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Kevin Strickland

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Gratifi Gets a 'Restaurant Impossible' Makover

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but now we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    No Ren Fest? No Problem! Gratifi Brings More Mead to Houston

    When I hear "mead," I think of the Renaissance Festival. So I was surprised earlier this week to be contacted by Kevin Strickland, the owner of a newly revamped Gratifi, saying he had just gotten in some mead, which is essentially honey wine. "Do people actually drink that?" I wondered. I mean, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Openings & Closings: A Bennigan's Bites The Dust ... Again

    This week welcomes pizza, pasta and a whole lot of comfort food. But as we welcome these new establishments, we say good-bye to a couple of others. A little birdie told us that on either Monday or Tuesday of this week a "For Lease" sign appeared at Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers on Washington Avenu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Restaurant Impossible Comes to Gratifi To Save the Struggling Restaurant

    Change is coming to the little eatery once again. After 20 years in business, Ziggy's Healthy Grill at the corner of Fairview and Taft shuttered briefly in late 2012 to get a facelift. When it re-debuted, it did so as Gratifi, a new-ish restaurant with an increased focus on craft beers and a decreas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Montrose Dishcrawl: A Culinary Tour of Fairview Street

    By the time we got to Boheme, I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to eat another bite. We'd already "crawled" from Cuchara to Gratifi, so eating another plate of food at Boheme seemed like too much of a good thing. And then I saw the spread. Heaping piles of Bangkok Fries topped with charbroiled p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tracy Vaught, Owner of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's

    What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Ziggy's Healthy Grill Gets a Makeover and New Name: gratifi

    Ziggy's Healthy Grill has undergone a lot of changes in the past five years: Its location on West Alabama closed to make way for Sorrel Urban Bistro, its downtown location will be closing soon, and its Montrose location is undergoing a significant makeover. Starting with a fresh paint job on the his ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 30, 2012

    Paneer on Bombay Pizza

    If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Bombay Pizza: A Downtown Beacon on Main Street

    It's often tempting to refer to restaurants as beacons, especially if they're bright points in otherwise dark areas (whether metaphorically or literally). I once referred to Moon Tower Inn this way, noting the power that the hot-dogs-and-beer joint had to draw people in like moths to a flame. It wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Restaurant Ejects Diner for Tweeting While Eating

    Social media isn't always as friendly as it sounds.​Ever since Te House of Tea and its sister restaurant, the now-defunct Saute World Bistro, signed up for Twitter accounts in August 2008 -- the first two restaurants in Houston to do so -- it's become not only de rigeur but almost necessary f ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2010

    Wondering about Wonderland

    Plus: parking problems at Ziggy's

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Ziggy's In Montrose Might Close Due To Parking Dispute

    ​Ziggy's Bar and Grill, the yellow restaurant in Montrose, is the latest business fighting with the city about parking, a problem usually reserved for all the new places popping up on Washington Avenue. Last week, Ziggy's owner met with city council, according to the restaurant's Twitter page, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Ziggy's In Montrose Might Close Over Parking Dispute

    ​Ziggy's Bar and Grill, the yellow restaurant in Montrose, is the latest business fighting with the city about parking, a problem usually reserved for all the new places popping up on Washington Avenue. Last week, Ziggy's owner met with city council, according to the restaurant's Twitter page, to ... More >>

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