Erin Smith is one of only a handful of female executive chefs in Houston. She first caught attention for the menu that was tailored for the extensive wine focus at Plonk! Bistro. She made headlines when she joined Clumsy Butcher group to conceptualize the initial menu for the newly opened Blacksmith ... More >>
As reported Wednesday, Van Loc has unexpectedly closed much earlier than anticipated. The owners told us last week that it would close "before Thanksgiving." Well, that turned out to be last Wednesday. Van Loc opened way back in 1986 and was one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in Houston. While ... More >>
Early in the morning on Tuesday, September 23, Spanky's Homemade Pizza's kitchen caught on fire, causing enough damage to close the 7210 South Loop East pizza shop. No one was injured during the fire and the owner plans to reopen Spanky's. The southeast Houston restaurant posted this statement on Fa ... More >>
Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>
The month of May is going to be an exciting one for many restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops. Alba Huerta of the upcoming Julep posted a picture of a walk in cooler on Instagram on April 24, while Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen recently posted pictures on Facebook of the doors, sign, ... More >>
Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.
The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair took place this past week. Last Friday, hundreds gathered at the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square for the week's signature event, the Grand Tasting. As in past years, the evening featured endless choices for wine and food. This year, however, there wer ... More >>
White conservatives who tweaked an election in The Woodlands were just what Greg Abbott needed to prove he doesn’t prosecute only minorities for voter fraud.
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>
"Do this research, if we don't have a season...watch how much evil, which we call the crime...watch how much crime goes up, if they take away our game..." -- Ray Lewis to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio during the 2011 lockout We all remember this famous Ray Lewis rant, right? Where he implied that the abse ... More >>
If there was one night a year to go crazy and totally overdose on food and wine, Friday night was definitely one of them. The Grand Tasting, signature event of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Festival sponsored by H-E-B, was every food and wine lover's dream come true, thanks to a who's who of some of Ho ... More >>
Marking yet another strange turn involving City Council Member Helena Brown's recent trip to Asia, Brown stayed at a series of luxury hotels in Beijing and Seoul, charging the city more than $2,000 in six days of lodging expenses, according to her expense report. A Brown spokesman wrote in e-mail to ... More >>
When she isn't busy arguing that licensing dogs is an egregious case of government intrusion into private lives, or that the UN is aiming to take over America cities like Houston if eternal vigilance is not kept up, councilmember Helena Brown apparently works the front desk at a Marriott, if today's ... More >>
Fourteen-year-old Andrew Mosier was abducted last August. It wasn't by aliens.
2011 is almost here — how will you ring it in?
2011 is almost here — how will you ring it in?
Photo by Troy FieldsHave you ever wanted to play chef for a day in the vast kitchen at Brennan's? Your chance to man the stoves (seen above) is coming up, as Alex Brennan Martin has now revived the Creole restaurant's beloved "Chef For A Day" program. Available only to one person per day (and ... More >>
Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in town this Saturday pimping his new book, Joe's Law. Usually, where Sheriff Arpaio goes, protest and controversy follow, and this event was no exception.Even before the Sheriff made it to Houston, problems ensued. Texans For Immigration Reform (T.F.I.R ... More >>
With Extract, Mike Judge goes back to work.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe marquee outside Las Alamedas says it all: 28 Great Years. Thank You Houston. We Will Relocate. After an extended battle with their landlords -- who greedily increased the monthly rent on the building by 50% -- the owners of Las Alamedas have finally ... More >>
As America prepares to close the infamous camp, what about those prisoners?
Our sister paper, the Miami New Times, has done an in-depth look at the last days of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.A reporter was there for the last hearing at the camp -- involving the youngest detainee -- and when the order to close it came down the next day.The article, linked here, shows there ar ... More >>
Post-9/11 worries target South Texas
Did we lose a lane on Dallas Street? Up until recently, Dallas Street from Louisiana to Travis had five lanes, now it has four. In place of the far right lane, there are concrete platforms for METRO passengers to embark on to/disembark from buses at the end of each block, and trees dividing parki ... More >>
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but the effects linger
The cardiologist traded on his status as a doctor to fondle young girls
The creamy beige envelope had an impressive return address: Donald J. Trump. And it was addressed specifically to me. Inside, the card said "Special Invitation." Opening it, two tickets fell to my desk. Donald Trump was smiling at me from them. Could it be that I was going to get to meet the Trumpst ... More >>
During their massive, five-day Indian wedding, a local couple was worshipped
The return of the male strippers
WAKA lets you do it playground-style
Where will you be hoppin' when the ball is droppin'?
After Grady Spears's departure, The Burning Pear still smolders
Carroll Robinson has been running for something ever since he arrived in Houston. Now he may be nearly out of track.
Gregory Beard says his wife did drugs in front of their child, yet a Harris County associate judge awarded her custody. Beard spent the summer fighting to get his baby back.
Fans of the instrument with folds descend on Houston