This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>
From the food to the atmosphere, Mr. Peeples is best described as sweet and mushy.
"He first selected the smallest one ... and then bowed his head as though he were saying grace. Opening his mouth very wide, he struggled for a moment, after which all was over. I shall never forget the comic look of despair he cast upon the other five over-occupied shells. I asked him how he felt. ... More >>
I think it's clear people in Texas are into eating fried food. And, it's becoming even clearer that we aren't shy about deep-frying non-traditional items. Why, then, should we be limited to chicken (and maybe fish) when we're craving a red-and-white bucket of battered goodness? Attention, colonel! ... More >>
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 her pers ... More >>
Stepping into Mr. Peeples for the first time, it's inevitable that you'll have a strong reaction. Bright neon pinks and purples, royal blues and golds dominate everywhere you look, from the ornate crystal chandeliers above the billiard table in the restaurant's main landing, to the hostess stand sha ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and myself, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly ... More >>
I find Ina Garten to be downright fascinating. Before she was a Food Network personality, she owned a specialty food shop in the veddy-posh Westhampton, New York; before that, she worked for the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) on nuclear energy analysis. She and her husband, Jeffrey, have no c ... More >>
One of the best ways to show your mother how much you love her on Mother's Day is to take her out to eat and treat her like the Queen she is. All throughout Houston, you will find an ample amount of opportunities to treat your mother to brunch, lunch and dinner. Here's where you can make Sunday, May ... More >>
Houston's 10 best beer bars
News of Houston's first big barbecue festival was announced yesterday, and fans have already begun buying up tickets to the appropriately-named Houston Barbecue Festival. Scheduled to take place on March 24, the festival has already booked such popular local smokers as Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, CorkScr ... More >>
It's time to start making plans for New Year's Eve and Day, if you haven't already. Houston restaurants are opening their doors for you and your friends and family to celebrate the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 with a delicious meal and champagne toasts at the strike of midnight. Many locations ... More >>
Yes, Christmas isn't here yet, but it's time to start making plans for New Year's Eve and Day. Houston restaurants are opening their doors for you and your friends and family to celebrate the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 with a delicious meal and champagne toasts at the strike of midnight. Man ... More >>
You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR and DecembeR? It's oyster season! During these months, oysters are at their peak. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Houston. No. 1, Grilled Oysters at Tommy's Restaurant & Oyster Bar "Tommy ... More >>
You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR and DecembeR? It's oyster season! During these months, oysters are at their peak. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Houston. No. 2: Cajun Oyster Stuffing at Yapa Kitchen While turkey is the ... More >>
At this new cool spot, you can get King crab legs -- but not served in any sort of traditional manner. Instead, the leg meat is removed and topped with a truffle oil-infused hot sauce and some fried lotus chips. It's sweet, spicy, totally different and totally addictive. Think you know where we're ... More >>
I had my choices all picked out before I even stepped foot in the restaurant. Backstreet Cafe was offering FOUR different Restaurant Weeks dinner menus, and I had a lofty goal of sampling two or three of them (on separate occasions). When a friend requested Backstreet as the location of her belated ... More >>
#7 Lobster Mango Salad at Smith & Wollensky At Smith & Wollensky, lobster-loving patrons often gravitate toward the more traditional preparations of the crustaceans (stuffed, boiled, broiled, etc.). In so doing, they'll no doubt enjoy their meal but nevertheless miss out on one of the restaurant's ... More >>
I am often entertained by the OTL-versus-ITL debate, just as I enjoy the Houston vs. Austin dustups that crop up from time to time. I spend a majority of my time inside the loop. The reasons are purely practical: my husband and I share a car and have a high-maintenance 12-year-old dog who limits o ... More >>
This popular Montrose bar recently hosted a crawfish boil. The picnic tables on its rear patio already bore marks like these from crawfish boils past, and I'm sure at least a few more Sharpie drawings were added that day. Look familiar? Think you know where we're drinking this week? Leave your best ... More >>
For a fast-food place, Cafe Kubo's knows how to produce one good bowl of ramen.
Bargas rolling out the crawfish at a recent boil.If EOW blogger and Louisiana native Jason Bargas's posts on how to put together the perfect crawfish boil have made your mouth water and your jaw ache just thinking of those spicy little bugs, we've got a treat for you. Bargas is co-hosting a ... More >>
You've never had a Bloody Mary like the one at Danton's.I tend to like gospel brunches in theory. It's the execution that is often uneven. At the House of Blues, the show itself is usually fabulous, but the food is overpriced and weary. While at Stubbs in Austin, on the other hand, the food ... More >>
For those (very few) of you who will wake up on New Year's Day sans debilitating hangover, this crab strata recipe would make an excellent brunch to start out the new year. Surprisingly light in texture, yet full of flavor and absolutely filling, it would pair wonderfully with some pepper ba ... More >>
Danton's Galveston Island Tea
The Barbed Rose tells you how to eat them.
Eat, drink, dance...eat, drink, dance...hey, it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it
Galveston hosts its first annual festival of all things shrimp
Troy FieldsNoah's Ark Bar and Grill (4438 Boulevard St., 281-339-2895) in Bacliff is salty as hell, in the best way possible. Downstairs, countless cigarettes have infused the walls with a smell we city drinkers aren't exposed to much anymore, thanks to Houston's indoor smoking ban. Area resi ... More >>
Polk Street Pub brings uptown bar food downtown.
After talking with Charles Clark of Ibiza for the past couple of days, today we continue, discussing how his signature dishes are based in his roots and how Ibiza patrons can make special requests. EOW: So what should a first-time Ibiza patron order? Clark: To truly showcase my roots, they ... More >>
Erika RayBarbecue Inn's famous fried chicken. When you find yourself in one of these establishments to partake of some tasty vittles (because don't seniors call food "vittles"?), look around and we'll bet the median age is older than 60. If you enjoy the geriatric crowd as we do, check out so ... More >>
Avocado Jumbo Crab Tower at Ruggles Grill
Baja Seafood and Oyster Bar on Westheimer where Tommy's Steakhouse used to be is offering a grand opening special: all the oysters, shrimp and fish you can eat for $17. I think I could make a serious dent in the oyster supply at this place. The restaurant is owned by Bob Walsh and his family ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttIn the heat of battle last night, the oysters -- and the chefs -- kept their cool. The fourth such event organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds, the Bivalve Throwdown at Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon saw 11 of the city's best chefs compete to create ... More >>
Cheap mudbugs and cold beer are the main attractions at this laid-back Katy Cajun restaurant
Lance Fegen's "New American Surfer Bistro" is like, epic, dude!
Winter is prime time at Willie G's oyster bar
Post Oak Grill
If you like smoky, eccentric eateries, you'll love Segari's
At Barbecue Inn, the 'cue is tasty, but the fried chicken rocks
Denis' Seafood House outclasses the competition
What's in a name?
A trip to Surfside will land you a prize catch: The bait-camp delights of the Red Snapper Inn