Michael Cordua

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Back to School: Feed Your Kids Like a Chef

    As the start of another school year approaches, we've got school lunches on the mind. Mostly, when we think of school lunches, we picture cafeteria trays with grayish glop in each compartment, and we think of all the debates over what should or should not be given to growing kiddos. The vast majori ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Where to Eat in Honor of the Top 8 Teams in the World Cup

    Yes, yes, we're all heartbroken over the United States' heartwrenching, nail biting loss to Belgium on Tuesday. We're bitter and angry but damn proud of our team (especially Tim Howard--hey, Superman!). Just because the home team is out of the running doesn't mean we're going to stop watching game ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block

    This latest branch is as successful as the first.

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    March 4, 2014

    Michael Cordúa's Early Years as a Restaurateur Were Anything But Magical

    Last week's feature story takes an in-depth look at the Houston families who developed our diverse food scene into what it is today. We spent hours researching and interviewing family members to compile their stories, but not everything could make it into print. In celebration of these fascinating f ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    The First Families of Houston Food: Why We Eat the Way We Eat in H-Town

    Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Cordúa Family's Food and History Come to Life on the Pages

    The Cordúa family recently released their first cookbook after more than 25 years in the Houston restaurant industry. It's the product of years of recipe development melding the food of Nicaragua with the melting pot of Houston cultures. The Cordúa patriarch, Michael Cordúa, is credited with bri ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Top 10 Ice Cream Spots

    Rest of the best 2013.

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    November 22, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston, We Have Wings and a Cajun-Inspired Brunch Spot In Montrose

    As it's the week before Thanksgiving, it's no surprise there hasn't been much action with restaurant openings and closings. B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter reports on two closings this week: Trophy Room Sports Bar & Grille in Katy and Two Saints on Memorial Drive. Neither the websites nor the phone nu ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013

    MasterChef Season 3 Winner Christine Ha

    Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.

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    June 11, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks Kicks Off August 1

    Houston Restaurant Weeks is less than two months away and is gearing up to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank, once again, beginning August 1 and lasting through Labor Day to September 2. This year will mark the tenth year of installment, after launching in 2003. While the complete list of resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Getting Reacquainted with Amazon Grill

    When there was still an Amazon Grill on Gessner near Westheimer, I ate lunch there -- on average -- once a week. It was an easy choice to please a pack of picky co-workers, as it offered everything from fun South American food to "diet" food (gross, guys) and hamburgers. It had fried plantains just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Street Foods of India at Kiran's: The Perfect Launch for the Houston Metro Cooking Show and the Curry Digest Video Series

    If you're like most Houstonians, you haven't, in the past week, been swept off your feet and transported to India and back in a matter of hours, experiencing the joy of Indian street foods, upbeat music, age-old traditions, and exotic beverages in between. But to my own and a diverse group of food w ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Grand Incubator

    Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.

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    August 31, 2012

    August 2012 Openings & Closings: Lucille's Lands in the Museum District and Dunkin Donuts Hits Houston Hard

    Lucille's (5512 La Branch) had its soft opening earlier this week, and plans to host its grand opening on Monday, September 10. The restaurant is the latest addition to the food-starved Museum District, which recently saw the well-received Jade Stone Café open inside the Asia Society. Unlike the pa ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

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    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    October 19, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: David Cordua of Americas, On His First Love and Le Cordon Bleu

    Photo by Mai PhamDavid Cordua, Executive Chef of the Cordua Restaurant Group ​David Cordua, at 29, is currently Executive Chef at Americas River Oaks, and all of the restaurants in the Cordua Restaurant Group. Contrary to what some might assume, despite growing up as the son of a restaurante ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Americas: So long, and thanks for all the dish.​It's been a long time coming, but Americas on Post Oak Boulevard is finally closing after 20 years. And while it will indeed be sad to lose its iconic dining room -- which I've always fondly thought of as "Dr. Seuss on acid" -- the restaurant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Grilled Lemongrass Beef Vermicelli at Com Tam Kieu Giang

    Grilled lemongrass beef vermicelli at Com Tam Kieu Giang​When people who have never tried Vietnamese food ask me what they should try, I usually recommend the grilled pork and rice vermicelli, or bun thit nuong, and a pineapple milkshake, or sinh to thom. As with any other ethnic food, reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Foundation Recognizes Houston Chefs; Food & Wine Does Too, In Its Own Way

    Should Randy Rucker (seen here working on one of his "tenacity" supper club dinners) have been recognized by Food & Wine?​It's been a week of ups and downs for Houston chefs on the national radar. made a long overdue trip to Houston to recognize a hefty handful of "Rising Stars" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    No more ceviche at the Midtown outpost of Lemon Tree.​A reader alerted us via Twitter to the fact that the Lemon Tree (207 West Gray) had closed its doors sometime in the past week. We went by to check it out and it is, indeed, closed. A call to Lemon Tree's original location on Whittington re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Recipe: Michael Cordua's Alfajor Recipe

    ​The alfajor -- a kind of cookie sandwich -- is an entirely different cookie depending on where you find it. In Spain, it could be a Christmas cookie of honey, almonds and spices. In South America, it's filled with dulce de leche or jam and covered in chocolate, powdered sugar or, in the case ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Magical Realism and Tres Leches

    "Legend has it that the recipe for Tres Leches cake was first printed on the back of the can of Nestle's sweetened condensed milk," Michael Cordúa, the chef behind the Cordua Restaurants in Houston, once told me. The name tres leches, or three milks, refers to the ingredients used -- a can of eva ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
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    September 11, 2003

    Bun Fun


  • Dining

    May 22, 2003

    Food Art

    Get sauced at the Hobby Center's Artista. It's divine.

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    March 22, 2001

    Show Time!

    While your mouth hangs open in awe at Zula's decorations, you might as well stuff Zula's fine food in it

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    February 8, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Américas' Caipirinha

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    November 30, 2000

    Asian In-fusion

    East meets West

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    September 21, 2000
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    June 11, 1998
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    October 23, 1997

    Hotel Haute

    John Sheely's Riviera Grill shows that even a chain hotel can host first-class food

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    July 3, 1997

    The Boys from Rio

    The Rosas brothers honor Churrasco's -- and themselves -- with a little honest imitation

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    August 24, 1995

    One Man's Meat

    At Lynn's Steakhouse, it's still the age of the carnivore

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    July 28, 1994
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    March 24, 1994