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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What bugs our food writers?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.
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 >>
Photo by Chuck Cook PhotographyIt's just another night at The ModularSome 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 >>
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 >>
Spicy interior Mexican-style wings at our No. 1 pick.Photo by Rachel BohananFor 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Minh T TruongVitello e Tonno TonnatoGroupon.com 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 >>
sassyinthekitchenZelko's Lemon Ice Box PieLast 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>