Creativity was on display in abundance Wednesday night at The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off competition organized by non-profit Vietnamese organization, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), as a fundraiser for their domestic violence programs. It started with the organizers, who successfully pulled off a change of v ... More >>
On Friday, July 26, the state of New York became the eighth U.S. state to ban the sale of shark fins in an effort to protect the world's sharks. Last May, a bill to ban shark fin trade in Texas died in the senate, but due to increasing awareness about the cruelty of shark finning as well as the expe ... More >>
When some of the best pho in town is served inside a trailer on the southeast side, and when you have to travel into the heart of Houston's "Chinatown" to get the best Vietnamese in the city, it's hard to take a place like Nam: Noodles and More seriously. It is, after all, located in a strip cente ... More >>
We've had some good results when our Abrahan Garza has roamed the Houston streets mashing up present-day scenes with old photographs. Today, as part of our annual Best of Houston® issue, he's at it again. "Houston: Now & Then" takes a look at how the city has evolved -- or hasn't. Garza hunts up ... More >>
Try this local one instead.
I love iFest so much, I typically go on both weekends of the festival each year. This time around, I'll be missing the second weekend of the International Festival in favor of appearing in a bright blue bridesmaid's dress at a mansion in Las Vegas (HOLLA), but you lucky people will still be able to ... More >>
Photo by Ginny Braud Warren's Inn is, unquestionably, a revered downtown Houston landmark. No stranger to winning Best of Houston® awards, most recently for Best Downtown Bar 2010, Warren's boasts charm, character and cordial, heavy handed bartenders. The space definitely has a vintage vibe, ... More >>
Shrimp har gow at Dim Sum KingWhenever there are discussions about dim sum in Houston, I inevitably hear references to Dim Sum King, the tiny little restaurant tucked way in the hard-to-find corner behind a police station on Bellaire and Ranchester. I love eating dim sum, and while I've been ... More >>
Banned books across Texas
Readers disagree that involuntary commitment is a bad thing.
We met Bernard Brunon for dim sum at Empress Pavillion restaurant in Los Angeles Chinatown last week. After 18 years in Houston, the French artist accepted a job offer in Tinseltown a couple of years ago. Bernard was a familiar fixture on the Houston arts scene, and he told me to say "hi" to ... More >>
Pile your plate with scads of sashimi at this new all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet
A California-style Vietnamese cafe is the cool new thing on Bellaire Boulevard
Dorothy Huang holds court at Ocean Palace
Have you heard the one about the American food critic and the Pakistani cab driver who walk into a barbecue joint?
Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?
Market Square suffers from its own success
Backstreet Cafe outgrows its niche as a fair-weather favorite
The Imperial Palace serves Houston's classiest dim sum -- and then some