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Justin Basye

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    First Look at Museum Park Cafe

    It's been four years since chef Justin Basye was a semifinalist in the James Beard Rising Star award category during his tenure at Stella Sola. In the interim, he spent time at Revival Market honing his considerable skills, co-hosted several pop-ups called Les Sauvages and did a long stint behind th ... More >>

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    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

    July 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Museum District

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Get the Buttermilk Biscuits at Bosta Coffee & Wine

    Bosta Coffee & Wine opened its doors a couple of weeks ago in the quiet Museum District. By day, it's a coffee shop, but by night it serves up wine, beer and sophisticated bar snacks. The coffee beans are provided by Greenway Coffee & Tea (so you know what's being served is top notch); the food offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

    Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Recap: The 2nd Annual Big Taste of Houston

    "This is such a great event -- so many of Houston's best chefs all in one place!" said Matthew Lovelace, a sous chef at Osteria Mazzantini, as he offered me a sample of their Blackhill Meats lamb meatball and chicken liver mousse. His was one of the first booths I encountered at the 2nd Annual Big T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Paul Petronella Tells the Story of How Camerata Wine Bar Came Into Being

    This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. In Part One of this week's Chef Chat, Paul Petronella of Paulie's and Camerata told the story of growing up in an Italian-American restaurant family, and what it was like to take over the family ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: JD Woodward of Goro & Gun

    This is the first part of a two-part series. Check back with us tomorrow to read Part 2. From the moment it opened, Goro & Gun seemed to suffer an identity crisis. The place that was supposed to be the first authentic ramen shop in Houston couldn't seem to offer the ramen that people wanted, and di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Good Vibes, Good Dogs and Good Coffee

    Good Vibes Party @ Liberty Station Friday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2101 Washington Bravado Spice is at it again with their second Good Vibes Party after the great success of their first fĂȘte in July that attracted 300 people. The parties are the brainchild of James Nelson and his partner Jeremiah Taller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Pop-Ups Are Back: Will They Continue to Predict Houston's Culinary Future?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    13 Houston Chefs Who Have Celebrity Doppelgangers

    Check out which local chef sure looks a lot like a Spice Girl, who might be hosting a game show in his spare time, and who we think is a long-lost triplet: See also: - 12 Celebrity Chefs Who Have Cartoon Doppelgangers - 13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers 13. Kaz Edwards vs. Joshua Jackson We could s ... 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

    August 17, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mix It Up Tonight and Help Clean Out Rudz's Cellar

    Been waiting for the perfect Friday night to check out the new LaB 5555 series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Grab your soft-soled museum shoes, because tonight is that night. Tonight, four of Houston's best bartenders will be shaking things up as they compete to make the best Tanqueray ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 31, 2012
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    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 8, 2012

    Stella Sola Closed Its Doors on Sunday

    Bryan Caswell announced today that Stella Sola, his Texan-Tuscan restaurant in the Heights along with partner Bill Floyd, closed its doors on Sunday. The announcement followed months of rumors that Stella Sola would soon be closing, a result of the building in which it was housed going up for sale. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    The Biggest Disappointments of 2011

    I think that 2012 is shaping up to be Houston's year, after a long 2011 featuring false starts, delayed openings, unexpected closings and failures to launch. That's not to say that 2011 didn't have its perks: Look for our list of the year's best new restaurant later this week. But it came with its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    A Tale of Two Dinners: Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar vs. The Modular

    This lobster risotto and accompanying lobster came from your friendly local dive bar.​One is a highbrow full-fledged restaurant -- a "brick-and-mortar" place, to use the parlance of the day -- owned and operated by heavyweight restaurateurs. The other is a cobbled-together food truck, ephemera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    City of Ate: Our sister paper in Dallas interviewed Anthony Bourdain in advance of his new show, 48 Hours, and as Bourdain is wont to do, he dispensed some straightforward talk about his "low opinion" of Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner, why anonymity in a food critic isn't critically impor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Tequila at TQLA and Multi-Course Mystery Dinners

    If you've been looking for the right opportunity to try TQLA -- which just won our rather specific, yet no less applicable, award for Best Revival of a Genre -- here's the opportunity you've been looking for: TQLA is hosting a tequila dinner with Don Julio on Wednesday, October 19, starting at 6:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Grant Gordon of Tony's

    Mai PhamExecutive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's​Yesterday, we chatted with Grant Gordon about his road to becoming a Executive Chef at Tony's. See our chat here. Today, we talk about his role at Tony's and some of of his favorite things about Houston. EOW: So what do you do here at Tony's? G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    The Modular Trailer v. Guest Chef: Throwing It Down at Grand Prize Bar

    Photos by Mai PhamKim Chi Wings by Team Les Sauvages' Chef Justin Basye. Six wings for $6, or 12 wings for $10​Despite 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Collaborative dinners take center stage. (Note: There are women involved, too.)​Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Dropping Benjamins at Dragon Bowl

    Photos by Theo SantosHand rolls on the line. (Hundred Dollar Hand Roll most definitely not shown.)​A few weeks ago, while perusing the new menu at the recently revamped Dragon Bowl, my dining companion and I noticed an anomaly at the casual Heights restaurant: There, amidst the $6 and $7 hand ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Touch of Grey News: Greatfull Taco Loses Its Chef

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe "mystery meat" taco is actually ground bison, and it's damn good.​The Grateful Dead once said that "the first days are the hardest days," and owner Paul West is finding that out firsthand at his new restaurant, Greatfull Taco (named for, yes, the Dead). Chef Riccardo ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 28, 2011

    Stellar Stella

    This spectacular restaurant is already a Heights institution.

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    April 22, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt got the scoop on Justin Basye moving on from Stella Sola, and commenter Peggy wasn't happy about his departure: *cries bitter salumi tears* I wish Justin all the best but am going to miss his cooking. Look forward to learning to love Adam's meals just as much. There, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Chef de Cuisine Justin Basye Departing Stella Sola

    Photo by FabioBasye is leaving Stella Sola to further sharpen his skills.​It's a day for kitchen shakeups across Houston. First came the news from the Houston Chronicle that Michael Kramer is ending his partnership with The Tasting Room. And now, Justin Basye has also announced that he's leav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​If you aren't in the mood to bake this Thanksgiving on top of all the cooking you'll be doing, why not help out some needy pups while you purchase those pies? Pastry chef Rebecca Masson is selling her fabulous pecan pies (with a shortbread crust!) for $25 each, $5 of which goes to Corridor Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Gourmet With a Side of Ghetto at Grand Prize Bar

    Do you know how dark it is in GPB? This is the best I could manage.​There is a point at which last night's events begin to get extremely fuzzy for me. I know that some time around 10:30 p.m., I ended up on the back porch at Grand Prize Bar (1010 Banks, 713-526-4565) smoking cigarettes -- I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    The patron saint of food nerds come to Houston.​Do you have your tickets ready to see Anthony Bourdain this Monday night at Jones Hall? I certainly hope so, because the event is sold out. But don't fret; more celebrity chefs are on their way to Houston in coming months. Alton Brown, the origi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chefs: Eric Aldis

    Tam Vo​This past week, we've highlighted the winners in the second round of Houston's Hottest Chefs: the men. We've taken a good, long look at Justin Basye, Ricky Craig, L.J. Wiley and Bryan Caswell. But the moment of truth has come. The people of Houston have spoken. Eric Aldis of Mo's: A Pla ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chefs: Justin Basye

    Tam Vo​Every day this week we'll be highlighting the male winners from our poll on Houston's Hottest Chefs. On Friday we'll reveal the hottest chef of all. Ask Justin Basye about his daily beauty routine, and you'll get a funny look in response. "I don't have one," he says. "Must be nice," w ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 10, 2010

    Designer Meats

    In Houston, more and more chefs are curing their own pig products

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    June 8, 2010

    Brunch at Stella Sola

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStella Sola's version of "toad in a hole"​My poached egg split open at the touch of a fork, drenching the brioche beneath it with a thick, bright splash of yolk. It instantly brightened my dark Sunday morning. Eating brunch at Stella Sola isn't the cheapest thing y ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Sous vide pork at Textile.​Creating a top ten list for the Heights is an intimidating process. At a basic level, it's difficult to even define the Heights. And with so many great restaurants to choose from, we've had to leave out popular spots Teotihuacan, Vietnam Restaurant, and Onion Creek f ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Chef Chat: Justin Basye Part 2

    Fabio​Yesterday Justin explained the nomination process for the James Beard Awards. Today we discuss changes he has implemented and what he does on his days off from work. Eating Our Words: So four months later, what has changed? Justin Basye: Haha, my responsibilities! Moving from sous to c ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Chef Chat: James Beard Nominee Justin Basye

    Fabio​Stella Stola's opening four months ago in some rough waters. Fast management changes and skeptical critics rocked the grand opening, but then things started to change. Justin Basye came on board as chef de cuisine under Bryan Caswell and brought a positive outlook and solid crew with him ... More >>

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