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  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Looking Back at Some of the Hurdles Houston's Gay Community Had to Overcome (Part I)

    Part one in a series for gay pride week. With the 36th annual Pride Week Festival and Parade upon us, the largest city in a leading Tea Party state finds itself on the cutting edge of gay politics, culture, and history. With a three-term, recently-married, openly-lesbian mayor, a brand new city e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Paella with Rice Krispies & Hot Dogs for Breakfast

    Chewing and Reviewing: Eleven XI has a new summer menu and the folks of Chewing and Reviewing were the first diners to taste the offerings. They tried the Texas Turducken, quail stuffed with braised pork shank, pickled jalapeno and bacon, sitting on top of creamed corn. The couple capped it all off ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 29, 2014
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    May 22, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    3400 Montrose: Piece of Houston History Going ... Going .... Gone

    The parking lot of Disco Kroger at the corner of Montrose and Hawthorne has been an ideal vantage point to watch the two-month-long demolition of yet another curious piece of Houston history. While the ten-story building at 3400 Montrose is little more than twisted girders and concrete rubble now, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Breaking News (Updated): Apocalyptic Fire Ravaging Montrose Apartment Complex (w/ Video)

    Check out our slideshow of the fire. Update 2:32 p.m.: We talked to eyewitness Kim Cortez who works in the Wortham Tower across from the fire. She says that in less than five minutes it went from being a small fire on the roof of the apartments to the full on blaze you see in the photos above and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    What's On the Musical Menu at These New Houston Spots

    Just three months into 2014, Houston already has a fair amount of newly opened restaurants and bars that host live music. Seeing that the Greater Houston area is large, diverse, ever-changing and all kinds of grand, we all could have probably guessed that. It's still early in the year, but here's wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Here's the Free Press Summer Fest 2014 Lineup

    Never mind Robin Thicke, those blurred lines at the top are... Jack White Vampire Weekend Zedd Ms. Lauryn Hill

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Every Night's a Winner On the Montrose Mile

    The howls and whistles of approval are deafening, causing a temporary lapse in drink-ordering at the overcrowded bar. Somehow the floor at Blur Bar has cleared enough for an impromptu dance-off to Beyonce's "Single Ladies," and these men are working it out, honey. It's barely 10 p.m. on New Year's ... More >>

  • Music

    January 9, 2014

    Ringing in the New Year in Montrose Is a Sight to Behold

    Celebrating 2014 at Montrose's ever-popular dance clubs.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    93.7 FM Now Marching to a New Beat

    As many of you now know, around noon today 93.7 FM ceased to become a classic-rock station -- good riddance, some say -- and flipped formats to hip-hop and R&B, rechristening itself "The Beat." Thus far, according to 937thebeathouston.com, songs have included Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown's "It Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Get Your Caffeine Fix Without the Heat

    I've always hated the phrase "movers and shakers," but if applied literally, it's an accurate description of our city right now. With locals running around town implacably, outpacing frequent mentions from national publications (which have taken to calling us the new "it" city), it's easy to forget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Clean Ruchi's, Dirty Whataburger and a Place Called Ernie's

    We had a TB skin test a couple days ago, and as we approach the 48-hour minimum for a visual reading with no ominous red bump, it feels strangely like the Texans entering the fourth quarter with a two-touchdown lead on whatever ungulate team Peyton Manning is leading. Either way, we'll be keeping an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Renovated Restaurants and Born-Again Bars

    It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Haute Wheels Checked, and Mostly Good News In Montrose

    This weekend, the city once again hit the Press-organized Haute Wheels food truck festival. Like last year, the trucks that inspectors visited did pretty well. Chilantro BBQ got hit with two violations: potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature (corrected on site), and no shatter-pro ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Cuchara: Montrose Mexican

    Even though the food is a bit uneven, Cuchara's drinks are spectacular and its dining room filled with energy.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    VIDEO: Happy Halloween! See the Freaks at the 6th Annual Montrose Crawl

    See more pics of the 6th annual Montrose Crawl in our slideshow. The Montrose Crawl is but a distant memory for the several hundred revelers who took part in the multi-bar block party on Saturday. But Halloween week ain't over yet. And to help us remember what a great time we had, we just checked o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Montrose Edition

    Inspectors really picked over 77006 last week. This part of town is known as Neartown, Montrose, the Montrose (kind of annoying, but technically okay), or "the 'Trose" if you're into efficiency. By swapping a single syllable for another single syllable, you avoid having to say the entire sentence: " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: BB's, Ragin Cajun, the Montrose Valero and More

    Let's start with something fun: The Valero at the nexus of the universe, also known as the intersection of Montrose and Westheimer, was cited and closed thanks to a river of shame that threatened to back up the plumbing and flood the sort of nice Cibolo coffee stand they've got going there. Actuall ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2012

    Strong Roots

    This veggie-centric restaurant could become a Montrose mainstay after working out some kinks.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Top 5 Acts to Catch at Pride Weekend

    See many more events this weekend in the Houston Press' 2012 Pride Guide. This Saturday, the streets around Westheimer and Montrose will be swamped with people for the 34th annual Houston LGBT Pride Celebration, one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the South. Started to commemorate t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Montrose's Half Price Books Strip Mall Has a Buyer

    After just three months on the market, the block that contains Montrose's Half Price Books has been sold Swamplot is reporting. Details are sketchy, as neither the buyer or seller is talking yet, but HFF, the company that had listed the property, now says the property is under contract. The site, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 11, 2012

    Where Are We Eating? Clue: Hangout Steak

    At this Montrose watering hole, "steak night" means something more than just a piece of skirt steak thrown on a charcoal pit. These are prime cuts of meat -- for not much money -- and you can get your steak topped with extras like blue cheese, local onions or fresh leeks. Not to mention it comes wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Cover Story: Houston's Controversial Noise Ordinance

    In this week's cover story, Houston Press examined the effects of the citywide sound ordinance, which Houston City Council passed on October 10. While a Houston Police Department officer is confident that the noise ordinance task force (whose members aren't required to carry decibel meters) is doi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking?

    If there's a perfect bar in Montrose for catching up on a little light German reading, it's this place. Can you tell where someone was getting in touch with his inner wolf of the steppes while downing a beer? Leave your best guess below.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Comment of the Day: No "LoWe," But No "The" Montrose Either, Please

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking?

    This popular Montrose bar recently hosted a crawfish boil. The picnic tables on its rear patio already bore marks like these from crawfish boils past, and I'm sure at least a few more Sharpie drawings were added that day. Look familiar? Think you know where we're drinking this week? Leave your best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Eatsie Boys Moving Into Montrose; Kraftsmen Cafe to Close

    After much speculation as to the eventual the brick-and-mortar location of popular food truck Eatsie Boys, it was announced this morning that the food truck team will be moving into a space at 4100 Montrose. Fans of Kraftsmen Cafe will recognize that address as the bakery's ivy-covered location bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    We're kind of disappointed there's not a flash-point restaurant or bar in this week's crop of inspection reports - the kind of place that usually brings out the worst in bitchy internet commenters. No one gets worked up about the food-service area of the Hampton Inn on I-10. It's spotless, by the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Big Changes For Montrose? Block With That Half-Price Books Strip Center Is For Sale

    The real-estate gurus at Swamplot took note of an interesting listing among commercial real estate properties: The block of land at Montrose and Westheimer that contains the strip center with Half-Price Books.. The listing by HFF says the 2.86-acre plot, which includes the entire block, "represents ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Openings and Closings: The Non-Montrose Edition

    We had a few comments last week bemoaning the fact that the week's restaurant news was all out of Montrose. "Montrose - within a 10 minute drive for only 14% of the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, and yet it gets a least a third of the restaurant coverage in the Houston Press," wrote one commente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Christopher of The Flat

    This week, I paid a visit to The Flat, and no, not your European friend's apartment. I'm talking about the cozy hidden gem in Montrose. I grabbed a spot at the bar and was immediately greeted by the friendly barman, Christopher. We talked about music, some of the great veggie restaurants around tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Holly of Catbirds

    It was so warm and beautiful this week that I decided to dust off the Schwinn and ride over to Catbirds...because what's a bike ride if there's no "beereward"? There was a raven-haired lady named Holly behind the bar whipping up strawberry basil mojitos so I grabbed a stool, ordered one, and got to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The All-Montrose Edition

    It's all Montrose, all the time this week: Nearly every bit of restaurant scoop for the past several days has come out of the Montrose, starting with an announcement last night from the owners of the Eatsie Boys food truck: "EBOY BREAKING NEWS: We have signed a lease in Mmmontrose. Eboy 3.0 storefro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Michael Berry: 5 Places Worse Than A Gay Bar That He Could Have Been Seen At

    As much of the nation knows by now, Michael Berry attended a drag show in Montrose and allegedly got involved in a hit-and-run. Berry is a minor-league version of Rush and Hannity, ranting on the radio with truthiness to disparage anything that isn't Tea Party Republican. A Montrose gay bar is pro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Scott Ellis Childress, 46, Bayou Body Count No. 9

    A man was beaten to death in Montrose around noon Friday. Media reports say an altercation occurred at the Scott Childress Studio salon in the 1700 block of Welch. Police say they received a call for medical help, and found a man severely beaten who soon died. KHOU reports a second man went into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Frame Dance Production at The Photobooth

    Friday night, Art Attack swung by The Photobooth on Montrose for the first of a four-part series of installation dance pieces entitled "Framed!" by Frame Dance Productions. A small crowd formed outside the door, anxiously awaiting the removal of a large, white wall that blocked the entranceway. When ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking?

    The thyme-sprigged cocktail below was a mere $5 during this new Montrose restaurant's nightly happy hour, and it features an ingredient not usually seen in cocktails: sake. And with that clue, you should be able to easily guess this week's Where Are We Drinking? by now. Leave your best guess in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Staying Sane at Owl Bar

    ​The best thing about Owl Bar is that it doesn't feel like it belongs. A couple of years ago, when Mugsy's occupied the same space, it would have been a little more at home in its neighborhood. Upper Kirby has since come up in the world, though. Standing on Owl Bar's narrow patio on a Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Flying Saucers and Farmers Markets

    H-E-B's Montrose Market will be open in less than a week.​In big grocery news this week, Trader Joe's has set its sights on The Woodlands as its first Houston-area store, Phoenicia has finally opened downtown and H-E-B's Montrose Market is close to opening at 1701 West Alabama. Stay tuned next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Trying to Comprehend Infant Porn

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Peter Kingman Lindsley: Infant Porn, for When Child Porn Isn't Sick Enough

    Prison time is coming for Montrose man.​A Montrose man has entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography, and he's taken the "child" part of it to extremes. Peter Kingman Lindsley, 49, was found to have on his computer "3,805 digital images and 860 video files that depicted childre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Those walls aren't dirty, they're actually dripping with class.​You never know where a job as a city health inspector is going to take you - a fine-dining restaurant, a seedy game room, a family-run taqueria or maybe a strip club. It's a tough job. Except for the strip club part. The most re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Hostel In Montrose's Lovett Inn Opens This Month

    The Lovett Inn, now a hostel​In January the group Hostelling International announced plans to buy the famed Lovett Inn in Montrose and turn it into youth hostel. There were some neighborhood concerns about parking and traffic, but those have apparently been dealt with: the hostel is having a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Fast Times: Sushi Counter at Disco Kroger

    ​Sure, drive-thru windows are fast, but the fastest fast food in town is pre-made anything from the grocery store. Enter: the sushi counter at the new and improved Disco Kroger on Montrose. I haven't had time to explore the store beyond the produce section (so much better!), cheese shop, and s ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 25, 2011
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    August 18, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Gayness Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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