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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What do they really mean?
Neon Boots, Texas's biggest LGBT country 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 >>
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 >>
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.
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 >>
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 >>
Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.
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 >>
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 >>
A young Houston physician designed a lethal cocktail that killed more than 900 men, women, children and babies at a place that was supposed to be a paradise but is better known as Jonestown.
The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.
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 >>
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 >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
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 >>
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 >>
There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.
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 >>
This Garden Oaks pub serves above-average grub and local brews — for grownups.
Photo by HPDRogelio Martinez: Not bashful about his workIn 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 >>
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 >>
Who knew historic preservation could ignite so much neighborhood drama?
Our picks for the best patios in Houston.
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 >>
Photo by Rick AudetI 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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Jeff BalkeSteak and cheesy grits at Plonk Beer and Wine BistroLast 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot