Chef Lynette Hawkins had already made a name for herself in Houston years before opening her casual Italian restaurant, Giacomo's Cibo e Vino. Hawkins' prior endeavor was La Mora Cucina Toscana. She operated it for 16 years before shutting it down for some very sensible reasons. (We'll cover those d ... More >>
In a surprising turn of events, Susie Jimenez, owner and chef at Trenza, has announced that her West Avenue restaurant's last service will be Saturday, July 12. The Houston Press received this statement from Jimenez: "It's with great regret that I am announcing the closing of Trenza at West AVE. ... More >>
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 >>
We hope to see these places open soon.
A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>
We understand that there are a lot of silly national food holidays; indeed, there is something food-related to celebrate just about every single day of the year. But, if there is one you should take seriously, it's National Guacamole Day, and that day is today. Houston is blessed with an overabunda ... More >>
Who gets under our skin?
What bugs our food writers?
Houstonians love food. Dining out is one of our favorite pastimes, and we embrace it like it's the official sport of Houston. We are a city of "foodies," and thanks to us, the restaurant industry is thriving. Unfortunately, this insane love of food has also spawned a culture of restaurant monsters ... More >>
The restaurant bans kids after 7p.m., and everyone on the Internet has an opinion.
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Coppa has a Houston Restaurant Weeks menu available for dinner that reads like a Greatest Hits list. I was able to have several of the dishes they are known for in one meal and was thrilled. The cost is $35.
What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café is taking a beverage-driven approach to Houston Restaurant Weeks and there's something for everyone. They have developed specific, three-course dinner menus for red wine, white wine, beer and cocktails. Pairings are an additional cost, but y ... More >>
Houstonia: With the unveiling of his first review for the newly launched Houstonia magazine, it's officially time to stop referring to Robb Walsh as "former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh" and instead as "Houstonia food editor Robb Walsh." Read his first review of Tony's and help Walsh decide ... More >>
Bobby Heugel has probably received more press and started (or taken over operations of) more small food and beverage businesses in the last 12 months than any other Houstonian. He, along with partners Kevin Floyd and Steve Flippo, started Anvil Bar & Refuge in 2009. Today, Bobby also is a partner in ... More >>
Urban Swank: What were your favorite meals of 2012? The Urban Swank girls -- along with fellow food bloggers Hank On Food and our own Carla Soriano -- round up their own magical meals, including the spaghetti carbonara from Coppa, jar-jar duck from Uchi and foie gras torchon from Brasserie 19. Eate ... More >>
Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>
Top 10 State Fair of Texas foods
Just in time for the throes of August, Smashburger is rolling out some new items that just might help finish out the summer with a bang. Best of all, the base price of everything on the menu is $6.99 or less. (Of course, there are plenty of add-ons, so feel free to create that $10 burger if you want ... More >>
I returned a week ago from San Diego Comic-Con, but when I walked into the Landry's Showcase event at Inn at the Ballpark, I thought for a minute I'd been magically transported back. The first thing my eyes landed on were three big, colorful mascots. There were dozens of people milling about. There ... More >>
Because there is so very much to discuss when it comes to Underbelly, the subject of this week's cafe review, I found myself having to trim back significantly in certain areas of the review in order to get a broader point across (which, TL;DR, is that Underbelly is where it's all happening and you s ... More >>
The trendiness of CityCentre, where STRAITS is located, is becoming just about untenable. The first few times I visited, years ago, it seemed like the big multistory parking garage would be able to take care of all the visitors in perpetuity. When I visited last week for a media event, I drove all t ... More >>
No matter how well-educated one becomes about food, some cravings never go away. Some are born in childhood. My husband complained for years when Grape Tang was discontinued and gets bizarre cravings for the crime against nature called "circus peanuts." Supposedly, it's a candy; a mind-boggling, rub ... More >>
When I started questing for great restaurant finds in the Northwest Houston area, high on my priority list was a great Indian lunch buffet. I was used to being able to hit one up inside the Loop at least once every few weeks. The first place I found was a loser, but I struck gold on the second one. ... More >>
Last week, our editor asked if anyone was interested in evaluating an iPhone application called "Meal Snap." Since I both work in IT and write about food, this sounded like a perfect assignment for me. I love playing with new technology. Meal Snap claims that you can take a photo of your plate and ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas L. HallMoneycat Whole Fried Butterfish: Delicious, but disturbing to young children.Justin Yu's Moneycat Brunch pops up over at Umai Japanese Restaurant">Umai Japanese Restaurant, every Sunday between 9 and 3, or until food runs out. It's been running for about a month now, ... More >>
Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Remember: Champagne doesn't have to be white. Rosé Champagne is often considered the more "muscular" expression of the appellation. Look for Bollinger Rosé, Ruinart Rosé, and our favorite, Billecart Salmon Rosé.Okay, folks. There's good news and there's bad news. ... More >>
Chuck Cook PhotographyAs a coffee snob myself, I am here to advocate for my people. Please, don't break our hearts. You know how much we love coffee, but since you're not a coffee snob yourself, you might think we'd appreciate one of those machines that make coffee by squirting hot water into ... More >>
As seen in ScienceSlashFoodThe wonders of sous vide cookingAre you the next Iron Chef? Are you bedding a Master Chef wannabe? Do you or someone you know take cooking very seriously? Here are a few must-haves sure to tickle the fancy of the Iron Chef in, or near, you. 6. Sous vide circulators ... More >>
Photo by Chuck CookBlind Item of the Week: A Heights hotspot in a somewhat cursed location is rumored to be closing soon. Its intended replacement was said to have been a new Bruce Molzan restaurant, but the Ruggles owner's current legal troubles may prevent that from coming to fruition. What ... More >>
I am not Jewish, but I sure like the food. (Kasha varnishkas haunts my comfort food dreams alongside macaroni and cheese.) And even though I probably won't be giving or receiving any Hanukkah gifts myself this year, I couldn't resist putting a gift guide together based on the pretty cool stuf ... More >>
Photo by Chuck Cook PhotographyIt's just another night at The ModularSome of the best food to be had in Houston is happening in a small kitchen at Grand Prize, and a trailer in front of Liberty Station. The Modular (as reported on previously by Minh Truong and Mai Pham) is the brainchild o ... More >>
Photo by King Arthur FlourIt's that time of year again - when we get give gifts to the ones you love. But what do you get for the baker who has everything? Check out our list for the top 5 gifts for that special baker in your life. If you play your cards right, you may even get some free dess ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Food Republic: Remember that trio of Pilot Light dinners from Seth Siegel-Gardn ... More >>
FacebookLinda Salinas, before shaving her mustache.Linda Salinas is a talented sommelier and bartender. She's worked at and with some of Houston's best bars and restaurants: Voice, Anvil, Branch Water Tavern, Bootsie's, Beaver's, 13 Celsius and Kata Robata. She is a fixture within the industr ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Feeding Curiosity: The main reason for following Chef Randy Rucker's blog? Anno ... More >>