Robert Del Grande

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    May 20, 2014

    El Celler de Can Roca Announces Launch of World Tour in Houston

    "We have an 11-month wait list right now," said chef Joan Roca apologetically when I inquired about dining at his restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Ranked among the top five restaurants in the world for six years consecutive years by Restaurant magazine, El Cellar de Can Roca reached the number one ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Ten Best Signs You're A Houston Foodie

    Sure, you live in Houston. Maybe you even grew up in Houston. But are you a true Houston foodie? Do you plan your days off around which type of ethnic food you most want to eat, and stick to a single neighborhood for hours so as to properly indulge and explore? Do you make a sport of going to Revi ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    It's National Wine Week; Celebrate With a Glass of Vino at These Events

    The 53rd Annual National Wine Week, sponsored by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is celebrated from September 16 through September 20. Of course, because it's an SWRG event, it tends to take place exclusively at Smith & Wollensky restaurants across the country, but we don't really like the i ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013

    Go West, Young Man

    The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.

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    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Sam Ray of Republic National

    Eating...Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating...Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our read ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

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    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Lone Star Chefs: It's Not Always about Being Bigger, They're Just Better

    Our Texas chefs not only come from Texas but from all over the world and bring their culinary homes with them -- fortunately for us. Lone Star Chefs by John DeMers and Julie Soefer highlights 13 outstanding and diverse Texas masters. This book is part biography, part cookbook and part restaurant gu ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Katsuya Debuts with Bites and Cocktails for Tootsie's Fashion Show

    Photos by Mai PhamCrispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, the dish that Katsuya is famous for​The theme was Valentine's Day, the title "Love's in Fashion," and the benefit was for the Art Car Parade. On Monday, 18 celebrity Houston couples, including the restaurant world's Robert del Grande and his wife ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Chef Philippe Schmit Receives Prestigious Maîtres Cuisiniers de France Title

    Photo by Nancy Kerschen​When he first moved to the United States from his home country of France in 1990, Philippe Schmit worked as a sous chef under famous chef Eric Ripert -- a fellow Frenchman -- in the New York kitchens of Le Bernadin, eventually moving on to become executive chef at La Go ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Texas Stars Shine Bright at Last Night's Rising Star Gala

    Photos by GroovehouseChef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro plates his lamb ravioli.​"We didn't know what we were going to find in Houston," said Antoinette Bruno last night at the Four Seasons Hotel. Bruno, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Star Chefs admitted to being "really ignorant of the Housto ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Foundation Recognizes Houston Chefs; Food & Wine Does Too, In Its Own Way

    Should Randy Rucker (seen here working on one of his "tenacity" supper club dinners) have been recognized by Food & Wine?​It's been a week of ups and downs for Houston chefs on the national radar. made a long overdue trip to Houston to recognize a hefty handful of "Rising Stars" ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Photo courtesy of AvaInside Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar​First things first, for anyone who might be heading out to Skewers (3991 Richmond, 713-599-1444) for its grand reopening: Don't. At least, not yet. The restaurant's PR team emailed us an explanation for the delay this week: Skewers is not ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Lamar's eLibrary

    Goodbye paper books, hello Facebook.

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    November 22, 2010

    What Are Houston Chefs Cooking This Thanksgiving?

    Photo by Carbon NYC​Thanksgiving: A day to gather with your loved ones and give thanks? Or a day to display your culinary prowess to friends and family? Increasingly, the emphasis has been on the latter in the past few years, as people try to dress up the traditional Thanksgiving spread and im ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    First Look at TQLA

    More photos from TQLA are in our slideshow.​If there are two things that serve to immediately dissuade me from trying a restaurant these days, the phrases "167 tequila offerings" and "Washington Avenue" would be those two. I have nothing personally against either tequila or Washington Avenue, ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro

    Tam Vo​Today we continue our discussion with John Sheely to learn about how skiing ties into cooking, his memorable food discoveries and how he's been coping with the down economy. EOW: I understand you love to ski. Do any skiing concepts translate into what you do in the kitchen? Sheely: S ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    The Houston Culinary Awards Get a Facelift

    Photo courtesy of My TableThe steel awards themselves (no more glass!) weren't the only new things this year.​"You can't help but feel great when you're honored and respected by your peers and Houston diners," said Sean Beck today, after bringing home a stunning two awards at the annual My Tab ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Textile Takes a Summer Vacation

    Photo by Troy FieldsTextile's outstanding bacon tart with a poached quail egg on top was a favorite.​With the news that popular pastry chef Plinio Sandalio plans to move to Austin to work with David Bull, it didn't come as a huge surprise when I found out via text message late last night that ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    An Unlikely Winner at the Mushroom Throwdown

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThrowdown judge Gracie Cavnar prepares to sample an entry.​The big guns were brought out last night for the fourth -- and largest to date -- throwdown organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds: the Mushroom Throwdown at Vic & Anthony's. From the judging pane ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Sustainable Salmon: Pink Turns Green

    ​Sustainability has become a vital part of the vernacular in the Yukon River Valley, whose Yup'ik Eskimo residents rely on salmon not only as a means of income, but also as their majority source of food. Strapping Alaskans smile as they detail their favorite ways to eat the fish: raw, poached, ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    What a Difference a Decade Makes: Zagat's Top 5 Restaurants in 1999 and 2009

    Ten years ago, Houston was a different city. Enron hadn't yet experienced its downfall. Downtown was just beginning its slow renaissance. There were no silly "town square" concepts littered around town. People were just learning the word "McMansion." Montrose wasn't gentrified. Neither were any of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    ​Although it's facing stiff competition from Southern Star lately, Saint Arnold is still our favorite hometown brewery. And this weekend's Foam Raiser at the Orange Show (Saturday, October 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.) is one of many reasons why. The ticket sales for the 2nd annual Foam Ra ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Community Bar Food

    Photos by J.C. ReidJust above the bar at newish Midtown watering hole called Community Bar is a chalkboard with various drink specials, as well as the words "Food served." I was intrigued yet doubtful. Bar food in Houston is definitely a hit-or-miss affair (mainly misses in the form of Velveeta nach ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    Although only open for a few short months, Out of Africa (14019 Southwest Freeway, #204) has already closed. An excellent review from Robb Walsh in March, fantastic reviews on B4-U-Eat, an excellent burger and a killer patio weren't enough to save the young restaurant. This leaves Houston with ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2007

    I Love CFS: 25 Lovable Chicken-Fried Steaks

    Who invented the CFS? There are a lot of competing theories. Whose do you love? Better try them all to be sure.

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    February 24, 2005

    It's Le Bombe

    A new restaurant has Republican bigwigs dancing on the grave of the French boycott

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    December 5, 2002

    Mystery Meat

    Maverick's motto may be "Supper + Whiskey," but the restaurant doesn't always deliver on both counts

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    July 18, 2002

    New World Order

    Tony Vallone is searching for his lost shaker of salt at the new Los Tonyos

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    October 25, 2001

    Discomfort Food

    Robert Del Grande

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    August 2, 2001

    A Matter of Fat

    The U.S. beef industry's lower standards have led to an increase in chop houses

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    May 10, 2001

    Salad Daze

    A chef and a produce grower get into a pissing match over ten pounds of greens

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    April 12, 2001

    Still Your Father's Tony's

    When Tony's gets rid of its outdated attitudes, we'll have some reason to go back

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    December 21, 2000

    Brave Nuevo World

    Last in a six-part series

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    August 31, 2000

    Cheaper By The Bottle

    Former Tasca chef uncorks a food and wine bar for those on a budget

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    September 16, 1999

    East Meets Best

    Scott Chen opened Houston's top Chinese restaurant. Now he wants to run Houston's top restaurant. Period.

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    November 26, 1998
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    August 21, 1997

    The Art of Cooking?

    At the Restaurant at the Art Institute, professional cookingis taught -- sort of

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    April 24, 1997
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    June 13, 1996
  • Dining

    June 29, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    At Home and Abroad

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    May 18, 1995

    Taste of Texas

    Rancho Tejas does guy food a gal could learn to love

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    October 13, 1994

    Burger Heaven, Burger Hell

    A quest for all that's good and greasy in an American icon

  • News

    June 30, 1994

    Food Fight

    The Landrys came to Houston with good food and good ideas. But a good family squabble let Tilman Fertitta step in and carve himself an empire.