Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, we're here to tell you why Pearland is more than worth the drive for you inner-loopers. Here is our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, we've moved outside the loop to the ever-expanding Woodlands area. With tons of families and new developments, including ExxonMobil's soon-to-be-comp ... More >>
Wherever you go in Paris, you will find a multitude of cafes and bistros showcasing whole rotisserie chickens in their windows. Thankfully, you don't have to spend much time scouring the streets in search of a hot, juicy chicken -- your nose will lead you in the right direction. In Houston, you ca ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my meal ... More >>
The Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time with family and eating entirely too much food. But how to maximize both of those goals? With take-out, of course! Many Houston restaurants are offering full Thanksgiving feasts to-go, so you don't need to lift a finger (except maybe to do the dish ... More >>
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so make sure you have plans to feed every hungry mouth in your family on November 28. A multitude of Houston restaurants are here to make this food-centric holiday less stressful by opening up their kitchens to do the cooking for you, and you know it's g ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.
The food at Frank's Americana Revival is a welcoming family affair.
This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat feature. Come back tomorrow for Part 2. For people who love meat and steak, but don't want the formality, or cost, that goes along with dining at a high-end restaurant like Morton's The Steakhouse, there's a new place for you to try: Morton's Grille. T ... More >>
The rest of the best.
Montrose has its fair share of fantastic dining, from upscale classics Mark's and Hugo's to trendy new kids on the block Uchi and Underbelly. But don't be fooled, there are also plenty of amazing, hole-in-the-wall eateries in this 'hood. Today, we're focusing on the small joints that offer the bes ... More >>
For years the beau monde of cuisine derided Texas food as slabs of tasteless meat thrown on an open fire. But it's that relationship with meat and fire, along with a cadre of inventive chefs, that has attracted Meatopia, a self-described celebration of meat, to the state. "I believe in Texas as the ... More >>
Yesterday I discovered the true purpose of the hot dog bun: It is bacon. Since I would rather eat in the car than get up one second earlier than is absolutely necessary, I am always on the lookout for a handy mobile breakfast. Protein bars, smoothies, fruit, whatever can be consumed one-handed in t ... More >>
Our 2013 Best of Houston issue is almost here, and in many cases, picking the best item in many of the categories was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sev ... More >>
It's Chef Monica Pope's turn in the James Coney Island Houston Chefs and Show Dog series. The Sparrow Bar Cookshop chef has created one heck of a gourmet hot dog that you will definitely want to make a date to try. Throughout the entire month of October, James Coney Island locations will serve her ... More >>
While the pastry chefs of Uchi and Triniti will be competing in the 4th Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition, Ronnie Killen will be competing with a team of Houston chefs in the 1st Annual StarChefs.com SMOKE@ICC on September 28. Both of the competitions will take place in New York ... More >>
For the past several months, fast food chains have been doling out new menu items every chance they get. Taco Bell has the new Fiery Doritos Locos Taco, Burger King has the French Fry Stuffed Burger, and McDonald's now has the Mighty Wings: bone-in crispy fried chicken wings. Yes, you read that corr ... More >>
Successful family-owned businesses are hard to come across these days, especially when it comes to food distributors. The big dogs seem to take over and knock the little guys down, but one Texas-based family has defied the odds. You might have noticed "44 Farms " next to menu item descriptions at s ... More >>
Even though most of us eat chicken on a regular basis, the entire month of September is dedicated to the bird. It's not the most highly-praised protein, but it can be prepared in a variety of ways that take it from something quite plain and bland to something bursting with flavor. The key is to make ... More >>
Although the chef series of specialty hot dogs have been going on all summer, I only jumped on the bandwagon in August but with delicious results. Thus, I needed little convincing to go for round two in September when James Coney Island is showcasing Mockingbird Bistro chef John Sheely's creation, ... More >>
It's no secret that Maine-ly Sandwiches serves some damn fine lobster rolls. And if you go there, you should probably order one. But that shouldn't be the only thing you take home with you. Here are five other menu items worth trying at Maine-ly Sandwiches. 5. Lobster Bisque. The scene: you hav ... More >>
Jose Hernandez has been busy. The acclaimed pastry chef, who went off radar after leaving his high profile post as Chef de Cuisine at Triniti, has re-emerged on the Houston food scene with an offering of his own: La Balance Cuisine, located in the heart of Katy's Cinco Ranch development. The modest ... More >>
Hot dogs haven't always enjoyed the best reputation. Cheap varieties do often include snips and snails and puppy dogs' tails, but more quality, and, dare I say, classier wieners with actual meat do exist. As a devotee of the dog, I'm thrilled with the wave of new dressed-up, "haute" dogs, and hop ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>
No horsing around at this fine Mexican steakhouse.
Frozen TV dinners, along with miniature cereal boxes, fell into the category of Very Special Treats when I was a small child. Because even at seven years old I was obsessed with organization and compartmentalization, I was fascinated by the segregated portions proffered by the TV dinner. Clearly, ... More >>
Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.
In the past, I've expounded on my intense love of liverwurst, a meat product that I feel has been unjustifiably spurned by modern foodies. I will admit the uses for liverwurst appear to be limited; aside from serving as a spread or sandwich filling, liverwurst doesn't readily lend itself to divers ... More >>
This is the third part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we've spent some considerable time chatting with Kris Jakob of Kris Bistro. Growing up in a German household, he started curing sausages with his family fr ... More >>
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
I am really starting to become a sucker for a promotional burger. Lately, every time I go through the drive-thru with Good Salad Intentions I end up with whatever special burger promotion is going on. This time, it was Wendy's--because who can resist a bacon cheddar burger, especially when it comes ... More >>
If you would rather swim at the pool, relax with friends and family, set off some fireworks (if permitted) and have someone else do the cooking this Fourth of July, then we have you covered. Celebrate our nation's independence at one of these restaurants and festivals.
Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.
While I'm not the most experienced camper (I went last weekend and am still convincing myself that whatever was crawling on my shoulder was not a scorpion), I do enjoy a night or two under the stars. The crackling fire. The darkness of the night. It's all so peaceful. But perhaps my favorite part o ... More >>
Unlike Mother's Day, Father's Day is not filled with champagne and mimosa brunches, or frou-frou breakfasts-in-bed. But, that doesn't mean you can't take your dad out for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even cupcakes this Father's Day. Show Dad how much you love him by filling his stomach with deliciou ... More >>
In a recent Food & Wine article, restaurant editor Kate Krader called Houston "America's newest capital of great food" and listed 10 of her favorite dishes/drinks in our city to underscore her point. They included the Vietnamese Wagyu meatballs at Underbelly, the blackstrap rum daiquiri at Charity S ... More >>
We love Friday-night pizza or lazy-Sunday Thai delivery as much as the next guys -- but we can't say the same for our waistlines. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves. By remaking your favorite take-out foods at home, you can get all the pleasure...with none of the guilt. All it takes is a f ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.
One of the best ways to show your mother how much you love her on Mother's Day is to take her out to eat and treat her like the Queen she is. All throughout Houston, you will find an ample amount of opportunities to treat your mother to brunch, lunch and dinner. Here's where you can make Sunday, May ... More >>
So often while watching Mad Men I am completely gobsmacked by the way things used to be in the olden times. I mean, wow -- smoking while you're pregnant? Referring to pot as grass? Crazy pants. I thought had seen it all until season 6, episode four ("The Collaborators") when Don gets stoned and tel ... More >>
With acclaimed British restaurant Feast closing in August, now's the time to acquaint yourself with its excellent English menu before it's too late. Luckily, chef Richard Knight will be opening another restaurant in the Heights within a year, and there are plenty of other British restaurants in Hous ... More >>
Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.
A beginner's guide to Argentine cuisine.
Modern-day Texans may not see much German influence when they look around, but the indirect effects of decades of German settlement still linger in large pockets of the state. The first waves of German immigration began in the 1830s ahead of the European Revolutions of 1848 that sent floods of Fort ... More >>
For this week's edition of Here, Eat This, we venture into South America, where hardy Houstonians possessed of a hearty appetite will find much to love in the pampas of Argentina. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Korean Cuisi ... More >>
Ever find that it's "simply impossible to settle on one protein to craft a burger?" ...Me neither. But if you have faced that problem, have no fear! Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais and the web channel Tasted have teamed up to solve all of your single-meated-burger problems. The solution " ... More >>
To be completely honest, upon receiving an invitation to go sample and hear about the cold cuts and cheeses that Anvil Bar & Refuge consulting chef Erin Smith would be putting on the menu, my initial reaction was not enthusiasm, but rather skepticisim. With so much great experience under her belt ... More >>