Justin Turner

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Wine Fest, Tamales, and Free Pizza for Life!

    Cigar & Whiskey Dinner @ Sullivan's Steakhouse Friday, 7 p.m. 4608 Westheimer Enjoy a three-course menu perfectly paired with Herman Marshall whiskey and Padron's signature 1926 cigar this Friday at Sullivan's. The extravagant meal -- featuring whiskey-paired steak tartare and quail over jalapeƱo ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Try These Five Chili-Smothered Dishes in Houston

    Fall is here and we've got one thing on the mind: eating a crap ton of chili. It's the ultimate comfort food...especially when it gets smothered on top of other comfort foods. Check out these five chili-packed foods that go way beyond the bowl. See also: Five Absolutely Loaded Fries

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    September 2, 2014

    10 Places for Boozy Milkshakes in Houston

    Milkshakes are good, but boozy shakes are so much better. The traditional blend of milk, ice cream and syrups makes for an enjoyably sweet refreshment, but the extra splash of tequila, rum or beer just takes it to a new level. When you're in the mood for an alcoholic drink, but are simultaneously c ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Food Trucks and Restaurants Bump Against Grease, Drugs and Empty Chairs

    Let's make Houston a more walkable city, even if people are walking on their way to tacos. Or so went the thinking for dozens who showed up to Wednesday's council committee meeting in support of relaxing regulations for food trucks. The issues on the line: whether food trucks are allowed to serve i ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Back to School: Feed Your Kids Like a Chef

    As the start of another school year approaches, we've got school lunches on the mind. Mostly, when we think of school lunches, we picture cafeteria trays with grayish glop in each compartment, and we think of all the debates over what should or should not be given to growing kiddos. The vast majori ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Confusion at Osteria Mazzantini

    Unlike past weeks, this week was filled with upsetting and shocking closings. First, let's start with Osteria Mazzantini. On Tuesday, July 1, chef and owner John Sheely informed CultureMap Houston that his newest restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini, which opened in August 2013, would serve its last meal ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Roll Call! Bernie's Burger Bus Brick & Mortar Restaurant Now Open

    For a couple of weeks now, Bernie's Burger Bus--the restaurant, not the fleet of burger-flinging school buses roaming the city--has been holding a very quiet soft opening. No announcements were made, but the doors were unlocked, and if you wandered in for a bite, chances are the cooks would take the ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014

    The Five Best New Food Trucks in Houston 2014

    Armed with only a truck and a dream (well, and a batch of recipes), these food entrepreneurs continue to fan out across Houston.

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    June 3, 2014

    As More Food Trucks Go Brick & Mortar, the Houston Scene Evolves

    This week's cover story (online tomorrow and in this week's print edition) looks at five exciting new food trucks that have opened in Houston in the past year and at how the local food truck scene is evolving. Three or four years ago, a new wave of gourmet food trucks were just starting to pop up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    The 4th Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown: Shrimp 'n Grits and Crafted Cocktails

    Four years ago, the first inaugural Kiss My Grits Gulf Coast Throwdown benefitting the Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) charity took place at Silver Street Studios. I still remember the first year vividly, because I got to see the chefs exercise an immense amount of creativity. I remember grits gn ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Sweet & Savory Benefit Helps Save Dogs With Delicious Dinner

    Several years ago, Rebecca Masson and Tracy Hartman held the first "Sweet and Savory" dinner benefitting Lucky Dog rescue. They had a few dozen people and raised $3,500. Nine dinners later, and the duo--along with a slew of local and regional chefs--have raised an estimated $150,000 for the animal r ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Sweet & Savory Benefit for Lucky Dog Rescue Hosts an "All Male Review"

    "We have some hot chefs coming to this," Becky Masson, pastry chef and owner of Fluff Bake Bar tells me giggling. "You're definitely going to want to be there." For the past several years, Masson has organized a bi-annual Sweet & Savory dinner with local chefs to benefit Houston's Lucky Dog Rescue. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013

    The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.

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    December 6, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Another Pie Shop Shutters and Highly Anticipated Restaurants Open Softly

    Even though the week began with a devastating fire-forced closure of a Houston pie shop landmark, the rest of the week has been filled with openings and announcements of future openings. But, let's begin with the sad news, shall we? Just two days after Thanksgiving, another pie shop caught on fire, ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Burgers in Houston 2013

    The rest of the best.

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    October 8, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: The Top Ten Burgers in Houston 2013

    Our 2013 Best of Houston issue is almost here, and in many cases, picking the best item in many of the categories was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sev ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Best Bites at Buc-ee's

    Five more awesome things to try.

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    September 6, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Failed Concepts & A Mega Burger Bus Expansion

    We're just a few days into the month of September, and several highly anticipated restaurants have finally opened for business and a multitude of future concepts have been announced. But, among all of this exciting news, several restaurants have suddenly closed their doors this week. So, let's get ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 16, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Tequila Bar, French Food and How Many Dunkin' Donuts?

    So many awesome openings, so little time to try all the new places! Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of Anvil opened a new bar, The Pastry War, downtown on August 13 to major crowds interested to see what the Anvil boys had up their sleeves. The Pastry War is a tequila bar or "mezcaleria" with an empha ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 18, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Argentine cuisine.

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    April 11, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 "Fancy" Food Trucks

    Talk about an agonizing list to write. Houston food trucks have never been more clever, more inventive or more consistently enjoyable than they are right now. (The most recent sold-out Haute Wheels food truck festival can surely attest to that.) A few years of winnowing out dilettantes since the fir ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Grand Incubator

    Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Bernie's Burger Bus Invited to the World Food Championships in Las Vegas

    We're issuing a belated thank you to everyone who came out to The Distillery back in April for the 2012 Houston Press Burger Bracket, and another round of congratulations for the winner -- Bernie's Burger Bus. Why? Because our Burger Bracket -- now in its second year -- was identified as "one of the ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Southern-Fried Dim Sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie's Burger Bus

    Austin King is a nervous ball of energy. He hops around the small kitchen at the rear of Grand Prize Bar like a character in Super Mario Brothers, head down and face fixed in a grimace of determined concentration. He pulls dumplings from a fryer with one hand, sprinkles Tabasco-infused scallions ont ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Houston's Top 10 French Fries for National French Fry Day

    I think I'm firmly on record as thinking that most National ______ Days are dumb. But there are a few I'm happy to celebrate, like National Tequila Day (coming up on July 23) or the recently passed National Fried Chicken Day. That short list also includes National French Fry Day, because I will neve ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 28, 2012

    Dining on the Rails

    A guide to light rail lunching in Houston.

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    June 20, 2012

    Grand Prize Bar to Become Coolest New "Restaurant" in Town, Plans to Host Rotating Lineup of Chefs in Kitchen

    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 >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Bernie's Burger Bus Wins the 2012 Burger Bracket

    School's out for summer: The little yellow school bus that delivers some seriously juicy burgers, Bernie's Burger Bus, won our 2nd annual Burger Bracket last night at The Distillery. It was a fortuitous time for a win, as Bernie's has just launched a second bus in its burger fleet. You can catch th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Serving Detention at Bernie's Burger Bus

    Courtesy of FacebookDetention, served hot and fresh.​The parking lot at Inversion has become my newest food mecca for lightning-fast weekday lunches. The cozy coffee shop is close to the office, you can get a great cortado inside (as well as goodies from local bakers Michael's Cookie Jar, Sinf ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    What Are Houston Chefs Cooking This Thanksgiving?

    Photo by Carbon NYC​Thanksgiving: A day to gather with your loved ones and give thanks? Or a day to display your culinary prowess to friends and family? Increasingly, the emphasis has been on the latter in the past few years, as people try to dress up the traditional Thanksgiving spread and im ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Gourmet Prep Meals: Giving Prep a New Meaning

    I made this salmon! (Sort of.)​There are plenty of nights that I feel up to cooking, but not nearly as many nights that I feel up to braving the grocery store's long, rush hour-style lines. And there are plenty of times I want to cook but don't want to go out and buy an entire pound of ground ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Get on Board the Burger Bus

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Justin Turner is one of those rare people who has found it relatively easy to open a food truck in Houston. Owner of Bernie's Burger Bus, which began operating just over a week ago, Turner decided to leave his very cushy job -- personal chef to the Rockets' Shane ... More >>