Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.
At Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the food plays a starring role.
Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>
Click for larger image.An organization called Sodexa is partnering with Houston hospitals, Sysco, and others this summer to help feed 415,000 "food insecure" children -- that is, kids who depend largely on free- and reduced-price school meals for sustenance. Sodexo's Feeding Our Future program "is ... More >>
Cavatore: An unassuming neighborhood joint that manages a few surprises.
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen 6401 Woodway Drive Tel: 713-334-7295 www.sylviasenchiladakitchen.com Earlier this year, Sylvia Casares, owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, was shot in the stomach and air-lifted to the hospital. It's not an experience that anyone would be expected to recover from ea ... More >>
Despite rowdy crowds and inconsistent cooking, Cajun joint shows real promise.
A Houston-bred attorney from a prominent local family wants to come home for the biggest day of his life: his upcoming 13-count federal racketeering trial. If the feds grant his change of venue request from Brownsville to Houston, Marc G. Rosenthal will bring one of the juiciest legal scandals in Te ... 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 >>
Complimentary bread service in restaurants was once as ubiquitous as free chips and salsa at any Tex-Mex spot. And it's still seen in a majority of restaurants, from fast food (free breadsticks at Fazoli's) to high end (a beautiful basket of gratis bread at Triniti). But as former New York Times fo ... More >>
Photo by Matthew DresdenChef/Owner Frédéric Perrier, in the kitchen of Aura RestaurantIn part one of our Chef Chat, we discussed how Chef Perrier came to Houston and his vision for Aura. Today we'll talk about working in the suburbs and his other venture, Hoggs n' Chicks. EOW: Talk about t ... More >>
Jason BargasMonday morning found me in Conroe helping out a friend, which meant that I was outside of my comfort zone of Inner Loop luncheries. My web search sorcery pointed me to McKenzie's Barbeque. The McKenzie family birthed the restaurant in Huntsville in 1992, with the Frazier Road lo ... More >>
There isn't much to salivate over at the Men's Club.
When the House of Blues rolled out their World Famous Gospel Brunch buffet shortly after they opened in downtown Houston, I was eager to try it. Then I heard about massive lines and long food waits, and I was scared off. But when I got the opportunity to go this past weekend, I figured the hy ... More >>
Eating at Zelko Bistro is like coming home.
Chef David Grossman judges one of the competitor's dishes.Last night's Chefs Under Fire event proved that some of the city's most talented chefs aren't cooking in the hottest restaurants in town...or even in a restaurant at all. Five area chefs competed in the Houston regionals of the annual ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStella Sola's version of "toad in a hole"My poached egg split open at the touch of a fork, drenching the brioche beneath it with a thick, bright splash of yolk. It instantly brightened my dark Sunday morning. Eating brunch at Stella Sola isn't the cheapest thing y ... More >>
Houston Dairymaids.For every Houston restaurant still using Sysco biscuits, there's a local vendor who's gnashing his teeth, ready to jump in if given the chance. Yes, the "little guy" local trade has grown steadily and profitably over the past few years as more and more chefs and patrons wan ... More >>
Movin' on up, to the east sideHey, Houston -- you are about to be home to the largest food bank in the nation!!Congratulations?On the one hand, it's great that the Houston Food Bank will take over the old Sysco Foods warehouse on the Loop and have plenty of room. On the other hand, it'd be even b ... More >>
Photo by GroovehouseDessert at a Reality Dinner / Click here for a slideshowOther cities have had them for years, but -- as with many concepts -- Houston is a bit behind the curve. We're talking about chef-driven, intimate, fiercely modern, multi-course dinners that allow a culinary wild man ... More >>
Kay Soodjai and her sister-in-law Supatra Yooto opened the Golden Room in Montrose 27 years ago. Last year they replaced the venerable Golden Room with Khun (Madame) Kay Thai Café (1209 Montrose), with a fast-casual concept and less expensive meals. Supatra, who describes herself as more of ... More >>
Photo by bf_photos BARC has inked a six-month contract with Houston consultant Gerry Fusco to address physical, financial and operational procedures at the troubled animal-control facility. Houston Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathy Barton told Hair Balls that Fusco will be ... More >>
We love to see classic French food in Houston, but we complain bitterly if it isn't just like what we had in Paris
Merlion in Seabrook has the best Thai seafood this side of Phuket
Especially when you're eating at Montrose Diner, where the food's subpar and the wait's long
The real chefs' surprise is who made it -- or didn't -- into Culinary Capital
Houston's most elusive taco truck serves up hot goat grease
Don't cook tonight! The first of a three-part series on summer takeout
The Med Center’s Trevísio may be frequented by surgeons, but that doesn’t mean the food is cutting-edge.
Dharma Cafe has atmosphere to spare and a lot of good home cooking, but you might want to pass on the pizza
Le Mistral offers culture in a suburban strip shopping mall
Texas is overrun with native whitetails, so why do restaurants have to buy their venison from game farms?
Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.
Lunch with Rory Miggins
Sempers is dead; long live Al Diwan
Ninfa Laurenzo's children return to the kitchen
Mings Cafe is a reminder of why America first fell in love with Chinese cooking
At Original New Orleans Po-Boys, the treasures are Southern-fried
If it pulls the pieces together, The Strand Brewery could have a powerful pie
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.