"I flew in a special cut of meat from Japan for you tonight," said chef Donald Chang of Nara, grinning mischievously. "It cost more than $1,000 just for this piece of beef." He paused and let that sink in before adding quickly, "I hope it's good!" He needn't have worried. Those of us gathered aro ... More >>
Urban Swank: The ladies of Urban Swank checked out Nara's Korean Grill Room and have the 411 on the restaurant, especially what their favorite menu items are. During their visit they enjoyed a variety of Korean BBQ items such as the rib eye (bulgogi) and pork belly (kurobata samgyup sal). Each meat ... More >>
The Chinese year 4712 begins on January 31, 2014, and Houston is ringing it in with style. There's a huge Chinese population here, and we love a good party, so all over town in late January and early February people will be celebrating the new lunar year, which lasts until the moon is full, around F ... More >>
We hope to see these places open soon.
Nara. There's something so inherently sensual about the way in the which the name rolls off the tongue. Spoken with a Japanese intonation, the "r" sound takes on the form of a soft "d," so that that it sounds like a secretive whisper of some sort: "Nah-dhah." My first time there, I admit I didn't ... More >>
Whenever my parents come to visit, I give them a verbal tour of notable restaurants and my favorite spots as we drive around town. "There's House of Pies," I'll say, "still under construction from that damn fire. Nara just opened in that big complex. I'll take you there sometime. And there's Fat B ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>
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 >>
Looking back at 2013, the foods that really stick out in our minds are the trendy ones: Cronuts. Sriracha. Pretzel buns. Kale. These dominated the discussions on food blogs, in culinary magazines and on morning talk shows. So with 2014 approaching, we thought we'd get ahead of the game by predicti ... More >>
It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>
Anyone who's been to a state fair or a rodeo, or even a small-town festival, has likely paid too much money for a funnel cake, turkey leg or hot dog. And they probably didn't taste very good. At the Houston Gastrodome (the name of the food pavilion at FPHNYE!) in Sam Houston Park downtown, some of ... More >>
Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.
In Korean, gogigui means, literally, roasting meat, and that's exactly what you do in Nara's new grill room, which opens to the public today, December 19. Traditionally, diners prepare the Korean "barbecue" themselves at tables with built-in gas or charcoal grills in an informal setting. But at Na ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal ... More >>
Suddenly, it seems everyone is talking about Nara. After remaining somewhat under the radar for the past several weeks, Nara, which opened last night, is now being discussed on blogs and on TV, And at first glance, you might wonder why. For starters, it's a Korean and Japanese restaurant opening in ... More >>
An evening of highs and lows.
The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>
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