One Friday down, seven more to go. This past week, the 40 days of Lent began. For many, it's a time of prayer, atonement, and -- most importantly for the purposes of this article -- meat-free Fridays. This can be quite difficult, especially in a city where fantastic burgers, juicy fried chicken, and ... More >>
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>
With so many restaurants participating in the month-long Houston Restaurant Weeks this year (more than 150 so far), it can be difficult to choose which ones to tackle. And since you want to make reservations at nearly all of the participating HRW spots, you'll want to start planning now. That's why ... More >>
Many, many years ago, when I was an adventurous young thang, I worked one summer in Rajgarh, a small town in the Indian Himalayas. I spent a lot of time helping a social services organization conduct field research in woman's health practices. I also ate a lot of goat. In the absence of beef, pork, ... More >>
New restaurants and bars are opening in downtown Houston faster than we can keep up, thanks to a renaissance around the Market Square Park area that's bringing new life to downtown's north side. But that's not the only part of downtown that's blossoming -- nor are those new restaurants the only game ... More >>
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 >>
Houston's 10 Best Patios
Houston's 10 best restaurants for pre-theater dining.
The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.
Most of the time, I'm the type of person who thinks that -- like barbecue -- chili is best made and enjoyed at home. It's simple stuff that dates back nearly 500 years to the first chili recipe, when Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of Hernan Cortez's captains, described the Cholulan Indian stew in 151 ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
Houstonians love a few things above all others: burgers, Tex-Mex barbecue, pizza, crawfish and breakfast. These are the foods that get us crazy passionate, the meals that fuel endless debates here in the city where residents eat for sport. We even have breakfast sub-categories that we love to jaw ab ... More >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.
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. Earlier ... More >>
Chef Chris Williams may come from Southern food royalty -- his great-grandmother was Lucille Bishop Smith, a culinary pioneer who owned U.S. Smith's Famous BBQ in Fort Worth and helped establish one of the first college-level commercial foods departments in the nation at Prairie View A&M University ... More >>
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Houston's Top 10 Patios
I had to do a little detective work this week to get background info on one of the worst health code violators I've ever seen. And by detective work, I mean walking over to Katharine Shilcutt's desk and tapping her on the shoulder until she took her headphones off, rolled her eyes and asked What is ... More >>
5 More Frosty Food Fakers
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 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. I look f ... More >>
Ever since the late 1990s and the advent of Molto Mario and his in-house salumeria at Babbo in Manhattan, extreme house-cured charcuterie has been embraced by chefs across the nation with seemingly unrivaled zeal. (Ever wonder why so many of them make "duck prosciutto"? It's because hanging ducks ta ... More >>
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt Not a shrimp po-boy at the new Liberty Kitchen."Chef Lance is back," read the marquee outside Liberty Kitchen last Saturday afternoon, a gloomy day that was brightened only by the prospect of trying the brand-new oyster bar. We weren't the only ones to whom the id ... More >>
I burned the roof of my mouth on this. Can irony be retroactive?Have you ever burned the roof of your mouth, then spent the next week poking at that spot with your tongue, worrying it over and over despite the pain caused by touching the wound? I'm the type of person who does that. It's a mor ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt reported on the problems at this weekend's Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival, and the commenters chimed in. Said Eric Wilson: I was surprised that the $15 entry fee was mainly for drinks, not food. I thought there would be one line or a separate are for samples, which ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about all the items she picked up recently at Revival Market when she ran in for some chicken feet. Clearly, she's not the only fan of this place. Said commenter Jim Ayres: I've started going to Revival Market weekly for local milk and eggs, as well as their ma ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt reported that Trader Joes is coming to Houston. Some commenters were "meh," but others were excited, like Et: Mark my words - Trader Joes will eventually dominate shopping scene. Pound for pound, there is no better store. High quality, unique items and EXTREMELY reas ... More >>
This weekend, Katharine Shilcutt judged the Best Tasting Lemonade Competition at the Children's Museum of Houston, in preparation for Lemonade Day. Which got some of our readers thinking: Wrote csoakley: I think I must have chugged down about a gallon of lemonade last year driving around t ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt discovered an excellent Italian restaurant in Spring called Capri. While dining there, what did she have to drink with her tagliatelle al salmone? Boone's Farm. Commenter Eric Hanao wrote in with some words of support: So. Freaking. Awesome. A true foodie will eat and dri ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt confirmed that the Health Dept. outlawed customers bringing dogs to Moon Tower Inn, much to our collective chagrin. One commenter, Zippy, made some good points: I get not bringing dogs INTO restaurants, but the rule against having dogs on patios is ridiculous. And i ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt reported that it may be the end of the line for the Tavern on Gray. And you guys began to wail, rip out your hair and beat your breasts. Just kidding. Said Kyle: Don't really want another apartment complex in the area, but I do fantasize about TOG being torn down. ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt sampled this year's calorie-packed rodeo offerings, so you don't have to, at the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards. One of her fellow judges called the chicken-fried bacon "stupid," but commenter Ed T. disagreed: I happen to be a fan of CFB. Done well, it is worthy of being the L ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt brought news that food from Feast is now available at Grand Prize, wondering if the Feast faithful would be comfortable in "what can be perceived as a cliquey, tightly-knit bar of regulars." Commenter Kyle weighed in: I've been really excited about this. It's hard to imag ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt reported on a terrible latte from Black Hole Café, and judging from the reader comments, she isn't the only one who's found the coffee drinks lacking at the new Montrose hangout. For one, commenter Roxanne Werner didn't have a great experience: I had a Chai Latte t ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt had a meal at the "absurd" Jimmy Changa's, and readers weighed in with their own, diverse opinions. Said John Davis: I don't think the Gringos people have had an original thought in their lives. Their restaurants are knock-offs of other successful places with lousy food. ... More >>
Readers praise Prized Possessions.
Courtesy of Toothpaste For DinnerYesterday, our own Katharine Shilcutt wrote an incisive, observant and nuanced article regarding the backlash against the "foodie" culture. Naturally, the discussion in the comments section, on Twitter, and elsewhere on the internet has primarily revolved arou ... More >>
Photo by toastforbrekkieFor me, BYOB means one thing and one thing only: Bring Your Own Beer. It has become a raging obsession of mine lately, to find the best places to get a top-flight meal where I can bring in my own American brewed, world-class brew and create my own pairings. Of course, ... More >>
With Houston Press web editor Katharine Shilcutt on her way to becoming our new food critic, we're looking for someone to take over her duties as web editor.The web editor creates, manages and promotes our content to grow community and readers. There is also a lot of work with photographers f ... More >>
We've heard from both Katharine Shilcutt and Becky Means about their kitchen must-haves. But for us, it's more about what we wouldn't want to live without in our kitchens. We would definitely be fine without these kitchen essentials, but they sure make our lives easier. 1. Hamilton Beach Ha ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttFresh crab claws and oysters: a triumphant start to any meal.The last time I ate at Truluck's (5350 Westheimer), the restaurant was still located in the charming silver diner car -- still abandoned, by the way -- up the road from its current location on Westheimer. ... More >>
You probably thought you were watching a Josie & the Pussycats remake last night on 39 News. Instead, it was the Houston Press Rocks Off Lego Rock Band party, with our Katharine Shilcutt, Craig Hlavaty and John Gray -- along with a random audience member -- attempting musical greatness.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttAppetizers: sweet potato chips and truffled carrots, radishes and turnipsVegans may take our cheese (and milk and meat and butter and even honey), but they may never take...our truffles. This seemed to be the rallying cry on Monday night at Beaver's Ice House as seven ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThere's a new giraffe in town. Supposedly there's nothing cuter than a baby giraffe, but -- and we admit we might be in the minority, even just in the office here -- we're not feeling it. What, just because they have big eyelashes we're supposed to go gaga? Sorry ... More >>
My mother is known for many things, but chief among them is her famous Christmas fudge. Each year, lucky friends and family make out with a tin or two. And until my grandfather passed away last year, she would always make an enormous gift basket for him each year at Christmas, filled wi ... More >>
After highlighting a local man's discovery of what appeared to be a giant loogie in his can of green tea, the tea company has responded with an apology and an explanation. According to Steaz co-founder Eric Schnell, who personally responded to the complaint, the gruesome sub ... More >>