Shawn Bermudez has slowly and steadily amassed a small real estate empire along Lower Westheimer to rival that of longtime restaurateur Marco Wiles and recent upstart Bobby Heugel. Wiles owns three spots, Heugel four. But Bermudez -- he now owns five. In addition to Pistolero's, a tacos and tequila ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.
It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>
Fresh off the news from earlier this week that El Gran Malo is opening a second location downtown comes word that Pistolero's -- the restaurant replacing Nabi on Lower Westheimer -- celebrated its grand opening last night. Owner Shawn Bermudez is best known for his other Montrose-based projects such ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Argentine cuisine.
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
Sundays are made for mimosas. The weekend is nearly over and you can feel your freedom fading faster than a Houston winter. It all seems to be going downhill. That is, until you remember you have the holy grail of weekend activities summoning you from the cocoon of blankets you've so delicately wrap ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jason Puffer prowls some of Houston's ... More >>
Houston's 10 best restaurants for pre-theater dining.
Intercontinental Airport must have finally gotten the memo that its dining options were sorely limited considering Houston's rich culinary offerings, because it looks like something's finally being done about it. Earlier this month, there was the news that chef Johnny Hernandez is opening The Frute ... 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 >>
Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>
This year's best Halloween parties.
2012 Houston Press Halloween Guide
Where to celebrate everyone's favorite holiday.
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.
Walter Berryhill was a mobile food pioneer in Houston, walking the streets of River Oaks and selling 200 dozen tamales from his little push-cart every week along with his wife, Billie, for nearly 40 years. A lit Coleman lantern hanging from the side of the cart let people know that Berryhill's tamal ... More >>
After a supremely busy seven days for restaurant news last week, this week let up a little bit -- but not by much. Starting off the week was news that chef Erin Smith is leaving Plonk. Her last day will be October 13 and after a brief trip to visit family, Smith will be back in Houston looking for h ... More >>
Rumors of a Ghostbusters actor's "party crashing" tour touch off a night of revelry.
See many more events this weekend in the Houston Press' 2012 Pride Guide. This Saturday, the streets around Westheimer and Montrose will be swamped with people for the 34th annual Houston LGBT Pride Celebration, one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the South. Started to commemorate t ... More >>
Confusing new law has bar and club owners screaming.
Sometimes, when you have a rough week that just so happens to fall between pay periods, you need a really cheap drink.That's when happy hour at Boondocks comes to the rescue. The vibe was pretty laid-back recently at 5 p.m., which was a major contrast with some of the rowdier nights I've spent at ... More >>
Boondocks owner Shawn Bermudez was arrested and booked at the central jail Saturday night when Houston Police Department officers responded to another noise complaint at the popular Montrose nightspot. Tuesday afternoon, Houston Police Department Public Information Officer Jodi Silva confirmed to ... More >>
This week, I stopped into Royal Oak to chat with Brant, a.k.a. "The Marshall." Inspired by some Civil War documentaries he had been watching a few weeks ago, Brant cultivated a mustache and chops, adorned his vest with a badge, and got behind the bar. He said that as the night wore on, folks started ... More >>
The "best cheap burgers in town" at our No. 3 pick.For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty comp ... More >>
Crab cake BenedictI pass Merche, which specializes in Spanish-Italian fusion and is located on the campus of the North Cypress Medical Center, every time I drive out to my parents' house in Fairfield, but had never stopped in until this past Sunday. I had heard Dana Tyson talk about it on Sun ... More >>
The Houston Press Guide to What's Happening This Hallowen
The Houston Press Guide to Halloween
The Houston Press Guide to Halloween
Mai PhamExecutive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony'sYesterday, we chatted with Grant Gordon about his road to becoming a Executive Chef at Tony's. See our chat here. Today, we talk about his role at Tony's and some of of his favorite things about Houston. EOW: So what do you do here at Tony's? G ... More >>
Hey Houston! Here's where you can save on food and drink today: VOICE deal of the day at Houstonpress.com: 50 percent off at Auntie Chang's Dumpling House: ($10 for $20). Steamed or fried, meaty or veggie, Auntie Chang's Dumpling House has a dumpling for you. Don't feel like dining in? Thi ... More >>
The Place: Royal Oak Bar & Grill 1318 Westheimer 281-974-4752 The Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays The Deals:$2 domestics, $3 house wine, $4 martinis, $1 off drafts, $10 select bottles of wine The Scene: My friend Ethan has trouble turning down free food. He says it's because he ... More >>
Readers discuss Slutwave genre.
Note: Beef jerky is best enjoyed in a t-top Firebird with .38 Special blasting from your stereo and your majestic mullet trailing behind you in the breeze.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've never yet pegged a rude waiter with a saltshaker from across the ... More >>
This did not take place at Royal Oak. I did not do this on Friday night (and never would), but you have to admire the creativity in some small way.When a friend wanted to meet for a late-evening bite to eat and some beers in the neighborhood last Friday night, I immediately suggested Royal Oa ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt had a bad experience at Royal Oak Bar & Grill this weekend and told us all about it. Lots of readers were outraged on her behalf, while others already had an issue with this place: the name. Said Montrosian: I'm surprised no one has commented on the name. I think it's awf ... More >>
Craig HlavatyAgora: Not reopening for a while.Houston had quite a few bars close down in 2010. They were your favorite places to drink, mingle, talk to a conquest, bum a cigarette, and spend money you didn't have, and they all mostly left with whimper, or in one bar's case, about a dozen fire ... More >>
Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos by Craig HlavatyOp ... More >>
Here's our guide to what's happening this Halloween.
Our guide to Houston's best Halloween haunts.
Our guide to Halloween's best haunts
Prowl lower Westheimer bars in your costume
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe soon-to-be-open Zelko Bistro in the Heights.Although it's been a while since our last roundup of restaurant openings and closings around here, that doesn't mean that Houston's culinary community hasn't been busy in the meantime. We have a feast of new places fo ... More >>
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