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 >>
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 >>
This latest branch is as successful as the first.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rest of the best 2013.
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 >>
Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.
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 >>
Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Grilled lemongrass beef vermicelli at Com Tam Kieu GiangWhen 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 >>
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. StarChefs.com made a long overdue trip to Houston to recognize a hefty handful of "Rising Stars" ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
Get sauced at the Hobby Center's Artista. It's divine.
While your mouth hangs open in awe at Zula's decorations, you might as well stuff Zula's fine food in it
East meets West
John Sheely's Riviera Grill shows that even a chain hotel can host first-class food
The Rosas brothers honor Churrasco's -- and themselves -- with a little honest imitation
At Lynn's Steakhouse, it's still the age of the carnivore