North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 "Classic" Food Trucks

    What differentiates a "classic" food truck from those on last week's list of Houston's Top 10 "Fancy" Food Trucks? For starters, a classic food truck has been around for at least a few years prior to the gourmet food truck craze -- if not a decade longer. Classic food trucks are usually found at th ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    From Tacos to Tikka Masala

    Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.

  • Dining

    March 21, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It

    Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Peeling Is for Suckers: 10 Crawfish Dishes to Try in Houston

    One of the best crawfish dishes I ate last year didn't involve a boil, peeling or shucking of any kind. It was a very simple, very extraordinary plate of crawfish tails poached in butter over al dente Texas-grown rice with green coriander and fermented carrot at Oxheart. While that particular dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Where to Eat During Lent 2013: 40 Days of Meatless Meals, Vegetables & Fish

    Lenten season is upon us. Many people have decided to give up something that they love in their lives, and most of the time that something ends up being food or drink. I'm talking about beer, chocolate, candy, coffee and meat. Devout Catholics also abstain from meat throughout the Lent season, so, ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Deer Lease Chic at LA Bar

    LA Bar offers comfortable food and surroundings, especially for men who like sports, hunting, fishing and golf.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    The "Secret" Menu at Los Tios

    A funny thing happened when I was preparing to visit Los Tios to conduct research on their skinny margarita. Since I have nothing to do all day but peruse menus online, I spent [too] much of one morning scanning the food options at Los Tios in the hopes of preventing order paralysis (an affliction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Superbowl Recipe: Beer-Braised Pork Tostadas from Chef David Luna at Line & Lariat

    The first time I tasted chef David Luna's beer-braised pork tostada at Line & Lariat, I thought it was some of the best bar food I'd found in Houston. The pork had been braised in local brewery Karbach's Rodeo Clown and paired perfectly with the pint of Sympathy for the Lager -- also from Karbach -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Worst of "The Worst": Free Press Doesn't Know How Vegan Works

    Note: As Omar Afra reminded us on Twitter today, "Worst of" entries are public submissions and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Free Press Houston. Carry on. This week, Free Press Houston released its always-scathing, usually quite hilarious "Worst of Houston List." Other than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen and the Reason People Call Her Houston's Enchilada Queen

    Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen 6401 Woodway Drive Tel: 713-334-7295 This is Part 3 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we became acquainted with a woman who plunked down all her life savings into a restaurant at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    A Returning Champion Wins at the 2nd Annual Tequila & Tamales

    Check out pics from the second annual Tequila & Tamales throwdown in our slideshow. If anyone thought that El Gran Malo's win at the 2011 Tequila & Tamales throwdown was a fluke, last night's results should change their mind. The year prior, the gastrocantina on Ella won the Tequila portion of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Tequila & Tamales Takes Place Tonight at La Mexicana, and It's Free!

    At last year's Tequila & Tamales throwdown, TQLA surprised attendees by taking home the night's big prize -- but not for tequila. Instead, the Southwestern restaurant (pronounced, yes, "tequila") won Best Tamales while the margarita madmen at El Gran Malo won Best Margaritas. For this year's Tequil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Tequila & Tamales Returns on December 11 and You're the Judge

    At last year's Tequila & Tamales throwdown, TQLA surprised attendees by taking home the night's big prize -- but not for tequila. Instead, the Southwestern restaurant (pronounced, yes, "tequila") won Best Tamales while the margarita madmen at El Gran Malo won Best Margaritas. For this year's Tequil ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012

    Philly Poutine

    A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Pass the Vegenaise

    Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Gustavo Arellano: Has the Tide Turned Against Tex-Mex Food?

    Gustavo Arellano isn't just any Mexican. Over the years, the writer has turned himself into almost the "official" Mexican of America thanks in large part to his syndicated column, "Ask a Mexican!" and books like Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. This is his most recent book and one in w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the East End

    The East End is undergoing some necessary growing pains right now as a new generation of Houstonians rediscover the neighborhoods right next door to downtown. Construction of a METRO light rail to connect the East End with the main line has had Harrisburg torn up for some time, but is nearly complet ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    Rouxpour: Gumbo and Bros

    Despite rowdy crowds and inconsistent cooking, Cajun joint shows real promise.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Berryhill Baja Grill Food Truck Hitting the Streets, But Not Without a Few Bumps in the Road

    Walter Berryhill was a mobile food pioneer in Houston, walking the streets of River Oaks and selling 200 dozen tamales from his little push-cart every week along with his wife, Billie, for nearly 40 years. A lit Coleman lantern hanging from the side of the cart let people know that Berryhill's tamal ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2012

    The Real Deal at Taqueria La Macro

    Taqueria offers al pastor-style meat cooked on a classic trompo.

  • Dining

    August 16, 2012

    Maggie Rita's Takes Over Ninfa's

    Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ninfa's Finds Its Nadir with Maggie Rita's

    When news broke that three of the city's most popular Ninfa's locations had been sold to Maggie Rita's -- a Tex-Mex chain owned, in part, by comedian Carlos Mencia -- there was an uproar. Sure, Ninfa's hadn't been that great in a long time, but to many longtime Houstonians (me included), the deal wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Trompi-burger: Mexico's Answer to the Bacon Cheeseburger

    It's been a while since a burger has stopped me dead in my tracks. Such is the arresting power of the trompi-burger at Taqueria La Macro, a new Monterrey-style restaurant in Northside. I first ended up at Taqueria La Macro after my boyfriend came home from driving down North Main and reported that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 53, Mexico City Plate at Molina's Cantina

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    New Tortas at Ninfa's Hardly Torturous

    ...except, I guess, if you ate all three at once. Then, you might be hurting. First, let's get something straight. I don't, or didn't, go to The Original Ninfa's for burgers. If I venture out to Navigation, it's for fajitas, tacos al pastor, or maybe the seafood enchiladas. But these times, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen Falls Short of Louisiana Flavor

    New Orleans cuisine is the definition of hearty, spicy food. From shrimp Po-Boys to crawfish etouffee, each bite is filled with Cajun spice. Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen has a menu filled with New Orleans classic dishes, but the lackluster flavors left me dissatisfied. I'd heard that Schilleci's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Eating Up San Antonio: La Gloria, The Monterey and The Esquire

    Until this past Tuesday, I didn't realize how easy a day trip to San Antonio could be. Thanks to the recently raised speed limit on I-10, you can speed to the Alamo in three easy hours (or less, if you set your cruise control just above the new 75-mile-per-hour speed limit...not that I'm advocating ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Hooked on La Fisheria

    Celebrity chef Aquiles Chavez introduces Houston to the modern Mexican food he left behind in his home country.

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    La Lupita Lives Up to Its Tagline: "No Tex. Just Mex."

    Upon stepping through La Lupita's heavy, black-iron door, you're greeted with rustic shelves holding tequila and baskets of colorful produce; a lively painting of La Virgen de Guadalupe; and a bright-red ceiling centerpiece made of hand-blown glass hearts. A grand spiral staircase with a wrought-iro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    19 Enchiladas and Counting: Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen Debuts the Newest Addition To Its Menu

    Though some bemoan the increasingly popular practice of "National [Insert Food Here] Month," I couldn't be happier that the 31 days of May are devoted to celebrating the enchilada. I've always thought the enchilada was underappreciated compared to say, fajitas or tacos. A Yankee acquaintance of mi ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    East Side Vacation at El Petate: A Guide to Salvadoran Cuisine

    If you're anything like me, pupusas are the first thing that spring to mind when thinking of Salvadoran food. And why not: The fat, round pockets of cheese, beans, meat (and sometimes all three) are like the divine offspring of Mexican quesadillas and gorditas. They're portable and easy to consume, ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2012

    Are There Different Kinds of Mexican Food?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!!] And how can I get a copy of Taco USA?

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Aquiles Chavez of La Fisheria - The Tasting

    The last two days, Latin TV personality Aquiles Chavez, Chef and Owner of the new restaurant La Fisheria, shared stories about his mustache, his French training, his TV shows, and how he hopes to show Houstonians real food from Mexico. From what he's shown me, Mexican food is vibrant, complex, fla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Crawfish Across Houston

    It's high crawfish season in Houston, with a slew of different boils coming up to satisfy all your head-sucking pursuits. But first, you don't want to miss this weekend's big charity event: Kicking Cancer's Ass. The fundraiser dinner will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Ralph Smi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Aquiles Chavez of La Fisheria

    Yesterday, we chatted with Owner and Executive Chef Aquiles Chavez of La Fisheria about school in France with Alain Ducasse and his famous mustache. Today, we talk about his TV shows and the food he's making at La Fisheria. EOW: So, when Utilisima called you, what kind of show did you do for them? ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 15, 2012

    Crazy for Crawfish

    The Seafood Shoppe does mudbugs the right way.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    How Influential Was Houston In the Development of Mexican Food In the U.S.?

    Not influential enough, it would seem. At our sister paper in Orange County, "Ask A Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano has compiled a list of the "most influential cities in the development of Mexican food in the United States." Spoiler alert: Dallas and San Antonio are on there, but not Houston. ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 16, 2012

    Get a Rope

    Serving bad Tex-Mex in Houston is a crime — and Vida is guilty.

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    Morning Machaca

    This tiny East End restaurant — attached to a dried-beef factory — serves tasty, old-school Tex-Mex classics.

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Tequila & Tamales: And the Winners Were...

    Photos by Francisco Montes​From the moment I saw Chef Tommy Birdwell's tamales plated and handed over to eager guests, I knew he'd brought his A-game to last Thursday night's Tequila & Tamales event at Xuco Xicana. Each corn husk had been tied and butterflied open with a flourish, showcasing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Galveston Gets Craft Beer and Its Own Restaurant Week

    Have you marked off next Thursday, December 15, in your calendar? Good, because the RSVP list for our Tequila & Tamales event is filling up fast. As with Wingtoberfest, the Tequila & Tamales tasting is free to the public, but it's also first-come, first-served. The first 200 guests will receive ta ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 8, 2011

    Gran Success

    The infused tequilas and modern Tex-Mex at this neighborhood hangout are bien bueno.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Tequila y Tamales: Come Judge Them Both With Us In December

    Here in Houston, it's not Christmas without tamales. And nothing goes better with tamales on a cold night than a warming shot of tequila. So head out to Xuco Xicana on Thursday, December 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. to share both with us as Eating Our Words presents Tequila & Tamales! Local restaurants su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Operation "No Tacos" - A 30 Day Challenge

    Portrait of a Taco Enthusiast as A Young Man​That's me up there with my dad, eating a plate full of tacos, the happiest 4-year-old ever. It was there in that one-bedroom duplex in the East End where my love of tacos and all things Mexican originated. Menudo for breakfast? Yes, please. Tamales for ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011

    The Real World

    With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.

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