• Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Food Fight: Battle "Cronuts" in Houston

    Around this time last year, people couldn't stop talking about cronuts, the croissant-doughnut hybrid created by pastry chef Dominique Ansel in New York City. This indulgent treat causes people to line up outside his namesake bakery in hopes of snagging one before they sell out. While Houstonians ca ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    The Midtown Banh Mi Showdown

    Settling the banh mi question once and for all.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Move Over, Cupcakes

    Macarons have taken your place.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Finally! Killen's Barbecue To Open Tomorrow

    It was a beautiful thing to watch: Ronnie Killen, unwrapping a huge slab of hot-from-the-oven brisket, then lightly shaking it to gauge the consistency of the meat. Moist heat curled upwards as the wrapper was peeled back, and the black-crusted meat jiggled as if it was a big block of jello. I kne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Hoppy Hour, Return of BBQ Pop-Ups & Pumpkinator

    Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin Street Get hoppy with us at MKT Bar for the Houston Press October Hoppy Hour. MKT Bar is previewing its fall menu and has paired it with Saint Arnold's Pumpkinator and other seasonal beers. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with live music fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Family-Friendly Restaurants, Labor Day Openings & More

    What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: How to Fight Early Summer Boredom Edition

    Despite a last gasp of cold air last week, it's warm outside and getting hotter by the minute. For me, the best day of the year is October 1. It's the probable end to hurricane season in Texas (if not the ACTUAL end for the Atlantic), the NFL is in full swing and the NBA is about to launch training ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Nullifying Federal Gun Statutes: After League City's Precedent, Towns Across Texas -- and Beyond -- Race to Do The Same

    It's been over two months since League City became the first city in the nation to instruct local officials to forgo federal arms enforcement. League City, owner of the largest rate of concealed handgun licensees in the state, decided that any potential Bushmaster restriction was beyond the pale, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Main Street Gets More Action, This Time in Midtown

    If you've been looking for former Eating...Our Words contributor and Zilla Street Eats chef Jason Kerr lately, look no further: Kerr is the new chef at the recently opened second location of Hollister Grill on Washington Avenue. According to Eater Houston, the menu at this newer Hollister Grill is b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    This Houston Team -- Unlike the Texans, Rockets, Etc. -- Is Number One

    For the past few years, a Houston-based team has quietly produced college-basketball talent for prestigious school like the universities of Arizona, Alabama and Oklahoma. The elite squad has traveled all over the country, owning the competition in tournaments in places like Philadelphia. And this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Hot Deals at The Chili Shak, The Capital at St. Germain and Azteca's

    Enjoy fifty percent off at Houston's only chili-focused restaurant with today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal. Your voucher earns you $20 worth of food for just $10 at Chili Shak -- your money's worth at full price, trust us. Use your voucher to receive a four menu item punch card for any of The C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... 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 15, 2012

    Unidentified 20-year-old Robbery Suspect Shot by Store Owner: Bayou Body Count No. 200

    An armed robbery suspect was shot to death at a Cricket Wireless Store by the store's owner just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Houston police report. The identity of the 20-year-old suspect is pending notification of family members. The shooting occurred at 1419 South Loop West (South Interstate Highwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Block 7 on the Chopping Block and Birdwell Flies the Coop

    The big news this week was word from Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill that the two are combining their magical meat skills to open CK's Steakhouse in the Heights. The new steakhouse serves, in a way, to replace the plans that Killen had to open an outpost of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Celebrate Oktoberfest Like the Germans Do at King's Biergarten -- With Beer

    When it comes to German beer on draft, there are two places to beat in Houston -- even if one of them is technically in Pearland. Closer to the heart of the city, Midtown's Bar Munich has an impressive array of taps that includes all six varieties of Hofbräu München (including their Oktoberfest b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Expansions and Transformations

    Ever since the planned second location for Killen's Steakhouse in the Heights fell through, Ronnie Killen has been keeping busy back home in Pearland. There, he's currently in the process of transforming his popular steakhouse into Killen's BBB. Writing for CultureMap, Ruthie Johnson Miller says th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Oktoberfest Contests, Beer-and-Burger Pairings and Free Food Truck Lunches for All

    Celebrate 20 years of artist studios at Lawndale Art Center and five years of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program with Tasteful Art, a special tasting event featuring local contemporary artists and chefs at the historic and beautiful Hofheinz House (3900 Milam). Lawndale is bringing culinary artists ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Killen's Steakhouse in the Heights Begins Build-Out

    Ronnie Killen has already started making his mark in The Heights. Killen's Steakhouse has taken over the Stella Sola space on Studewood and is making it their own. Still deciding between Killen's Steakhouse in The Heights and KS2, Chef Killen has the interior envisioned and in final blueprints. Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Ronnie Killen, from the White House to the James Beard House and Beyond

    Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main St., Pearland 281-485-0844 This is the third of a three-part chef chat series. Click here to read part one and two. Chef Killen has done a lot to change the dining scene in Pearland, having first transformed himself, and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    A Little Pork Fat and A Little Red Wine - Just What the Heart Needs

    Sunday night, 20 miles south of Houston, two culinary heavy hitters knocked it out of the park at the Revana Wine Dinner at Killen's Steakhouse. Chef Ronnie Killen and Chef Randy Rucker began preparing weeks in advance, tasting wines and developing recipes to pair perfectly with Revana wines. It w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Everybody Loves Raymond Peña's Donut Heaven & Grill

    Well, at least Alison Cook and I seem to. In a funny bit of overlap, the Houston Chronicle's food critic visited Peña's Donut Heaven & Grill during the same general time frame last week -- she for one of her Burger Friday posts, and I for this week's cafe review -- and we both came away very impres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Weekend Reminder: Don't Leave Your Kids Behind at Chuck E. Cheese

    Just two days after a Maryland family left their three-year-old daughter behind at Chuck E. Cheese by accident -- and were only alerted after seeing her picture on the 11 p.m. news that night -- Texas has one-upped the Old Line State. KTRK reported this afternoon that a five-year-old girl was left ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Sports Bars

    If food and a clear line of sight to a fancy television were all it takes to make a good sports bar, you might as well build up those plaque reserves at home. Judging sports bars involves more utilitarian considerations than usual - some of us have even ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings at some point b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Wie Sagt Man "Remodeling" auf Deutsch?

    Old Heidelberg: Remodeling, but not closed.​Earlier this week, we received an email from a concerned customer of Old Heidelberg: "I recently relocated back to Houston from Dallas. One place I have fond memories of is called The Heidelberg on Fountain View. I drove passed it recently and it ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    NBA's Marcus Camby Arrested For Weed In Pearland

    Portland PDPulled over in his Porsche​Many NBA watchers wonder how the hell Marcus Camby can keep playing at the ancient age of 37. We may have our answer. And as with so many things, it's weed. Camby was arrested earlier this week in Pearland for marijuana possession, reports the Pearland J ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 14, 2011

    Vietnamese Venison

    Thanh Phuong in Pearland is turning out some of the most exciting food, anywhere.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Thanh Phuong's Got Good Game

    Photos by Theo SantosVenison carpaccio, Vietnamese-style, at Thanh Phuong is a standout dish.​There's nothing new about using game meats like venison, quail or rabbit in Vietnamese cooking. Boar luc lac? Sure. Venison tai chanh? Absolutely. What's new is its general availability in Houston. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Flying Elbow Drops

    We may have lost Macho Man Randy Savage this morning, but MCM is still alive and dropping that flying elbow full of local music news. Snap into the latest installment of our Magnolia City Mixtape. Ooooohhh Yeeaaahhh! ​Before we dive in, don't forget that the poster show for Free Press Summer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Never Mind Arcade Fire: Bands Who Fit Other Houston 'Burbs

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Tonight's the night. Win and Will Butler of conquering indie heroes Arcade Fire finally return to the town that indirectly won them a Grammy, The Woodlands. On last year's The Suburbs, the Butlers and their Canadian compatriots reflected on the brothers' restless M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    The Oddly Endearing Idiosyncrasies of MerCheri's

    Photos by Troy Fields$3 ball of boudin, sir?​Back in January, I was so taken by the thrill of finding these amazing boudin balls at MerCheri's in Pearland Town Center -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- than I completely overlooked one important issue: The balls, while wonderful, were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    What's Closed: Your One-Stop List, Updated Throughout the Day

    ​The announcements of closings due to the anticipated winter storm are beginning to roll in, the most significant so far being HISD closing all its schools and offices tomorrow. We'll be keeping a list of what's closed and updating it throughout the day, so check back frequently for news. Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Openings & Closings: December 2010

    Photo by Farhan AhmedWe bid arrivederci to Amici this month.​The best thing about December wasn't the Christmas presents, the Hanukkah donuts or the Festivus pole. It was the fact that, citywide, restaurant openings far outweighed restaurant closures this month. That's something to be thankful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Health Dept. Roundup

    ​The holiday season didn't have city health inspectors feeling all that generous when they did their normal rounds last week and found the following offenders: If you happen to be car shopping at the Momentum Mini dealership (10000 Southwest Fwy.) keep this in mind if deciding whether to eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Still one of my favorite photos. Welcome back, Leon's.​More great news for the Heights this week as it was announced that D'Amico's Italian Market has set its sights on White Oak Boulevard for its second location. The popular restaurant has been operating at 5510 Morningside in Rice Village si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Five Step Plan To Being A Terrible Little League Parent (w/ VIDEO)

    Let me preface this post by saying that I love my kids, all three of them. They are named James, Judy Anne, and Sammy and they are ages 12, 12, and 11. They have all played sports since virtually the time they could walk and attending their sporting events -- whether it's soccer, football, baseb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Exile In Pearland: A Young Rocks Off Gets "Happy"

    The first time Rocks Off the Younger truly heard "Happy," we were loading a case of Dannon yogurt into the display case at the Kroger in Pearland we worked at from 1999 until he first left home. It would have been September 2002, and we had just signed the papers that would mark our entry into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Stooges; Rocks Off Team Member Faints In Disbelief

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2010 inductees Tuesday. Somehow, Jann Wenner and his cronies even managed to induct an actual rock band this year: streetwalkin' Detroit cheetahs Iggy & the Stooges - who, according to RRHOF rules (25 years after an artist's first recording ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Sri Meenakshi Temple

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​Texas Traveler has a friend who used to lived in a trailer in an empty field near Pearland. On their way to his house once he surprised her by driving her by the Sri Meenakshi Temple. Maybe you already know about this place and maybe you don't, but suffice it to say th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Time Travelers and Staunch Futurama Defenders Holy Fiction

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ​ Occasionally, you'll h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    A Chat with David Luna of Shade

    Chef David Luna​David Luna helms the kitchen as executive chef at Shade (250 W. 19th St., in the Heights), which was named top New American restaurant in Texas by the Zagat survey. Who were your cooking inspirations?Funny you should start with that question. My grandmother's funeral was tod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Archgoat, Blaspherian and Thorn Spawn at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty This week has been one of many firsts for Aftermath. Sunday night, we attended our first drunken Tejano show at an icehouse in Pearland while visiting the parents. It was an eye-opening experience, full of balls-out accordion breakdowns and Freddy Fender covers that reminded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    A Cafe Bites Nibble

    Brett Floyd and Floyd Landry are partners in Floyd's Cajun Seafood and Steakhouse (1300 East Broadway, 281-993-8385), which recently opened in Pearland. "We opened the Floyd's in Webster in 2004, then another one in Beaumont in 2006, which had been a Don's Seafood for 38 years," says Brett Floyd, "a ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    From Houston with Love

    The city sends a special something to Africa

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Freshen Up, Freshen Up

    Pearland new-wave legends the Judy's reunite for a benefit show and possibly more

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    On the Outs with Indigos

    Plus: Paving Lunatics, Statue of Limitations, Batty over News

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    Truck-Stop Italian

    Big Humphrey's serves up all the comforts of home - assuming home is a double-wide

  • News

    April 8, 1999

    Pyramid Scheme

    Two, four, six, eight.Come and watch us levitate!

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