• Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Say Hello to Another Cupcake Shop

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 1, 2014

    The 2014 Houston Cinco de Mayo Guide

    Houston offers up lots of Cinco de Mayo fun.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill: San Leon's Pleasure Palace By the Bay

    "Are you havin' fun, darlin'? I sure hope you are." Our waitress, a young blonde in her mid-twenties, draws out nearly every syllable as she checks on us. We just smile and nod, a bit ashamed of the number of empty drinks strewn across the high-top table. Various fliers for local rap shows compete ... More >>

  • Music

    April 24, 2014

    18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill Is Bringing Stars to the Water

    Plastic cups and big concerts mark San Leon's antidote to Inner Loop social anxieties.

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

  • 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 >>

  • Culture

    October 24, 2013

    Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

    Find out where to make th emost of the spookiest time of the year

  • Culture

    October 17, 2013

    Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

    All the events of the spookiest season of the year.

  • 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

    June 21, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Gets a Food Truck Park & Many Restaurants Reopen

    This week brought more openings and reopenings than closings, so let's start with some reopenings. Eater Houston reports that Marfreless, the makeout bar that closed in March of this year, posted an announcement on its website on June 14 that it will be reopening at the same location in River Oaks ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2012

    Bayou City Boo

    This year's best Halloween parties.

  • Culture

    October 18, 2012

    Bayou City Boo!

    2012 Houston Press Halloween Guide

  • Culture

    October 11, 2012

    Bayou City Boo!

    Where to celebrate everyone's favorite holiday.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Cover Story: White Linen Fight In The Heights

    Let's get this straight right out of the gate: White Linen Night is fun, White Linen Night is great, White Linen Night is one of those rare times when the surprisingly stuffy Heights lets its hair down. And nobody wants the event to wither and die. This year's dialed-back affair was less raucous th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    The Landry's Empire Showcases Its Holdings with a Swanky Shindig

    I returned a week ago from San Diego Comic-Con, but when I walked into the Landry's Showcase event at Inn at the Ballpark, I thought for a minute I'd been magically transported back. The first thing my eyes landed on were three big, colorful mascots. There were dozens of people milling about. There ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012

    Where to Party This Cinco de Mayo

    Salt, tequila and lime

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2012

    Focus on FotoFest 2012

    Snapshots from the photography biennial.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    The Perfect Soundtrack To Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Crawfish boils have become a springtime ritual in Houston. At least once a season, it's an accepted necessity that we waste an entire day pinching tails, sucking heads and covering ourselves in spicy, stinky seafood slime. Finding the bugs typically isn't a problem -- you can hit up any number of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Jordy Tollett, Former "Mister Downtown," Charged With DWI, Again

    Former Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau honcho Gerard Jay "Jordy" Tollett, currently the Pasadena Convention Center general manager, has had yet another alcohol-related setback. This time, it's a DWI bust, courtesy of the police in the sharp-dressed political wheeler-dealer's hometow ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Valentine's Day Dining 2012

    Ed. note: We are running this again after publishing it a week ago, for all you last-minute lovers. It isn't hard to figure out why dining and chocolate candy play such a prominent role in Valentine's Day celebrations. Eating is, by nature, extremely sensual. Few activities are capable of pleasura ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • 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

    June 17, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​First and foremost, mark your calendar now for June 30, the night of our first annual Houston Web Awards with special guest Fat Tony among other presenters such as the crew of Technology Bytes and the fabulous Houston Roller Derby girls. Nominations are closed, but we will be presenting awar ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​As you may have read and seen around the Internet, this Sunday is Linda's Block Party at 1834 Westheimer, a fundraising event to help defray medical costs for Linda Salinas. Salinas, a local bartender and sommelier, was injured in a scooter accident on Sunday night, and the Houston restaurant ... More >>

  • 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 26, 2011

    This Is the World's Greatest Swindler (Walmart Div.)

    Crime StoppersThis is one talented guy, Crime Stoppers says​This livin'-large guy to the right is The World's Greatest Swindler, as far as guys who hustle Walmart cashiers go, if Crime Stoppers is to be believed. The dude goes around to various stores, finds a young cashier, buys a magazine w ... 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

    January 5, 2011

    Tilman Fertitta: ATMs for Gold Bars Are Genius

    Tilman Fertitta knows a hot trend when he sees one​Most people, when they read about the Florida ATM that disbursed bars of gold instead of cash, thought, "Good Lord, that is possibly the most idiotic thing I've ever heard in my life. And that includes the Matrix sequels." Tilman Fertitta, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    R.I.P.: A Toast to the Restaurants We'll Miss the Most

    Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.​While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Bailey's Shutters Seabrook Location; New Venture Planned

    You'll have to get your banana pudding fix at Sudie's for now.​The second shocking shuttering of the week -- after the discouraging closure of the wonderful Sabetta Cafe & Bar -- took place in Seabrook, when employees showed up to Bailey's American Grille on Monday to find it closed after thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Fine Dining By The Sea(Brook)

    Chocolate-peanut butter icebox pie.​"Don't get too caught up in it; it's just grape juice," laughed Mark McWilliams, seated to my right. Those are words you don't expect to hear from someone who runs a successful winery for a living, but it set the tone for a refreshing evening. Anyone expecti ... 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 >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    Ghost Riders: Easy Come, Easy No

    CenterPoint Energy's power line easements would make ideal bike highways. Too bad they won't let us use them.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Six Months Ago, Ike Officially Entered Bastard Status

    What were you doing at this time six months ago?One thing you probably weren't doing, if you lived in the Houston area, was checking blogs on the net.Today's the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Ike, the third-most destructive hurricane ever to make landfall in the US. Unfortunately, it made landf ... More >>

  • Halloween Guide

    October 30, 2008

    Trails to Terror

    2008 Halloween Guide

  • Halloween Guide

    October 23, 2008

    Trails to Terror

    2008 Halloween Guide

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    It's Boom Time For Trash Collectors

    Post-hurricane business is booming for at least one company that’s hauling off trash that the city hasn’t picked up. Rob Watson, operations manager for 1-800-Got-Junk, told us that the company started showing up in random neighborhoods a couple days after Ike to work door to door, but business ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Kemah Comes Face To Face With What Ike Hath Wrought

    Click here for a slideshow from Daniel Kramer... The street corner underneath the blue, arching sign welcoming visitors to Kemah is littered with debris washed out of people’s houses: light-switch covers, roof shingles and even a sandy, sticky clump of faded photographs of a family huddled around ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008

    Gangsters in Bacliff

    The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Texas Johnny Brown to Play Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Texas Johnny Brown, the author of Bobby Blue Bland’s hit “Two Steps from the Blues” and one of Houston’s last surviving links to the Duke/Peacock Records era, has been selected to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food and Wine” program next ... More >>

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    Big Shrimp

    Robb Walsh My's Seafood, 514 Waterfront, Seabrook, 281-474-4833 Yo, Sharon! You wanted to know where to go for fresh fish, cheap shrimp and shucked oysters. Thing to do is take a drive down to Kemah. But before you go over the bridge, turn off into Seabrook and find Waterfront Drive, where the s ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2004

    Osso Buco Me? Osso Buco You!

    Our food critic gets tossed out of another restaurant

  • Dining

    June 26, 2003

    Forgiving Fertitta

    Is Tilman's awesome new restaurant reason enough?

  • Dining

    January 7, 1999

    Island Comfort

    Reggae Hut starts good and gets butter. (Er, better.)

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