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  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Is the Old Stella Sola Location Cursed?

    Will there ever be a restaurant at 1001 Studewood Street again? The building, which was originally constructed to house Robert Gadsby's Bedford in 2008, has sat vacant since subsequent tenant Stella Sola closed in May 2012. There were plans for a while for it to be a second Killen's Steakhouse locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Bars to Take Out-of-Towners

    So you've got out-of-towners coming in -- old friends, relatives, business prospects from Minneapolis, Titans fans in for a hit-and-run NFL weekend, or whatever. Now the burden is upon you, the local-scene guru, to show them the town. You've told them how great Houston is, how much you enjoy living ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    The Five Best Spots in Houston for Take-Out and a Picnic

    What is up with this Spring? Usually by this time of year we're all cranking up the ACs as high as they can go and wishing we had oxygen masks when we go outside so we could breathe a little easier in the hot soup-like air. But something weird is going on this year. It's actually still kind of nice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Upcoming Events: French Wine, Polish Sausage and Greek Gyros for Everyone

    After a highly successful guest sommelier series at Phil's Wine Lounge, wine whiz Vanessa Trevino Boyd is raring to go again. This time, the Philippe sommelier is hosting a new summer series starting on Wednesday, May 22. Phil's Wine Lounge -- located on the first floor of Philippe -- will host tast ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    Keep Those Resolutions

    20 terrific restaurants for eating healthy while staying social.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    20 Terrific Houston Restaurants for Eating Healthy While Staying Social

    For me -- and, I imagine, for a lot of people -- the toughest part about dieting is when you're confronted with eating out. Unless you're dining in a chain restaurant, it's tough to count calories or know what the sodium or fat content of any given dish is. And I can pretty much guarantee you that n ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    November 1, 2012

    Hearsay’s Byrd on the Square

    Market Square spot gets its cocktails, and some of its dishes, just right.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    OKRA-Run Charity Bar to Open Downtown

    Imagine a bar run by Houston's best bartenders and mixologists where 100 percent of the proceeds would be donated to a local charity at the end of each month. It's not just a wild-eyed fantasy; it's about to become a reality in the former Red Cat Jazz Café location at 924 Congress. That's where th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat, Latin Edition: Castre, Guerrero, Ortega

    Last week, we told you where chefs Ryan Hildebrand, Michael Pellegrino and Kaz Edwards like to eat when they're not in the kitchen. Today, we bring you three Latin chefs' perspective when we chat with Roberto Castre, David Guerrero and Hugo Ortega. Roberto Castre Executive Chef and Owner, Latin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Greek Week at Niko Niko's Market Square: You Don't Have to Rush

    Where I went to college, Greek Week meant something very different. At Niko Niko's in Market Square Park, Greek Week is a week-long event that culminates in a celebration of 180 years of Greek independence on Sunday, March 25. In partnership with Market Square Park, the restaurant will be hosting a ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata

    Photo by Mai PhamChef Mark Gabriel Medina in the kitchen at Kata Robata​ Yesterday, Kata Robata's Chef de Cuisine, Mark Gabriel Medina, told us about growing up on fine dining in Southeast Asia, and serving President Bush Senior sushi at Houston Country Clubs. Today, we talk to him about his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    The 6th Annual Feast with the Beasts at the Houston Zoo

    Photos by Mai PhamFestive zoo-goers wearing "beastly" caps, all smiles in the VIP lounge​Check out all the tasty-looking dishes in out slideshow from Feast With The Beasts. For the last six years, the Houston Zoo has been home to an autumnal fundraiser and eating extravaganza cheekily referre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Gas Station Sushi: 8 Fine Foods in Funky Places

    Gas station sushi from Natto: better than you expected, huh?​I read yesterday's Bon Appetit article on "Undercover Grub: Great Food in Surprising Places" with interest, hoping to catch a glimpse of a Houston restaurant in amongst the soda fountains and airport terminals. I was disappointed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Cooler Heads Prevail

    See if you can guess what I am now.​The cool weather is finally on its way, and that means movie nights in Market Square Park will be gearing up once again. This month, look for a screening of Animal House presented by the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Septemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Off the Wall: Riva's Italian Restaurant

    Stacy Zane​When Anamaris Cousins Price wrote about her old favorite Montrose hangouts, EOW reader J. Britt Alexander chimed in with his pick: "Rivas - directly behind Niko-Nikos and the Tower Lofts off Montrose. -- Old green house romantically lit by white twinkle light. The best bang for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttYou can even pose outside a mockup of Air Force One with a Secret Service dummy at the TAFR cookoff.​Last year, the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Wild Game Cookoff at Sam Houston Race Park was by far the best barbecue cookoff I attended all year. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Seis Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    hispanicallyspeakingnews.comWow. I think I just felt my liver twitch. ​While many view Cinco de Mayo as a Mexican holiday, the United States was very much involved in the events that took place on May 5, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico. American Union soldiers fought side by side with the Mexican army ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Final Four Visitors: Ten Alternative Places to Visit in Houston

    You can skip the Beer Can House​So, you've made it to town for the Final Four and you are shocked to find out there are no tumbleweeds, we all aren't walking around in 10-gallon hats and the area surrounding downtown and the medical center is not filled with strip malls and urban decay. Welcom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    First Look at Convey

    Above-average nigiri at Convey, but it doesn't come out on a conveyor belt...yet.​Conveyor belt sushi is not a new concept to most of America, yet here -- in downtown Houston -- it's somewhat of a novelty. In an odd twist, a couple of Outer Loop restaurants were the first to bring the conveyor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Arrrrgh. Must... remember... to eat... before... writing... this column.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're down to only the one or two mystery pieces filled with truly nasty gunk in our traditional assortment of Valentine's Day chocolates. We started the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    First Look at ERA

    The Chupacabra pizza at ERA.​The bar area on the main floor isn't quite finished yet, nor has all the art been hung from the eggshell-white walls at ERA (809 Congress, 713-225-1066), but the four pizzas that arrived at our table last night looked as if they'd come from a long-open kitchen staf ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    Let's Get Spooky

    Here's our guide to what's happening this Halloween.

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Let's Get Spooky

    Our guide to Houston's best Halloween haunts.

  • News

    October 14, 2010

    Head Out

    Our guide to Halloween's best haunts

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2010

    Ghost Tour with Sandra Lord

    Get a glimpse of downtown Houston's ghostly side

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston: Country Cooking

    An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Dimitri Fetokakis on the New Niko Niko's in Market Square

    ​When I met Dimitri Fetokakis on the patio of his Montrose Greek-American cafe on Labor Day morning he was calm, cool, and as bright as one of the sunny side-up eggs that come nestled in the pitas on his new breakfast menu. He didn't seem at all like a restauranteur on the brink of opening da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    World Cup In Houston: Where To Get Your Gamewatch On

    32 teams, one cup, plenty of Houston bars​Two days from now, the world will tune in to Johannesburg, South Africa as the 2010 FIFA World Cup officially kicks off. The first match is a Group A clash between Mexico and South Africa. For all you futbol fanáticos, there are plenty of places to view a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Once A Meal, Always A Bibas

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttHaritos Bibas outside the new Bibas Diner, in the old Bibas' One's A Meal location.​Haritos Bibas is 77 years old, but that isn't stopping the lifelong restaurateur from opening what is -- by his estimation -- probably the 30th restaurant he's owned and operated thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Openings and Closings: Market Square Edition

    ​By now, most Houstonians have heard of the efforts to once again revitalize downtown's Market Square. The city block, which is bounded by Travis, Milam, Congress and Preston, has long been a park but has also long been ignored, despite many past efforts to revive it to its former glory. Plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Liven up your Halloween parties this year with some carne asada con silly string.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we defiantly eat summer sausage in the winter and we don't care who knows it. We kicked off this week at a sort of cookout triathlon with a plot ... More >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    You Can't Be Serious

    Our readers debate this year's Best of Houston® winners.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Making Change on Montrose

    The intersection of Montrose and Westheimer is nothing if not mutable.  From being a sleepy residential neighborhood in the 1920s to the 40s to a run-down hangout for drug addicts and rough types in the 1970s and early 80s to a haven for LGBT community in the late 80s and throughout the 90s to ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 29, 2006

    My Big Fat Greek Moussaka

    The Pappas brothers wed their fast-food sensibility to their own culture

  • Resolutions

    January 20, 2005

    Think Thin

    Diet season is here -- which one will you choose?

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Cooked Book

    The real chefs' surprise is who made it -- or didn't -- into Culinary Capital

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2003