What does that mean for Houston?
What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>
Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner are taking risks, most of which are paying off.
Houston's 10 Best Patios
The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.
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Whether it's a manifestation of chefs' ADD or a new dining trend to look for in the coming years, the restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept has hit Houston, which is now home to two such venues: Cove and The Pass. The Pass, which is technically side-by-side with Provisions, leans more toward the " ... More >>
When sushi chef Chris Kenjo opened MF Buckhead in Atlanta in 2007 with his brother, Alex, the restaurant was a swift success. The hometown daily -- the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- gave it a five-star review (but good luck finding it on the Journal-Constitution's Web site, easily one of the wors ... More >>
Late in 2009, Eating...Our Words took a look at the then-Top "jinxed locations" in Houston. The compiled addresses had such a long and storied history of failure they made the Astros look like the Yankees. Looking back at the list today, there may be hope for hometown baseball. Of the eight restau ... More >>
Jean-Philippe Gaston, the sous chef at Haven, is curling vermillion-colored slices of yellowfin tuna into elegant half-rosettes with his fingers before placing them gently on a white plate, all in a gently curving row. It doesn't take long; he plates as swiftly and surely as he cut the ribbons of fi ... More >>
Houston's top 10 versions.
We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights and now Rice Village, an area that's absolutely saturated with great restaurants. One of the best things about the saturation in Rice Village is how easy it is to park ... More >>
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>
UPDATE: In grand Houston Restaurant Weeks tradition (which used to be just "Houston Restaurant Week," no plural at the end), HRW has been extended once again this year. The month-long dining-for-charity eatstravaganza will run through Labor Day weekend. The last day to get your $20 lunches and $35 d ... More >>
I'm no Jeremy Parzen, but I do know a little bit about wine. Growing up in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, I took the proximity and availability of local wine (and a decent wine education) for granted. When I was 21, "wine trailing" was a cheap way to get drunk. Tastings only cost a b ... More >>
In Houston, the restaurant community is so tight that everyone has worked together in some shape or form over the years. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat, we check in with chefs Bryan Caswell, Randy Evans, and Danny Trace. Evans is affiliated with a bunch of local chefs thanks to his time at B ... More >>
Did you know that it's National Ice Cream Month? You can celebrate by buying yourself a scoop at one of our 10 favorite ice cream shops, or you can let Prince's Hamburgers buy the ice cream for you. Prince's wants its guests to chill out this month, and will be offering complimentary ice cream float ... More >>
Chef Chris Shepherd incorporates Houston's disparate cuisines into one wonderful menu.
When we published our "Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die," the suggestion was made by several people that we re-print the list again -- this time with instructions on where to find these various delicacies in Houston. I'll tell you that not all of the dishes or drinks on the list ar ... More >>
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 >>
When chef Ji Kang moved to Houston from Dallas, he didn't know what to expect. By his own admission, Houston was a last resort. The Austin native and Dallas-trained chef hadn't planned on moving here, but -- as he said in this week's cafe review of his new restaurant, Nabi -- he's glad he did. "If ... More >>
Today we're chatting with Kevin Bryant, the Executive Chef at The Capitol at St. Germain, about how he got started in the industry and what it was like working as a private chef for country music singer George Strait. Today, we chat about his role as executive chef and get to know what he's like whe ... 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 >>
Photo by Adrienne ByardSeth Siegel-Gardner, left, and Terrence Gallivan in the kitchen at Revival Market.The living room at Seth and Hannah Siegel-Gardner's tidy blue house in the Heights is packed: two chefs and their wives, a journalist, three dogs, a massive cookbook collection and a flat- ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTexas barbecue done right at Gatlin's.On Wednesday afternoon, I mused that some day I hoped for visitors to Houston to feel as excited about our dining scene as I was about New York City's. The sheer breadth and depth of ethnic and regional cuisines present here is ... More >>
FacebookLinda Salinas, before shaving her mustache.Linda Salinas is a talented sommelier and bartender. She's worked at and with some of Houston's best bars and restaurants: Voice, Anvil, Branch Water Tavern, Bootsie's, Beaver's, 13 Celsius and Kata Robata. She is a fixture within the industr ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSea snail up front, uni in the back.Every time I mention enjoying a particular sushi restaurant, a commenter or two will chime in to tell me that I'm a blithering idiot for not enjoying Aka Sushi more. (Sometimes that's an exaggeration, but not usually.) This also ... More >>
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 >>
Ramen and breaded pork cutlets, not sushi, are the stars at Umai Japanese.
The 2010 Best of Houston® issue hits newsstands this Thursday (and hits online Wednesday afternoon, for those of you who just can't wait). This year's theme -- Destination: Bayou City -- takes a look at all the wonderful restaurants, dishes, drinks and dives that make Houston a destination for din ... More >>
This is a picture of Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs player. Not to be confused with Ernie's on Banks, the now-defunct bar.Barflies and beer lovers were shocked to learn today that Ernie's on Banks had suddenly and mysteriously closed overnight. The stalwart bar on Banks -- its very name reflec ... More >>
We scout out happy hour in Houston.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttIn the heat of battle last night, the oysters -- and the chefs -- kept their cool. The fourth such event organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds, the Bivalve Throwdown at Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon saw 11 of the city's best chefs compete to create ... More >>