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Oak Forest

  • 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 23, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Clear Lake

    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 toward the shores to the Clear Lake/NASA area. With plenty of old-time favorites and a couple of newer spots in the mix, here's our l ... 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

    October 16, 2013

    Sublime Spiral: Charles is Definitely In Charge of Cinnamon Rolls in Houston

    Garden Oaks and Oak Forest residents go to Shipley's for glazed doughnuts, but for cinnamon rolls, it's Charles Donuts.

  • 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 19, 2012

    Charles Marion Robertson, 71, Fatally Shot by 70-Year Old Brother-In-Law, Bayou Body Count No. 104

    It's been an oddly murderous week or so in the Harris County area, but this may be the strangest of the bunch. According to police, Charles Marion Robertson was at home with his brother-in-law, who apparently lived in the same house, when the two got into an argument. Police say Robertson approached ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Charles Marion Robertson, 71, Fatally Shot by 70-Year Old Brother-In-Law, Bayou Body Count No. 104

    It's been an oddly murderous week or so in the Harris County area, but this may be the strangest of the bunch. According to police, Charles Marion Robertson was at home with his brother-in-law, who apparently lived in the same house, when the two got into an argument. Police say Robertson approached ... 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

    November 9, 2011

    When McDonald's Kept Us Thin

    Photo by John Kiely​I recently found myself on the quiet side of the glass partition from the McDonald's Playland at the new Ella location, in what I like to call the Old-Timers section, the place in just about every small-town McDonald's where retirees congregate. Oak Forest is like a small ... 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 27, 2011

    Off the Wall: Bruce R Suggests B&M Brown Bread - in a Can

    ​Each week, I'll take one reader's comment and base a post around it. Anything is fair game--from restaurant suggestions to cooking strategies to new product purchases. John Seaborn Gray's recent post about the worst canned goods contains my favorite line in food blogging history. In refer ... 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. 713-957-2875www.facebook.com/PetrolStationThe 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 16, 2010

    Sole Of Houston: And We Are Back, This Time On Two Wheels

    Biking and no beer​David Beebe was back in town for a short time, so we put the band back together for an epic adventure in the streets of H-Town. We will have a full account here later in the week after Beebe uploads his pics to Flickr, but for now we'll tease with a few details... We didn't wa ... 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.

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
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    November 27, 2008
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