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    July 31, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Chicken Wings, Caribbean Fare and Breakfast All Day

    Hank On Food: Evidently, though we here at Eating Our Words missed National Wing Day on Monday, Hank On Food was on the ball. Or, if you will, on the wing. Anyway, Hank wrote a great round up of local spots to get wings. Some of them are wing restaurants and some of them aren't wing-focused, but sti ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Nuts for Tacos and the Importance of Buns

    Open the Taps: The big news this week is the passage of a few beer-related bills in the Texas Senate. Open the Taps has the rundown on what it means now that brewpubs' annual production limit has been raised to 10,000 barrels and breweries can sell beer directly to consumers for on-premise consumpti ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    State House of Representatives Votes to Pass Texas Cottage Foods Bill

    When HB 1139 -- also known as the Bake Sale Bill -- was signed into law in June 2011 by Governor Rick Perry, it set a precedent in Texas for so-called Cottage Food Bills that allow small, independent bakers and other culinary artisans to make and sell food from their homes. Former Houston Press foo ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: The Gastronaut Has Landed

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Barbecue Wars in Spring

    H-Town Chow Down: Can't beat 'em? Call in the local government to squash your competition. At least, that's the story told by Albert Nurick at H-Town Chow Down, where The Woodlands-based blogger reports on the barbecue wars between celebrated trailer CorkScrew BBQ and its brick-and-mortar neighbor u ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    A Dozen Years Later, Charivari Is Still a Star

    Every once in a while, I encounter an older restaurant that's changed or grown so much over the years that it practically begs for a review -- even if Robb Walsh or one of my other Houston Press predecessors have already ably reviewed it in the past. Charivari, the subject of this week's cafe review ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Burgerland Lands in Houston

    Chili Bob's Houston Eats: If two Nicaraguan restaurants in the same location both fail, what do you do? You open a third Nicaraguan restaurant there, as Bruce found out last week when he tried Selva Negra for the first time. (Its previous incarnations were Managua and Nicaragua Restaurant.) Arbitra ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide from MSG

    Robb Walsh: In case you missed the news when it was first announced back in early December, Robb Walsh will be taking up the food critic reins again at the upcoming Houstonia Magazine. Walsh has posted the full press release at his website along with a link to the magazine's website, which is still ... More >>

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    January 12, 2013

    Texas Tailgating: Atomic Deer Turds

    Note: This is a rerun of a post from 2008 in which former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh shares a favorite tailgating recipe in honor of game day. Tailgaters love to stuff jalapeños with cheese (usually cream cheese) and wrap meat around them. To make "atomic buffalo turds," you stuff a half ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Chefs Rate America's Food Critics at the Daily Meal; Two Houston Writers Get Ranked

    They say that turnabout is fair play, and that's just what The Daily Meal did this week when it polled a group of chefs across the U.S. to see how those chefs rated some of the nation's most preeminent food critics. Those 20 food critics were chosen by Arthur Bovino, executive editor of The Daily M ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Burgers, Burgers and More Burgers

    29-95: Did you head out to the food truck rally this past Sunday at The Refinery? Andrew Rebman was there snapping shots all day long, in case you missed it. Most food trucks ran out of food -- although a few were able to restock and sell out once again -- as huge crowds clamored for unique eats fro ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: The End of Cheap Food?

    The Village Voice: One of the highlights of my recent trip to D.C. was getting to watch the announcement of the brand-new American Chef Corps live at the State Department. Robert Sietsema at the Village Voice has more on what the so-called Diplomatic Culinary Partnership entails, while Eater has the ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Churro Porn and Houston as Mutt City

    Robb Walsh: In his continuing series on where Texas cuisine is headed, Robb Walsh talks to Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd about Houston's role as a "new Creole city," citing a recent article by Southern food writer John T. Edge called "Savoring Mutt City." (Mutt City is us, by the way -- and it's a ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Hop Heads and the Siren Call of Duck Poutine

    CultureMap: Each month, Ruthie Johnson Miller compiles a handy list to the 10 hottest restaurants in the city for CultureMap. Whether they be newly opened or just newly interesting, these are the 10 places she suggests checking out in August. Arbitrary Criticism: New chef Chandler Rothbard must alr ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Bycatch Gets Bigger and Brownies Bring Doom

    CultureMap: Houston Restaurant Weeks starts today, and celebrated earlier this week with a kick-off party at Momentum Audi. The Houston Press was not invited (was it something we said?), but luckily CultureMap was there to cover the event and remind folks that, above all, HRW is about raising money ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    The Annual Kenney 4th of July BBQ

    See more community-barbecue photos in our slideshow. Read Robb Walsh's feature story on community barbecues in Texas. The barbecue pits behind Kenney Hall are of the old-fashioned open-pit construction. This year, 700 pounds of beef shoulder clods, 650 pounds of pork butt and 400 pounds of mutt ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Reformed Shitshows and Santorini on the Run

    Delicious Mischief: If I didn't have a lady-poker-and-fried-chicken night all lined up for this past Sunday, you can bet I would have been at Triniti for its dinner collaboration with the Mercury Baroque string ensemble. Fine dining with courses orchestrated to match a series of classical movements? ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    Get Grilling: A Memorial Day Barbecue Roundup

    Like most red-blooded Americans, I'll be grilling out with my family today in celebration of Memorial Day. (You're not barbecuing? COMMIE. McCarthy is coming for you.) So while I'm out back helping my dad tend to his famous pork butt, here are a few links to help you enjoy the day in style -- with e ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Houston Burgers: This burger blog has been dormant for a few months, but a brand-new post popped up in my Google Reader today -- and just in time for baseball season. This week, Darrell reviewed the new deep-fried mac 'n' cheese burger at Minute Maid Park, which contains the same deep-fried mac 'n' ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    He8, She8: The first of two new (to us!) blogs this week, He8, She8 is similar in concept to 2 Dine For, in which a couple eats together and then reports independently on their own experiences at a restaurant. He8, She8's latest review is of Feast, where they both gave the nose-to-tail palace a soli ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Wine Has Terroir; Oysters Have "Merroir," and We'll Pay More For It

    "We had a vastly more sophisticated oyster culture 100 years ago than we do now," said Robb Walsh over a plate of six Gulf oysters yesterday afternoon. Walsh was speaking on a panel of winemakers on pairing white wines with oysters, but the lost history of Texas oysters was proving far more fascinat ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    November 14, 2011

    Revisiting Rice Bowl II for Tasty Indonesian Cuisine

    Photos by Mai PhamTelor belado, Indonesian eggs, shown here are two orders to go ​It's easy for a restaurant to become old news. Case in point: Rice Bowl II, which got some buzz a couple of years back, has fallen a bit off of the radar lately. But just because it's not getting the buzz that it ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes, Gathered Up and Google Mapped

    View 100 Favorite Dishes: The 2011 Edition in a larger map Now that it's been a little over a week since we wrapped up this year's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes, you've hopefully had a chance to digest some of the dishes on the map -- and I mean that both literally and figuratively. I know at lea ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    The Real World

    With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.

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    September 21, 2011

    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe & Shrine: Revival of the Fittest

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.​Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. Barleyvine: The termination of House Bill 602 in the Texas legislature last wee ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by rdpeytonThis gumbo is from Emeril's in New Orleans; the gumbo at Under the Volcano will likely be just as good.​If you've been missing Robb Walsh, here's your chance to catch up with our former food critic outside the busy environs of his new restaurant. On June 7 and again on July 12 ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    National Eat What You Want Day!

    Robb WalshOr should we just call it National CFS Day?​There seems to be a "day" for everything, from International Talk Like a Pirate Day to Weights and Measures Day and everything in between. Today is Eat What You Want Day. Yes, I'm telling you now, after you already had that guiltfree spinac ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. Houston Entree: If you're still hungry for follow-up about the Houston Restaura ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    First Look at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​"We had 1,000 covers on Friday night, then 1,200 covers last night," an exhausted but happy-looking Bill Floyd told me when he stopped by our table at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe on Sunday evening. It was a little past 5 p.m., the doors to the place had just opened, and a ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. Dude, You Going to Eat That?: If you read only one blog post this morning, read ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Come and Bake It: Cooks Talk About Banning the Sale of Homemade Food

    This week's cover story, by our old pal Robb Walsh, is "Come and Bake It," a look at how national scares over food safety have led to an increasing crackdown on home cooks selling their wares at bake sales or other events. Bake sales and homemade tamales are only two of a long list of beloved Texas ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Top 5: I-10 Eats

    Robb Walsh ​I continue my search for the best eateries off major highway arteries. This time around, let's check out I-10. This list includes restaurants right off I-10, between Loop 610 and Beltway 8. 5. Five Guys Burger & Fries Save the speech, devout burger lovers. This chain is good, ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Learn to Make Authentic Tex-Mex with Robb Walsh

    ​If you're going to take a Tex-Mex cooking class, it may as well be from a man who's penned no less than three books on the subject, a man who many acknowledge as the High Priest of the Temple of Tex-Mex: Robb Walsh. According to his blog, our former food critic decided to offer classes on ho ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. Robb Walsh: If you're still stumped for a Christmas gift, Robb Walsh would like ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Houston Culinary Tours Ramping Up Again

    The inaugural barbecue tour with Robb Walsh; see if you can spot the man himself.​There's now one more way to get your Robb Walsh fix besides rereading that copy of Sex, Death and Oysters for the fifth time: The Houston Press's former food critic is teaming up with Catalan executive chef Chris ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Getting Real: New Caswell-Walsh Restaurant Venture Finally Gets a Name

    Photo courtesy of Robb WalshArtist's rendering of El Real Tex-Mex Cafe.​"You have to give people what they're interested in eating," Robb Walsh laughed over the phone. "Fajitas will be very well represented on our menu." Wise words that should quell any concerns Houstonians may have had about ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: Cultures Converging on the Houston Restaurant Scene

    Robb WalshHamburguesa estilo Monterrey.​The Southern Foodways Alliance "Global South" symposium last weekend explored Southern culture and tradition beyond geographic boundaries. After Chingo Bling spoke about worlds colliding in Mexican American hop-hop, former Houston Press writer Robb Walsh ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: The Gulf and the Spill

    Robb WalshJim Gossen and oysterman Tracy Woody checking oyster leases in Galveston Bay.​At the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium this week, Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune moderated a panel discussion on "The Gulf and the Spill." Panelists were former Houston Press ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: Thacker Mountain Radio Show, Mississippi Masala, and a Talk by Robb Walsh

    Robb Walsh, right. ​The 13th Annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium officially kicks off today, but the fun got started Thursday night with the Thacker Mountain Radio show and some dinner offerings in line with the "Global South" theme, including Mississippi Masala by Suvir Saran. Thack ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Catfish and Ribs at the Nickel

    Robb Walsh gives these pits his seal of approval.​"That's no Southern Pride cooker," Robb Walsh said, gazing with admiration at the two barbecue pits that sit behind the Nickel Sandwich Grill (5601 Lyons, 713-674-8020), belching fragrant gray smoke into the air. "I know you hate Southern Prid ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Cumin Lamb at Chinese Sichuan Cuisine: As Good As Ever

    Photo by Robb Walsh​While Robb Walsh was counting down his 100 favorite dishes in Houston, one of his choices was an unusual and delicious dish he'd encountered while reviewing Chinese Halal Cuisine: cumin lamb, which he placed in the No. 64 spot on his list. The lamb, cooked with -- as indica ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    "MOOOOOOM! This breakfast tastes like clothes!"​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we freely and lasciviously mix in Corn Pops with our popcorn. Well, it's all over. Robb Walsh's countdown of his favorite 100 dishes in the greater Houston area has finished, and ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    What Will Be Robb Walsh's No. 1 Dish in Houston?

    ​Since Robb Walsh first started his list of Houston's 100 Best Dishes in February with green chile chicken kebabs from Chatkhara Grill (pictured above), people have been buzzing about what the much-anticipated No. 1 dish will ultimately be. The long wait will be over tomorrow, when Walsh anno ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook by Robb Walsh

    ​Robb Walsh's latest publication, The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook, belongs to a very distinctive category of cookbooks -- the kind that's just as much fun to read as it is to cook from. Easy, informative prose is what you'd expect from Walsh, who certainly needs no introductio ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    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. Fork and Cork: Today is the last day to grab a meal at Magnolia Bar & Grill, th ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    "Ma'am?" *tap tap* "Can you breathe in there, ma'am?" *tap tap* "Hello? Need me to go get help?"​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're foregoing the usual goofy-ass intro to skip straight to the big news: Robb Walsh is opening a Tex-Mex restaurant and Kathar ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Robb Walsh: The Hunter Will Become The Hunted

    The Tower gets a makeover....will it get any more parking?​Max Bialystock, as portrayed in the show-biz documentary The Producers, had only two rules for doing his job:1. Never put your own money in the show.And 2: NEVER PUT YOUR OWN MONEY IN THE SHOW!!!Robb Walsh, the cuddly, lovable former Houst ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    BBQ Porn: Miles of Meat

    Photo by Robb Walsh​In honor of the bevy of barbecuing that will undoubtedly be taking place this Memorial Day Weekend, we've combed our photo archives as well as the Houston Press Flickr pool and put together a slideshow of the most mouth-watering meats we could find. If you don't feel like ... More >>

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