NEWS UPDATE: at 9:15 am this morning, Anthony Calleo has announced that Sandy Witch, his second food endeavor located inside of Grand Prize Bar, has closed. This closely followed an announcement on their Facebook page of a collaborative brunch with Bernie's Burger Bus. The brunch was to be on August ... More >>
About two weeks ago, an anonymous commenter posted a diatribe to the Craigslist "Rants and Raves" section that has actually made people pay attention (as opposed to recent Houston posts about kids at Starbucks and the stupidity of Craigslist readers). "We are a popular restaurant for both locals an ... More >>
Armed with only a truck and a dream (well, and a batch of recipes), these food entrepreneurs continue to fan out across Houston.
Late at night between April 30 and May 1, a fire started in the home of Jody Stevens, better known as her baking persona, Jodycakes. Stevens herself wasn't home at the time of the fire, because she was assisting fellow chef Randy Rucker at his sold-out Spring on the 3rd Coast pop-up dinner. Her neig ... More >>
While working on the article about searching Yelp using emojis this week, I realized that the emoji canon has some rather glaring omissions. Sure, I could search for a burger place or Italian food or sushi, but what if I want a sandwich? A cupcake? Some charcuterie? Emojis were first invented in Ja ... More >>
Mixers & Elixirs @ Houston Museum of Natural Science Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 5555 Hermann Park Drive The Houston Museum of Natural Science will host another Mixers & Elixirs event tonight from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tonight's theme revolves around the final frontier -- space. Listen to live music b ... More >>
On March 13, pastry chef Gracie Nguyen, 23, was badly injured in the crash at the SXSW music festival in Austin that left four people dead and another 21 people hurt. Nguyen was in the hospital in Austin for about a week, until she was able to be moved out of the ICU and back to Houston for rehabili ... More >>
Macarons have taken your place.
Though incredibly popular and well received by critics, The Modular food truck (actually a trailer) had a surprisingly short run. It opened in 2011, helmed by Joshua Martinez and Lyle Bento. At the time, Martinez was fresh off a stint as general manager of Kata Robata, and Bento was an up-and-coming ... More >>
Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>
It has been quite a slow week for restaurant openings and closings. In fact, there weren't any notable closings that we heard about. So, let's get right to the openings. CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler reports that Ranch Bakery has reopened inside Cypress's The Backyard Smokehouse. The bakery reo ... More >>
"I'm too pretty to look like a devil!" -- the gentleman in the photo above Christmas is only two days away. Another year full of laughs and cries and cheers and tears. A year spent with family and friends is never a bad one. And when the time for visiting family is done, once the dishes are in the ... More >>
It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>
This month, The Original OKRA Charity Saloon is trying something a little different to determine which lucky charity will be the recipient of the bar's December proceeds. Usually, the bar picks four local charities per month and offers drinkers and diners the opportunity to vote for the organizati ... More >>
Ah, October. Time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween parties, cold fronts and gluttinous candy consumption. Also a time for Oktoberfests around the world (and most famously in Munich, Germany -- yes, we know the only official Oktoberfest ended on October 6 this year, but still). Beer, beer, lederho ... More >>
"Pretty much any kitchen has superglue in it," Joshua Martinez, owner of Goro & Gun, told me recently. "If you cut part of your finger off, you just clean it and superglue it back on." I've always known that a kitchen can be a dangerous place. My aunt is a chef, and I remember numerous dinners wher ... More >>
The folks at Goro & Gun might want to slow down their ever-changing menu and instead focus on their core dish.
Restaurants such as The Pass & Provisions, Oxheart and Goro & Gun are already so firmly affixed in Houston's culinary firmament that it's sometimes difficult to believe the restaurants which are bringing so much attention to our city's food scene have only been open for a year -- or less, in the cas ... More >>
Tonight, Joshua Martinez officially changed his Twitter handle from @TheModular to @GoroNGun, reflecting his newest downtown venture: a ramen shop opening soon on Main Street. But the Twitter update was only the latest sign that Goro & Gun is gearing up to open its doors shortly. There are also th ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.
Are you in this for the long-haul? Good, because this week was chock-full of restaurant news -- and most of it happy news. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long post, starting with recaps of a few stories from earlier this week. Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Grand Prize Bar in Montrose and B ... More >>
Goro and Gun are the two main characters in Tampopo, a 1985 Japanese cult classic that's often referred to as the "first ramen Western" (a play on the old spaghetti westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). It's fitting, then, that Joshua Martinez's upcoming downtown restaurant would be name ... More >>
Ashley "Ash" Rowell -- former owner of Duff Beer Distribution and beloved figure in Houston's craft beer community -- was shot and killed at his Montrose home this past Friday evening. Rowell answered a knock at his door around 7:45 p.m. on Friday and was shot in the doorway. According to the Houst ... More >>
Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>
With so many great restaurants open for Thanksgiving Day -- and so many chefs working hard on a day when the rest of us are enjoying family time or simply a much-needed day off -- it's tough to find a chef who's celebrating Thanksgiving in any sort of traditional sense. John Sheely, executive chef ... More >>
It's often tempting to refer to restaurants as beacons, especially if they're bright points in otherwise dark areas (whether metaphorically or literally). I once referred to Moon Tower Inn this way, noting the power that the hot-dogs-and-beer joint had to draw people in like moths to a flame. It wa ... More >>
A guide to light rail lunching in Houston.
The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.
Grand Prize Bar has been more than just a bar since it opened nearly two years ago -- it's had a culinary history of its own nearly since its birth. Only a few months after Grand Prize began shaking up its first cocktails in July 2010, chef Adam Dorris and his cooking partner Will Walsh began servin ... More >>
Starting off the week with two bits of good news: Green Seed Vegan has moved out of its food truck confines and into a space of its own. The new spot at Wheeler and Almeda is conveniently located just down the street from Green Seed's former digs in the Third Ward, and it also means you'll be able t ... More >>
It's high crawfish season in Houston, with a slew of different boils coming up to satisfy all your head-sucking pursuits. But first, you don't want to miss this weekend's big charity event: Kicking Cancer's Ass. The fundraiser dinner will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Ralph Smi ... More >>
Instead of chugging crappy green beer for St. Patrick's Day (which is tomorrow, in case you missed the memo), here are three other suggestions that don't suck: Barbecue guru Neil "Bigmista" Strawder is returning home to Galveston tomorrow for a charity barbecue at St. Augustine of Hippo, the oldest ... More >>
Daily Seafood (12950 South Post Oak) is located in a shabby Westbury strip mall right next to a salon that offers $30, hour-long foot massages. In an ideal world, I'd have had time to enjoy both this afternoon: foot massages and crawfish. Instead, I spent a couple of hours getting to know the ... More >>
My chiropractor told me I'm constantly pinching nerves in my neck because I sleep on my stomach, and in order to break that habit, I need a "special" pillow. Makes sense, I guess, so off to Bed, Bath & Beyond I went to check out the awkward, way overpriced and super-ugly therapeutic pillows. After ... More >>
I hear the Texans lost on Sunday. I say "hear" because I couldn't bear the stress of watching the playoff game, and instead spent the afternoon away from all televisions and Internet-enabled phones at a living history museum in Lafayette, where the locals were already smarting after the Saints' loss ... More >>
Photo by Chuck Cook PhotographyIt's just another night at The ModularSome of the best food to be had in Houston is happening in a small kitchen at Grand Prize, and a trailer in front of Liberty Station. The Modular (as reported on previously by Minh Truong and Mai Pham) is the brainchild o ... More >>
An HPD officer allegedly threatened a food truck over what the food truck owner says are non-existent "violations."UPDATE: The Public Information Office of the HPD called to say that, as of 2 p.m. "no complaint has been filed. No one by that name has filed an [Internal Affairs Division] compl ... More >>
An HPD officer allegedly threatened a food truck over what the food truck owner says are nonexistent "violations."UPDATE: HPD's public information office called to say that, as of 2 p.m., "no complaint has been filed. No one by that name has filed an [Internal Affairs Division] complaint," th ... More >>
Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Mai PhamKim Chi Wings by Team Les Sauvages' Chef Justin Basye. Six wings for $6, or 12 wings for $10Despite the growing number of "gourmet"-type food trucks in Houston, the fact that I follow most of them on Twitter, and the many crave-worthy Facebook posts by friends, I haven't rea ... More >>