• Calendar

    October 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cobblers, Coffee Ice Cream & Burgers, Oh My!

    Adventures in a New(ish) City: Even though she grew up in Houston, her first visit to The Original Ninfa's on Navigation was two weeks ago. Her and her friends started with the queso (of course!), then she ordered the soft corn shrimp tacos with bacon-wrapped shrimp, shredded Jack cheese and cabbage ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Philippe To Become Table & Brian O'Neill's Isn't Closed

    After Chef Philippe Schmit left his namesake restaurant, Philippe, back in September, the chef de cuisine at the time, Manuel Pucha, took the reins as executive chef. Now, Philippe's name will change to Table; the restaurant will close on Saturday, January 11, to prepare for its reopening, which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Houston Traffic Hotspots: The Clear Lake Narrows

    In this series, I take a look at places around Houston to avoid during rush hour and offer some alternatives that might keep you from going road rage and killing somebody. Anytime you need to make a trek out to Clear Lake, Kemah or Galveston, you are practically forced to endure the pain that is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Cold Front Pool Party, Brewfest & More

    Samuel Adams Fall Beer Dinner @ The Palm Friday, 6:30 p.m. 6100 Westheimer The Palm is hosting a four-course fall dinner paired with Samuel Adams beers. The night begins with a reception at which Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL will be served with crostini topped with caramelized onions, apple chutne ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2013

    Hurricane Ike: Then and Now

    Photographer Daniel Kramer returns to the scene of Houston's most recent tropical nightmare.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Hurricane Ike: Then and Now in Photos

    Five years ago today was the anniversary of Hurricane Ike. When it swept through Houston in 2008 - and was subsequently swept under the rug by national media thanks to a collapsing economy - it packed much more punch than anyone expected. A massive storm that, at one point, filled almost the entire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Christine Ha's Pop-Up Dinner, Family Fun Day & More

    Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival @ Kemah Bridge Friday-Sunday 604 Bradford Ave., Kemah Feast on gyros, souvlaki, tyropita and falafal all weekend long at the Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival. Each day is filled with a variety of activities and attractions, including the Toga Fun Run 5K Saturday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Tillman Fertitta to Launch Online Gambling Websites

    Good old Tillman Fertitta. The guy is persistent. He's putting a casino so close to the Texas border, you could hit it with a powerful pellet gun from the other side of the state line. He builds garish neon ferris wheels in the theater district of downtown Houston complete with an attached restauran ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 2, 2013

    Cinco de Mayo

    Celebrating Mexican culture with family-friendly events and lots of parties.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Upcoming Events: A Five-Year Feast at Feast

    It won't be much longer before Lower Westheimer restaurant Feast closes for good. But first, it's celebrating its five-year anniversary to really drive the point home that goddammit we're going to miss the place. Its upcoming 5th Birthday Celebration dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Torchy's Second Spot in the Heights and Auto-Cannibalism

    Arbitrary Criticism: Go ahead and start the Wednesday with a laugh: Catherine Martin visits Joe's Crab Shack in Kemah, where she "immediately fell in love." Why? "Do you know what they have in the middle of the tables there? Buckets for you to put your trash in. Just sunk into the table." That's why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Joseph Farley: What, It's a Crime to Unicycle in the Nude?

    If you had "unicycle in the nude across a big bridge" on your bucket list, be warned that the police frown on that activity. At least in Kemah. Joseph Farley, 45, found that out yesterday when police arrested him for doing just that and charged him with indecent exposure. He was riding across the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: Crawfish, Scott H. Biram, Blaggards, Etc.

    It's crawfish season, as Rocks Off may have mentioned recently. All weekend - today through Sunday, in other words - the Houston Blues Society is sponsoring the stage at the Kemah Crawfish Festival, featuring dependable locals such as Mojofromopolis, the Paul Ramirez Band, Texas Johnny Brown, Don Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Mudbug Music: The Perfect Soundtrack for Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on the way to buy the crawfish in Kemah and UGK's "Wood Wheel" for the drive back. These are just two of the songs that Rocks Off's Nathan Smith recommends to start your day-long crawfish boiling festivities. If you think that zydeco music and only zydeco music is the right ac ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kevin Bryant of The Capitol at St. Germain

    Photo by Mai PhamKevin Bryant, Executive Chef at The Capitol at St. Germain​Kevin Bryant epitomizes Southern charm. There's just something about him that puts you at ease immediately, so for our chat, I felt like I catching up with an old friend. Maybe it's the fact that he loves dogs. Alth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Print Industry Troubles, As Analyzed by Chronicle Street Vendors

    The newspaper industry hasn't been in the best of shape for a while now, and layoffs and buyouts and declining subscriptions are common. Besides the employees directly affected, hard times have also hit the people who will sell you the Houston Chronicle while you're waiting at intersections across ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    No more orichiette at Sabetta Cafe.​Two unexpected closings took the city by surprise this week, starting with the unceremonious shuttering of Bailey's American Grille (2320 NASA Parkway) in Seabrook. Although former owner Brad Bailey blamed a poor economy and struggles to recover from Hurrica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Feeding Curiosity: The main reason for following Chef Randy Rucker's blog? Anno ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    Kemah Boardwalk Firework Extravaganza

    Kemah lights up the sky over Galveston Bay for the 4th of July

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Guy Fieri Leaves His Mark

    ​I was recently at T-Bone Tom's in Kemah eating the amazing house-made smoked sausage and those awesome armadillo eggs, when I noticed that on the wall by our table was a spray-painted stencil of Guy Fieri's signature, along with a picture of him shaking the owner's hand. It was funny, and so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Just in time for summer, a cool-sounding restaurant with an even cooler concept has come along. Oceans, the ceviche-only restaurant that took over the old Bistro Vino location, is officially open to the public. We took a first look at Oceans a few weeks ago and found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Congratulations, Kemah Smokers: You're 20 Feet Closer To The Front Door

    Hey you two!! Take it outside!! At least you won't have to walk far​The Kemah city council couldn't agree on a smoking ban in bars and restaurant bars at their meeting last night, but they did agree on one thing: Those desperate, addicted puffers forced outside in rain, cold and heat can be a litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Fresh Fish Available Under the Bridge

    ​Pier 8 Seafood (409 Todville Rd., Seabrook) under the famous Kemah bridge is hands-down our favorite place to get an affordable "you buy, we fry" seafood lunch. This Filipino family-owned business offers fresh, quality seafood at reasonable prices, preparing deep-fried fish the way it is done ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Cheerleader Calendar Season Begins: Do's And Don'ts

    If it's November, it must be time for professional sports teams to start pimping cheerleader calendars.The Houston Texans cheerleaders are doing a promo tonight to launch sales of the 2010 calendar. The Texans calendars are not exactly known for their raciness, as befits the "good guy" philosophy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    What The Hell? Kemah Is One Of The Top Ten Boardwalks In The U.S.?

    Photo by mhowry​We didn't notice this until KPRC pointed it out recently, but the website Forbes Traveler recently published an article entitled "We Don't Know Anything About Boardwalks."That wasn't the actual headline on the article, but it should have been. Unless you believe that the pre-fab sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Kemah Still Being Pretty Damn Casual About Its Future

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​Kemah is at a crossroads where some residents want to keep the city an eclectic, fishing-village-type place, and others want to turn the town into a mini South Beach, with high-rise condos lined up along the shore. That's what Robin Collins, a city councilwoman, told us at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Kemah Cops Are Finding Out About Fighting City Hall

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​It's been about one month since we reported on the four Kemah police officers who were laid off and filed grievances with the city because the officers weren't buying the story that they were simply victims of the economic downturn and Hurricane Ike. Attorney Greg Cagle, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Flying Dutchman Sails Again

    Just in time for Spring Break, the last restaurant that was still closed on the Kemah Boardwalk -- which took heavy damage during Hurricane Ike -- has reopened. The Flying Dutchman is open for business as of today, March 13.  Like many of the Boardwalk's waterlogged restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Amazingly, That Plan To Restore The Replica Columbus Ship Is Foundering

    In news that will shock absolutely everyone but the 95 percent of the people who predicted it, there's a good chance that the replica of Christopher Columbus's Nina won't be heading to Kemah in time for the May regatta.As we mentioned last month, the Spanish Consulate and the city of Corpus Christi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Bill King Not Running For Mayor Or Anything Else

    Bill King, the former mayor of Kemah and the man who is perhaps the most tireless proponent of hurricane awareness among local elected officials, has sent out an e-mail telling supporters he is not running for any elected office this year.King had been, at one point, mulling a mayoral race here in H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Coming (Maybe) To Kemah: A Fake Christopher Columbus Ship

    You know what Kemah needs?We mean, beyond extensive repairs in the wake of Hurricane Ike.What Kemah (apparently) needs is a replica of the Nina, one of the three boats Christopher Columbus sailed to make his old-white-man invasion of the bucolic New World.There is a mysterious plan afoot to restore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Birds Endagered By Man (And Ike) Going Back To The Wild

    It's freedom day for five rare birds that got blasted by Hurricane Ike. The Wildlife Rehab and Education Center, which is part of the Houston SPCA, is set to release into the wild five brown pelicans it took into its care after the storm. The brown pelicans, an endangered species, were found all o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Jose Miguel Yamal Latin Jazz Quartet

    Da Camera opens its daytime concert series

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Video of Kemah Boardwalk After Hurricane Ike

    While in Kemah yesterday surveying the damage wrought by Hurricane Ike, Daniel Kramer got some video of the Boardwalk. As you can see, it's going to be some time before Tillman Fertitta's entertainment strip is up and running again... -- Keith Plocek

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    The Scene From Kemah -- At Least They've Found Their Gator

    Click here for a slideshow from Daniel Kramer... Biologists at the Kemah Aquarium are breathing easier now that they’ve recovered a small gator named “Sweet Pea” that got loose during Ike. Not that this little gal could’ve hurt anyone, says biologist David Sanchez, but after saving all t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    More Images from Before and After Hurricane Ike

    We've just loaded up some images from Bill Olive of fires, rattlesnakes, boat thieves, flotsam, flooding, cracked trees and shattered boats in Galveston, Houston, League City, Texas City and Kemah. -- Keith Plocek

  • Dining

    August 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    These Things Don't Fit

    Three things you don't expect to happen when the TV stations are full of doom-ish news about how The Day After Tomorrow is today: 1) The Bolivar Ferry is running, for crissake. 2) The Galveston Causeway is open to traffic. 3) Restaurants in Kemah will be open for lunch. What's next? The Anorexic ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2008
  • Dining

    July 5, 2007

    T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse Restaurant

    Visit T-Bone Tom's and help keep Kemah weird

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2007

    This week in Café: T-Bone Tom's in Kemah

    During Prohibition, Kemah was a town of ill-repute, a place where Houstonians could easily find alcohol, gambling and prostitution. The Edgewater Casino was the hub of the waterfront action. In 1950, a restaurant called Jimmie Walker's Edgewater Restaurant and Supper Club opened in the casino's lowe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2007

    Artist of the Week: Tony Vega

    HouStoned Rock's first Artist of the Week is bluesman Tony Vega, of the Tony Vega Band (TVB). Fresh off yet another successful Eurpean tour, Vega is currently hard at work promoting his latest CD, Glorybaby. The current TVB line-up includes Vega on guitar and vocals, Jeremy Pierce on drums and Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    Bad Advice

    Imagine you are a tourist here in town. You have a room at one of the seeming dozens of swanky new downtown hotels. You've been to the zoo and the museums and now you want to see what Houston's all about after dark, so you head over to the downtown visitor's center in city hall and pick up a few of ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2005

    Fertitta's Dynasty of Dining

    Love him or hate him, Tilman has turned the region into the land of Landry's

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