Phoenicia Specialty Foods

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Upcoming Events: A Quite Unusual Oktoberfest

    Only in Houston would it make sense to celebrate Oktoberfest at a Korean soju bar. Dosi Restaurant and Soju Bar is offering two flights of any four Karbach beers (each pour is 5 ounces) with their signature bo ssam -- a two pound roasted pork shank with shattering crisp skin served with things like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Doughnuts Shaped Like Hook 'Em Hand Signs

    Urban Swank: Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown is definitely not the place you go for a short grocery trip. Joanna O'Leary explains why she loves visiting the downtown location as it is "a multi-sensory experience." You can spend tons of time scanning the aisles for unique items such as smoked kipp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Downtown

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Spice Up Labor Day with Bravado Spice Hot Sauces

    Cruising the hot sauce aisle at Whole Foods Market, I stumbled upon the three Bravado Spice sauces: Jalapeno & Green Apple, Pineapple & Habanero, and Ghost Pepper & Blueberry, increasing in heat. With varying levels of heat and sweetness, all three hot sauces are great accompaniments to chips and gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Downtown Houston

    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 >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Salads

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Houston's Top 5 Places for Greek Pastries

    When someone mentions Greek sweets and baked goods, nine times out of ten your mind will go straight to baklava. And there's no shame in that! The sticky, sweet, nutty and flaky dessert puts a smile on everyone's face. But, there's more to Greek bakeries than baklava. Much more. Houston may not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Bars to Cure Your New Year's Eve Hangover

    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 >>

  • Year End

    December 26, 2013

    Ringing in the New Year: The 2013 Houston Press New Year's Eve Guide

    Find out where to celebrate in the Bayou City.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown

    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). Today, it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Truck Fest, Phoenicia's 30th Birthday & A Latte Art Throwdown

    8th Annual Katy Wine Festival @ The Tuscany Villa Friday, 7-11 p.m. 3330 FM 1463, Katy Cinco Ranch Rotary hosts this year's Katy Wine Festival, which features Italian wines from the Tuscany, Piedmont, Campania, Sicily, Veneto, Puglia and Umbria regions. Purchase an advanced general admission ticket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: David Denis of Le Mistral

    This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Please visit us tomorrow to read Part 2. We hear the argument all the time: Houston is so much more than what you find in the inner loop. Venture over to the West side of town, and you'll find gems like the international food emporium Phoen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Saint Arnold's Brock Wagner Named a Legend of Houston Restaurants

    While many of Houston's finest in the culinary realm received awards at Sunday's 17th My Table Magazine Houston Culinary Awards in honor of their contributions to the Houston dining and restaurant scene, the most prestigious award -- The Legends of Houston Restaurants -- was bestowed upon the founde ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Go to Moon Tower Inn

    Here are 10 reasons why.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Five Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Hurricane Meals, Fun Run with Beer & More

    Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin It's time for another Houston Press Hoppy Hour at MKT Bar. Come over right after work to get your weekend started and enjoy the Sack 'Em Football Sundays food menu from MKT Bar, along with special craft beer pairings from Buffalo Bay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Cake Shop Wants Us to Talk About Depression

    Depression is no laughing matter, but Jody Stevens wants to let people know that it's OK to talk about it ... with cake. Inspired by the original Depressed Cake Shop in London, Stevens is hosting a bake sale to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise funds for the Montrose Center here in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Lobster, Lamb, and Beef, Oh My! Seven Stellar Sandwiches

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Christine Ha Takes Over MKT Bar For Her First Pop-Up Dinner

    Neither rain nor the Texas A&M versus Alabama football game could stop them from coming to Christine Ha's first pop-up dinner, Episode One: A Farewell to Summer. The season 3 MasterChef winner took over the kitchen at MKT Bar inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods on Saturday, September 14. Word traveled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Hop on Over to Hoppy Hour, Re-create a Work of Art & More

    Houston Press' Hoppy Hour @ Phoenicia Specialty Foods Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin Street While some people like to pair chicken and waffles together for the sweet, salty, savory combination of flavors, we like to pair Belgian-style ales with waffles. Head on over to Houston Press' Hoppy Hour at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend

    Houston Press Craft Beer Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin St. Once the work day is over, you and your friends are heading to the Houston Press Craft Beer Hoppy Hour at MKT Bar inside Phoenicia. Celebrate the end of the work week with a brand new menu of craft beer and food pairing ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Year End

    December 27, 2012
  • Culture

    December 20, 2012
  • Dining

    September 13, 2012

    Yum, Fried Bubble Gum

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas foods

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Tango and Steak Night Tuesdays at MKT Bar Downtown

    It's a Tuesday night, and as I enter the MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, there's this kind of hazy, underground, industrial vibe going on. Strains of poignant, dramatic tango music are coming across the loudspeaker, and dancers slide and sway across the concrete floor, some with the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Subterranean Sushi and Pizzitola's Pits

    Swamplot: Craft beer lovers are about to have a whole lot more to love in Houston, reports real estate blog Swamplot. Premium Draught will be moving into the old Kaboom Books space next to Antidote Coffee in the Heights, while Cottonwood Bar will be moving in down the block from Shepherd Park Draugh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    The Global Burger: Syria

    I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium-rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other co ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    The Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Houston

    When we published our "Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die," the suggestion was made by several people that we re-print the list again -- this time with instructions on where to find these various delicacies in Houston. I'll tell you that not all of the dishes or drinks on the list ar ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Beautiful Strangers

    A bar in a grocery store? You read that right.

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Take a Staycation at Portugallia

    Last year, my favorite Houston restaurant in which to take a staycation -- you know, pretending you're out of town on some food adventure when in fact you've really got $20 in the bank once the meal is over -- was Cafe Mawal. At this little converted house near the Galleria, it always feels like be ... More >>

  • Year End

    December 29, 2011

    Ta-ta, 2011

    Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.

  • Year End

    December 22, 2011

    Ta-ta, 2011

    Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Final Four Visitors: Ten Alternative Places to Visit in Houston

    You can skip the Beer Can House​So, you've made it to town for the Final Four and you are shocked to find out there are no tumbleweeds, we all aren't walking around in 10-gallon hats and the area surrounding downtown and the medical center is not filled with strip malls and urban decay. Welcom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    A gentleman from Animal Farm lays out some bait to capture the elusive ManBearPig, said to be delicious if prepared properly.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where trading leftover Halloween candy has eclipsed fantasy football around the office. We've even got a st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Phoenicia Specialty Foods Breaks Ground in Downtown

    ​If the turnout at last night's event is any indication, Houstonians are very (very) excited about the new Phoenicia Specialty Foods, set to open in April 2011. Dreary weather did little to dissuade upwards of 600 people from attending the groundbreaking of the location at One Park Place (1001 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Losing our Voice.​Although it technically isn't a closure, it's the end of an era for Voice, the critically-acclaimed restaurant at the Hotel Icon. Chef Michael Kramer is leaving as the hotel has decided to take the restaurant in a different, slightly less upscale direction. It's a huge blow f ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 13, 2010

    Vegan Surprise

    Loving Hut's food is tasty — you'll never guess where it came from.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Phoenicia To Give Downtown A New Place To Grocery Shop

    One Park Place, where you can't afford to live but at least you can afford to grocery shop.​Ending once and for all the rumors that a Whole Foods was negotiating with Finger Companies to open a grocery store in the lobby of the glamorous new One Park Place residential tower downtown is the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Guaraná Antarctica

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. The first beverage we're examining in this series isn't exactly a hidden treasure. Guaraná Antarctica, produced in Brazil since 1921, is not only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Wine of the Week - Phoenicia Specialty Foods

    ​Last year, Robb Walsh visited Phoenicia Specialty Foods's Bargain Bin section to stock up on some obscure Italian wines at low prices. We are always looking for a good deal, so we decided to pay Phoenicia another visit. Last weekend, we found ourselves wandering around the Ikea-like aisles, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Hottest Pita Contest

    The pita bread at Droubi's Bakery & Deli at 2721 Hillcroft used to be my favorite because you could always find a package that was still warm. The Hillcroft location is where Droubi's does all its baking. But recently Phoenicia Specialty Foods at 12141 Westheimer one-upped Droubi's. Not only is t ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    A World Tour of Honey

    Those who know me know I hate high fructose syrup sweeteners and avoid products that contain them whenever possible. Lately I've been having a lot of fun trying different honeys from around the world. There was the delicious Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) that I enjoyed at the Blue Nile, for example. ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Cancún Cuisine

    Take a little trip to Cascadas Cantina y Restaurante