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  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    All of Houston's Nationally-Ranked "Top Zip Codes" Are Kinda White

    Another day, another Houston-centric list. Our fair city has earned its way onto quite a few lists as of late, thanks to all of the attention being paid to our growth and steady job market. The latest Houston nod comes courtesy of a California real estate blog, Movato, and a list of the "Best Zip C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Houston Rent May Be Skyrocketing, But These Five Areas are Still Affordable

    Looking for an affordable apartment? Good luck -- and we mean that. Houston's rental prices are increasing at the fastest pace on record, and those sky-high apartment tags are no longer limited to the inner loop. As of July 2014, the average apartment rent in Houston is about $1,249 a month, and re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Surprising Cost of Renting a House in Eight Popular Houston Hoods

    For nearly two years the Houston housing market has been booming. Home inventories are at all-time lows and the city set a record in July for total houses sold and total value of homes sold. It is no surprise then that rental costs have risen right along with home values. That includes rent houses, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Galveston

    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 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Museum District

    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

    May 30, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Lucky Burger Says Goodbye After 40 Years & Siphon Coffee Finally Opens

    Swamplot broke the news this week that Lucky Burger at 1601 Richmond Avenue will close on Saturday, May 31. Now that the burger joint's lease is up, the restaurant will turn off the lights after 40 years of operation. But, if you want to take a piece of the restaurant home with you, especially if it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Chinatown

    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 to the dining mecca that is Chinatown. With its huge number of incredible and authentic restaurants -- from family favorites like Fun ... 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

    December 9, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Pearland

    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 here to tell you why Pearland is more than worth the drive for you inner-loopers. Here is our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Houston Mayoral Candidates Talk Food Trucks, Their Go-To Lunch Spots, and Cooking At Home

    In one of the great election movies of our time, Wag the Dog, CIA agent Mr. Young gives some helpful advice about food: "There are two things I know to be true. There's no difference between good flan and bad flan, and there is no war." OK, maybe it was more about war than food. And there's definit ... 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

    October 11, 2013

    Houstonians, Rejoice! New Food Truck Parks Set To Open

    Food truck parks are popping up around Houston! Finally, people all over the city can start enjoying our great mobile kitchens as much as the lucky folks inside the the loop do. Our first food truck park, Houston Food Park, opened in in EaDo in June, and the place is so popular that it already has ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2013

    Food Expiration Date Labels

    What do they really mean?

  • Music

    September 5, 2013

    LGBT Bar Opening

    Neon Boots, Texas's biggest LGBT country bar, is open for business.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Neon Boots, Texas' Biggest Country LGBT Bar, is Open for Business

    When I ventured out to Neon Boots on Saturday, August 24, I was ready for a crowd, but I wasn't quite anticipating what I found. As I made my way down Hempstead, it was suddenly apparent that Neon Boots was not only a huge success, but the biggest bar opening I've ever been to. People were seen c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Death Train

    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

    May 16, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Houston

    New restaurants and bars are opening in downtown Houston faster than we can keep up, thanks to a renaissance around the Market Square Park area that's bringing new life to downtown's north side. But that's not the only part of downtown that's blossoming -- nor are those new restaurants the only game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Bistros

    How do you define a bistro? If you're going to stick to the traditional Parisian definition, a bistro (or bistrot) is a small, tidy restaurant that serves inexpensive wine and simple dishes in a modest price range. Those dishes are traditionally French "comfort food" recipes like coq au vin, boeuf ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 First Date Spots

    There was a period of time in my life when I couldn't get enough of that first date feeling. It's akin to the adrenaline rush of skydiving or rock climbing -- except often with the promise of food or drinks in lieu of potentially plummeting to your death. (Sure, there's the danger of emotional pain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Bad Day at a Totilleria, and the Montrose/Midtown Question

    It's hard to define exactly when an inspection turns bad, but like Potter Stewart said, you know it when you see it. And El Maizito Tortilleria (4912 Airline) had a bad time. Seventeen violations lead to a citation; it might be a good idea to get your tortillas somewhere else for a bit. Issues there ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    The Dan Marino Restaurants

    The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Backstreet's Back ... All Right!

    Last week was quiet; this week has some talking to do -- starting with news that David Grossman will be closing out at Branch Water Tavern and taking the restaurant's name with him when he does. The restaurant itself will remain open under a new name and new ownership, reports Greg Morago at the Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Surfing Cowboys and Plenty of Pizza

    Last week's roundup was heavy on the closings, but not this week. Although there were some high-profile places that shuttered, this week features mostly good news. But in the grand tradition of breaking news to people, let's go ahead and start with the bad. First is that Tintos, the tapas joint in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Are We There Yet? Restaurants We're Excited About for 2013

    Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Noise Complaining Nimbys: Not Just an Inner Loop Hassle Anymore

    The owner of a historic Oak Forest ice house is suing a neighbor for assault, claiming that the man's violent threats and overall pattern of harassment are harming his business. Plaintiff Edward Sanchez owns the Catty Corner Ice House on Wakefield Street, a storied avenue of near Northwest Side div ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Houston's 10 Best Late-Night Dining Options

    Good morning, sunshine. Did you have a long night? I hope not; it's only Thursday. Get ahold of yourself, man. Those long nights should be reserved for Friday and Saturday wee-small-hours-of-the-morning-type deals; mid-week debauchery is so 1990s. Regardless of when you're staying up super late (or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Let's get one thing out of the way before we get started: This is a list of the 10 best restaurants in the Heights, as "the Heights" is defined by the Houston Heights Association. That means that restaurants outside of its boundaries -- north of Loop 610 West, west of North Shepherd, south of the Ka ... 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 12, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead

    In the last couple of weeks, we've explored fun and funky Texas wines to drink in lieu of old standbys like Cabernet and Chardonnay and we've showcased local beers that can be enlisted to help wean your friends off adjunct lagers made by giant corporations. And just like we all have loved ones that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Is Houston America's Future Bicycling Capitol? Tom McCasland Thinks It Is, and Is Making It So

    Tom McCasland has long believed that Houston is a sleeping giant of a bicycling city, and these days Houston appears to be waking up and stretching its legs. Today Yale Law grad McCasland serves as the interim head of the Harris County Housing Authority, but even before he began his previous positi ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 5, 2012

    Draught House of Rock

    This Garden Oaks pub serves above-average grub and local brews — for grownups.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Rogelio Martinez: Police Seeking Allegedly Unrepentant Habitual Burglar

    Photo by HPDRogelio Martinez: Not bashful about his work​In recent months the near-northwest neighborhoods of the Heights, Timbergrove Manor, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks have been plagued with daylight home burglaries. Sadly, even after police have smashed one such ring of thieves, another cont ... 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

    September 29, 2011

    Best of Houston® 2011: Now In Handy Map Form!

    View Best of Houston® 2011 Food & Drink Winners in a larger map By now, you've hopefully had time to peruse this year's Best of Houston® winners in the food and drink category. If not, then we've put together a handy map (above) with all of the winners listed, for those who prefer spatial int ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011
  • Dining

    May 12, 2011

    Take It Outside

    Our picks for the best patios in Houston.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Houston's Best Patios: The 10 Best Unexpected Treasures

    Photo by GroovehouseGet your tropical drink on at Kata Robata's intimate patio.​Over the last four weeks, we have been guiding you around Houston's best patios in several different categories: The best places to catch up with friends The best places to bring the kids The best places to pr ... 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 25, 2011

    Wing It for Super Bowl

    Photo by Rick Audet​I go to Super Bowl parties every year. Not for the football, mind you. I didn't even know who was going to be in this year's Super Bowl until last night (my mother nearly stroked out upon realizing this about her only, sports-retarded child). I go for the food. My favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Gulfton

    Photo by Troy FieldsMaking fresh tortillas for baleadas at Honduras Maya.​Two weekends ago, I called my father up to see if he wanted lunch. I was craving pupusas and was pretty certain he'd never had any. And what Mexican man wouldn't enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of tortillas, beans, chees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    10 Places I Liked as a Photographer, Want to Try as an Eater

    Photo by Jeff BalkeSteak and cheesy grits at Plonk Beer and Wine Bistro​Last week, I wrote about my experiences photographing 100 restaurants for the Houston Press online restaurant guide. During the month I was shooting, I shot eateries both familiar and not so much. Given my time constraints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    It's not surprising that one of the most exclusive zip codes in the country has some pretty fantastic food -- but rest assured that the 'hood isn't all iced tea and crumpets. So excited were we about the ten below that we didn't find room for neighborhood icons like Avalon Diner, Andre's, and the Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's a little bit insane to try and narrow down all of the food options in the Montrose area to a "top 10." This list, as with all others, is personal and also imperfect. Such an exercise will surely lead to impassioned protests of "How could you be so stupid as to have missed _____?" and insults of ... 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 16, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants In Chinatown

    ​"Chinatown" seems like an awfully lopsided epithet for Houston's enormous and vibrant pan-Asian community, straddling Beltway 8 on the southwest side like an entire city unto itself. There are Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, sure. But there are also Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Malay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    HISD's Very Own Blackboard Jungle

    ​Fondren Middle School is "a blackboard jungle. The efforts that are required there are Herculean...The kids at Fondren have to learn how to come to school and where the school is located."Trustee Larry Marshall, not known for mincing words when he considers something unacceptable (famous Larr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: We Need a Patrick Swayze High School…NOW!

    I’m starting on a mission right now to get an area school district to name a new facility after our own native son, Patrick Swayze. And I’m serious. Does anyone know anything about the Burnet that Burnet Elementary in Houston is named after? No. What about Bondy Intermediate in Pasadena? No ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Rockin' Renewal

    The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot

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