• Calendar

    March 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Kevin Naderi to Face Off at Iron Fork Against...

    We have secured a second chef for the third annual Iron Fork competition at this year's Menu of Menus Extravaganza. This brave fellow will be competing against Kevin Naderi of Roost in a secret-ingredient cooking challenge moderated by Randy Evans of Haven to determine which of them is the Iron Fork ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Ranch Bakery Returns, and a Beloved Food Truck Will Soon Be Back

    It has been quite a slow week for restaurant openings and closings. In fact, there weren't any notable closings that we heard about. So, let's get right to the openings. CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler reports that Ranch Bakery has reopened inside Cypress's The Backyard Smokehouse. The bakery reo ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

  • 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

    Openings & Closings: Coffee Shops Galore, Goodbye Chili & More

    Two weeks into the month of September and only a few restaurants have shut their doors, but lots of places have opened. Let's get the bad news over with first. As reported on Swamplot and The Food Chronicles from The Houston Chronicle (anyone else notice the name change?), Landry's Seafood House ... More >>

  • 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

    June 7, 2012

    Hot Spots for Cool Treats: Where To Get Great Gelato, Ice Cream and Snowcones in Houston

    I spent the morning over at KHOU's studios this past Tuesday discussing ice cream and other cool treats with Debra Duncan on Great Day Houston (all pandering aside, a really great crew of people to work with and always a very fun time) and special guests Matt Marcus and Ryan Soroka from the Eatsie B ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012

    Where to Party This Cinco de Mayo

    Salt, tequila and lime

  • 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 >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2012

    Focus on FotoFest 2012

    Snapshots from the photography biennial.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    National Margarita Day Is Today, Ash Wednesday, for Some Reason

    The people at the National Council for Naming National Days need to get together with the Roman Catholic church, because this seriously isn't going to work out. National Margarita Day on the first day of Lent? Surely you jest, National Margarita Council of Margaritas, National Chapter. But it's not ... 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 2, 2011

    Openings & Closings: November 2011

    Photo by Amber AmbroseEl Rey closed this week -- but which one?​Remember how busy of a month October was for openings and closings? November was a little slower, but not by much. In upcoming restaurants, one of our favorite bloggers reports that Calliope's is opening a second location of its ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Get cheesy at Urban Harvest on April 30.​If all goes to plan, the "Battle of the Heights" Pie-Eating Contest this Saturday at Pie in the Sky (632 West 19th) will look nothing like Stephen King's Great Tri-County Pie Eat. But wouldn't you rather go watch just in case? Four of the Heights' "civi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Arun Sharma, Pill Mill Doctor Found With $1.5 Million in Cash, Gets 15 Years

    Few questions asked​Arun Sharma, the Kemah doctor who ran wildly successful if not exactly overly supervised pain clinics -- and who had $1.5 million in cash in his house and safety deposit boxes when arrested -- got sentenced to 15 years in prison today. Sharma was also ordered to forfeit $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Houston, Greet Your Floating Condo Complex

    Illustration via River CitiesThe early bird special is great​What Houston has been missing: A floating condo city that cruises the nation's rivers and coastal waterways. What Houston is no longer missing: That. River Cities is in Kemah, we learn from the Houston Chronicle, looking for adventu ... More >>

  • 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

    March 26, 2010

    We Have An Air Date For Kemah's Extreme Makeover

    Photo by Lee Riner​In January workers descended on a Kemah home hard hit by Ike, a place where Larry and Melissa Beach have raised a passel of foster kids and quite a few of their own.The CenterPoint lineman's salary was stretched thin enough without paying for home repairs, but in this case he di ... 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 >>

  • Halloween Guide

    October 30, 2008

    Trails to Terror

    2008 Halloween Guide

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Jose Miguel Yamal Latin Jazz Quartet

    Da Camera opens its daytime concert series

  • Dining

    August 21, 2008
  • Dining

    April 17, 2008
  • Dining

    July 5, 2007

    T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse Restaurant

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

  • Dining

    June 21, 2007

    I Love CFS: 25 Lovable Chicken-Fried Steaks

    Who invented the CFS? There are a lot of competing theories. Whose do you love? Better try them all to be sure.

  • 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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