Kevin Floyd

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Erin Smith of Main Kitchen at JW Marriott

    Yesterday we did the first part of our interview with Erin Smith of Main Street Kitchen. EOW: Why did you end up leaving Plonk? ES: Plonk was the first restaurant I worked at when I moved back to Houston and I had no idea what the food scene was going to be like. Not having lived here for 10 year ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Upcoming Events: September is National All-American Breakfast Month

    Throughout the entire month of September, several restaurants will be celebrating National All-American Breakfast Month. Funky Chicken is promoting its Funky Brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring chicken and waffles, chicken biscuit sandwiches and mimosas. Bradl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Chris Shepherd of Underbelly Wins James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest

    It's about damn time. It's been 22 years since a Houston chef won an award from the James Beard Foundation--one of the most prestigious organizations recognizing culinary excellence in the United States--but last night that losing streak was broken by Underbelly's Chris Shepherd. Shepherd was in N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Woman Files Lawsuit Against Underbelly and The Pass & Provisions

    As first reported by Houstonia Magazine, a former Underbelly server has filed a lawsuit against the popular Houston restaurant and its fellow award-winning eatery The Pass & Provisions, alleging "tortious interference, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress." According to court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Houston Beer Week, Holiday Mixology Class and a Visitor From Petrus

    A very special guest is coming to town on Monday, November 4. Edouard Moueix, of the Moueix family (owner of several Right Bank chateaux in Bordeaux and Dominus Estate in Napa Valley), will be in Houston for fewer than two days, but has made sure to stop by Philippe for the Philippe Wine Dinner feat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Beer Sommelier is Not a Real Word; The Proper Term is "Cicerone"

    Fill in the blank: Wine is to sommelier as beer is to ________. If you said, "cicerone," you're right. You're also way ahead of the curve. Though the word cicerone, taken from the Roman philosopher Cicero, has been used for years to denote a guide, generally at a museum, it has taken on a new mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Clumsy Butcher: Bobby Heugel and Company Announce New Restaurant Group and New Downtown Tequila Bar

    It was bound to happen. After opening so many concepts in only four years -- and taking over operations of two other longtime Houston institutions -- Bobby Heugel, Kevin Floyd and Michael Burnett have announced the creation of restaurant group Clumsy Butcher to hem everything into one tidy package. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    New Texas Beer Legislation: What It Could Mean For You

    In case you didn't know, we here in Texas are so far behind the curve when it comes to alcohol laws, we might as well be your grandmother trying to work The America Online. Other states literally look to Texas as the textbook example of how not to do things. It's an embarrassment, really. States li ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

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    February 20, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Beer Bars

    Just 24 months ago, making a list of Houston's 10 best beer bars would have been far easier. Since that time, not only have a ton of new beer bars opened up, many places have elevated their game. In fact, our rough draft for this list boasted over 20 bars. It's true that a solid handful of bars cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Your Chance to Taste Real Kobe Beef is at Killen's

    It's not too late to order those Valentine's Day sweets for your sweetie -- and if you order from Fluff Bake Bar, you can make the gift even sweeter: A whopping 40 percent of the proceeds from the bake sale will go to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. Pastry chef Rebecca Masson has put together a menu of Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    The Eating... Our Words 100: Bobby Heugel

    Bobby Heugel has probably received more press and started (or taken over operations of) more small food and beverage businesses in the last 12 months than any other Houstonian. He, along with partners Kevin Floyd and Steve Flippo, started Anvil Bar & Refuge in 2009. Today, Bobby also is a partner in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Shmaltz Tap Takeover Tomorrow at Hay Merchant, Plus the Shmaltz Holiday box

    The Hay Merchant is a "Chosen Bar," according to Shmaltz Brewing Company. The Houston beer spot has been selected to help celebrate Shmaltz's 16th anniversary as well as the beginning of Hanukkah tomorrow afternoon by tapping a special selection of 18 different kegs from Shmaltz. With four "Chose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

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    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Uchi Takes Houston

    Both high-end and accessible, Uchi moves into Montrose and changes the game.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Restaurant Weeks and Rare Real Ales

    On August 15, culinarians across the country will be celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. Hoping to recruit at least one million people into the celebration, her original publisher - Alfred A. Knopf - has begun JC100, a celebration of Julia's legacy in the 100 days leading ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Of Book Signings and Beer Tastings

    The barely three-month-old Underbelly is coming out of the gate strong, and is now ready to host its first beer dinner. Chef Chris Shepherd is joining forces with Austin-based brewery Jester King to create a five-course menu of what Shepherd calls his "traditional Houston-inspired food." Beer pairi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Kyle Pierson of The Hay Merchant Pouring Pints in Same Spot He Bussed Tables Back When Montrose Was...Scary

    Lately, I've been pretty obsessed with sour ales, and there aren't many establishments in Houston that cater to my sweet sour tooth. One that does, however, is The Hay Merchant. They have three sours on tap including my favorite, Brouwerij Bockor's Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge. I stopped in this week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Some Members of the Hyde Park Civic Association Don't Like Their New Neighbors, Underbelly and Hay Merchant

    Maybe the guests at Chances and Mary's were quieter back in their days, or maybe Montrose residents have short memories these days. Either way, the Hyde Park Civic Association apparently isn't a fan of its newest neighbors -- Underbelly and Hay Merchant, the new restaurant and craft beer bar duo at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Hugo Ortega Named a 2012 James Beard Award Finalist

    After racking up an impressive amount of semifinalist nods for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, Houston had only one finalist for the annual "Oscars of food," announced today in Las Vegas. One of the most interesting things about the six semifinalists was how accurately they represent the cu ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2012

    Against the Grain

    Pardon the pun, but month-old Montrose craft-beer pub The Hay Merchant is already hopping.

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    February 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Nothing Bundt News

    The opening of Uchi Houston last week was just the prelude to a rash of exciting, greatly anticipated openings across the city. Get ready, folks: It's a great time to be a diner in Houston. Artisans, the new restaurant from Le Mistral brothers David and and Sylvain Denis with friend and fellow chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Adrienne Byard of Grand Prize

    I first met Adrienne while visiting a friend in New York in 2009. She was working at an art gallery in the Lower East Side for the summer, and after the internship was over, she moved back to Austin to finish school at St. Edwards, getting her degree in photography. Adrienne moved to Houston and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Restaurant and Bar Owners Crowd City Council Chambers In Advance of Proposed Parking Ordinance

    Photo by Troy FieldsThe 82 stops right in front of El Real. Do you ever take it?​"I don't see anyone riding the bus to El Real," remarked James Jard, one of the 26 members of the City of Houston's Planning Commission that was gathered in City Council chambers yesterday afternoon for a public h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Houston Beer Week 2011: Bigger, Better, Beer-ier

    Read on for a full -- and we do mean FULL -- schedule of HBW events.​The second annual Houston Beer Week kicks off this year on an auspicious date: 11/11/11. That's when the big craft beer festival will celebrate its sophomore year with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p. ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Houston's Food Community Steps Up to Help Wildfire Victims

    Photo by Chris ShepherdHouston's food trucks headed north to feed the victims of and responders to the Texas wildfires.​Although the wildfires in Bastrop have been getting the lion's share of media attention, fires are burning all over Texas right now -- including in our own backyard. And Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Blacksmith Opening This Spring: Mary's Goes Mocha

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Coffeesmiths David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto are moving on up -- literally and figuratively -- from their current digs at Greenway Coffee & Tea, located in the subterranean Greenway Plaza food court, into a new space in Montrose. Blacksmith, the pair's new coffee shop, is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Inside the light and airy Relish Fine Foods.​Relish Fine Foods had its grand opening this past Monday and Tuesday, and was already off to a fast start when I dropped by at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The store was already sold out of all of their salads, and other prepared items were going jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Tookie'sAll your honking finally paid off, folks!​It's a busy weekend across the city, from a pub crawl downtown to a flash mob in Clear Lake. But first things first, tickets are still available for the Hats Off to Hospitality gala this Sunday, June 26, at Haven. The gala wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Proposed Beer Legislation Seeks To Loosen the Reins on Texas Brewers

    logocheif.comFreetail for retail sale? Supporters of HB 660 hope so.​Hey, I love Texas as much as the next girl, but when it comes to laws the Lone Star State has a reputation for being a bit outdated. And when it comes to alcohol laws, we're downright hard-core. The regulations are particula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Photo courtesy of The Love ShackSeriously, this place just looks downright charming.​We broke the news earlier this week about the Anvil boys -- Bobby Heugel and Kevin Floyd -- opening a new bar, Hay Merchant (1100 Westheimer), which will focus entirely on beer. Mostly craft beer. And that sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    More on The Hay Merchant

    Kevin Floyd​Oh happy day. On Wednesday we heard the news that our favorite beer nerd, Kevin Floyd, was expecting. No, he's not having a baby. He's opening The Hay Merchant, a new beer bar with Anvil Bar & Refuge co-owner Bobby Heugel, and yesterday we had the opportunity to talk with him it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Anvil's Bobby Heugel and Kevin Floyd Opening a Beer Bar

    Heugel and Floyd in the center, from Anvil Bar & Refuge's opening in March 2009.​If places like the Flying Saucer and BRC Gastropub didn't think they had any real competition before, things are about to change. Anvil's Bobby Heugel and his partner, beer man extraordinaire Kevin Floyd, are open ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    We're Buzzed About Houston Beer Week

    foshydog​From October 11 to 17, local taprooms, eateries, breweries and beer aficionados will join forces to pay homage to all the creative combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water - better known as beer. The first ever Houston Beer Week will be eight days of beer magic taking place in Hous ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Learning Is Fun and Intoxicating: "Beer 101" at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    The place settings were almost too pretty to disturb. ​Kevin Floyd is a huge beer nerd. In fact, you could say the co-owner of Anvil Bar & Refuge is the Lord of the Beer Nerds. Okay, that may be stretching it just a tad, but Floyd is the biggest beer nerd we've encountered, which made the "Bee ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​The 6th annual Empty Bowls Houston event is tomorrow, Saturday, May 22. Wondering what this creative charity event is all about? It's simple: For a $25 donation, you'll get a straightforward lunch of soup, bread and water, but you'll also get to select a one-of-a-kind, handmade bowl donated b ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Getting Stuffed at Big Bite Night

    Photos by Marco TorresGuests snacking on an assortment of foods from Ra Sushi.​There's something discomfortingly meta about gnawing the spicy flesh off a piece of jerk chicken as you stand, staring idly, next to an exhibit filled with stuffed fowl: Atwater's prairie chickens, ducks, cranes, al ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Jenny Wang and a bag of miracle berries ​The Berry Fairy is back in town! After taking her popular Miracle Berry Parties on the road, Jenny Wang is back in Houston for another series of the popular "flavor tripping" events. The term "flavor tripping" refers to the manner in which your tasteb ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    Heavy Lifting

    Cocky Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge

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    March 30, 2009

    Crafty Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    Anvil Bar & Refuge opened quietly last week, without fanfare.  It's fitting for a bar that prides itself less on pomp and fuss and more on the simple art of the cocktail. The bar represents the life's work of 25-year-old Bobby Heugel, the fo ... More >>