Hye, Texas, is a town of 105 people, located on U.S. 290 on the road from Austin to Fredericksburg. It's also the home of Garrison Brothers distillery, the first bourbon distillery in Texas and one which makes bourbon exclusively. Their bourbon is pricey, but it has always been highly reviewed, and ... More >>
Rest of the best 2013.
Recently, Eating Our Words was fortunate enough to sit down with Makers Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis at Eleven XI to talk about Makers 46 and what exactly makes it so different than the original. Maker's 46 is the bolder, grander version of the classic bourbon. At just three years old it is in m ... More >>
The Rocks Off Rodeo Concert Guide is our annual helpful(?) primer for those of you unsure about your HLSR music choices for the big event at Reliant Stadium. Date: March 6 Name: Dierks Bentley AKA: "Rhymes with 'jerks.'"
GQ: In the first of a few national spotlights on Houston this week (did you see the James Beard Award nominations yesterday? hot damn!), GQ's head food writer Alan Richman lists the 12 most outstanding restaurants of 2013 (early in the year though it may be.) and gives two of the spots to Houston re ... More >>
Sitting in the shadow of the Pierce Elevated just west of downtown, The Refinery at 702 Dallas is one of the newest bars in town. With the bar still in the midst of construction, a carpenter was laying down the beginnings of a large patio out front while I polished off The Refinery's Texamex burger. ... More >>
When you walk into Reserve 101, you're immediately greeted by a wall of whiskey bottles. Like, so many whiskey bottles. I grabbed a spot at the bar and ordered one of their house signature cocktails, the Hemingway, because honestly that wall o' whiskey was kind of intimidating. Behind the bar was ... More >>
This week, I paid a visit to a sometime overlooked stop among Market Square bar-crawlers: the tailor and watering hole-in-one, Char Bar (pronounced "sh" as in champagne). Maybe people are confused by the signs, as one reads "Duke of Hollywood Tailors" and another "Char Bar." So which is it? It's bo ... More >>
This week, I stopped into Royal Oak to chat with Brant, a.k.a. "The Marshall." Inspired by some Civil War documentaries he had been watching a few weeks ago, Brant cultivated a mustache and chops, adorned his vest with a badge, and got behind the bar. He said that as the night wore on, folks started ... More >>
Q: What do musicians call a diminished fifth? A: An empty bottle of Jack Daniel's. Someone at Dirt Bar thinks today may be Jack Daniel's birthday. The Jack Daniel, inventor of the sour mash whiskey and favored rock and roll stage prop. Although they admit they can't be sure - "while he made ... More >>
This spring, Austin honky-tonker and Pasadena native Dale Watson had some dates in Australia and made the mistake of booking a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, not only did the airline charge Watson a $500 exce ... More >>
In case you haven't seen it yet, the Foo Fighters' rider for their upcoming tour (still no Houston show) in support of their fantastic album Wasting Light is the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best darn tour rider we've ever seen. It' ... More >>
Mai PhamDuck Debris & Butternut Waffle at Bistro AlexThe last couple of days, we've been chatting with Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez at Bistro Alex (see our conversation here and here). Today, we'll taste cuisine he describes as "modern Creole with a twist." I started with his signature dish, th ... More >>
As I walked into the new Eddie V's at West Ave on a late Wednesday evening, I felt transported to another time. The place was in full swing that night: all bar seats full, everyone dressed up in their finest and live, old-school jazz providing just the right volume of background music. It wa ... More >>
Think all bourbon comes from Kentucky? Think again.
Perry's has introduced some new dessert items that took over a year to conceptualize, tweak, taste, tweak again and, finally, present to the public just in time for Valentine's Day - although, ironically, these desserts will NOT be available today, because Perry's is only offering a pre-fixe ... More >>
Readers praise Prized Possessions.
The filet with crab.EOW has spent the past two days chatting with Chef Ozzie Rogers of III Forks about his customer-centered approach with an emphasis on a well-made steak. Today we sample his excellent culinary gems. On the lighter side, the meal started with an award-winning III Forks sal ... More >>
Maverick's motto may be "Supper + Whiskey," but the restaurant doesn't always deliver on both counts
Mark's Maker's Mark Lemonade
Champps Americana's Manhattan