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    September 17, 2014

    First Look at Pho & Crab Restaurant, A New Vietnamese Restaurant on Houston's West Side

    Approaching from the west, the prominent signage of the one month old Pho & Crab Restaurant is easy to spot. The letters are in bold, the sign's black background pops, and, despite the neon brightness of the Ninfa's sign behind it (its neighbor), the words Pho & Crab Restaurant Vietnamese Cuisine st ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    How To Make Your Own Lobster Roll

    In January of this year my grandmother, Margaret Berkeley O'Leary, passed away at the venerable age of 100. As per my wont, I've been processing my grief for my grandmother through food and cooking, remembering and recreating the dishes she enjoyed. Gramma particularly loved lobster rolls (the ma ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    Take your mother out this year.

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    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014

    Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

    FYI, it's on a Friday.

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    December 26, 2013

    Where to Eat on New Year's Eve and Day 2013

    Making plans for New Year's Eve celebrations can be hectic and stressful, but that's why an array of Houston restaurants have opened their doors to help you ring in the New Year with lots of food, dancing, music and, of course, Champagne toasts at midnight. Treat yourself to an amazing last meal of ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    New Twists on the Feast of the Seven Fishes

    The Feast of the Seven Fishes may be an Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition, but it's so good that we think everyone should celebrate it. The feast, commemorating the wait for the midnight birth of Baby Jesus, usually consists of seven (or eight or nine) different seafood courses. Typically, t ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 69, A Dozen Raw Oysters at Pappas Seafood

    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 >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Head to Danton's for Seasonal Gulf Oysters and More

    November is the perfect time of year to indulge in seafood. It's warm enough that you can still sit outside if you want to, and cold oysters will still be refreshing, but it's cool enough to make you crave a steaming bowl of gumbo or baked oysters Rockefeller. Oh yeah, and nearly everything is plump ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    The Five Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Shrimp Fest, Mangiamaccheroni Pop-Up & More

    4th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival @ Saengerfest Park Friday-Sunday 2302 Strand, Galveston Eat some of the best and freshest shrimp from the Gulf during the 4th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. Start with a fried shrimp dinner in the park on Friday, followed by a gumbo stroll durin ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Every Meal Is a Feast at Hai Cang Seafood

    Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant gives diners the royal treatment.

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    August 29, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Order At Maine-ly Sandwiches BESIDES the Lobster Roll

    It's no secret that Maine-ly Sandwiches serves some damn fine lobster rolls. And if you go there, you should probably order one. But that shouldn't be the only thing you take home with you. Here are five other menu items worth trying at Maine-ly Sandwiches. 5. Lobster Bisque. The scene: you hav ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Truck Friday, Firefighter BBQ Benefit & More

    All Day Happy Hour @ L'Olivier Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, 5-11 p.m. 240 Westheimer Rd. In honor of Pride Houston 2013, L'Olivier is offering an all day happy hour Friday and Saturday. Chef Olivier Ciesielski has created $6 appetizers, including beef sliders with pomme frites and avocado pan ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    25 Dishes and Drinks to Make This Summer

    Now that we are past Memorial Day weekend, it is (un)officially summertime -- time for swimming, playing outside, cooking delicious meals and treats, and mixing up drinks. We have 25 dishes and drinks for you to make all summer long. Some are classic and some will help expand your palate. Make some ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Upcoming Events: A Five-Year Feast at Feast

    It won't be much longer before Lower Westheimer restaurant Feast closes for good. But first, it's celebrating its five-year anniversary to really drive the point home that goddammit we're going to miss the place. Its upcoming 5th Birthday Celebration dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 21, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It

    Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.

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    February 18, 2013

    Where to Eat During Lent 2013: 40 Days of Meatless Meals, Vegetables & Fish

    Lenten season is upon us. Many people have decided to give up something that they love in their lives, and most of the time that something ends up being food or drink. I'm talking about beer, chocolate, candy, coffee and meat. Devout Catholics also abstain from meat throughout the Lent season, so, ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    10 Oyster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 8, Oyster Stew at Danton's Seafood Kitchen

    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. 8, Oyster Stew at Danton's Seafood Kitchen "Hurrah," I sho ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    10 Oyster Dishes To Try in Houston: No. 10, Oyster Caesar Salad at Ragin' Cajun

    You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR, and DecembeR? It's oyster season! Not that I don't indulge in bivalves year-round, but during these months oysters are, some say, at their peak in taste. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Ho ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 1, Poached Lobster De/ReConstructed at BRC Gastropub

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 9, Crispy Lobster Sandwich at Backstreet Cafe

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen Falls Short of Louisiana Flavor

    New Orleans cuisine is the definition of hearty, spicy food. From shrimp Po-Boys to crawfish etouffee, each bite is filled with Cajun spice. Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen has a menu filled with New Orleans classic dishes, but the lackluster flavors left me dissatisfied. I'd heard that Schilleci's ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 31, 2012

    Double Happiness at Banana Leaf

    A new location, right across from the old one, serves up new and old favorites. And yes, you might still have to wait.

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    February 17, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Crawfish Joints

    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. Along wi ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Photo by​Last week's Hanukkah-inspired menu was insanely delicious. We even had a few friends over one night for some Hanukkah-inspired drinking games; Dreidel has never been so fun. Since I'm going home for the New Year soon, this week I'll be trying to use up what's left in ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    Say Yes to Protein at Samba Grille

    Photos by Paul SedilloSamba Grille Pork Belly​I was recently invited to a media tasting at Samba Grille to sample its South American steakhouse cuisine. I wasn't sure how I would fare -- I'm more of a seafood gal than a meat-eater--but between the exquisite food and the entertaining, informati ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    The Shaggy Dog Roll at Nippon Japanese Restaurant

    Joanna O'LearyShaggy Dog Roll at Nippon​I grimace when the canine species is at all associated with Asian cuisine, but that didn't stop me from ordering the Shaggy Dog Roll at Nippon. The components (shrimp tempura, mayo, crabmeat, etc.) seemed familiar and innocuous, and, besides, as I told ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    The Pappadeaux Platter at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

    ​The Pappadeaux Platter at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is overpriced, unsophisticated, and likely to cause water retention. But it's also really addictive. Strangely, I found myself wanting another one even when I woke up feeling bloated and gross the next morning. The Platter features fr ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    On the Menu: Crab Cakes at Cyclone Anaya's

    ​Of all the places one might have expected Houston nomadic chef Jason Gould to end up, Cyclone Anaya's might have been one of the last. When I think of the Midtown location of the slightly upscale Mexican restaurant, my first thoughts have always been of Tex-Mex dishes that are a little too ex ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: John Brand of Las Canarias and Pesca on the River

    ​This week we chatted with Chef Brand and tasted a smattering of the dishes he helped develop for the Omni Hotel's Texas Triple Play menu. Because Chef Brand was visiting, he did not prepare the meal himself - it was prepared by Omni Houston's CafĂ© on the Green. We started with the crab cake ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Berryhill vs El Rey: Battle for the Best Shrimp Tempura Taco

    ​Call me a late bloomer, but I didn't discover the Shrimp Tempura Taco until a year or so ago. Now I am in love with them. Though I know grilled shrimp is way healthier, blah blah blah, I wholeheartedly prefer the crunchiness of the tempura battered shrimp with the freshness of the cabbage and ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Galveston

    ​I don't know if it's the hot weather or the recent atrocity befalling the Gulf of Mexico or what, but lately I've found myself taking any and every excuse to make the trek down I-45 to visit our island neighbor to the south. Now, I'm not claiming to be a local who knows every great little und ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Mother’s Day Brunch at Tokyo One

    Taste the goodness of Japan at this celebration for mom

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    August 5, 2009

    BBQ Crab at Floyd's in Webster

    Photo by J.C. Reid​The dog days of summer bring both good news and bad news for Houston seafood lovers. The bad news is that crawfish season traditionally ends around the 4th of July. Also, high summer is not the best time to eat raw oysters as the warmer waters of Galveston Bay tend to produc ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    A Cafe Bites Nibble

    Qidong Lin, who's from a small town in China, was first exposed to a moveable sushi bar during a visit to California. "I liked the concept very much," said Qidong. "It is relatively cheap and easy for customers to see what they're getting and how much they will pay." So he opened Sushi Choo Choo (12 ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009
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    July 2, 2009

    Creole Rabbit

    The "Tex-La" food at Sabine River Cafe isn't innovative, but it sure is tasty.

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    June 4, 2009

    Bike & Bugs II

    Web exclusive!

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    October 16, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    Fish Frenzy at Tokyo One

    Pile your plate with scads of sashimi at this new all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet

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    March 22, 2007


    Mardi Gras Grill hosts a weekly eating contest

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    February 15, 2007

    Nacho ordinary nachos

    Fish City Grill's half-shell treats

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    July 20, 2006

    Fish on its Laurels

    Gaido's in Galveston doesn't always live up to its storied reputation

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    February 16, 2006

    Fish a la Plancha

    Great Gulf seafood in a mom-and-pop Mexican joint is a combination that's hard to beat

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    January 26, 2006

    I Am the Walrus, Part 2

    Oysters on the half shell aren't the only attraction at the old Magnolia

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    July 28, 2005

    No Cracker Required

    Zydeco Louisiana Diner

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    March 16, 2000

    Drowning in Marinara

    The last thing downtown needs is another mediocre Italian eatery like Brothers Petronella

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    January 6, 2000

    A Fine Kettle of Fish

    Saltwater Grill's novel approach to seafood has Galvestonians moored to the place

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    September 9, 1999

    Breeze from the Northwest

    Attention, Gulf Coast seafood fans: You're about to love a chain from Oregon

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    June 1, 1995

    Big Fun at Fung's

    If it's crispy or aquatic, Fung's Kitchen makes it a delight

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