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    May 12, 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: Our former food critic's latest book hit store shelves (and Amazon) ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    The Cure For Your Robb Walsh Jones (Is Not More Cowbell)

    ​If you've been missing our erstwhile food critic, Robb Walsh, and can't get enough of his daily musings on his blog, you're in for a treat. In celebration of the release of his latest book, The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa, the Houston Chowhounds are hosting a book release party on Su ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Here's your chance to not only taste some of the best bourbon cocktails and bourbon-infused dishes in the city, but to meet -- yes, face-to-face -- the recently departed Robb Walsh. The long-awaited Bourbon Throwdown is this Monday, April 12, at Branchwater Tavern starting at 5 p.m. The fifth ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Kingwood Donuts

    ​On a jaunt into Kingwood the other morning, our brain a jumble of repetitive street names, we stumbled across a donut shop in another well-landscaped brick strip mall. And while we haven't made any sort of badge-and-gun transfer from Robb Walsh to patrol the donut beat, we found Kingwood Do ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Let's Raise a Glass to Robb Walsh

    Erin ZimmerRobb at work. ​Eating...Our Words must sadly announce that our intrepid food writer Robb Walsh is moving to freelance status. While he'll no longer be a member of our full-time staff, Walsh pledges to complete his list of 100 favorite Houston dishes for us. And don't be surprise ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Robb Walsh Named a James Beard Award Finalist (With Disturbing Video!)

    Watch the above video, and you'll never forget it (trust us). It's called "Robb Walsh Takes Beef 101" -- and he shot it at Texas A&M for a feature story he was writing for the Houston Press, "Not So Clear Cut." Walsh was just named a finalist in the James Beard Awards for the feature story, alon ... More >>

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    January 13, 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. Chicken Fried Texan: Arguing the well-reasoned point that chicken-fried steak i ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Eat Me Daily Names Robb Walsh's Sex, Death and Oysters One of 2009's Best Cookbooks

    ​Our own Robb Walsh has never been shy. For readers who haven't noticed, he's always happy to point out why he likes oysters so much. As he wrote in the pages of the Houston Press a few years ago: "The wonderfully slick texture, delicate briny flavor and beachfront aroma make it easy to unders ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Tune In and Turn On

    ​If you missed Robb Walsh's two-part apperance on The Michael Berry Show back in October, you have another chance to catch our newly un-anonymous food critic this weekend as he appears on Southbound Food on 1560 AM. The radio show -- which is anchored by Sports Animal hosts Lance Zierlein, Da ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    A Palestinian-Texan BBQ Sandwich

    Photo by Robb Walsh​I ate a brisket and sausage sandwich the other day at the new Brookstreet BBQ location on Westheimer west of Beltway 8. Ever since I ate the Bohemian Special at Mustang Creek BBQ in Louise, I have been trying to recreate the brisket and sausage sandwich at every barbecue ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Easy Risotto: An Oxymoron?

    Photo by Robb Walsh​My friend Paul Howell makes risotto all the time. Pumpkin risotto and mushroom risotto are two of his favorites. I have always found the labor-intensive stirring and adding of liquid required for perfect risotto a little tedious. But Paul introduced me to the pressure coo ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Crisper Drawer Cast-offs: Broccoli and Cavatelli

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Fresh broccoli used to lie around in my crisper drawer for a long time. That's because plain, steamed broccoli is so tedious to eat. A couple of months ago, I bought some cavatelli at Nundini's, even though I had no idea what to do with the weird-shaped pasta. I Googled c ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    You Can't Handle the Heat: The 19th Annual Austin Hot Sauce Festival

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttFour different salsas, none of them fit for human consumption.​There was a point, roughly around the 84th salsa that I'd consumed, when I was absolutely certain that I was about to see the face of God. If I were a Simpsons character, this would have been when I'd just c ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Eggs Blindfolded

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Poaching eggs is a pain, and I don't like the vinegar flavor that usually comes with them. So I started using a technique that I first heard about at the Nighthawk restaurant when I was in college. They didn't serve poached eggs at the Nighthawk. If you asked, the waitress ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    W Burger

    Photo by Robb Walsh​The burger at the W Grill has a lot going for it. The half-pound Angus beef patty is nicely grilled and fairly juicy. There's a choice of white or whole wheat buns. The whole wheat bun I tried was dense and moist, though not very well toasted. There is nothing wrong with th ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Dapple Dandy Pluots

    Photo by Robb Walsh​I have been buying a lot of the apricot-plum crossbreeds known as pluots, plumcots and apriums lately. Some agricultural experts are calling these the sweetest, juiciest, most flavorful tree fruits ever invented. Marketing experts predict that this is the product that will ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    More Cock, Darling?

    Photo by Robb Walsh​When I first saw Grace's Cock Soup on the shelf at H-E-B, I figured it was another one of those "Jamaican Love Foods." While I was writing my first cookbook, Traveling Jamaica with Knife, Fork & Spoon, with chef Jay McCarthy, we dutifully recorded and tested recipes for sev ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Café Cubano's Cuban Sandwich

    Photos by Robb Walsh​At Café Cubano, 9411 Richmond, the pre-made Cuban sandwiches are kept in the refrigerator. When you order one, the counter person heats it in the microwave and then puts it on the sandwich press. I drank a cortadito (sweet espresso) while I waited. Café Cubano's Cuban sa ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    A Messy Roadhouse Burger in Cypress

    Photo by Robb Walsh​In this week's Café review, we eat burgers at Rockwell Tavern, a roadhouse on Telge Road in Cypress. The dense, moist and slightly sweet custom-baked rolls are the first thing you notice about these burgers. Then the never-been-frozen freshly ground beef grabs your attenti ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Lingering Over Lunch: Rioja's

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Fine dining establishments are suffering in these days of the downturn. But as we've mentioned many a time before, the best restaurants in the city have some of the choicest lunch specials. Bistro Don Camillo's business lunch, an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $18.95 is ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    The Giant Salsa Bowls at Tacos La Bala

    Photo by Robb Walsh​At Tacos La Bala #2, the subject of this week's café review, the fiery green house hot sauce is served in enormous three-legged plastic bowls that look like Mexican molcajetes. The big bowl on each table usually has a plate over top to keep the flies and foreign matter out ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Hong Kong Supermarket's Herb Bin: Fish Mint

    Photo by Robb Walsh​You may recognize the heart-shaped leaves and weird aroma of this Vietnamese herb. It's called dap ca, or fish mint in English. You often get fish mint on the herb plate when you order bo nuong xa, the popular dish that comes with lemongrass-marinated beef, herbs, shredded ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Lobster Grits: A Stroke of Genius

    Photos by Robb Walsh​As we reported previously, there is a glut of cheap lobster on the market. Last Thursday, I took advantage of the weak market by picking up three sea monsters for a dinner party. The prices at Hong Kong Supermarket in Bellaire Chinatown were $8.99 a pound for big lobster ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    French-Vietnamese Open-Faced Sandwiches at Parisian Bakery

    Photo by Robb Walsh​The small banh mi rolls are six for a dollar at the Parisian Bakery next to the giant Viet Hoa supermarket in the Asian shopping center west of Beltway 8 at the Beechnut exit. While I was filling up a bag with the Vietnamese bolillos, I noticed some fine-looking savory past ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Hyperlink Edition

    This week's hall of health-code-violating shame includes restaurants previously reviewed, mentioned, discussed or otherwise examined in the Houston Press. Back in September 2004, Press food critic Robb Walsh said to forget about the then-ubiquitous South Beach bitch of a diet and eat up at The Sac ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    In the Little Stalls Behind Canino's: Huauzontle

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Maybe I am spending too much time hanging around at Canino's trying to score. This time, I went home with a bag full or huauzontle [wah-ZONT-lay], a Mexican weed that tastes like broccoli. Some food writers have mistaken it for sorghum, which was imported to the New World f ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Taco Truck Secrets

    Photos by Robb Walsh​I stopped at the Fast Taco truck on Fondren just north of Bellaire to get a pork taco the other day. While I was looking in the window watching the proprietor cook, I noticed a pan on a hot plate full of something that looked interesting. "What's that?" I asked the taquero ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Chocolate Éclairs and Careme

    Photo by Robb Walsh​The chocolate éclairs at French Riviera Bakery on Chimney Rock are an expensive addiction at $3 a piece. My main purpose in going to the bakery is to purchase the large unsliced farmhouse loaf, which is our house bread. I inevitably also bring home two chocolate éclairs i ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Dim Sum Seafood Specials

    Photo by Robb Walsh​It's the seafood that makes the weekend dim sum service at Fung's Kitchen special. Tender baby conch in curry, and succulent clams in black bean sauce were among the seafood delicacies available at the dim sum steam table this weekend. You have to get up from the table and ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    The Meaning of Mojarra

    Photo by Robb Walsh​After more than a week of fishing in Arkansas, I headed for Taqueria Jesus Maria as soon as I got back to town. I had Tex-Mex in mind, but I skipped the enchiladas when I saw the special on a whole fried mojarra. I love to eat the crispy fried fish chunks on a hot corn tort ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    $13 at Edomae Sushi

    Photo by Robb WalshWhere: Edomae Sushi, 12225 Westheimer, 281-558-5599 What $13 gets you: Sushi Special C from the lunch special menu is $10.95 and includes a California roll rolled in bright orange flying fish roe and a Spicy Tuna roll with your choice of miso soup or salad. If you can't afford th ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Cividin

    Photo by Robb WalshIf I said the flavor and aroma of this sweet white wine reminded me of an overripe pear, would that be a bad thing? Friuli winemaker Emilio Bulfon found these ancient wine grapes accidently dotted among other varietals in one of his vineyards. It isn't clear whether the grape ori ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Bargain Bin Bonanza

    Photo by Robb WalshPiculit Neri, an Italian red wine made from an ancient varietal, was the first subject in a series about obscure wine grapes I started on this blog a couple of weeks ago. I was proud of myself for buying such a cool bottle of wine at Nundini's for under $20. About that post, a com ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Cheap Lobsters Flooding the Market

    Photo by Robb WalshDesperate lobster fisherman are selling cheap lobsters by the side of the road, undercutting an already weak market for the luxury seafood item, according to recent accounts. An Atlantic article, "The Mystery of Cheap Lobster Prices," explains that the crash of the Icelandic banki ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    $13 at Pagoda

    Photo by Robb WalshWhere: Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro & Bar, 4705 Inker St., 832-673-0400 What $13 gets you: A cup of pineapple seafood soup ($5) and a big bowl of vermicelli salad ($8) or a Vietnamese sandwich ($4) and a bowl of pho ($8). Pagoda is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a chic mode ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Torta Trend: We Call Dibs

    Photo by dalboz17A recent item in Details magazine declared the torta the next trendy sandwich, following on the heels of the banh minh and before that, the panini. The article continued with the best places to get one, and drew attention to a sandwich in Oregon made with ciabatta. Newsflash, Yankee ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    H-E-B Recalls Beef Products

    In Robb Walsh's recent feature story, "Not So Clear Cut," he explains how meat purveyors treat tough cuts of meat by marinating them with enzymes in commercial vacuum tumblers. But the practice has its risks, as Walsh writes: "We can thank vacuum tumbler technology for turning previously tough cut ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Cucuzza Blossom Honey

    Photo by Robb WalshCucuzza is a Sicilian squash that's sometimes eaten young like summer squash and sometimes allowed to grow to three or four feet, when it's eaten like winter squash. (It's the one that looks like a green baseball bat.) Cucuzza squash blossoms are also considered a treat in Sicilia ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    $7 at Hubbell & Hudson

    Photo by Robb WalshWhere: Hubbell & Hudson Sandwich Counter, 24 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands, 281-203-5600 What $7 will get you: Some of the best sandwiches in the greater Houston area. The Italian grinder, piled high with ham, salami and roasted red peppers, was $7. Most of the sandwiches at the ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Dad's Day Gift Idea: Gourmet Jerky Assortment

    Photos by Robb WalshI used to think I was a beef jerky connoisseur because I pulled over at Woody's Smokehouse on I-45 halfway to Dallas and tried a different variety of jerky every time I took a trip north. I also thought turkey jerky was pretty adventurous. That was before I visited the store in H ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Grilling Recipe: Kalbi Fajitas

    Photo by Robb WalshWhile I was working on this week's feature story, "Not So Clear Cut," I grilled a lot of different beef cuts fajita-style and asked my friends and family what they thought. The hands-down favorite at every taste test was the short rib meat. It was also the cheapest. I bought a big ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Nuragus

    Photo by Robb WalshThe Nuragus grape is the most widely grown in Sardinia. Some experts believe that the grape was brought to the island more than 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians. It is so prolific and adaptable, it has been called pagadeppidus ("pay-debts grape"), preni tineddus ("fill-up-vats g ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Mesquite Charcoal Fireworks Warning

    Photo by Robb WalshTo use mesquite in the grill, I usually light some charcoal briquettes and add mesquite wood after a while. But I recently saw 20-pound bags of mesquite lump charcoal on sale at HEB for 12 bucks each. Starting the fire with mesquite charcoal and then adding mesquite wood seemed li ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    The 10 Best Burgers In Texas

    Photo by Robb WalshCalvin Trillin once said, "Anybody who doesn't think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy." I think the best hamburgers places in the world are all in my home state. Here's my list of the 10 Best Burgers in Texas.

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    June 9, 2009

    Recession Dining: $1 Frankfurter at Yapa

    Photo by Robb WalshThe first time I walked into Yapa Kitchen Café in the shopping center at Buffalo Speedway and Bellaire a couple of years ago, I turned around and walked out again. There wasn't anything wrong with the prepared foods in the refrigerator case -- in fact, they looked fantastic. It w ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Wal-Mart Goes Tex-Mex

    Photos by Robb WalshWal-Mart has entered the highly competitive Hispanic grocery store category with a prototype on Long Point at Wirt. Supermercado de Wal-Mart opened its doors a month ago. The nation's biggest retailer is going up against the well-established Fiesta supermarket chain and HEB's Mi ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    The Hollister Burger

    Photo by Robb WalshHollister Grill on Hollister St. at Long Point is a neighborhood diner specializing in comfort foods like meatloaf, pot roast and chicken-fried steak. Its hand-formed eight-ounce burger comes with lettuce, tomato, purple onion and pickles with mustard and mayo on the side. The fri ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by Robb WalshI can't write this column on an empty stomach. It's difficult to maintain your trademark acerbic wit when all you can think is, "I would literally murder somebody for that hamburger / pizza / pastry / whatever insane but incredible dish from Feast we've featured this week." ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    The New Q: Smoke-Braising

    Photo by Robb WalshThere's no reason that you have to choose between braising and barbecuing. While working on a new backyard barbecue cookbook, I discovered that the two techniques can be combined with awesome results. Start off by smoking or grilling the meat. Next, prepare a braising liquid in th ... More >>

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