• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Joe Cervantez of Killen's Steakhouse

    Ronnie Killen has made a big name for himself, not just in Pearland, where his eponymous Killen's Steakhouse is located, but across the Houston area and the United States. He has been a guest chef at the Beard House and, just within this past week, Killen's Steakhouse was on Open Table's Diners' Cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Put On Your Lederhosen, It's Oktoberfest Time at King's Biergarten and Restaurant

    King's Oktoberfest is right around the corner. So put on your lederhosen and head down to King's Biergarten & Restaurant for the fourth annual celebration on September 26 through September 28 at the Pearland restaurant. During the first year of King's Oktoberfest, the restaurant only had seating f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    If Fast Pace of Houston City Life Gets to Be Too Much, Here are the Most Boring Places Nearby

    The big news this year on the growth front is that Houston is just getting bigger and bigger. It was the second-fastest growing city behind New York, and the sprawl in the suburbs, forget it. If you get tired of all this density and fast cars, fast men and women, and the city life just gets to yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    What's With All the Naked People Doing Crazy Stuff This Week?

    It might be part of some pagan annual right of spring or something like that, but this week there were three incidents that involved people doing naked stuff in public. While you should be able to let your bits hang in these balmy days leading up to the heat, we don't make the laws and we have to ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Gran Malo Announces Move & Killen's BBQ Finally Opens

    The popular tequila bar and gastrocantina El Gran Malo held its final day of food service on Sunday, February 23, after its National Margarita Day celebration on Saturday. However, according to Houstonia's food blog, Gastronaut, El Gran Malo is not gone for good. It's just moving. Kevin Naderi of Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Adios 1252 Tapas in Uptown & Hello Taco in The Woodlands

    While it's not a restaurant, it's still a notable closing. B4-U-Eat, an online Houston restaurant guide, announced its own closure on Monday, February 17. For the past 23 years, B4-U-Eat has provided Houstonians with a variety of updates for restaurant openings and closings, reviews and events listi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Pearland Makes List of Most Affordable Suburbs in America

    Houston has been and continues to be one of the most affordable cities in which to hang your hat long term. Though housing prices inside the loop have been escalating rapidly over the past five years, housing can still be had on the relative cheap as compared to other cities around the country. Add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Burger Bracket, Pearland Crawfish Festival, National Beer Day and RA Sushi Roll Eating Contest

    While it may have been rainy and dreary for the last few days, the weather report for this weekend is warm and sunny. Get out of the house and grub down with five of the best things to eat or drink this weekend. 2013 Burger Bracket Grand Championship at The Refinery Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 702 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    More Concrete Coming On SH 288: 26-Mile Toll Road To Pearland

    Hey Pearland!!! You are about to either a) enter a bright new day of easy commuting to downtown Houston, or b) add to our area's smog problem via the addition of more concrete laid down for the rich to use while the less well-off suffer. It's a matter of perspective, we guess. State Highway 288 ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q to Reopen Today After Fire on Tuesday Night

    One of our favorite haunts in Pearland battled a fire late Tuesday night, which left Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q closed all day yesterday as the owners cleaned up the damage. No one was injured in the blaze, but patrons were quick to take to Twitter to express their love for the restaurant, which ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    July 2012 in Openings & Closings: t'afia Is Dead, Long Live t'afia

    It's true: t'afia is closed. But only until August 14. That's when -- as chef/owner Monica Pope told us on Wednesday -- the restaurant will be reopened with a revamped concept. It's also true that our beloved Nabi is on the chopping block, as owner Ji Kang confirmed to Eater Houston. However, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Pearland Police Statue a Copy of Sugar Land's, Lawsuit Claims

    Sugar Land sculptor Bob Pack created the statue in front of Sugar Land police headquarters, and he's claiming a competitor copied the design for a statue for the Pearland police department. Pack has filed a federal suit against Matt Glenn of Big Statues, a Utah company, saying that he ripped off Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ronnie Killen, A Shy, Silent and Determined Chef with Symphonic Food

    Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main Street, Pearland 281-485-0844 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts two and three in this space Thursday and Friday. Pearland, 20 miles south of Houston is a place many call the land of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Twitter Cop-Taunter

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Mahogany Mason-Kelly, Famous Last Tweets Part XXVI: Don't Taunt Cops About Your Warrants

    Twitter giveth and Twitter taketh away. Especially when you're colossally stupid about it. Lamar University student Mahogany Mason-Kelly, 20, learned that lesson when she tweeted the message to the right. "I still gotta warrant in pearland..those pigs will NEVER catch me!!!...Never!!!" she tweeted ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Questions and Comments We Have for Fellow Gym Goers

    It's January, and the gyms are full of folks making good on their resolutions to get fit, get tight and get perfect for a spouse, a bathing suit or that nude modeling gig at the community college. Good for you, you are better than a percentage of people in Houston who only sweat from May until Octob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Grosse Pointe ?: An Incomplete High School Reunion Playlist

    This weekend, I am heading back to Pearland for my 10-year high school reunion. It's funny, I say "going back" like I wasn't there on Sunday sitting on my parents' couch watching cable and letting them feed me mashed potatoes and slip me gas money. This trip is different, though, because I will be p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​After last week's flurry of activity, the first week of April has been nicely quiet so far. Around the city, there were a few openings as reported by B4-U-Eat: Green Apple Cafe in Hitchcock; Mi Hacienda (not to be confused with the classic La Hacienda in Memorial); and the intriguingly named ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Benjamin Childress: High School Orchestra Director Busted for Soliciting Underage Boy

    Manvel PDBenjamin Childress: Says he answered a Craigslist ad.​The orchestra director at Pasadena's Dobie High School has been arrested for online solicitation of a 15-year-old boy, police in Pearland say. Benjamin Clark Childress, 26, met the boy through a Craigslist ad and was found drunk i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Eating Good in the Neighborhood at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

    esthereggy​When a trusted friend from the Inner Loop of Houston recommends a restaurant in Pearland to me, I listen. As such, I found myself heading down FM 518 to sample Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. My friend had advised me to try some of the sushi rolls, which he likened to those being off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Pearland's Football Championship Rings: Not Small

    ​Players and coaches from Pearland's 5A state champion football team got their rings last night and, well, let's just say they're pretty damn big. Plus all those huge diamonds. (Just kidding.) (We think.) The rings apparently feature the score of the title game, the wearer's name, and the te ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt had a meal at the "absurd" Jimmy Changa's, and readers weighed in with their own, diverse opinions. Said John Davis: I don't think the Gringos people have had an original thought in their lives. Their restaurants are knock-offs of other successful places with lousy food. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Pearland Bank Hostage Situation Drags On

    We're betting the Pearland guy lacks Clive Owens' charm​The daylong drama at a Pearland bank continues, as a thwarted robber holds a hostage after letting five others go free. It began this morning when a 911 caller reported guys with masks entering the bank. Shots were exchanged with no one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by Robb Walsh​First things first. It doesn't seem like any kind of loving and righteous God would do this to us, but Cheese Berry Asian Pizza (9888 Bellaire) has closed. What kind of world is this?! While there are still a few other fusion pizza places around town, where else are we goin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Openings & Closings: November 2010

    Zelko Bistro and Katz's have some new fried pickle competition in the new Natachee's.​It's been a while since we've done a monthly roundup of openings and closings, but we're getting that train back on track now, and what a month to pick for that re-railment. November was busy, both in terms o ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Pee Wee Football Coaches Wallop Each Other In Pearland (Video)

    Wait a second -- we thought Pee Wee Football was all about sportsmanship. That's what the ads tell us. Are they lying?Possibly, in Pearland. Check out the video from KHOU of a coach going upside the head of another coach during a game two weeks ago.

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Live Music in Pearland

    Can suburb support a concert venue?

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse

    ​We caught up with Certified Executive Chef Ronnie Killen of Pearland's Killen's Steakhouse to discuss what it was like interviewing with the White House and the reason for a steakhouse in Pearland, of all places. EOW: I understand that back in 2005, you were one of the finalists vying to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Inside GhoulsFest, Houston's Newest Music Festival

    ​This weekend the first annual GhoulsFest was announced for October 30 out at Tom Bass Park in Pearland. Things like this usually get telegraphed in a big way from bands leaking things out on Facebook and the like, but not this time. The event is thankfully set for one of the cooler parts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    David Adickes' Random Big Head Lady Gone From Main Street

    ​Sculptor David Adickes is having a rough April. The spry, 83-year-old monumentalist hewer of concrete -- famous for his president heads, gargantuan mustachioed telephones, giant Beatles, and enormous Texas heroes -- first saw the six presidential busts he had places in a busted Pearland real esta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    A Free Way To Get Around Downtown This Christmas Season

    ​If ever there was a day to come downtown, it would be today -- there's no freaking traffic, the stores aren't packed with the Black Friday madness of a Pearland Target, and you can get around for free.The Houston Downtown Management District is reviving the free trolley that used to be such a ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2009

    Meat of the Matter

    Readers disagree with Robb Walsh's review of Killen's

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Food Fight: It's All Greek to Us

    ​This week's food fight was determined by our Twitter followers to be Battle Gyro. And because we don't want them to have all the fun, we're letting our readers decide which two restaurants in Houston will do battle this week. The easy money is on Niko Niko's, or even Al's Quick Stop as the d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Pearland Gets The State's Newest Superfund Site! Take That, Pasadena!

    There's an ugly mess of chemicals in the groundwater on the south side of Pearland. The contamination is severe enough that the abandoned tank farm has become the latest addition to the state's Superfund Registry.This is no surprise to nearby residents, some of whom are being given bottled water bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Thrift Store Cowboy: Garth Brooks, Sonic Youth and Yaz

    Location: Salvation Army, 3620 Broadway, Pearland Thrift stores are a museum of random genius. Where else can one find a faded D.A.R.E. t-shirt and a pair of soiled leather pants? Each trip is a chance for magic. Rocks Off spent some time at the Salvation Army out in the badlands of Pearland last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    SXSW: The Judy's at Austin Music Hall

    Pearland new-wavers The Judy's had their triumphant return on Wednesday night at the Austin Music Hall. We'll have more on that later, but for now here's some audio to tide you over....

  • Music

    March 13, 2008

    The Judy's Come Back

    Just in time for SXSW, the Pearland New Wavers brush off the mothballs

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Pearland Represent!

    Earlier this week, the guys from venerable Pearland New Wavers the Judy’s released a series of remastered reissues of their catalog. YouTube is awash in clips from their heyday, including a short documentary film. P.S. I'm pretty sure my Mom made out with one of these dudes back in the day. I'm ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2007

    Pearland ISD, the Inspector of Hides and Animals, and Joel Osteen's New Book

    The Pearland school board — entertainment for years to come!

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007

    YouTube Monday

    Good news for Judy's fans. The preternaturally snotty prides of Pearland are, at long last, re-releasing all four of their studio albums. This time around they are coming out on two discs – Washarama and The Wonderful World of Appliances on one, Moo and Modomusic on the other. To get the release d ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Not Worth A Dam

    Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Crispy Critters

    Opponents dog plans for a Pearland-area pet crematory

  • Music

    August 27, 1998

    Judy's Lore

    Fans still pine for Houston's dork-pop heroes

  • News

    August 8, 1996

    Grassroots Activism

    A militant lesbian group appoints itself the lawn ranger

  • News

    July 4, 1996


    How softball coach Holly Nuber won the state championship -- and lost her job

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