Monica Pope

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Christmas in July at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

    Christmas in July @ Buffalo Bayou Brewery Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 5301 Nolda Christmas is five months away, y'all. Get excited. Or just go drink some beer at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company this evening during Christmas in July. The fun starts at 6 p.m., and for $25, each guest will receive admissio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignores Scores of Great (Female) Chefs

    Time magazine recently published a feature on the 13 most influential people in the food world. The list actually included 15 people and a company, but it wasn't the fact that Time editors seemingly can't count that had readers, chefs, restaurateurs and just about everybody else in the food industry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Street Food, Discovery Green Margarita Festival, Plus Wine Dinners

    Chef Geoff Hundt of Benjy's in Rice Village will head up the second installment of the REMIX Pop-Up Dinner series on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. The Flat has opened its doors for guests to enjoy a menu (not yet announced) from Chef Hundt, as well as a multitude of drink specials. One can expect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Sparrow Bar Cookshop

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar Cookshop is offering a two-course HRW lunch menu ($20) and a three-course HRW dinner menu ($45). Service/Atmosphere: I had not been to Sparrow since the name change/concept shift, and it was fun to revisit a space I enjoy. Grant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Snowballs for Charity & a Free Wine Tasting

    Brennan's of Houston is having a Snoball Fight for Charity starting Friday, June 21, and lasting until Friday, July 5. Brennan's has partnered with five local charities -- SEARCH, Alley Theatre, YDC: Youth Development Center, Hermann Park Conservancy and Scout's Honor Rescue -- that have each chosen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    James Coney Island Unveils Line of Chef-Designed Hot Dogs on June 1

    James Coney Island is one of the oldest restaurants in Houston, founded in 1923 by Greek immigrant brothers James and Tom Papadakis (this explains the Greek-influenced chili that remains on the menu to this day). But although the chain is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the food is anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Ribs and Ramen Reign Supreme at the 2nd Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown

    There are pig parties, and then there is Go Pig! Or Go Home! The second annual charity throwdown event last night at Kata Robata was every pig lover's dream -- and then some -- with Houston's top chefs throwin' down everything from traditional roast suckling pig to cochinita pibil to oysters topped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    13 Houston Chefs Who Have Celebrity Doppelgangers

    Check out which local chef sure looks a lot like a Spice Girl, who might be hosting a game show in his spare time, and who we think is a long-lost triplet: See also: - 12 Celebrity Chefs Who Have Cartoon Doppelgangers - 13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers 13. Kaz Edwards vs. Joshua Jackson We could s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Sparrow, the breakfast klub, Cafe Japon and More

    The city doesn't mess around when it comes to eggs. Despite getting hit with just three violations, an inspector cited Sparrow Bar Cookshop (3701 Travis, listed on the Health Department website as Boulevard Bistro - t'afia) after finding an employee not wearing effective hair restraint (corrected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    7 Formerly Jinxed Houston Restaurant Locations That Have Reversed the Curse

    Late in 2009, Eating...Our Words took a look at the then-Top "jinxed locations" in Houston. The compiled addresses had such a long and storied history of failure they made the Astros look like the Yankees. Looking back at the list today, there may be hope for hometown baseball. Of the eight restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Amalia Pferd, Sean Carroll, John Peterson

    Owning a food truck/mobile cart is hard work, but at the end of the day, you still gotta eat. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat series, we're checking in to see where some of Houston's on-the-go chef-proprietors get their grub on. Let's see where Amelia Pferd of Good Dog Hot Dogs, Sean Carroll o ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012

    Keep Cool and Caffeinated

    Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    July 2012 in Openings & Closings: t'afia Is Dead, Long Live t'afia

    It's true: t'afia is closed. But only until August 14. That's when -- as chef/owner Monica Pope told us on Wednesday -- the restaurant will be reopened with a revamped concept. It's also true that our beloved Nabi is on the chopping block, as owner Ji Kang confirmed to Eater Houston. However, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Hot Spots for Cool Treats: Where To Get Great Gelato, Ice Cream and Snowcones in Houston

    I spent the morning over at KHOU's studios this past Tuesday discussing ice cream and other cool treats with Debra Duncan on Great Day Houston (all pandering aside, a really great crew of people to work with and always a very fun time) and special guests Matt Marcus and Ryan Soroka from the Eatsie B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    OIMBY Returns After a Two-Year Break

    Outstanding in the Field dinners -- meals which feature a tour of a local farm and food prepared by a master chef on the farm itself -- are famously fabulous, but also notoriously expensive. And two years ago, a few Houston food lovers decided to do something about it: start their own. Outstanding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Chefs Chosen for 2012 Iron Fork Competition: Let the Games Begin

    You may have been to our annual Menu of Menus grand tasting in the past, but this year's event will be upping its game thanks to our first ever Iron Fork competition. Curated and emceed by Houston's own celebrity chef Monica Pope, the chef throwdown will take place Iron Chef-style in front of a live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Hairy Bikers Heat Up Houston

    Hairy Bikers hosts Bill Allen and Paul Patranella will be in town tonight at District Lounge.​The History Channel came to Houston recently, and the bloggers behind spicy food blog Eat More Heat were tapped to help the show Hairy Bikers with the Ultra-Hot Chile Burger Challenge that will be fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Monsters (and Mikkels) of Beer

    Those of you already looking forward to the annual Monsters of Beer festival on November 12 now have something equally cool to look forward to: Night After Monsters at Whole Foods Montrose on Sunday, November 13. While the Monsters festival is only $35, Night After Monsters is a little more expensi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Tequila at TQLA and Multi-Course Mystery Dinners

    If you've been looking for the right opportunity to try TQLA -- which just won our rather specific, yet no less applicable, award for Best Revival of a Genre -- here's the opportunity you've been looking for: TQLA is hosting a tequila dinner with Don Julio on Wednesday, October 19, starting at 6:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Joe Apa of Rudz

    ​After chatting at Rudyard's and sampling some food and beer (see the rest of our conversation here and here), chef Joe Apa and I took an impromptu road trip to Conroe's Southern Star Brewery. Immediately, we were in awe of this grass-roots operation. It's a total craft brewery. Tall fermentin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Joe Apa of Rudz

    ​Take an awesome chef and put him in a pub, and you get a creative environment with a bar full of good beers. It's like giving the Eagles Mariachi instruments -- you know it's going to rock but in another environment. We had a blast chatting with him this week at Rudyard's. At several high pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt asked the editor of Food & Wine magazine why there wasn't one Houston chef on the magazine's list for The People's Best New Chef 2011. Which got commenter CL91 pondering the ways our city regularly gets passed over: I had this exact same thought reading Saveur's "100 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Photo by Ms. PantsNothing can warm you up on a chilly Houston night quite like a nice, tall glass of anti-freeze.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're already rigging our rooftops up with traps and buying ingredients for our famous reindeer chili. We starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Taking place on Monday will be the long-awaited Chefs Under Fire competition, in which five area chefs compete for a spot in the state-wide Chefs Under Fire Finals to be held in Austin on October 25. So far, the chefs from Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Austin-San Antonio region have already been c ... More >>

  • News

    September 30, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    The Night I Snuck Around Jones Hall and...Oh, Yeah...Talked to Anthony Bourdain

    Katharine ShilcuttCan you spot our mustachioed interloper? ​Fellow chef Mike Nutt, the Chef de Cuisine at Laurenzo's Grill on Washington, invited me to tag along with him and the other chefs catering the book signing following Anthony Bourdain's sold-out talk at Jones Hall, called Up Close and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. And after this Monday's nearly comprehensive list of all the Houston area food blogs, we now have even more blogs to spotlight each week! Know a blog we should be paying particular atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chefs: Jody Stevens

    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. Eating Our Words: Were you surprised to see that you were named one of Houston's hottest female chefs? Jody Stevens: Definitely! I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Jolie Vue Farms

    ​WHAT: Farm-fresh meats, delivered right to your doorstep. That's right -- beef, pork, poultry and eggs. It's an all-organic, ecologically sound, raised-with-love virtual meat market that arrives as regular as a newborn baby once per month. Honi and Glen Boudreaux have agriculture in their b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Houston's Hottest Chef: Voting Is Now Open

    Thankfully, none of our nominees look like this.​We've carefully combed through the 100 plus comments from last week's post and compiled the top five male and top five female chefs you nominated as Houston's hottest chef. We combed through our own photo archives and -- occasionally -- the che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Houston's Growing Garden Party

    Chef Ryan Pera tends the garden at the Grove.​If food is fashionable, local food is the flashiest piece on the Paris runways. These past few years have seen the locavore movement skyrocket like mad in Houston. The city now boasts dozens of farmers' markets, and people are beginning to explore ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 4, 2010
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    October 23, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    ​Although it's facing stiff competition from Southern Star lately, Saint Arnold is still our favorite hometown brewery. And this weekend's Foam Raiser at the Orange Show (Saturday, October 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.) is one of many reasons why. The ticket sales for the 2nd annual Foam Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Houston's Best Recipe for Success

    Chef Monica Pope at MacGregor Elementary School. Photos by Carlos Meltzer There's alot of talk these days about problems and solutions. The economy, the environment, healthcare, education. But as we all know there appears to be a lot more problems than there are solutions. And alot more talk than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008
  • Dining

    March 17, 2005

    Thai High

    Do you want your dinner "bong-hit hot" or "acid-flashback hot"?

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    June 17, 2004

    Right on the Market

    Monica Pope gives Midtown some European flair

  • Dining

    September 11, 2003

    Bordering on Bennigan's

    Is Morgan's on Montrose just an unfortunate chain reaction?

  • Dining

    March 6, 2003

    Bye-Bye, Bistrot?

    Monica Pope contemplates her future on Montrose -- and in Houston

  • Culture

    October 18, 2001

    High-Tech Spectacle

    Jennifer Steinkamp and Sharon Engelstein bring back the big and bold.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Bathroom

    Boulevard Bistrot

  • Dining

    December 7, 2000

    Today's Horoscope

    You'll meet a creative Aries who will shake up your traditional ideas

  • Dining

    July 13, 2000

    The Food Chain

    Meals on Montrose

  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Get In Line

    Bruce Molzan's Ruggles Cafe Bakery makes meals worth standing around for

  • Dining

    April 6, 2000

    43 Skiddoo

    Monica Pope's bargain bistro needs more seasoning

  • Dining

    May 5, 1994

    Paris, Texas

    Montparnasse, er, Montrose Boulevard gets a civilized new hangout

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