Maggie Rita

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The Top Ten Eating...Our Words Posts of 2013

    It's the end of another year, and here at Eating...Our Words we're looking back at all the great stories we shared in 2012, remembering some that weren't so popular and figuring out new ways to keep you coming back for more. We've already looked at the best new restaurants of 2013, biggest scandal ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Good Deeds: Volunteer Time and Food

    Show you care this holiday season.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff, and Rats

    As the year comes to a close, we're taking some time to look back fondly on some of our favorite memories from the past 12 months. There were wonderful meals, exciting openings and heartwarming stories from some of our best chefs. And then there were all the scandals, the shocking revelations, the ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013

    Bivalve Season Is Here

    Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Burgers in Houston 2013

    The rest of the best.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Food Truck Parks Head Outside the Loop, The Reason Behind Hungry's Expansion & More

    Since there aren't that many closings in comparison to most other weeks, let's get the sad news over with first. Yummy Yummy for my Tummy opened at the beginning of June, but has decided to close its doors. In an announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, October 9, the Latin American restaurant off of ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 1, 2013

    Pudgy Pork Dumplings and Crisp Soft-Shell Crab

    Cafe Chino proves looks can be deceiving.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Steak on Acid, Louisiana Cookin' and Twin Peaks

    If you're interested in a steakhouse on acid, then Mr. Peeples is the place for you! Eric at Eater reports that Mr. Peeples Seafood & Steaks will open on Monday July 29. Eric was able to snap some photos of the place, which is majorly purple. There's also a 1,600-bottle wine tower, VIP lounges and g ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2013

    Tucanos Brazilian Grill Opens

    Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Bistro Des Artes, Iguana Joes & More

    This week several big name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh yeah and Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news, let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about. Eater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2013

    Roots Bistro Makes Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke on Marquee to Sell Beer

    The last time anyone found a domestic violence joke funny was during an episode of The Honeymooners, and those were dark times, America. However, one Houston restaurant still finds the topic hilarious nearly 60 years later. See also: - Maggie Rita's Calls Customer "Fat" on Facebook - Down House Eje ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Restaurants Behaving Badly: Maggie Rita's Calls Houston Woman "Fat" on Facebook

    Although Maggie Rita's has now closed all but one of its Houston locations, the flagging Tex-Mex chain continues to redefine the phrase "can't win for losing." Seemingly looking to get in a parting anyone...Maggie Rita's lashed out at a Houston woman this week on Facebook. Aman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Pico's Mex-Mex and More Are Movin' On Up

    If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons. Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eat, Play, Love

    Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    January 2013 in Openings & Closings: The Heights Heats Up

    The eerily silent Shepherd Plaza near Highway 59 is now even dimmer this week after longtime tenant Le Peep closed up shop and vacated its space next to Amy's Ice Cream. Branches of the brunch spot are still open in Rice Village and the Galleria, according to a sign out front. Amy's and its other ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Maggie Rita's Meets Its Maker

    Houston Business Journal: In the first of this week's big news items, the HBJ reports that Maggie Rita's has closed its Galleria and Shepherd locations. No surprise, considering the overall quality of the food and the fact that the Kirby location was closed not too long ago. Maybe we'll finally get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: There's Someone Out There for Everyone, Maggie Rita's

    29-95: It's a New Year's Day must to indulge in a restorative brunch after a night of festivities. 29-95's Syd Kearney has an excellent list of places to do so, including plenty of favorites in and out of the Loop. Eater Houston: Speaking's another very handy list, this one for all the ho ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Let's Get Greasy

    The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Goodbye, Goldfish and Hello, Caballo

    As our own Josh Justice hinted at in last week's round-up of jinxed restaurant locations, there is indeed a steakhouse moving into the old La Strada spot on Westheimer. According to a press release that went out this week, La Casa del Caballo -- the second location of "the most internationally popu ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Uncommonly Keen

    The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    7 Formerly Jinxed Houston Restaurant Locations That Have Reversed the Curse

    Late in 2009, Eating...Our Words took a look at the then-Top "jinxed locations" in Houston. The compiled addresses had such a long and storied history of failure they made the Astros look like the Yankees. Looking back at the list today, there may be hope for hometown baseball. Of the eight restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: 888 Chinese, Maggie Rita's & more

    Katharine Shilcutt called it one of the old-school anchors of the East End. Yelp reviewers gave it a four-star average in 66 reviews. A Health inspector was not impressed with 888 Chinese (403 Winkler), however, sticking it with 19 health code violations during an inspection last week. Issues includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: Lousy the Leprechaun Drinks to Forget

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating...Our Words, where we keep looking for the profession of "food truck dispatcher" to become a thing, but sadly so far it hasn't. Which is a shame, because I feel like I would knock that shit out of the park on a daily basis. We started the week off r ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 16, 2012

    Maggie Rita's Takes Over Ninfa's

    Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ninfa's Finds Its Nadir with Maggie Rita's

    When news broke that three of the city's most popular Ninfa's locations had been sold to Maggie Rita's -- a Tex-Mex chain owned, in part, by comedian Carlos Mencia -- there was an uproar. Sure, Ninfa's hadn't been that great in a long time, but to many longtime Houstonians (me included), the deal wi ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant?

    Try this local one instead.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead

    In the last couple of weeks, we've explored fun and funky Texas wines to drink in lieu of old standbys like Cabernet and Chardonnay and we've showcased local beers that can be enlisted to help wean your friends off adjunct lagers made by giant corporations. And just like we all have loved ones that ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Barcadia Burns Bridges

    Photo courtesy of FacebookThe Bushes and the Molinas: Texas legends.​As we slowly move out of the winter doldrums, restaurant news is getting much more exciting -- and coming at us much more quickly. On Tuesday, two big announcements got the food community all atwitter: The Burger Guys announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Openings & Closings: September 2011

    Mezzanotte owner Gerry Sarmiento released the above video on his website late last month to give diners a preview of his new restaurant, Piqueo, which is scheduled to open in the middle of next month. Like Mezzanotte, Piqueo will also be in Cypress -- right next door, in fact. "It's going to make i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Just in time for summer, a cool-sounding restaurant with an even cooler concept has come along. Oceans, the ceviche-only restaurant that took over the old Bistro Vino location, is officially open to the public. We took a first look at Oceans a few weeks ago and found ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    ​Was last week's announcement that Galleria-area Tex-Mex joint Maggie Rita's (2800 Sage) had closed perhaps a bit hasty? It seems so, since the owners contacted our friends at B4-U-Eat to let them know that they were indeed still open, but had been closed for a few weeks to repair damages af ... 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

    May 28, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    Ah, the circle of life. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. And other cheesy songs... When one restaurant in Houston closes down, it seems that another, eerily similar restaurant is waiting in the wings to take its place. 55 Degrees Wine Bar (7316 Louetta) closed this week, d ... More >>