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    October 28, 2014

    Best and Worse Halloween Candy of the Last 5 Years

    In 2009, J.C. Reid (who now handles barbecue coverage for the Houston Chronicle) wrote a memorable post called "Top 5 Creepiest Halloween Candy" in which zit poppers, box of boogers and scab-a-roni were some of the attention-getting highlights. In referencing the scab-a-roni (do they even make tha ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: La Casa Del Caballo

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: La Casa del Caballo is back on the list of restaurants this year and are offering both lunch and dinner. Lunch is three courses for $20, with first course options of two different kinds of soup, or a salad. Entrees include a 6oz ribeye, chicken breas ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Food Fight: Gỏi vịt (Duck Salad)

    If you're looking for the perfect summer meal, something light, cool and flavorful, gỏi vịt, or duck salad, is the way to go. This Vietnamese dish embodies summer and is exactly what you'd want to eat on a hot day. Shredded cabbage and red onions are the traditional base for the salad with tend ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Pico's Mex-Mex is Poised to Stay Put

    Recently, we posed the question: What's up with Upper Kirby? The recent rash of closings makes it clear that restaurants and bars come and go in this fickle business and there was no better example than the parade of restaurants that came and went on the busy corner of Richmond and Kirby. But among ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Elevation Burger: Ingredients Matter, But So Does Flavor

    A burger and fries for me is one of those guilty pleasure meals in life -- you know it's not great for you but when you want one you want a really good one. When a craving hits you, it hits you hard and if you've used up your designated cheat day for something else, you're S.O.L. I was hoping that ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Spending Saturday with St. Arnold

    You can't call yourself a true Houstonian until you've done the tour at St. Arnold Brewing Company -- it's on everyone's Houston bucket list and rightfully so. I myself checked it off many years ago but I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't been back since they've moved into their current digs -- that is un ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Show Houston Off: We Share Our Favorite Places to Bring Out-of-Towners for Food & Drinks

    Early spring may just be one of the nicest times to visit our city. It's usually when the influx of family and friends trying to escape their drawn-out winters get a quick hello in before the sun scorches the Houston earth for the unforeseeable future. And for me, one of the most important things a ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Dinner with Dad: Bun Cha Hanoi at Thien Thanh

    Another dinner with dad, another new dish discovered, this time at Thien Thanh on Bellaire Boulevard. Thien Thanh is not a new restaurant of course; their banh cuon is the best in the city, and has been much lauded over by Vietnamese food lovers all over Houston. When my dad suggested we meet there ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Openings & Closings: The Burger Guys Close & Caracol Officially Opens

    It was a very unlucky day for The Burger Guys on Friday, December 13. Kaitlin Steinberg broke the news that The Burger Guys on Westheimer had officially closed. The downtown location closed in September, so this is the end of Burger Guys in Houston. Chef and owner Jake Mazzu gave this statement ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013

    The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.

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    December 9, 2013

    Just the Sweet Menu, Please: Top Five Houston Restaurants to Visit Just for Dessert

    I think we've all been there before, that moment where we're done with dinner and we're not quite ready to go home or maybe dinner was great but the dessert menu just didn'tr speak to you. This happens to me quite a bit, and there is something about the festive mood of the holidays that makes me wan ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    The Melting Pot's Four-Course Experience Just Might Bring Fondue Back Into Your Life

    I'm calling it now: Fondue, the dinner-party craze of the 1960s and 1970s, is making a comeback. When a girlfriend of mine suggested The Melting Pot for dinner and for us to catch up, I was surprised, but was game for it. It had been years since I'd been there. My most recent previous experience was ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Baked Goods: FM 603 Isn't Opening Until 2014, But You Can Taste Its Wares Now at Triniti

    FM 903 isn't scheduled to open until the fall of 2014; in fact it, hasn't even broken ground yet, but the restaurant/bakery is already generating quite the buzz. And you can sample what's to come at the weekly pop-up bakery hosted by Pastry Chef Samantha Mendoza. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2p ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    On the Way to IAH? Detour to Donut licious

    As happy as I was to see my out-of-town friend, picking her up at 7:00 a.m. was also the perfect excuse to make a stop at Donut licious, a family-run donut shop north of IAH in Spring. Exhausted and less than enthusiastic from her red-eye flight from San Francisco, a detour was the last thing she wa ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Upstairs at Rudyard's: Joe Apa's Beer Dinners

    The beer dinners that Joe Apa stages at Rudyard's Pub the last Thursday of every month have been around for a few years, in fact, the one held last night was the 69th one, or at least so he can recall. So why is it that Google was of no help when trying to get more information about what was in stor ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 19, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks:The Oceanaire is offering two menus for Houston Restaurants Weeks: a lunch menu, a two-course meal for $20 ($3 donated to the Houston Food Bank), and a three-course dinner for $35 ($5 donated to the Houston Food Bank). Service/Atmosphere: The Oceanaire is lo ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    A Cozy and Cool Happy Hour at Cove Cold Bar

    Cove Cold Bar, a "self-contained mini-restaurant", opened inside Haven late last year with Chef de Cuisine Jean Philippe Gaston taking charge. The regular menu is a trip around the world with offerings from Tahitian poisson cru to Mexican ceviche to Italian crudo. But the "seafood haven of sorts" ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Take Your "Lobster" for Lobster at The Palm

    Phoebe: Hang in there, it's gonna happen. Ross: What? Okay, now how do you know that? Phoebe: Because she's your lobster. Chandler: Oh, she's goin' somewhere. Phoebe: Come on, you guys. It's a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what? You can actually see old lobste ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Onaga Opens Quietly -- Let's Hope It Stays That Way

    I'll admit it I bought into what you could call the "club sushi" environment of Zake Sushi Lounge. A few birthdays, one going away party and many a nights out started there -- the food was pretty good in the beginning, although it was never really about that, it was about beginning the night listeni ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2013

    Tony Vallone's Regional Italian Cuisine Dinner Series

    Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.

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    July 8, 2013

    An Evening of Highs and Lows at Cuchara

    It's taken me a little while to visit Cuchara -- although I had heard good things since it opened, it never sprang to mind to try. I looked online prior to my visit and the menu had some interesting offerings, the Mula de nopal, grilled cactus filet stuffed with panela cheese, quesadillas de huitlac ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    D&T Drive Inn - An Old Dog with New Tricks

    The grand opening of the "new" D&T Drive Inn has been a year and a half in the making. Down House co-owners Chris Cusack and Joey Treadway acquired the bar in early 2012 and have been working on transforming the once divey ice house on Enid and Calvacade into a slicker version of itself. D&T is st ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Finally Discovering Down House

    My first time at Down House was on a blind date. He lived in the Heights and I had never been so it seemed perfect. Sometimes there's just a connection, an instant attraction, a chemistry you can't deny. And that's how I felt...about Down House. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the date but D ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria

    Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hotspots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen Drinks are showin ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2012

    Drawn by Drunken Seven-Year-Olds

    The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.

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    August 6, 2012

    A (Very Nearly) Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Trucks

    Last week, one of our Twitter followers made a special request: a guide to all the nearly 50 food trucks currently roaming around town that use Twitter -- along with their Twitter handles. So @sarahnoid, this list is for you. Food trucks are sorted alphabetically, along with their primary type of c ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    The Modular: Blowing Up Boundaries with Big Bones and Burgers

    Photo by Chuck Cook PhotographyIt's just another night at The Modular​Some of the best food to be had in Houston is happening in a small kitchen at Grand Prize, and a trailer in front of Liberty Station. The Modular (as reported on previously by Minh Truong and Mai Pham) is the brainchild o ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Barside Dining at Felix 55

    I'm always a bit wary about dining and drinking at Rice Village establishments. I love my students, but there's something about being spotted wolfing down a plate of cheese fries or slurping an over-sized cocktail that lessens your professional credibility. My friends, however, had been raving abou ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Wings

    Spicy interior Mexican-style wings at our No. 1 pick.Photo by Rachel Bohanan​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 ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    My 10 Favorite Houston Sandwiches

    Photo by Troy FieldsMy favorite bread for my favorite sandwich.​Like Ginny Braud, I love sandwiches. Let me say that again: I LOVE sandwiches. Everyone who knows me knows this. It's become almost embarrassing given the fact that I'm on the wrong side of 40 and I still get giddy over a food ite ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today brought a couple different commenters with a similar message. On Minh Truong's piece on recession dining at Giacomo's, SC said: If you bring your kids to this place, they'd better be well-behaved, or you'll find me scowling at them. This is one of my favorite restaurants for a casual ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Discount Dining: Quattro at the Four Seasons

    Photos by Minh T TruongVitello e Tonno Tonnato​ recently offered a $40 voucher for $20 to Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel. It just so happens Chef Maurizio Ferrarese's will be one of the contenders in the Who's Your Chef? competition at the upcoming Italian Expo, so this was a goo ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Off the Wall: Zelko Bistro

    sassyinthekitchenZelko's Lemon Ice Box Pie​Last week, Minh T. Truong asked the question, "Which Houston restaurants deserve Food Network recognition?" The comments poured in, but one in particular from EOW reader Ali caught my attention: "I'd love to bathe in Jamie Zelko's grits. Is that TMI? I do ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Minh Truong bravely listed her top 5 foods better prepared by someone else, and strangely, there was some dissent in the comments section. Said Crystal: Huh? I disagree with all of the above (except maybe #4, since restaurants can get higher quality meat than I can). These are all som ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Death At A Church

    ​It was a sad start to the Christmas season last weekend at the Market Street Baptist Church. On Saturday morning, the only trinity on anyone's mind was gunfire, blood and death.A little bit before 10 a.m., police got a call that a family was fighting at the church and that someone had a gun. When ... More >>