Monica Pope

  • 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 24, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: How Do You Pronnounce Giacomo's, Anyway?

    In part 1 of our Chef Chat with Lynette Hawkins of Giacomo's, we discussed how it started out being a counter service restaurant. The customers didn't like it, though, and the restaurant is now 100% table service. Why didn't it work, though? We find out here in Part 2. We also get three recommenda ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Eat Local Food & Support Planted: Houston at Benefit Pop-Up Dinner

    Edible Earth Resources is a local edible landscaping firm that installs home gardens and landscapes, as well as many restaurant gardens, like the ones found at Haven and Coltivare. On Sunday, July 27, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Edible Earth will hold a benefit pop dinner at Haven as the kick off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's 10 Best Chicken-Fried Steaks

    Growing up, chicken-fried steak was my favorite meal. I always requested it on my birthday and when my family dined at Luther's BBQ (may it rest in peace), there was no doubt in my mind I would order the CFS with crispy onion strings, corn and Texas toast. Ask any Texan what they think about chick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Food & Wine's Best New Chef List Includes Three Texans (And One Houstonian)

    Of Food & Wine magazine's ten "best new chefs," a designation given every year to up-and-comers in the United States food scene, three are from Texas. Way to represent, lone star state! The magazine released its annual list this week, and chefs from Houston, Austin and Dallas made the cut, proving ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014

    Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

    FYI, it's on a Friday.

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    December 24, 2013

    Five 2013 Food Trends We'd Like to See Alive and Well in 2014

    Not all food trends are annoying, and though we know "to each his/her own" is a good rule by which to live, there are a few gems out there in the food world that we cannot wait to see more of. Here are Five 2013 Food Trends That We Hope Stick Around in 2014:

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Houston Mayoral Candidates Talk Food Trucks, Their Go-To Lunch Spots, and Cooking At Home

    In one of the great election movies of our time, Wag the Dog, CIA agent Mr. Young gives some helpful advice about food: "There are two things I know to be true. There's no difference between good flan and bad flan, and there is no war." OK, maybe it was more about war than food. And there's definit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 75, 'Date With A Pig' at Sparrow Bar Cookshop

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving to Montrose

    What does that mean for Houston?

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Greg Lowry, Matthew Lovelace, Dax McAnear

    Inside the gorgeous dining room at Triniti, which is currently a James Beard Foundation finalist in the Outstanding Restaurant Design category, you can alway spy the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen creating food that is both delicious and beautifully plated. But it makes you wonder: If these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    The Transforming Power of Houston-Grown Citrus

    The first thing I noticed upon returning to Houston after 14 years away? Flipping citrus is everywhere. In December when I arrived, a laden grapefruit tree was around every corner, satsumas fell and gathered beneath their bushes, bright lemons winked from boughs, and kumquats -- those pellets of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Ryan Lachaine, Lyle Bent and Victoria Dearmond

    With the proliferation of open kitchens in Houston, it's hard to ignore the chefs who are actually making the food. Nowhere is that more true than at Underbelly, where food enthusiasts can literally spend the evening watching all the action going on in the kitchen. At one point during the night, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Chef Randy Evans Hosting the Iron Fork Competition at 2013 Menu of Menus®

    In 2012, Menu of Menus® celebrated its 10th anniversary with a move into a stunning new space -- Silver Street Station -- with plenty of room for the thousands of guests that showed up and with the inaugural Iron Fork competition. Last year saw master chef Monica Pope hosting the knock-out Iron Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving

    Let's face it, sometimes a "home-cooked" meal in a restaurant is better than anything we can whip up at home. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful meals to make if you don't normally cook meals at home. But, there's one thing to be thankful for this year, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Today's Voice Daily Deal: $24 of Food for $12 at Beaver's

    The famous Chick-on-Chick sandwich may no longer be on the menu at Monica Pope's playful icehouse, Beaver's, but plenty of other great dishes are -- and today, you can get that food for a bargain price. Those dishes includes our own favorites like: 2011 Best of Houston® Best Veggie Burger 2010 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, Justin Yu

    First, there was Just August Project. And then came Pilot Light Group. And then came Oxheart Restaurant. And soon we will have the The Pass and Provisions. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat installment, we found out where Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, and Justin Yu like to eat around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Before You Mow Your Lawn, Be Sure and Forage Your Dinner

    There are fads, there are trends, and then there are those ideas that are so clearly right and time-honored that we must take notice. Alice Waters started it on the West Coast, and Monica Pope started it on the Gulf Coast - locavorism, sustainability and seasonality. These are ideas that served our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: David Denis, Jean-Philippe Guy and Philippe Schmit

    When we think of French dining in Houston, the following three chefs should assuredly come to mind: David Denis, Jean-Philippe Guy, and Philippe Schmit. David Denis has made a name for himself with his elegant Le Mistral Restaurant on the Energy Corridor, where big-name oil execs come to sample exqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Hope Is Not a Plan, It's an Eating House

    We've been teased for days with gorgeous photography and cryptic but beautiful words. Monica Pope was up to something, and she let it out of its cage on Tuesday. Sparrow Bar Cookshop is her latest culinary invention, and in a way a personal revolution. Other than the address and the brick walls, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Nevermind Chick-Fil-A: Check Out the Chick-On-Chick Action at Beaver's

    National Same-Sex Kiss Day may be taking place today in Chick-Fil-A's across the country as gay rights supporters challenge Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy's stance against gay marriage (to be clear, Cathy's views don't necessarily reflect the opinions of individual Chick-Fil-A restaurants, which are owne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Monica Pope on the Transformation of t'afia, Hope for Houston and Being Pretty Darn Cool

    The current photo on t'afia's Web site, which is being updated every day with new imagery which relates to Pope's plans. You've heard of burning your boats. But what about burning your apron? It's this striking visual that is currently greeting visitors to the Web site for t'afia, chef Monica Pope' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Lone Star Chefs: It's Not Always about Being Bigger, They're Just Better

    Our Texas chefs not only come from Texas but from all over the world and bring their culinary homes with them -- fortunately for us. Lone Star Chefs by John DeMers and Julie Soefer highlights 13 outstanding and diverse Texas masters. This book is part biography, part cookbook and part restaurant gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 and Ibiza

    Yesterday, we chatted with Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 and Ibiza about her times staging in Chicago, and what it was like opening a restaurant like Brasserie 19. Today, we continue our conversation. EOW: What is your official title? AM: I am the Chef de Cuisine for Brasserie 19 and Ibiza. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    The Key to the Kitchen: Coppa's Female Executive Chef, Brandi Key, Is No Novelty Act

    November 3 was National Men Make Dinner Day, one of an increasingly nonsensical line of national holidays that are being trotted out in larger numbers every year. This particular holiday was especially perplexing to those in the food industry, where men make dinner every night. A man probably will m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kiran Verma of Kiran's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenKiran Verma in front of her restaurant.​In part one of our Chef Chat with chef/owner Kiran Verma of Kiran's, we discussed how she came to create Houston's first restaurant combining fine dining and Indian cuisine. Today, we talk about sourcing ingredients, making baby f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Meet Houston's Most Underrated Chefs

    Photo by Matthew DresdenWhich "underrated" chef made this beautiful tai ceviche?​Two weeks ago, Mai Pham's excellent post about the modern Franco-Japanese cuisine Chef Jason Hauck is cooking up at Soma Sushi shed some light on the fact that Soma serves much more than just sushi, despite its na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Joe Apa of Rudz

    ​Sitting at the bar at Rudz, I noticed that Chef Joe Apa was having one of his epic beer tastings on Valentine's Day, serving five courses paired with beer. I had never been to one of these events, which usually fall on the last Thursday of the month. The dinner started and ended with several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    The Houston Culinary Awards Get a Facelift

    Photo courtesy of My TableThe steel awards themselves (no more glass!) weren't the only new things this year.​"You can't help but feel great when you're honored and respected by your peers and Houston diners," said Sean Beck today, after bringing home a stunning two awards at the annual My Tab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    The Garden at Laurenzo's

    ​Jeff Hilson is passionate about the soil, the water and even the air that food is grown in. And he's begun constructing a garden in the back of the Laurenzo's. Guests will eventually be able to eat vegetables from the garden at tables sitting right in the middle of it. This is just the begin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chefs: Monica Pope

    Tam Vo​Every day this week we'll be highlighting the female winners from our poll on Houston's Hottest Chefs. On Friday we'll reveal the hottest chef of all. EOW: How does it feel to one of the hottest chefs in Houston? Monica Pope: *humbly chuckles* It's nice to be one of the hottest chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Maison Burdisso

    Jackie Burdisso​WHAT: The best French macarons in town -- and proof that good taste is hereditary. In Houston, the word "macaroon" typically inspires visions of lightly sweet, chewy mounds of shredded coconut tenaciously held together by egg whites. But a "macaron" -- minus one O -- is a deli ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 20, 2010

    True to the 'Trose

    Colorful eatery Canopy is becoming a neighborhood fixture.

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    October 30, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    MEATSPLOSION!​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've finally secured the patent on sourdough incense. This week started off with a bang, when Greenway Barista slammed the Luling City Market on Richmond, which is actually unaffiliated with the actual market in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Battle Rages On: Fried Chicken Throwdown at Beaver's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Veggie Heaven

    Farmers' markets take over Houston.

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    February 20, 2009

    Culinary Schadenfreude Comes to Houston

    scha·den·freu·de [shahd-n-froi-duh]-nounsatisfaction or pleasure derived from the misfortune of others I'm going to get to the point of this post right now: My life as a food lover is better because the economy is in a recession. There I said it. And before you label me as some kind of foodie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    A Foray into Locally Grown, Grass-Fed Beef

    The freight train that is the slow / local / sustainable / organic / community-supported food revolution continues to barrel ahead into the consciousness of Houston food lovers.A recent visit to several of Houston's farmer's markets found them bustling with vendors and customers alike with an outsta ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008
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    July 7, 2005

    Chefs Rule!

    If you can't stand the sight of lopped-off digits and the smell of your own flesh burning, get out of the kitchen

  • Dining

    May 5, 2005

    There's No Place Like Home

    Especially when you're eating at Montrose Diner, where the food's subpar and the wait's long

  • Dining

    July 15, 2004

    The 19th Oasis

    In the restaurant-challenged Heights, Shade shimmers like an oasis

  • Dining

    July 10, 2003

    The In-Tycer

    National honors go to the chef at Aries

  • Dining

    December 23, 1999


    Monica Pope's hopes for her baby Bistro

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    November 5, 1998
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    September 12, 1996

    Hogg Heaven?

    Not quite. But downtown's new Palace Cafe does show promise.

  • Dining

    May 18, 1995

    Taste of Texas

    Rancho Tejas does guy food a gal could learn to love

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