Houstonians must be doing something right, as the barbecue gods have been really generous to our city as of late. A couple of weeks ago, Q for a Cause brought Austin-based barbecue legend John Mueller, his pits, his food, and his team to Cottonwood. This past weekend, Killen's Barbecue was served in ... More >>
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, we're here to tell you why Pearland is more than worth the drive for you inner-loopers. Here is our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots ... More >>
A beautiful thing about the Houston restaurant scene is the love and support that is shown to those going through difficult times. On November 29, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe was engulfed in flames. Bella-Katherine Curtis has been the owner of the place for the past 22 years, and has provided homemade ... More >>
Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin Street Get hoppy with us at MKT Bar for the Houston Press October Hoppy Hour. MKT Bar is previewing its fall menu and has paired it with Saint Arnold's Pumpkinator and other seasonal beers. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with live music fro ... More >>
While the pastry chefs of Uchi and Triniti will be competing in the 4th Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition, Ronnie Killen will be competing with a team of Houston chefs in the 1st Annual StarChefs.com SMOKE@ICC on September 28. Both of the competitions will take place in New York ... More >>
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What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>
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There were about as many openings as closings this week (way to maintain an equilibrium, Houston!), but we did get news of many upcoming restaurants with plans to open in the next several months. First, the bad news. CultureMap reports that River Oaks Coffee House at the corner of Edloe and West ... More >>
Back in the wild, wild west, people had to deal with wagon thieves and sneaky neighbors out to steal cattle or horses. These days, the modern felon has evolved to barbecue pit theft. On Sunday around 4 p.m., a surveillance camera outside Melange Catering caught what appears to be a man in a blue ... More >>
Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.
Unfortunately a few popular restaurants closed their doors this week, but fortunately they have announced plans to reopen in different locations throughout Houston. Let's start with the beloved Italian eatery, D'Amico's. Eater Houston reports that the Heights location of D'Amico's Italian Market Ca ... More >>
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This week has been full of openings and few closings. So let's just get the bad news over with. Houston Avenue Bar, aka Re:Hab Houston, informed the public that its lease is up and will be closing the first week of July. The Houston Chronicle reported that management already has a new location thou ... More >>
Yep, it's that time of the year again. Wine & Food Week is coming to The Woodlands next week. From June 3-9, The Woodlands will become home to more than 50 restaurants; 500 wines; legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe; and a vast collection of craft beers and gou ... More >>
As far as tasting events go, the Big Taste of Houston, which debuted this past Sunday night to a crowd of about 700, was all that it promised to be and then some. Billed as a premier foodie extravaganza and fundraiser for the Houston chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the elegant, high class soir ... More >>
There are pig parties, and then there is Go Pig! Or Go Home! The second annual charity throwdown event last night at Kata Robata was every pig lover's dream -- and then some -- with Houston's top chefs throwin' down everything from traditional roast suckling pig to cochinita pibil to oysters topped ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Nigerian cuisine.
How many Malaysian restaurants does it take to feed Houston? If you guessed two, you're correct. Proving that Houstonians like their Malaysian food in one single flavor -- Banana Leaf flavor -- newcomer Asam Laksa Malaysian closed this week in Chinatown. It could have also had something to do with t ... More >>
Just because it's Easter Sunday doesn't mean you have to spend the weekend hunting eggs. There are plenty of non-Easter events coming up in the next two days. Killen's BBQ Pop-Up 2804 South Main, Pearland Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Within a few months, Ronnie Killen will open up his hi ... More >>
Houston's 10 best mudbug joints.
If you've been looking for former Eating...Our Words contributor and Zilla Street Eats chef Jason Kerr lately, look no further: Kerr is the new chef at the recently opened second location of Hollister Grill on Washington Avenue. According to Eater Houston, the menu at this newer Hollister Grill is b ... More >>
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Earlier this week, Eating...Our Words got the scoop on a few upcoming openings to keep an eye on, starting with the new Fat Cat Creamery ice cream parlor opening this summer in the Heights. Owners Jarvis and Sarah Johnston plan to sell eight flavors of their popular hand-packed ice cream, mixing fiv ... More >>
"Go pig! Or go home!" That is the gauntlet that has been thrown, and the challenge, the question, the machismo duel that will pit 23 of Houston's most prominent chefs in a challenge to create Houston's most supreme incarnation of a suckling pig. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Apr ... More >>
"We shucked 1,500 oysters tonight," said chef Randy Evans, owner of Haven and its raw bar, Cove. His table at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's annual Rodeo Uncorked!® Roundup and Best Bites competition was littered with the remnants of oyster shells. The sauces in front, including Cove's signat ... More >>
It's not too late to order those Valentine's Day sweets for your sweetie -- and if you order from Fluff Bake Bar, you can make the gift even sweeter: A whopping 40 percent of the proceeds from the bake sale will go to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. Pastry chef Rebecca Masson has put together a menu of Fl ... More >>
Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
With so many great restaurants open for Thanksgiving Day -- and so many chefs working hard on a day when the rest of us are enjoying family time or simply a much-needed day off -- it's tough to find a chef who's celebrating Thanksgiving in any sort of traditional sense. John Sheely, executive chef ... More >>
The big news this week was word from Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill that the two are combining their magical meat skills to open CK's Steakhouse in the Heights. The new steakhouse serves, in a way, to replace the plans that Killen had to open an outpost of his ... More >>
With this week's news that meat magnates Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill are teaming up to create a mega-steakhouse, Wonder Twins-style, it seems as good a time as any to examine the steakhouse scene here in Houston. (It should also serve as succor for those carn ... More >>
Eater Houston: I love useful maps, and Eater Houston's recent "heat map" of the city's best brunch destinations is just that. Old favorites such as Fountain View Cafe and Hugo's mingle with newer hot spots like Boomtown Coffee. CultureMap: Equally useful is Sarah Rufca's map at CultureMap of the 10 ... More >>
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
Ever since the planned second location for Killen's Steakhouse in the Heights fell through, Ronnie Killen has been keeping busy back home in Pearland. There, he's currently in the process of transforming his popular steakhouse into Killen's BBB. Writing for CultureMap, Ruthie Johnson Miller says th ... More >>
It was a week full of news items, both big and small, starting with the big news that Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland has leased the old Stella Sola space in the Heights. He plans to open a second location of his steakhouse in the spot after it's remodeled, after which he'll serve a ... More >>
Almost as quickly as Bryan Caswell closed Stella Sola's doors, Chef Ronnie Killen is opening them up again as Killen's Steakhouse. Caswell and Killen battled each other as grill masters at the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge a couple weeks ago, with Killen winning the grand prize trip to New York. Mo ... More >>
Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main, Pearland 281-485-0844 www.killenssteakhouse.com This is the second of a three-part chef chat series. Click here to read part one. As I talked more with Chef Ronnie Killen, a picture emerged of a man who is humble, soft-spoken and sensitive, with ... More >>
Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main Street, Pearland 281-485-0844 www.killenssteakhouse.com This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts two and three in this space Thursday and Friday. Pearland, 20 miles south of Houston is a place many call the land of p ... More >>
This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. That means plenty of tree-hugging food events that make you want to throw off the surly bonds of cynicism for at least one day and acknowledge that maybe you really do like Earth. And Revival Market is a good place to start. On April 22, Revival Market wi ... More >>
The Young Texans Against Cancer's YTAC 2nd Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown revealed a couple of things. First, that young Houstonians are more than willing to engage in philanthropy for a good cause, and second, that any food competition featuring 10 chefs is a huge draw. Host venue The Capitol at ... More >>
Chefs in Houston love each other, right? Let's test that theory and pit them against each other. Coming up in the next few weeks are two throwdowns fit for true foodies. And trust me when I say, you won't want to miss either of them. Kiss My Grits: A Gulf Coast Throwdown First up on Thursday, Apr ... More >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
Photo by Tam VoRonnie Killen will be reppin' the Gulf Coast in New York City.Being asked to serve as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City is as high an honor as they come for a professional chef. And now two Houston chefs -- each completely different from the other -- have bee ... More >>
Collaborative dinners take center stage. (Note: There are women involved, too.)Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ... More >>
FacebookLinda Salinas, before shaving her mustache.Linda Salinas is a talented sommelier and bartender. She's worked at and with some of Houston's best bars and restaurants: Voice, Anvil, Branch Water Tavern, Bootsie's, Beaver's, 13 Celsius and Kata Robata. She is a fixture within the industr ... More >>
We caught up with Certified Executive Chef Ronnie Killen of Pearland's Killen's Steakhouse to discuss what it was like interviewing with the White House and the reason for a steakhouse in Pearland, of all places. EOW: I understand that back in 2005, you were one of the finalists vying to be ... More >>
Photo by stu spivakMonday, Monday, Monday! The battle to beat all battles will be held tonight at Catalan featuring contenders from across the city as they compete to claim the prize of Houston's best pork belly. The third in a series of popular "throwdown" events organized by Jenny Wang ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>
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