The theme for this week must have been temporary closures and permanent closures. It was like a domino effect -- one restaurant announced it was closing, then another one, followed by several more. It's always a shame to see such a popular restaurant close when the reason isn't lack of business. Va ... More >>
In Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Randy Evans, we explored his struggle with deciding to become a chef instead of a doctor (and how his wife helped), his friendship with chef Chris Shepherd and how he came to be Executive Chef at Brennan's of Houston. Perhaps, though, the most pressing question for ... More >>
Don't wait until the last minute to snag your tickets to this beer dinner. Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar has partnered with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to serve an eight-course dinner paired with eight beers, four of which are custom-made specifically for this meal. Reserve your spot at Eleven XI on ... More >>
With Pho King, Pho Kim and Crapitto's closed, what restaurants are there left in Houston to ridicule? Plenty, it turns out. The conversation at a recent media dinner turned to bad restaurant names when we started discussing the current contender for worst moniker: TABLE. Only a few of us had been ... More >>
After abruptly parting ways from his eponymous restaurant last September and triumphantly returning to the kitchen in March for a pop-up foie gras dinner at Kris Bistro, chef Philippe Schmit is back again, and this time, his focus is on chocolate. Schmit is widely regarded as one of the best French ... More >>
Last week ended with sad news when local baker, Jody Stevens, lost her home in a fire. Thankfully she was not at her home during the fire, but she lost everything inside her home, including the the tools she uses for her cake business, Jodycakes. Various restaurateurs and chefs have created fundrais ... More >>
Here's where you should be eating but probably aren't.
As May quickly approaches, we gear up to welcome several highly anticipated restaurants. But, before we get to that news, let's take a look at two notable shutters. River Oaks and Upper Kirby folks said goodbye to Crescent City Beignets on Westheimer near the beginning of the month. The Subway, dry ... More >>
On Monday, March 10, Batanga will host a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner featuring five beers from the brewery. This $60 event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a "Meet & Greet" over cod fritters, mushroom croquettes and Brazalian style sausage, linguista. Munch on these small bites while you sip on Saint Arnold's ... More >>
As we enter February, The Woodlands residents prepare for the closing of Hubbell & Hudson Market and the Viking Cooking School. The cooking school classes will conclude on February 28 (all are sold out), followed by the market's closing on or before March 12, according to a press release from the ma ... More >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
After Chef Philippe Schmit left his namesake restaurant, Philippe, back in September, the chef de cuisine at the time, Manuel Pucha, took the reins as executive chef. Now, Philippe's name will change to Table; the restaurant will close on Saturday, January 11, to prepare for its reopening, which is ... More >>
It can be complicated and difficult to properly pair wines with the Thanksgiving dinner. You have so many different types of dishes -- spicy, sweet, savory -- and with so many different types of wines to choose from, which ones should make it to the Thanksgiving table? We spoke with two of Houston' ... More >>
The 10th International Risotto Festival held this past weekend at the Houston Design Center showcased the versatility of the beloved Italian grain. Fifteen chefs from Houston restaurants showcased their versions of risotto in a competition judged by both the public and a panel of judges that includ ... More >>
Philippe Schmit's sudden departure from his eponymous restaurant, Philippe Restaurant Lounge, left many wondering: What is going to happen to a restaurant named Philippe when Philippe himself is not there? A recent media dinner to introduce executive chef Manuel Pucha and his new menu answered t ... More >>
A very special guest is coming to town on Monday, November 4. Edouard Moueix, of the Moueix family (owner of several Right Bank chateaux in Bordeaux and Dominus Estate in Napa Valley), will be in Houston for fewer than two days, but has made sure to stop by Philippe for the Philippe Wine Dinner feat ... More >>
On Monday, October 28, The Oceanaire hosts Merroir et Terroir, a six-course wine and oyster dinner. Kevin Joseph of Blue Island Oyster Farm, Jennifer Lumley of Terlato Wines International, and Oceanaire's executive chef, Abraham King, have collaborated on the evening's menu to allow diners to discov ... More >>
Yesterday we told you about Esquire's list of the best new restaurants in the U.S. for 2013. And we lamented the fact that, while two Dallas restaurants made the cut, no Houston eateries were on the list. Imagine our delight, then, when Esquire's food and travel correspondent and the author of the ... More >>
Here are 10 reasons why.
It was a slow week for openings and closings. Let's take a quick look at which restaurants closed before we dive into the openings. Hollister on Washington suddenly closed after being open for a brief six months. Owner Chuck Pritchett says the BYOB concept wasn't enough to attract new customers for ... More >>
It's easy to get a tuna salad sandwich or a BLT these days, but sometimes you want something different, something, well, just more. I recently set out to locate the tastiest and most memorable sandwiches around Houston, and, after much work, am honored to present, for your dining pleasure, this list ... More >>
Dallas Easterly, the general manager of Philippe Restaurant Lounge, released the following statement: "After nearly two years as Executive Chef of Philippe Restaurant Lounge, Philippe Schmit is leaving his post to pursue other projects, but he will still remain an equity partner in the restaura ... More >>
Alison Cook, the Houston Chronicle's restaurant critic, unveiled her list of the top 100 restaurants in Houston (slideshow version here) to members of the media and invited chefs on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11. Cook tells us that she spent much of the past several months eating all ov ... More >>
Cove Cold Bar, a "self-contained mini-restaurant", opened inside Haven late last year with Chef de Cuisine Jean Philippe Gaston taking charge. The regular menu is a trip around the world with offerings from Tahitian poisson cru to Mexican ceviche to Italian crudo. But the "seafood haven of sorts" ... More >>
Apparently California, more specifically Los Angeles, is ahead of the culinary curve. Ray's & Stark Bar recently created the most extensive (and probably the only) water menu with the first water sommelier, Martin Riese. Riese is a self-proclaimed water sommelier and the general manager at Ray's & S ... More >>
Cafe Chino proves looks can be deceiving.
With so many restaurants participating in the month-long Houston Restaurant Weeks this year (more than 150 so far), it can be difficult to choose which ones to tackle. And since you want to make reservations at nearly all of the participating HRW spots, you'll want to start planning now. That's why ... More >>
Daniel Kramer Shepard Ross, general manager and wine guru at Glass Wall, offers up some of his teeth-staining favorites: $15 or less White 2005 Lo Brujo, Macabeo Calatayud, Spain "Fun, easy to drink, crisp, with hints of citrus and banana. Soft, round mouth feel, but still has some nice acidity ... More >>