• Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 63, Bánh Mì at Les Givral's Sandwich & Cafe

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2013

    The Burger Guys and the Zen of the Burger

    Customized beefcakes from the complex to the purist's dream.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

    Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013

    Go West, Young Man

    The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Grading XXL's Past 5 "Freshman 10" Classes

    Apparently there are still rappers who want to make the XXL Freshman 10 class this year. Take Riff Raff, for example. He wants it so badly that he has been following everyone on Twitter who votes for him in the contest. The magazine began running its annual list of noteworthy, "undiscovered" rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Midtown

    Although Midtown may be more well-known for its bars and late-night clubs, there isn't a shortage of good food to be found -- even if the neighborhood is steadily losing many of the Vietnamese restaurants that once saturated the area. In keeping with Midtown's current incarnation as the drinking-ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Sampling Over 60 Restaurants at the 7th Annual Feast with the Beasts

    Check out our pics from the Houston Zoo in our Feast With The Beasts slideshow. There were lions, cougars, giraffes, snakes, elephants, a rooster and more. Plenty of animals and plenty of food -- exactly what you'd expect to find at the Houston Zoo's 7th annual Feast with the Beasts. This past Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Istanbul Is Constantinople

    The big news this past week was the closing of Pesce, the longtime River Oaks seafood spot at Kirby and West Alabama owned by Landry's (Harlow's somehow stays open, yet Pesce gets closed? Go figure.). In its place, yet another Brio Tuscan Grille is moving in. No word on what will become of Mark Holl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8

    Between our last Burger Bracket 2012 announcement and today, we had an interesting development: The owners of H-Town StrEATs welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. The team is taking a well-deserved leave of absence, which means that H-Town StrEATs had to drop out of this year's competition. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu - A Taste of Thai and More

    Photos by Mai PhamChef Jett Hurapan's family recipe crispy whole fish with spicy tamarind sauce​The last two days, we've been chatting with Chef Jett Hurapan, who is currently at the helm of the fledgling Blu Restaurant and Lounge in Sugar Land. Today, we try his food. Before meeting Chef Je ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Pho

    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 competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Shepherd on Draft

    ​Anyone who may have mourned the passing of Octane -- the coffee shop-cum-cafe in Garden Oaks -- will be pleased as punch to hear what's taking its place: Shepherd Park Draft House, a "pub/restaurant" which fills as much of a niche as Octane attempted to do. The bar will be located at 3402 N. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Operating a restaurant without the proper permits? Forget it, it's Chinatown.​The inspections of the past few days have resulted in just a few more closures/citations than we've seen in recent weeks. Not sure what led to the benevolence, but it might be at an end. This is potentially bad news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Lesbian Video!! Get In on the Action!!

    Get in on the action.​Are you a lesbian? Are you single? Do you live in Texas? Are you not freaked out by the idea of living your life online? No, we're not here to offer you a gig on our fledgling "erotica" Web site, but to tip you off to a casting call for thw web reality series Lezbeproud. ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011

    Metro Etiquette

    Five rules that should be added to light rail.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    The Seven Most Memorable Rap Beatdowns

    Wreckx-n-Effect went New Jack Swing on A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip in 1993.​When pop stars and Hollywood types need to settle a score, they take it to the courtroom. Hip-hop, however, operates by a different code: If you act up, you will get smacked up. Rocks Off was reminded of this when a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Nate Dogg's Seven Best Hooks Besides "Regulate"

    ​Hip-hop lost a genius late Tuesday, when Nate Dogg passed away from causes unknown in Long Beach, Calif. Maybe the man upstairs needed this OG, who was 41 and had suffered strokes in 2007 and '08, to sing hooks in the choir. Meanwhile, Nate's work here on Earth will live on in hip-hop histor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Food Fight: Vietnamese Egg Rolls

    Hollywood.​Fatty FatBastard wanted a Vietnamese egg roll battle. And what Fatty wants, that no-bean-loving bastard gets. He suggested I head to Hollywood Vietnamese and Chinese. I chose Pho Saigon Noodle House as the opponent. Let the battle begin. Hollywood For the sake of full disclosure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Top Five Hip-Hop Foes Turned Friends

    Marco Torres​Some rivalries are beyond repair. You'll never catch Kobe and Shaq trading smiles at a joint family picnic. 50 Cent and The Game will still be mugging at each other at the 2021 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Batman will always despise that sonamabitch The Joker. Truth be told, hip-hop is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    The Queen, Barbara Windsor and her wig encourage you to try Houston's version of the Queen Vic pub.​Richard Di Virgilio, a man who already knows how to serve small, finely crafted plates of food at Oporto, has finally opened his second project just off Kirby: The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen (2712 ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 18, 2010

    Dream Girls

    Miss Saigon is still stunning in this TUTS production.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    #98 "You Buy We Fry" Trout Basket at Hank's Fish Market 4319 Lockwood Fifth Ward

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2010

    Miss Saigon

    The story of true love and helicopters

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Get Out Your Hankies For TUTS' Miss Saigon

    Photo courtesy Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre​Director Bruce Lumpkin is a Houston native bringing Miss Saigon back here for a five-week run with Theatre Under the Stars, after his first successful tour here in 1991. He says some people consider it an anti-war show, but it is that and more. "It's an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    The 10 Best Places to Eat in Westchase

    Unlike neighboring Memorial, the Westchase district of Houston -- which runs roughly down the spine of Westheimer from Gessner to Dairy Ashford -- is brimming with some of the city's best and (happily) least expensive ethnic restaurants. Although you could eat at a place like J. Alexander's or Le Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Houston: One Tough Town for Noodles

    ​Tho Lam, a waiter at Pho One on Westheimer at Wilcrest, told me his life story the other day. Tho works for his parents Thamh Lam and Kim Oanh Vu who own the place. The name of the restaurant is a wordplay on his mom's middle name. Kim Oanh Vu comes from a famous pho family. Her father and Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Patrick Sims, Lil Wayne, Notorious, Suge Knight, Wale, Just Blaze, Devin the Dude, Klondike Kat and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Chill," Patrick Sims Wire To Wire Weezy has announced an April release date for his forthc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Soulbrotha, Slim Thug, Will Smith, Lil Wayne/Michael Phelps, Jodeci, DMX, MC Hammer, Yungstar and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Viva La Revolucion," Soulbrotha Wire To Wire Slim Thug says March will be highlighted by the relea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2008

    "Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975"

    This photography exhibit shows the journey one million refugees made

  • Music

    October 4, 2007
  • News

    December 15, 2005

    Tale of Two Cities

    Catholic priest John Chinh Tran re-created Vietnam's Thai Xuan Village in Houston with an iron hand. These days his control is slipping away.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Film

    February 6, 2003

    American Power

    Phillip Noyce takes a timely look at Vietnam through the eyes of Graham Greene

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world

  • Dining

    August 1, 2002

    Roll Your Own

    Saigon Pagolac's DIY Vietnamese fajitas may be a lot of work, but they're worth it

  • Dining

    May 24, 2001

    The Things We Still Carry

    Vietnamese food served with a side of fresh perspectives

  • Culture

    March 29, 2001

    The Rise of Saigon

    The musical makes a splashy regional debut despite an awkward launching pad

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2001

    A Well-Rounded Production

    Miss Saigon is more than just glitz and helicopters

  • Dining

    June 1, 2000

    Using Her Noodle

    Liberty's Annie Wong can negotiate a tasty truce among even the most warring ingredients

  • Dining

    April 27, 2000

    An Ideal Place?

    With a menu not quite as ambitious as its name, Vietopia is still a step or two away from nirvana

  • Calendar

    August 5, 1999


    The Asian Worldwide Elvis Fan Club Celebrates Elvis Week

  • Film

    May 20, 1999

    Oh, Bui!

    Three Seasons shows off a young director's purity and purpose

  • Dining

    February 4, 1999

    Class of '98

    A reluctant retrospective

  • Calendar

    August 17, 1995
  • Culture

    July 27, 1995

    Vietnam, via Broadway

    Despite its obvious flaws, Miss Saigon remains a must-see

  • News

    February 9, 1995

    Casualties of War

    Houston's Vietnamese now call Texas home, but they continue to be haunted by ghosts of the conflict that drove them here

  • Music

    February 2, 1995

    Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Have a Pepsi

    Country Joe's still politically correct (sort of)

  • Dining

    January 19, 1995

    Vietnamese Variety

    Song Long gets cooking with Vietnam's colonial heritage

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