Oak Forest

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Dollar Tree Buying Family Tree for 8.5 Billion Dollars

    For years, I've wondered how dollar stores could survive this deep discount tactic never realizing how many there were. On Monday, it became clear just how profitable these stores can be when Dollar Tree agreed to buy Family Dollar for the cost of 8.5 million items in its stores...not including tax. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Tickets on Sale Now for July 20 Sassafras Beer Dinner to Benefit Oak Forest Animal Advocates

    Oak Forest has a stray animal problem, and neighborhood residents are rallying to do something about it. It's not an original problem; the entire city of Houston shares it. Our streets are home to about one million stray animals, and BARC has neither the money nor the manpower to handle these sta ... 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

    February 26, 2014

    Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets that Change Names

    It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Lazybrook/Timbergrove

    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). This week, we're moving just west of the Heights proper to the adjoining neighborhoods of Lazybrook and Timbergrove Manor. Here's our list of the best cheap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Heights

    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). This time, we're moving to the antique shop, bungalow, and dining mecca that is the Houston Heights. There were certainly no shortage of great eateries befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Washington Corridor

    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, we're moving onto the bar-and-restaurant-packed Washington Corridor. With favorites like BRC Gastropub, Coppa Ristorante, and Max's Wine Dive, there a ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Frida Mexican Kitchen: The Art of Delicious Breakfast Tacos (Elvis Might Love This Place)

    "I'm sorry, but we're out of potatoes right now," said the voice from the drive-thru box at Taco Cabana. A potato famine wouldn't surprise me on a Monday morning, due to weekend supply deficiencies, but this was 9:00 a.m. on a Thursday. Maybe they just had an unusual surge of customers that day. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Take-Out from Vieng Thai: Is It as Good as I Think It is, And Better Than That Place in Fairbanks? Why Don't You Let Us Know

    You know how when you move to a new neighborhood, you have to do all kinds of things "all over again, for the first time"? Like finding the closest store for grabbing a gallon of milk, or signing up at a new gym, and -- most important of all -- finding new neighborhood restaurants and bars? Having ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in The Woodlands For Your Dining Pleasure

    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, we've moved outside the loop to the ever-expanding Woodlands area. With tons of families and new developments, including ExxonMobil's soon-to-be-comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, Upper Kirby, EaDo, Rice Village, the East End, and the Galleria. But we're not done yet ... Today, we're moving just outside the loop to the neighborho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Bye Bye Burger Guys, Hello Cloud 10 Creamery

    Even though it began with two surprising closing announcements, the rest of the week has been pretty slow. The Burger Guys announced that its downtown location has closed after being open for only one year. Owner Jake Mazzu and Chef Brandon Fisch told CultureMap that they didn't believe in cursed l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die: The Short Porch

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Bistro Des Artes, Iguana Joes & More

    This week several big name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh yeah and Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news, let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about. Eater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Purportedly Nonpartisan Houston Nonprofit Seeks to Arm Neighborhoods, Observe Effects

    Over the weekend, the AP ran a story centered just outside the Loop, in a north Houston neighborhood called Oak Forest. Nestled against TC Jester Park and I-45, Oak Forest is one of Houston's older enclaves. And until recently, it had been one of the more placid. However, a string of recent crimes ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eat, Play, Love

    Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    It wasn't too long ago that the Houston Chronicle called Oak Forest "the new West University." The neighborhood just north of Loop 610 and to the east of Highway 290 has been attracting young families in spades -- families who are helping to reinvigorate the subdivisions that make up Garden Oaks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    OK, Who's Been Slipping Bible Tracts into Our Papers?

    We were surprised to find out today that, when He's in Houston, Jesus Christ utilizes the Oak Forest Post Office for all his mailing needs -- or at least one of His disciples does. Some evangelical person, worried about how this week's Houston Press cover story on athiesm would affect readers' morta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Ten Houston Men Named (So Far) In Boy Scouts "Perversion Files"

    Since 1919 the Boy Scouts of America has maintained a database of "ineligible volunteers." Known informally as "the perversion files," the database contains the name of 5,000 men and a few women who have been expelled from the BSA because of allegations of sexual abuse of children. Last week a grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    More Delays for the T.C. Jester/White Oak Bayou Bike Trail

    Bicyclists looking forward to tooling from Oak Forest towards downtown will have to deal with another setback: The seemingly simple project is going to take even longer than thought. The Texas Department of Transportation announced on the Houston Bikeway Program's Facebook page: It is with regret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Creative Pizza and Crafty Pints at That Pizza Place On Ella

    I'll admit that I wouldn't have been quite as drawn to That Pizza Place On Ella -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- were it not for the marquee above, which crows that the pizza joint has the largest beer selection in Oak Forest Larger than Petrol Station? I thought. Surely not. Either way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mucho de Mayo

    As May approaches, more Cinco de Mayo events are announced every day. Here are a few of our favorites. La Mexicana in Montrose is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And while the restaurant doesn't normally host a big Cinco de Mayo bash, it's blowing off the roof on Saturday, May 5, with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Shepherd Park Draught House: A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll

    What's country about Shepherd Park Draught House? The goat cheese-infused grits and the Shipley's glazed donut-topped waffles served during Sunday brunch. The Texas brews like Karbach and Southern Star on draft, along with a $2 Texas happy hour on Tuesdays. The so-called "Texas reds" chili made with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    City Council Candidate Randy Locke Delivers Emptiest Threat Possible

    He's got work to do​Randy Locke is running for City Council District C; if his website is any indication, is campaign slogan is "This Site is Under Construction." He's also failed to file the campaign-finance report required 30 days before the election. And, not to put too fine a point on it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Hey Oak Forest: Get Ready To Share Your U.S. Rep With The Piney Woods

    ​Oak Forest is a neat urban neighborhood just north of the Loop west of T.C. Jester. Sure, it's got the word "Forest" in its name, but other than that it would seem to have very little in common with isolated backwood burgs like Rye, in the upper reaches of Liberty County. But now, the two c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    On the Menu: An Eastern Cup of Drop

    ​The egg drop soup that is served at many Chinese restaurants usually runs third in popularity amongst customers. I'm not the biggest fan of hot and sour soup, so my decision usually boils down to wonton or the drop. For health reasons, I usually go with the wonton. I love egg drop, but wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at Petrol Station

    ​Is it just me, or is Petrol Station Oak Forest's best kept secret? A confluence of events revolving around unruly children, the need for beer, and a chance Twitter conversation landed me at the converted service station on a recent Sunday night. Nestled between houses on a quiet residential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ten Houston Neighborhoods: The Crimes They Experience

    Paging McGruff the Crime Dog​We've been plotting which neighborhoods in Houston lead in certain crime categories, but doing that doesn't really get you to the more well-known parts of town. So we decided to zero in on a few specific neighborhoods and see what crime's been going down in them. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    10 Worst Robbery Neighborhoods In Houston

    ​Last week we gave you the 10 worst neighborhoods in Houston for burglaries. This week, just in time for Christmas shopping, it's the worst neighborhoods for robbery. As we cautioned before, HPD doesn't suggest comparing this raw data from neighborhood to neighborhood. Some beats are more den ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Worst Burglary Neighborhoods In Houston (For The Moment)

    ​What are the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to get burglarized? We've gathered 10 of the finest. We looked at the most recent crime stats for HPD beats, which means the month of October. HPD generally doesn't like "raw data comparisons between police beats" because the info can be ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 25, 2010

    Pegging Plonk

    A neighborhood wine bar that's hard to categorize

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    The Guanciale Burger at Plonk: The Ultimate "Bacon" Cheeseburger

    Photos by Troy FieldsClick here for a slideshow from Plonk.​In this week's cafe review, we take a trip to Plonk, a hidden spot in Oak Forest that features a slightly rougher crowd and far better food than you'd expect to find at a wine bar. It's that study in total contrasts that makes Plonk i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Pomegranate

    ​What is it? The word pomegranate was derived from the Latin words "pomum" (apple) and "granatus" (seeded) - and if you've ever seen one opened up, you know this is an apt description. Mostly grown for the U.S. market in Californian orchards for their juice, a few of the intact fruits make it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    The Five Most Underrated Neighborhoods In Houston

    This convent is a landmark in Idylwood​Everyone knows THE places to be in Houston. It's just a question of which one fits your taste (and wallet).River Oaks, the Heights, Montrose, Bellaire -- everyone knows those places. But Houston is so vast, so unpredictable, that little bubbles of terrific ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: The Petrol Station

    Photo by Paul Knight​The Place: The Petrol Station 985 Wakefield Dr. Hours: Monday through Friday 3-7 p.m.The Deals: All $4 beers are $3.The Scene: On Wednesday afternoon, the Petrol Station, a little bar tucked away in the Oak Forest neighborhoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Cheap Breakfast: El Rey Taqueria

    ​All the chatter from the Top 10 Places to Eat in Oak Forest (and Inwood Forest) list made me realize that I'd never tried the breakfast at El Rey. What blasphemy. Time to remedy that in the name of blogging (and hunger).

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Oh, okay. When we heard "designer meat" we were afraid it was going to be some ridiculously sculpted abomination, but no, we'd totally eat that.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we accidentally made a fancy dessert dish with our banana-scented sunscreen. We s ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Buyer Beware: Bands With Different Lead Singers Are Almost Never Up to the Original Standards

    A few Saturdays ago, Rocks Off was in the grocery store a few blocks from our house, slumming around Oak Forest wearing sandals and an old Misfits T-shirt when a group of junior-high punk rockers approached and applauded us for our good taste. We got to talking about the band, and they remarked tha ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Avery Cask-Conditioned Ale at the Petrol Station

    Running errands last Sunday took me past the Petrol Station on Wakefield at Golf, in the gently tree-lined neighborhood of Oak Forest. The Petrol Station is a popular watering hole -- with both freshly-roasted coffee and freshly-poured beer -- that serves a satisfying mix of English pub fare and bu ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Cutout Bin: Sharon Pillack's A Fisherman's Dream

    Sharon Pillack, A Fisherman's Dream (Jak Se Mate Records, 1983) So there I was, just walking down the edge of the creek from my favorite fishing hole. The largemouth weren't biting and my pole seemed limp in my hands. I rounded the bend, and there she was: a bleached-blonde beauty with bobbers ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Report Card for All HISD Schools

    For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston High School has been rated “Academically Unacceptable” in the Texas Education Agency’s annual assessment of the state’s schools announced today. The school still will open in the fall, thanks to the reprieve it got in June from the HISD school board w ... More >>

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