Mark Cox

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Ceviche Throwdown: Cuchara and Latin Bites Duke It Out

    Mexican ceviche and Peruvian cebiche are two very different beasts, as Cuchara owner Ana Beaven and Latin Bites owner Rita Castre frequently find themselves explaining to customers. "A lot of customers ask why doesn't our ceviche have tortillas, and we have to explain that we don't have tortillas ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Passaporto Italia Begins at Central Market

    Head to Canyon Creek Cafe on Tuesday, April 29, for a five-course beer dinner paired with brews from Buffalo Bayou, Saint Arnold and Karbach. The beer dinner costs $65 and begins at 6 p.m. with crispy calamari paired with Buffalo Bayou Figaro - Belgian Fig. Next, Canyon Creek will serve a roasted ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    It's National Wine Week; Celebrate With a Glass of Vino at These Events

    The 53rd Annual National Wine Week, sponsored by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is celebrated from September 16 through September 20. Of course, because it's an SWRG event, it tends to take place exclusively at Smith & Wollensky restaurants across the country, but we don't really like the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Randy Evans, Chef at Haven and Farm-to-Table Godfather

    Randy Evans has an exuberant personality that comes through in his cooking at Haven: passionate about local products and seasonal produce, expressive of its Texas roots. There's no mistaking where you are when you're eating at Haven: It's Houston all the way. Evans's cooking at Haven is also highly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

    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 other Houston bars and restaurants. 10. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro

    Tam Vo​Today we continue our discussion with John Sheely to learn about how skiing ties into cooking, his memorable food discoveries and how he's been coping with the down economy. EOW: I understand you love to ski. Do any skiing concepts translate into what you do in the kitchen? Sheely: S ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2010

    Baffled by Brennan's

    A revived Houston institution proves inconsistent.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Houston Needs a Brewpub

    robtrentIf Salmon Arm, BC has one, why can't we? ​I've never believed in the "if-another-city-in-Texas-is-doing-it-why-doesn't-Houston" train of thought. Even though Houston has lacked a distinct identity at times, we aren't followers here. Like everyone else, I cringed when I read a recent na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Raising the Bar at the Bourbon Throwdown

    Photos by GroovehouseAdam Bryan finishes up his No Bogey Fizz cocktails.​Last night's Bourbon Throwdown at Branchwater Tavern was the fifth throwdown -- a casual, Iron Chef-style competition between local chefs -- that the Houston Chowhounds have thrown since June 2009. But far from being a re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    An Unlikely Winner at the Mushroom Throwdown

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThrowdown judge Gracie Cavnar prepares to sample an entry.​The big guns were brought out last night for the fourth -- and largest to date -- throwdown organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds: the Mushroom Throwdown at Vic & Anthony's. From the judging pane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Smackdowns, showdowns, throwdowns. There's food violence aplenty coming up for your voyeuristic pleasure. Bread and circuses, served up daily by your Houston food community. This Sunday, of course, is our very own Cupcake Smackdown at Block 7 Wine Company (720 Shepherd) from 4 to 6 p.m. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    The Polo Empire

    Photo courtesy of Polo's​On a recent trip to Polo's Signature for some drinks at the bar, we were sent out some appetizers from the kitchen from Chef Adam, who previously worked for Mark Cox. We got a platter of crispy calamari slathered in sweet Italian cherry peppers with a meyer lemon aioli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    ​Although it's facing stiff competition from Southern Star lately, Saint Arnold is still our favorite hometown brewery. And this weekend's Foam Raiser at the Orange Show (Saturday, October 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.) is one of many reasons why. The ticket sales for the 2nd annual Foam Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Fundraiser for the Koonce Family

    Everybody who’s anybody in the Houston food scene will be at The Beacon at 1212 Prairie Street on Thursday, October 23, at the giant benefit dinner for wine guy James Koonce and his four year-old daughter Katharine, who both suffered serious burns in the Brennan’s fire. The party goes from 4:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008
  • Dining

    September 25, 2008

    Memories of Brennan's

    A Houston institution burns; will it be back?

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Brennan’s of Houston Gutted by Flames

    Photo by Daniel Kramer / Click here for more Houston images Brennan’s of Houston was consumed by flames on the morning of September 13, at the height of Hurricane Ike’s fury. Several employees were trapped inside and injured in the blaze. We hope they make a complete and speedy recovery. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008
  • Dining

    July 24, 2003

    Sausage Delivery Systems

    Find the golden crown of The Sausage King at Candelari's Pizzeria

  • Dining

    July 10, 2003

    The In-Tycer

    National honors go to the chef at Aries

  • Dining

    March 27, 2003

    In the Garden

    Meet Camille Waters, an urban guerrilla armed with lettuce

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Expense-Account Restaurant

    Mark's American Cuisine

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Fish Fraud

    Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.

  • Dining

    October 18, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Mark's Maker's Mark Lemonade

  • Dining

    June 21, 2001

    Holy Smoke

    Mark's American Cuisine

  • Dining

    May 10, 2001

    Salad Daze

    A chef and a produce grower get into a pissing match over ten pounds of greens

  • Dining

    April 26, 2001

    Iceberg Ahead

    Speaking off the toque: Mark Cox

  • Dining

    April 12, 2001

    Still Your Father's Tony's

    When Tony's gets rid of its outdated attitudes, we'll have some reason to go back

  • Dining

    October 12, 2000

    Don't Mess with the Family

    Lunch with Michael May

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Restaurant

    Mark's American Cuisine

  • Dining

    September 4, 1997

    Sold American

    With his eponymous new cafe, Mark Cox sheds his Tony's past

  • Dining

    October 10, 1996