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 >>
Show you care this holiday season.
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 >>
Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.
The rest of the best.
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 >>
Cafe Chino proves looks can be deceiving.
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 >>
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
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 >>
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 >>
A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.
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 shot...anywhere...at anyone...Maggie Rita's lashed out at a Houston woman this week on Facebook. Aman ... More >>
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 >>
Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 of...here's another very handy list, this one for all the ho ... More >>
The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.
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 >>
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 >>
The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Margaret DowningJust 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>