Luby's Inc.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Houston's Best Cafeterias: Hearken Back to the Good Old Days

    I haven't always been a food snob. When I was little and my mom would teach night classes at the local university, my dad and I were left to our own devices for dinner. Because the man can do little more in a kitchen than boil water for pasta or make a cup of coffee, we often found ourselves at Lub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Tiempo Cantina Opens Sixth Location

    In quick turn-around time, El Gallo Rojo, which opened just a few months ago downtown at 917 Franklin, has closed. But, a new restaurant is taking its place. Macondo Latin Bistro, previously located at 208 Travis, closed on Sunday, August 3, and revealed on Facebook that it will be reopening somewhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Eat Your Heart Out: Top Eight Buffets in Houston for the Valentine-less

    Sometimes Valentine's Day is magical and filled with love, laughter and deep, romantic, meaningful moments with your special someone. And sometimes you're alone, and all you want to do is drown your sorrows in as much food (and wine) as humanly possible. Often, this is accomplished by buying a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving

    Let's face it, sometimes a "home-cooked" meal in a restaurant is better than anything we can whip up at home. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful meals to make if you don't normally cook meals at home. But, there's one thing to be thankful for this year, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Sampling Over 60 Restaurants at the 7th Annual Feast with the Beasts

    Check out our pics from the Houston Zoo in our Feast With The Beasts slideshow. There were lions, cougars, giraffes, snakes, elephants, a rooster and more. Plenty of animals and plenty of food -- exactly what you'd expect to find at the Houston Zoo's 7th annual Feast with the Beasts. This past Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Sylvia Casares Showcases Versatility at Inaugural Comida Con Vino

    You don't have to ask me twice to attend a wine dinner, and when I heard that Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen was hosting its first-ever comida con vino, I was eager to see what Casares had in store. Well, more specifically, I wondered if there would be anything else besides enchiladas. Not that I don' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Pie-magination: 5 Improbable Pizza Pies

    Considered from a local, regional, national and international perspective, the world is home to a great variety of pizzas. From authentic to fusion to deep dish to Sicilian-thin, the term "pizza" covers all manner of sins. I think that we owe it to ourselves, as a pizza-obsessed nation, to do bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Guy Pulls Gun to Rob Two Undercover Cops, Gets Shot to Death

    An armed guy with a bandana over his face picked the worst two people to try to rob last night: two undercover Houston cops. The officers were in the back parking lot of a Gulf Freeway Luby's about 11 p.m. last night discussing an operation when they were approached by the man, police say. When th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Macaroni & Cheese

    I always brake for mac and cheese.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Restaurant Scramble: The Answers, Please

    On Tuesday, we asked you to decipher a series of puzzles in which 20 well-known Houston restaurants had their names/logos chopped and screwed. We received a ton of correct answers from you, our clever readers, which means a lot of people went into the pool to win a set of cookbooks and food tomes fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Cute Alert: Lucky Dog Rescue's 4th Annual Gingerbread Doghouse Fundraiser

    Photo by Stuart RosenbergThe winning Lucky Dog Gingerbread House, by Julie Busch-Johnson and Liz Sanford Westwood Country Club​Some events just make you go "Aww," or in the case of the Lucky Dog Rescue Gingerbread Doghouse Charity Competition, "P-aww." The popular fourth annual event took plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Last Night: The Handshake, Caddywhompus and Sideshow Tramps at Fitzgerald's

    ​Thanksgiving ended up being kind of boring. Besides eating too many plates of knockoff Luby's mac and cheese, we were inundated with hours worth of "I'm thankful for..." Facebook statuses and Twitter feeds. Yes, we do spend entire days on the innerwebs. Anyway, by the time the sun went down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Eat It: Houston Rappers Love to Write Songs About Eating

    Photo by Chase Steely ​One thing Houston rappers are proficient in-besides rapping great-is eating well. Many of the more influential artists were/are big and fat: Fat Pat, Big Pokey, Big Moe, Big HAWK, Big Mello, and Big Steve. Even DJ Screw was a husky man. That's not to say that their wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    The 5 Worst Places to Take a First Date

    When in doubt, let Justin Bieber be a living cautionary tale: If he takes his girlfriend to a place, don't take your date there.​Looking for a great place to take a first date? There are plenty of lists out there. Hell, we've even got a few of our own. Looking for a great place to break up? We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Copycat vs. Real Deal: Luby's Macaroni And Cheese​I sure do love some mac 'n cheese. My mom makes a killer mac, so when I had to bring a side to a barbecue last year, I asked for her recipe. Her email reply was titled "Luby's Cafeteria Mac and Cheese." Eh? My Mom's "killer mac" is really Luby's "killer mac"? I had never be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Down with Luby's Mac & Cheese

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    If The U.S. Defaults: 5 Alternatives to Government Checks

    We still don't know whether a deal will make it through Congress or whether instead the Tea Party will drive the nation off the economic cliff. If the U.S. defaults and all of a sudden can't write checks, things could get....interesting. Fortunately, there are back-up plams. 5. Social Security ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell, in front of TQLA​Houston native Tommy Birdwell, the co-owner/executive chef at TQLA, may hold the record for having worked at more restaurants than any other chef in Houston: 37, at last count. Then again, his career began at age ten. A graduate of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Remember Lil Flip's #KissThePinkyRang?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​Lil Flip #KissThePinkyRang (Self-released, 2011) Lil' Flip is, by even the most ardent applica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Health Dept. Roundup

    "You usin' that improperly manufactured utensil to serve food to me?"​Debris, dirty utensils, broken thermometers, contaminated sinks, broken plumbing, dusty vents. Someday a real rain will come and wash all the health code violators off the streets. Until then, check out these excerpts from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Food Comas Ever

    Jesus VDangerous: Mexican pastries.​Postprandial somnolence is the scientific term for a food coma. How do I know this? Because I looked it up on my phone on Thanksgiving Day while I was slowly getting under the covers at my parents house that afternoon, swearing to myself that I was just "res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    First Look at Natachee's Supper 'n Punch

    Crystal Hot Sauce saves the day at Natachee's.​"Is there anything better than eating peach cobbler while listening to Patsy Cline?" asked my friend Marc over a dish of the dessert that we were splitting with our friend Linda. The peach cobbler was lovely, if a bit too mushy and doughy, with fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Recipe: Dairy Oxycontin, a.k.a. Macaroni & Cheese

    Vancouver Bites! ​I attempted to read Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin's Skinny Bitch once, a few years back. They explained what was behind our yearning for Cheddar, Colby, Brie, Havarti, Romano, and Gouda. "Morphine, along with codeine and other opiates are naturally produced in cows' livers a ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 27, 2010

    The Royal Treatment

    These super-kind folks have been doing knockout Pakistani and Indian food for more than 16 years.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Nostalgic in Houston: The Foods of Our Youth

    cybertoadYou can still get the fish at Luby's...​Twenty-five years ago I was a wee elementary school lass who liked to watch Goonies, play Legos, and eat raw gelatin off my finger at swim meets. Life was easy back then - We got our sloppy joes from the cafeteria lunch lady and our Frito pies a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Buffalo Grille Migrating; Has H-E-B Become The New Bad Guy?

    ​As reported earlier this week by the West University Examiner and Swamplot, the Buffalo Grille will be leaving its longtime location at 3116 Bissonnet. The popular restaurant has been a staple in the West University community for more than 26 years, serving simple American fare and excellent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    He Said She Said: Our 10 Favorite Fictional Bands

    ​ It's a sad state of affairs when a parody band ends up being funnier/better/more entertaining that the original (we're lookin' at you, The Beatles). She Said started thinking of this list last week after making one in a million lifetime references to the fake band Blues Hammer from the movie Gho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Highland Village Farmers Market Thanksgiving

    Photo by Experience LAFree range turkeys, making their way to a roasting pan near you...​For the down-to-earth and/or most ambitious of us, Olde World Farms is offering a limited supply of free range turkeys at the Highland Village Farmers Market this Saturday. It's part of a huge push on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Cafeteria Edition

    ​ As with other restaurants, a cafeteria's quality varies, depending on management and food freshness standards, which -- as habitual readers of this column know -- often has little to do with menu pricing. The shadow of the Houston health inspector has recently fallen upon the following:The D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Early Bird Battle: Cleburne Cafeteria vs. Luby's

    a meal at Cleburne​Both slow-roasted in history and sneeze-guarded for your protection, Cleburne and Luby's have been dueling for the hearts and blood sugar monitors of the Houston cafeteria crowd for the last 60 years, through changes in ownership and that famous fire. Comparing stories and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    For Flu Season: The Top 5 Comfort Foods and Drinks

    It's official: flu season is here and it's hit with a vengeance. Television news reports deliver frightening messages from the Director of Health and Human Services while we're forced to watch Matt Lauer get a flu shot on the Today Show, and our moms keep calling us to remind us to get plenty of res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    The bell tolled for several area restaurants over the past week, including some big-name establishments that have been in Houston for quite a long time. Fox Sports Grill was at the top of that list, with a significant presence and killer location in the Galleria. There has been no immediate indicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    The Stampede Towards Buffalo Market

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt Whimsical cakes take the stage at the Buffalo Market's bakery​H-E-B is opening yet another new concept store in Houston, after finding success here with Central Market, H-E-B Pantry, Mi Tienda and the vast new 129,000-square-foot H-E-B at Bunker Hill and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Chain Gang Edition

    This week we round up chain restaurants cited for health code violations. First up: Houston's own Café Express (1422 W. Gray). Who can resist its cornichon/roasted garlic/olive/crouton/caper bar? Amidst the overcooked chicken breasts and watery pasta entrées, the Café's delicious oddments bar of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Culinary Schadenfreude Comes to Houston

    scha·den·freu·de [shahd-n-froi-duh]-nounsatisfaction or pleasure derived from the misfortune of others I'm going to get to the point of this post right now: My life as a food lover is better because the economy is in a recession. There I said it. And before you label me as some kind of foodie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2009

    Luby's Celebrates Its Birthday with Half-Price LuAnn Platters

    Luby's announced a little stimulus package of its own - the Houston-based cafeteria has cut the price of its LuAnn platter in half for Fridays and Saturdays after 4:30 p.m. That leaves the price at somewhere around four bucks, depending on location. The reduction will remain in effect until the end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    National Pie Day: Do Your Part and Have a Slice

    You may not know it, but today is National Pie Day (at least according to the folks at the American Pie Council, which, by the way...sweet gig!).  It's the 23rd anniversary of the venerated holiday, which was created -- appropriately, if rather disgustingly, enough -- to commemor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Places That Are Open -- Constantly Updated

    We've heard these places are open for business. We'll update the list as info comes in. Note: We're posting these as we get them. Some places, like supermarkets, may run out of stuff after we post. So check by phone if you can (yeah, we know), and don't hold it against us if things have changed. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007

    Re: Wait, So You're Supposed to Tip?

    Luby's? More like Screwby's! Anyone? Earlier this week we posted about Luby's shelling out $366, 864 in back wages to its employees. For those of you who didn't see that post (and are too lazy to click on the link above), all you need to know is: There was some funny business going on with tip-po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2007
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2007

    Wait, So You're Supposed to Tip?

    No longer featuring Lu Ann wages. Luby's, the Houston-based hotspot for late-in-life, early-to-bed diners, recently agreed to pay out $366,864 in back wages to 1,680 current and former waiters, cashiers and checkers. Apparently there was some funny business going on with tip-pooling that, accordi ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Bling Thing

    A hip-hop summit preaches what it doesn't practice

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Sultan of Swatch?

    Babe's shirt goes in the cards

  • Dining

    May 30, 2002

    Luby's Has a Chef?

    From haute cuisine to the LuAnn Platter, star chefs are moving on down the food chain

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Cafeteria

    Cleburne Cafeteria

  • Dining

    December 3, 1998
  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Going the Distance

    Houston's John Kelley has pursued his dream of bringing the Olympics to Houston for years, despite all odds. Now he's official.

  • Dining

    March 23, 1995
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