• Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Play Strip Twister and Get Evicted

    Another Upper Kirby establishment closed its doors this week. Irish pub Mugsy's at 2239 Richmond shuttered on Sunday, August 24, but the co-owner Randy Eddy tells Eater Houston that he is closing the Irish pub and replacing it with a New Orleans-style restaurant, Tavern Orleans. The menu will featur ... 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

    November 22, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Family-Friendly Bars

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Craigslist: The Place To Get That Positive Pregnancy Test To 'Prove' You're Knocked Up

    There is a lot of strange stuff out there for sale in the wide world of the internet, and the list of weird currently includes positive pregnancy tests from Craigslist right here in Houston. Yes, for a reasonable $20 to $25, you too can own your very own slightly used pee stick, presumably urinated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Ten Farmers' Markets in & Around Houston to Visit This Summer

    My favorite thing about the summer is buying fresh, in season, produce from farmers markets. The beauty of Houston is that we are blessed with so many -- and ones that are open just about every single day. Here are ten farmers markets in and around the Houston area for you to frequent this summer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Keep Your Tired Love-Song Cliches Off My Mixtape

    I'm a firm believer in the old adage, "never date someone who makes you a mixtape," so please don't break that rule this Valentine's Day and proceed with your plans to create a mixtape full of love songs. Yes, throwing some romantic songs together may seem like a cheap way to get out of having to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Great Dining Deals Around Town: Little Napoli, Pesca, Laurenzo's and More

    It's a new year, and new deals on delicious food around Houston await! Today the Houston Press Voice Daily Deal is good for 60 percent off ($10 for $25) at Little Napoli Restaurant--both locations! You can get your Italian on at Little Napoli downtown or Little Napoli Westheimer with today's coupon. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Upcoming Events: New Year's Dining Options Outside the Loop

    It's nothing but New Year's right now, as Houston restaurants and bars throw elbows to get you to spend that special night with them and them alone. The Four Seasons Hotel is offering one of our favorite packages this year in case you want to get all glammed up to ring in the 2013. Starting with di ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012

    Philly Poutine

    A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 pizzas.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Breaking News: Funnel Cloud Warning for Fort Bend County

    Click 2 Houston is passing on a weather report warning of possible funnel clouds this morning in Fort Bend County. The report says that rapidly developing thunderstorms coupled with "a very buoyant atmosphere" will lead to funnel clouds. Their report follows:

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Making the Most of Main Street

    It was a week full of news items, both big and small, starting with the big news that Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland has leased the old Stella Sola space in the Heights. He plans to open a second location of his steakhouse in the spot after it's remodeled, after which he'll serve a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    This Means War: $1K Reward Offered for Info on the Heathens Who Vandalized Pearland's Football Field

    Messing with The Rig? Have people no sense of decency these days? The Rig, which is what they call Pearland High School's football stadium, has been attacked by persons who somehow do not hold Pearland football in the high esteem it has earned. We're thinking someone from Friendswood. The Texas- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    HISD Joins the Lawsuit Against State's Educational Funding Plan

    Taking it to the courthouse.​The Houston school board voted unanimously this morning (with four absentees) to join the burgeoning lawsuit against Rick Perry's latest funding scheme for public education, which cuts $5 billion over the next two years. HISD's state funding was cut $78 million th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Marcus Camby: Weed Charges Against NBA Player Dropped

    Marcus Camby, the NBA player who was charged with marijuana possession in Pearland last month, has had those charges dropped. Randall Novak, his attorney, tells Hair Balls Camby's second cousin, Kendall Johnson, entered a guilty plea to the possession and paid a $1,500 fine. Johnson was visiting f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    10 Great Pictures Of Johnny Cash

    ​Do you remember where you were when you found out that Johnny Cash passed away, on September 12, 2003? This member of Rocks Off was in our tiny S-10 pickup, delivering pizzas somewhere in Pearland, when one of the country stations he was flipping through delivered the news that the Man In Bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​Pearland is really moving up in the world, home to greats like Killen's Steakhouse and hole-in-the-wall gems like Thanh Phunog that serve wild boar pho. In addition to its own recently opened version of House of Pies, a new biergarten/carwash called King's Biergarten has opened on Broadway. A ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 10, 2011

    Gumbo and Gin

    MerCheri's is at its best serving up no-nonsense Louisiana soul food.

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Rocca Fellers

    Former pool hall is Houston's newest hip-hop spot.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Great Gumbo and Even Better Boudin Balls at MerCheri's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttReplacement boudin balls have finally been located and acquired.​In my review of BRC Gastropub last October, I chastised the restaurant for serving tough little nuggets that they dared call boudin balls, and suggested the kitchen staff take a trip to the Fifth Ward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Pearland's Trick Play: Way To Go?

    High school football is usually the best provider of trick plays, because hey, it's high school and kids are easily distracted. Pearland High won the 5A state crown in dramatic fashion over the weekend, knocking off favored Euless Trinity 28-24 in front of 43,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium. Included ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    GhoulsFest: A Haunted Festival In More Ways Than One

    Marco TorresEveryday People: Macy Gray at GhoulsFest​ For lots more photos from Saturday's festival, see our slideshow here. GhoulsFest had everything going for it Saturday except one rather important detail: People. It felt... well, haunted. Normally, that would be an excellent thing to sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Bartender Chat: Julienne Desjardins of Wild Geese Tavern

    ​You would never know it by looking at her, but Julienne Desjardins is tired. "I've been taking care of a sick child all day," she laughs. Despite this, she's still hustling about on a busy Tuesday evening, pouring beers, shaking shots, and getting everyone nice and tipsy at the Wild Geese Tav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Mascot School: How To Entertain, And What About Having To Pee?

    Photos by GROOVEHOUSEHeads up, people​See a slideshow from mascot camp. Saturday morning around eight, merely a handful of hours after my Friday night had ended, I was standing next to the administration entrance at the Toyota Center with a group of high school and college mascots, their parents, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse

    ​We continue our chat with Chef Killen of Pearland's Killen's Steakhouse to learn the secrets about his crème brulee bread pudding and get the chef's response to Robb Walsh's unsavory review. EOW: Tell me about how your crème brulee bread pudding has made Pearland an unlikely food destinat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Guess Who's Skipping Houston This Time?

    Attention local musicians, music bloggers and music organizations: have something that should be included in Magnolia City Mixtape? Leave a comment below or email brittanie.shey (at) houstonpress (dot) com. • The Caprolites soothe our summer boredom with their new video for "I Need A lot," abov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Beavis And Butt-Head's Greatest Video Hits, Dillhole

    ​On the night of November 28, 1997, Rocks Off was sitting in his friend Chad's parents' house in Pearland, watching the final episode of MTV's Beavis and Butt-head. The boys had been a part of our daily lives since at least fifth grade, and as we marched into the second semester of ninth grade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Five '90s Musical Fads We Remember Well, But Don't Really Miss

    ​A little over a decade ago, swing music made a strange comeback. You may remember seeing people all over dressing like '40s hipsters, jumping and jiving in Gap commercials and most every club or bar was offering swing lessons. It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Houston Musicians Recall Their Own Rock and Roll High School Days

    ​Tonight Rocks Off is hosting the first annual Texas High School Rock Off, with local bands from area schools fighting for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights around town. This past week we have profiled the seven bands in the running: The Paperwaits, Useful Information, The Handshake, Livin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Gas Station Sushi

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Only a few short days after Eating Our Words' body revolted violently against some inadvisedly consumed cheese enchiladas that had been on a steam table for far too long, as it turns out, we decided to show our stomach who's boss. Take back the night! And what bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Grandfathers, Part 2

    He Said Grandpa Songs He Said was lucky to have spent twenty-five years on Earth with his Grandpa Hlavaty, who passed away in the summer of 2008 of a brain hemorrhage. The man was arguably one of the biggest musical influences in He Said's life. The intrepid and stealthy Grandpa Gonzalez is kicking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Inside Pearland's Mystery Mansion

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​In an up-and-coming neighborhood in Pearland off Highway 288 and Southfork, two nearly identical mansions sit abandoned in adjoining 15 acre lots. The weeds have grown high around the entry gates to one; the other never even had gates built and sits behind a padlocked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Last Minute Thanksgiving Shopping

    Photos by Robb Walsh Forgot the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie? You might take the opportunity to check out the latest in grocery stores -- the new mega-HEB at Bunker Hill and I-10. It's only 130,000 square feet -- the humongo-HEB in Pearland is slightly bigger -- but it's still the biggest groc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008
  • Dining

    July 17, 2008

    Soul Mama Smackdown

    Two soul food superstars named Mama face off with competing versions of Creole cooking

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008
  • Dining

    August 16, 2007

    Killen's Steakhouse

    Watch for Slurpers

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007
  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

    A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006

    The Grim Sweepers

    USA Decon "This headband totally covers my bald spot." The drive to Beaumont took more than an hour, and I thought about death the entire time. These weren't your run-of-the-mill musings on mortality (although that would've been very alliterative of me). I was on the way to meet the guys of USA ... More >>

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    These Kids Go to the Best Public High School in Houston

    This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers

  • Resolutions

    January 19, 2006
  • News

    June 16, 2005

    David vs. Goliath

    Scenes from the Starbucks trial

  • Calendar

    June 10, 2004

    Biking Dirty

    BMXers eat dirt and catch air

  • News

    June 12, 2003
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    April 24, 2003
  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Lard Have Mercy?

    Spring Branch worries that a secret grease treatment won't pass the smell test

  • News

    December 25, 1997

    Changing the Channel

    For years, homeowners, developers, environmentalists and the federal government have wrangled over a flood-control plan for Clear Creek. Now a compromise is in view -- but the creek's future is murkier than ever.

  • News

    May 2, 1996

    Tales From the Brookside

    From the outside, Brookside Village looks small-town calm. But those on the inside insist that something, somehow, is afoot.

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