently serves subpar seafood, will soon become Concepción ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    The 2nd Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown by YTAC a Huge Success

    The Young Texans Against Cancer's YTAC 2nd Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown revealed a couple of things. First, that young Houstonians are more than willing to engage in philanthropy for a good cause, and second, that any food competition featuring 10 chefs is a huge draw. Host venue The Capitol at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Chef Jonathan Jones Departs Xuco Xicana, Soon to Be El Patio Once Again

    A mock Texas Monthly cover made by Jones's fans several years ago.​Chef Jonathan Jones was let go from Xuco Xicana late last week, and cooked his last meal at the restaurant last night as a pre-planned pajama party on Xuco's upstairs patio became his farewell party. Jones, who was the executi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Wings

    Spicy interior Mexican-style wings at our No. 1 pick.Photo by Rachel Bohanan​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 which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Party Fowl Wins Wingtoberfest 2011

    Photo by Rachel BohananSee more photos from Wingtoberfest in our slideshow.​"Those are good," laughed Jonathan Jones, chef at Xuco Xicana, as he pointed at Party Fowl's wings last night. "But you couldn't eat a dozen of them." Indeed, the breakfast-for-dinner wings that Party Fowl brought to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Fisch, Fish and More Fish

    Which sushi place has opened its second Houston location?​Unfortunately, we're ending the week on a sad note: Sweet 'n' Namkin, which I just spotlighted on Wednesday as having my favorite dahi puri in town, has closed. Anyone want to try and direct me to a new place for dahi puri, preferably a ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 17, 2011

    Breakfast with Botero

    You'll want to linger at intimate Macondo Latin Bistro.

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    February 25, 2011

    Sneak Peak at Xuco Xicana

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe Peruvian-style ceviche is garnished with radishes, corn and avocado.​Even though we were already full of queso and ceviche when the entrees came out last night at El Patio, my dining companion and I couldn't help but dig in. "Oh, this tastes just like something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Chefs Taste Test Edible "Marital Aids" for Valentine's Day

    We were terrified of the ball gag, too.​A chef, a pastry chef and a food critic walk into Erotic Cabaret. It's not the beginning of a joke; it's how I spent my Saturday afternoon. I took chef Jonathan Jones of Beaver's and pastry chef Jody Stevens of Jodycakes to the "marital aid" store this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Five Questions for Geri Druckman and This Year's Wine Conference

    Photos by Jeff BalkeSamples were drained during last year's Wine Conference sessions.​Last September marked the inaugural year for The Wine Conference, an annual event pairing more than just food and wine. The Wine Conference seeks to pair people with knowledge, whether those people are wine e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    A Heated Competition at Chefs Under Fire

    Chef David Grossman judges one of the competitor's dishes.​Last night's Chefs Under Fire event proved that some of the city's most talented chefs aren't cooking in the hottest restaurants in town...or even in a restaurant at all. Five area chefs competed in the Houston regionals of the annual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Taking place on Monday will be the long-awaited Chefs Under Fire competition, in which five area chefs compete for a spot in the state-wide Chefs Under Fire Finals to be held in Austin on October 25. So far, the chefs from Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Austin-San Antonio region have already been c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Fork and Cork: Greg Morago reports on the rumors swirling around Textile lately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    The Energy at OIMBY

    Photo by Ruthie JohnsonFor more photos from the event, check out our slideshow.​Not even yesterday's exotic temperatures could stop more than 100 fine folks from celebrating at OIMBY, a backyard banquet celebrating some of Houston's finest local chefs and vendors. Like most of the vendors them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Houston's Growing Garden Party

    Chef Ryan Pera tends the garden at the Grove.​If food is fashionable, local food is the flashiest piece on the Paris runways. These past few years have seen the locavore movement skyrocket like mad in Houston. The city now boasts dozens of farmers' markets, and people are beginning to explore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Owing to all the food blog activity over the last few weeks, this is an all-loc ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Bloody Good Times at Beaver's Ice House

    Photos by Groovehouse Caleb Gutierrez's michelada, rimmed with cumin and salt​While we may not have a palate for wine, it's no secret that Eating Our Words loves beer. And hot sauce. And the two of those things magically mixed together in a pint glass. So in the interest of further promoti ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    A Vegan Dinner at a Meatatarium

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttAppetizers: sweet potato chips and truffled carrots, radishes and turnips​Vegans may take our cheese (and milk and meat and butter and even honey), but they may never take...our truffles. This seemed to be the rallying cry on Monday night at Beaver's Ice House as seven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Chef Chat: Jonathan Jones of Beaver's

    Former chef for Max's Wine Dive and head honcho at Beaver's (2310 Decatur Street), Jonathan Jones is a gastropub's irreverent dream and tweet-a-holic who wants you to "get your tails to the Beaver." How do you feel about being associated with comfort food? I'm fine with being known for grass root ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    The Wine Conference: A Chat with Geri Druckman

    ​Next Saturday, Houston will be hosting a home-grown festival unlike any other the city has seen. The Wine Conference will bring together an assortment of food and wine personalities -- both national and local -- along with a high-tech twist that's due in large part to its founder, Geri Druckm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    One Night Only! Pork Belly Madness at Catalan!

    Photo by stu spivak​Monday, Monday, Monday! The battle to beat all battles will be held tonight at Catalan featuring contenders from across the city as they compete to claim the prize of Houston's best pork belly. The third in a series of popular "throwdown" events organized by Jenny Wang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Battle Rages On: Fried Chicken Throwdown at Beaver's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009

    Center Stage

    Conroe's Young Texas Artists competition puts youthful virtuosos on the fast track.

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