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Katharine Shilcutt

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    May 15, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Heights

    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 >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Five Kickass Pretzel Dishes to Try in Houston

    Who doesn't love a good soft pretzel? Even better when there's a dip involved or meat and cheese stuffed inside. With that in mind, we've rounded up 5 Must-Try Pretzel Dishes in Houston. "Midnight Special" Soft Pretzel Where to get it: Mongoose Versus Cobra Pretzels and beer go together like mi ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Galleria

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, Upper Kirby, EaDo, Rice Village, and the East End. But we're not done yet. This week, it's the upscale Galleria neighborhood that gets a closer look. H ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the East End

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, Upper Kirby, EaDo, and Rice Village. With head honcho Ninfa's on Navigation, its newly aquired neighbor El Tiempo, and plenty of hole-in-the-wall joint ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Katharine Shilcutt's 10 Favorite Dishes in Houston

    In a recent Food & Wine article, restaurant editor Kate Krader called Houston "America's newest capital of great food" and listed 10 of her favorite dishes/drinks in our city to underscore her point. They included the Vietnamese Wagyu meatballs at Underbelly, the blackstrap rum daiquiri at Charity S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Food Critic/Blogger Opening at the Houston Press

    Our longtime food critic Katharine Shilcutt is leaving us in a few weeks so .... The Houston Press has an immediate opening for a fulltime food critic and blogger. We are looking for a critic who can build on the success of our award-winning food coverage. The ideal candidate must: * Possess the w ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

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

    What differentiates a "classic" food truck from those on last week's list of Houston's Top 10 "Fancy" Food Trucks? For starters, a classic food truck has been around for at least a few years prior to the gourmet food truck craze -- if not a decade longer. Classic food trucks are usually found at th ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

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

    Picking the 10 best tacos in Houston is something akin to picking the most beautiful women in Texas. There are far too many options to do any justice by limiting the list to just 10. Instead of trying to pack the list with an arbitrary top 10, I spent the past three weeks pilfering other taco list ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Third Ward

    All of Houston's original six wards are rich with history, but none captivate me quite as much as the Third Ward. Once home to the city's wealthiest residents, the area just southeast of downtown has gone through a tremendous amount of change since it was first established in 1836. The Third Ward h ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffee Shops

    The last time we compiled a list of Houston's best coffee houses was in February 2011, and things have certainly changed since then. In just the last several months, Houston's caffeine scene has benefited from several new entrants, all of which are determined to raise the city's coffee profile just ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Your Ultimate Mardi Gras Guide: Get Fat on Fat Tuesday

    First, get geared up with photos from the Mardi Gras celebration in Kemah... ...and the one in Galveston.

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    January 15, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    The last time we tackled the Top 10 restaurants in River Oaks, Tony Mandola's was still open in what is now Brasserie 19's spot in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Needless to say, things have changed a bit in three years. And in spite of its ritzy exterior, River Oaks still has plenty of inexpensive ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Houston's Little India

    As we enter the new year, I'm trying to make good on a few resolutions starting on the very first day of 2013. And one of those is to get outside the Loop a bit more -- even though a great bounty of amazing restaurants have opened inside the Loop in the last 12 months -- and back to exploring the re ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 French Fries

    Guys. Hey, listen. We need to talk. It's about the annual Best of Houston® issue. I think you know what you did. But the problem, you see, is that you keep doing the same thing almost every single year. Something has to change. Y'all keep voting for McDonald's as "Best French Fries." Every. Sing ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza

    Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza. While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the mast ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    The 5 Must-Try Dishes at Feast, Before It Closes for Good

    Folks, if you never made it to Feast in the past four years, now is your time. The restaurant announced last week that it will be closing for good in nine months once its lease is up and no Houstonian worth their petroleum-byproduct-enhanced-sunsets should let that sun set on Feast without visiting ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Witchcraft, Underdogs and Blacksmiths: November 2012 in Openings & Closings

    On my way home a few nights ago, I noticed that a hunch I'd had was true: Bibas Brooklyn Express had closed after only six short months in business on Main Street. I'd noticed the lights off for a few days, and a new spread of brown paper in the windows meant only one thing. B4-U-Eat reports that th ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the East End

    The East End is undergoing some necessary growing pains right now as a new generation of Houstonians rediscover the neighborhoods right next door to downtown. Construction of a METRO light rail to connect the East End with the main line has had Harrisburg torn up for some time, but is nearly complet ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Humble Deli Sandwich

    Houston's top 10 versions.

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    October 18, 2012

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

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 Best of Houston® 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 hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. For this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The $20 Trader Joe's Challenge

    Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Let's get one thing out of the way before we get started: This is a list of the 10 best restaurants in the Heights, as "the Heights" is defined by the Houston Heights Association. That means that restaurants outside of its boundaries -- north of Loop 610 West, west of North Shepherd, south of the Ka ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    This Week's Restaurant Review: Tyson Cole's Uchi

    See our slideshow of Uchi's gorgeous interior. This week for her print restaurant review, Katharine Shilcutt tackled a mighty one: Uchi. You know the one, right? The Houston outpost of James Beard Award-winning Tyson Cole's Uchi and Uchiko in Austin? Of course you do. Does the Westheimer spot liv ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Houston's 10 Best Specialty Cocktails for the Summer

    With the cocktail movement booming in Houston, it seems as though you can hardly go to a bar or restaurant these days without encountering a list of cocktails. And on that list of cocktails, expect to find a list of the house specialty drinks -- concoctions created by (or for) that bar or restaurant ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    A (Very Nearly) Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Trucks

    Last week, one of our Twitter followers made a special request: a guide to all the nearly 50 food trucks currently roaming around town that use Twitter -- along with their Twitter handles. So @sarahnoid, this list is for you. Food trucks are sorted alphabetically, along with their primary type of c ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    JerryBuilt Burgers Are Anything But

    I didn't learn the phrase "jerry-built" until I married [and later divorced] an Englishman. In America, we use the phrase "jerry-rigged" instead, but they mean the same thing: something that's poorly planned, hastily built or just generally thrown together. It's curious that JerryBuilt Homegrown Bur ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    PRO TIP: Never trust these things. Never ever.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've filled a vacationing co-worker's cubicle with gummi bears. Ah, delicious whimsy! Good thing it's cooled off a little; last time we tried this back in July, she came back to a ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​And the countdown continues. Katharine Shilcutt named her No. 16 favorite dish in the city, migas at Iguana Lupana. And she inspired commenter Dwilkinson to head out and try them: I just tried this place today based on this post, as migas is one of my favorite dishes, and was blown away by ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    We'll Be Here Labor Day, Just for YOU, EOW Nation

    ​So, we thought these pillows were kind of kinky, until we realized they're for people with babies...Thank God it's the weekend. Anyway, get a pencil, make a note: Eating Our Words will be reporting for duty this Labor Day. We taking eating and words that seriously. Oh, and drinking. We ta ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote an interesting story about a patron who tweeted while eating at a restaurant and got kicked out. Who was wrong, and who was right? Readers were pretty split, but one commenter, Ralphy, didn't seem to care much: Darn!! Late to the show again. But my popcorn's ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt reported on a Whole Foods email which advised stores not to promote Ramadan. Commenter "My money where my mouth is" shared some thoughts: Not that i particularly care whether a store advertises its products to me at Ramadan or any other time with little placards say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt is already more than halfway through her 100 favorite dishes in town; today's entry was on pho ga. Commenter Foster Janet took a moment to admire the list so far: One thought after reading list as of now....isn't it fantastic how most of the list is ethnic in nature.  Wh ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today, Katharine Shilcutt wrote about a singing bartender at Crazy Frogs (not a sining frog at Crazy Bartenders, unfortunately), and the videos were certainly impressive. But, one commenter was concerned about the bar for different reasons. csoakley wrote: But...but this means I would have ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt posted about her review of the revamped Dragon Bowl -- which has a new chef and a new direction -- but commenter Gossamersixteen doesn't feel like forgiving the place: Ha I had a $25 lunch one cold Saturday last winter; about the worst even poorest excuse for Chine ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about what to eat when it is too damn hot outside to cook, and commenter 1311 shared an idea: Good list. But don't forget the ceviche. Had some trout in the freezer from a Rockport fishing trip -- two hours in lime juice, tomatoes, onions, etc. -- boom. Per ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    The Summer of the Fried Green Tomato

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThe Viola Lee taco is suitable for vegetarians and vegetable-loving carnivores alike.​Although I love making fried green tomatoes at home, I'm not that good at it. But when summer gets in full swing, I begin to crave the things like mad. And luckily, this year, an in ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    The Weekend in Slideshows

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​It was a busy weekend for food events, from the 17th anniversary party at Saint Arnold to the cattle call for Pilot Light tickets at Revival Market, but we managed to capture most of it. The line for those Pilot Light tickets started forming at 2 p.m. on Saturday a ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt wrote a long review of Tan Tan and blogged about needing to get the bad taste out of her mouth. And commenter Mike Calimbas wrote in to agree with her: I've always loved Tan Tan on Bellaire so I tried the one on Westheimer and boy was I disappointed. The service was slow ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt shared some excellent tips on preparing for hurricane season, which inspired commenter Captain Caveman to point out a crucial issue: Don't forget charcoal and cigarettes. If your local c-store has no power after a storm, these may be hard to come by.  And maybe eve ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt dined at Brasserie 19 and enjoyed the food, though she wasn't happy with the lack of options on the wine list. Neither was commenter Lillian: I weigh 135 lbs.  Know what happens when I drink more than 2 glasses of wine?  I'd tell you but I don't remember.  They need to ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    First Look at Brasserie 19

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttEnglish pea soup, lightly chilled, with lump Gulf crab meat: It's not available every day, but it should be.​On a drizzly Thursday night, the warmly glowing interior of Brasserie 19 beckoned the crowds inside its crisp white interior and onto its broad patio. The r ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Burgers the Brazilian Way at Friends Pizzeria

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttNow that's a burger.​Upon initial glance, there are so many flummoxing things about the newly opened Friends Pizzeria: A pizza place that's Brazilian? A pizza place that serves hamburgers? Hamburgers and pizza with corn and peas on them? Houston might have become f ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Getting High at 43rd

    The view.​The Place: The 43rd 43rd floor, Wedge Tower 1415 Louisiana 713-739-5560 www.the43rd.com The Deals: $2.50 domestics, $3 select imports, $4 wells, $4 house wine The Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (these are the only hours the bar is open - lunch is served from 11 a.m. to ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt took in a 'stros game and found herself at the FiveSeven Grille. And while she was frustrated by the $16 sliders, commenter Albert Nurick was downright outraged: $16 for three sliders? They're $5.78 at Little Bigs. Uncle Drayton, why do you insist on screwing over your fan ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​On the subject of prom, Katharine Shilcutt has spoken. Prom-goers should eat at Haven. The end. Anyway, her post inspired some readers to reminisce about their own prom experiences. Wrote unclelijah: I went to high school in New Orleans. I took my prom date the Caribbean Room at the Pontcha ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​One of life's truths: For every bad experience an EOW writer has at a restaurant, someone else has a good one, and vice versa. Katharine Shilcutt didn't enjoy dinner last night at the new Tasting Room, but commenter Rebecca Hadley had a great time last week: You went too fancy, Shilcutt! ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt posted her Top 5 Coffee Hacks, and wouldn't you know it? Some of y'all didn't agree with her and wrote in to tell us how it's done. One commenter, going by "Lol," really upped the ante: This is nothing. I grow my own coffee from seeds, harvest the beans, roast them using ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt filed an exclusive report on the new restaurant opening downtown, The Dark Horse, which will be serving human lardo. Commenter Evan Vinumguy T. had more info on the mysterious Chef Hamish, having worked with him in the past: I was the wine director for Chef Hamish ye ... More >>

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