Jonathan Levine

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Jonathan's the Rub Is Staying Put in Memorial Village

    The second location for Jonathan's the Rub was slated to open at 963 Bunker Hill in November of this year, but that project has come to a halt. Chef and owner Jonathan Levine says he doesn't want to expand his business and would rather stay at his current location in Memorial at 9061 Gaylord. Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    New Houston Fare at Jonathan's The Rub Reflects Houston's Diverse Community

    It's safe to say that Houston is a melting pot with a restaurant scene reflects that diversity. Chef Jonathan Levine of Jonathan's The Rub acknowledged that fact six years ago when he added the New Houston Fare section to his menu, which, to him, portrays the current Houston food scene. Levine come ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 14, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Doughnut Spots

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Openings & Closings: House of Pies Shutters Temporarily, Good Dog Preps For Brick-And-Mortar & A Look At 2014

    There weren't any permanent closure announcements this week, but two restaurants are now temporarily closed - one because of a fire, and the other because of a brick-and-mortar expansion. The roof of the House of Pies on Kirby caught on fire late on Wednesday night, forcing the pie shop to temporar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Spotlight on Thanksgiving Sides: You'll Want Some Mac N 5 Cheeses from Jonathan's the Rub

    Looking for non-traditional (at least for your family) side options this Thanksgiving? This series highlights the unconventional, interesting twists on sides available for sale at Houston restaurants. Pick up one or more to add some variation to your Turkey Day feast. Ah, the ignorance inherent i ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 29, 2012

    Spoiler Alert!

    A handy infographic guide to the shelf life of fruit.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 6, Lobster Tacos at Jonathan's The Rub

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Ken Tanagi Joins the List of Houston's Biggest Food Personalities

    I'm loathe to say that Houston has any "soup Nazi" type characters dominating its dining rooms or kitchens -- only because I hate to start any post off with Godwin's Law. Instead, I prefer to think of people such as the late, great Darawan Charoenrat of Kanomwan (a.k.a. the Thai Nazi) as Houston's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 BYOBs

    This is the second week in a row that I've [inadvertently] reviewed a terrific restaurant that also happens to encourage BYOB. Banana Leaf -- the subject of last week's cafe review -- offers Malaysian and Singaporean food with a fantastic $0 corkage fee. And Lucio's BYOB -- the subject of this week' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hidden Treasures

    Photo by Troy FieldsScallops and grits at our No. 1 pick.​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 heft ... More >>

  • Film

    September 29, 2011


    Cancer memoir meets Seth Rogen comedy in the slightly uncomfortable film.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Jonathan's the Rub Sweeps the 2011 Burger Bracket

    Photos by Dawn McGeeRicky Craig, owner of Hubcap Grill, constructed one of 32 burgers.​Virginia Commonwealth University may not have advanced to play in last night's national championship NCAA game, but another underdog team ended up sweeping a Final Four at yesterday's 2011 Burger Bracket Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Poetry, Phoenicia-style.​Of the two hotly anticipated projects from the Tcholakian family that have been in the works, the smaller of the two has finally opened in west Houston: Phoenicia Coffee House and Deli (12151 Westheimer), in the same center as the giant Phoenicia market. The downtown i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Top Five Twitter Food Fights

    ​As Craig Hlavaty briefly discusses in this week's feature on the Twitterverse, the food community has become one of the largest on Twitter. At first, it may seem unusual for members of a a non-tech-oriented community to have become such early adopters of the technology and to have built such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Yelp Effect

    ​Although there was no shortage of food-related panels at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSWi) this year, none were as insightful or as incendiary as The Yelp Effect, a frank discussion on the effect that online reviews and criticisms have on the restaurant industry. Led by A ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 25, 2009

    Brooklyn Gumbo

    A chef from New York City is knocking them dead in Piney Point at Jonathan's The Rub.

  • Dining

    April 2, 2009