Several restaurants, namely Ava, Trenza and Katsuya by Starck, all tried to make a go of it at West Ave. Even having big chef names attached, like Robert del Grande and Katsuya Uechi, did not help these restaurants succeed. West Ave may be great for residents, but it's an awful design for business v ... More >>
It's about damn time. It's been 22 years since a Houston chef won an award from the James Beard Foundation--one of the most prestigious organizations recognizing culinary excellence in the United States--but last night that losing streak was broken by Underbelly's Chris Shepherd. Shepherd was in N ... More >>
It's Doppelganger time! See which Houston local chef tried to steal a kiss from Natalie Portman and who plays for the MLB in his spare time. And don't forget to support Houston Restaurant Week by visiting the chef's restaurants all month long (special bonus: if you sneak into the kitchen without ge ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hotspots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen Drinks are showin ... More >>
Houston is the only Texas city recognized by the magazine in its top 10 list.Southern Living's senior travel editor Paula Disbrowe knows Texas. The chef and food writer will be celebrating her 10th year of living in the Lone Star State this coming January, and was happy to report that a Texa ... More >>
This lobster risotto and accompanying lobster came from your friendly local dive bar.One is a highbrow full-fledged restaurant -- a "brick-and-mortar" place, to use the parlance of the day -- owned and operated by heavyweight restaurateurs. The other is a cobbled-together food truck, ephemera ... More >>
When I think of tequila, I think of the distinctive aroma that I have come to associate with it. Anyone who's taken a shot of tequila or had one too many margaritas can identify with me, I'm sure: the pungent aroma impales the senses, its heady strength rushing to the head as the liquid fire burns d ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshThelma's previous incarnation.Houston may feel a little like Rodney Dangerfield when it comes to being recognized as a top culinary city -- we get no respect. But the Food Network has always shown Houston a little love. As early as 2003, shows on the Food Network were featu ... More >>
Mai PhamSmoked muscovy duck breast with liver mousse and apple endiveIf you've driven by the new West Ave development on Kirby and Westheimer at twilight, you've probably seen the crowded, happening scene taking place through the floor-to-ceiling windows at Robert Del Grande's new Ava Kitchen ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttKachumber salad and saag paneer-stuffed samosas."Oh, good. There are other brown people here," my friend remarked with a laugh as we walked up to Pondicheri's front door one recent evening. "That's always a good sign." Indeed, one of the things that first struck m ... More >>
News that a new tapas bar is opening in Midtown led to the brief discussion on Twitter this week about pronunciation issues concerning holiday islands in the Mediterranean, and Houstonians' propensity to open restaurants named after them. Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, that new tapas resta ... More >>
This week I have been chatting with Robert Del Grande, the chef behind one of the most famous restaurants in town, RDG Bar Annie, formerly known as Café Annie. The experience actually has me thinking about food in a different way. The important things: buy the best ingredients you can, b ... More >>
RDG Bar AnnieYesterday, EOW sat down with Houston Chef extraordinaire Robert Del Grande at his beautiful Galleria-area restaurant, RDG Bar Annie. After having fun exploring his musical aspirations and scientific background, we tried to get him to share some culinary wisdom. Eating Our Wo ... More >>
EOW recently got to sit down with Robert Del Grande of RDG Bar Annie (plus a host of other restaurants around town -- The Grove, Café Express and two new ventures about to open at West Ave, just to name a few). Though we could have asked him how it felt to be one of the pioneering chefs du ... More >>
I am sure everybody has heard by now that Ryan Pera has left The Grove for bigger and better things. I heard they have decided to not hire another executive chef and just let Robert Del Grande oversee the kitchen.
Ruthie JohnsonSalmon on pumpernickel was one of the less successful dishes served Saturday. Philippe Schmit wants to feed you. On Saturday night from the kitchen and rooftop of the condos at 1510 Lovett, he settled for a group of food bloggers and freelance writers. Schmit, formerly of Bis ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Barbed Rose.Fried oysters on top of house-cured bacon at the Barbed Rose.Openings all over town have things looking up for intrepid food lovers as well as those ready to welcome back some old favorites. In the Clear Lake area, the beloved Alpine Brauhaus has opened back ... More >>
Robert del Grande puts a tongue-in-cheek spin on a retro cocktail-hour favorite. If there's one dish that comes to mind that could uniquely define Houston's culinary palette at this very moment, it would have to be RDG Bar Annie's fresh canned smoked oyster deluxe. Executive Chef Robert del ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBreakfast at Cafe Express might be one of the best-kept secrets in town...for now. Even though the breakfast menu launched a few months ago -- the efforts of Cafe Express' corporate chef Greg Martin finally come to fruition -- the crowds haven't yet found their wa ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRobert Del GrandeIf anyone is still under the impression that Houston is trying desperately to play catchup with culinary empires like New York City and Chicago, they only need to look at the 2010 James Beard Award nominations -- released today -- to see that isn't ... More >>
There's murder on the menu
Smackdowns, showdowns, throwdowns. There's food violence aplenty coming up for your voyeuristic pleasure. Bread and circuses, served up daily by your Houston food community. This Sunday, of course, is our very own Cupcake Smackdown at Block 7 Wine Company (720 Shepherd) from 4 to 6 p.m. You ... More >>
Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>
Yesterday, we started a conversation with Chef Ryan Pera of the Grove. As promised, today we finish it up, even asking him about a pesky rumor we'd heard and shamelessly questioning him about his personal life. Eating Our Words: We have heard a little rumor about the burger recipe at the Gro ... More >>
The RDG Burger at RDG + Bar Annie
In the wake of Café Annie's closing, Robert Del Grande has taken up the chef's hat again. Just a bit further down Post Oak, the RDG Grill Room, Bar Annie and the BLVD Lounge are now all serving a variety of small plates and entrees at different price points. But even in a new place, Chef Del Grande ... More >>
Photo by Dave KnapikWith Cafe Annie ending its nearly 30 year reign this month, Houstonians will have one less default restaurant to turn to when someone asks for a recommendation for a "nice meal" ("nice meal" being keywords for "I want to go somewhere fancy and try to impress one or more ... More >>
Photo by Robb Walsh Personally, I am pretty fond of the under $3 breakfast specials at Houston taquerias like Jesus Maria on Spencer Highway or Kiko's on Fulton. But when I have to entertain visiting grandparents at breakfast time, I head for the stretch of Westheimer just east of Beltway 8 nea ... More >>
Anyone in the social media community in Houston will be familiar with the first closing of the past week, Sauté (2303 Richmond Avenue). On June 5, the erstwhile "new world Creole" restaurant broke the news via Twitter: "Our dear friends: Today we sadly announce we are closed. Had some great parties ... More >>
A destination restaurant that only sometimes gets it right.
We walked in to The Grove restaurant at Discovery Green at the corner of Lamar and Crawford for an early lunch this Friday only to be told that all the tables were taken, but we could sit at the bar. Slightly dumbfounded, we moved on over, put in our orders and tried to imagine what great event had ... More >>
When will the federal agency tell us it's safe to eat medium-rare burgers again?
When will the federal agency tell us it's safe to eat medium-rare burgers again?
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