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 >>
Take your mother out this year.
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 >>
FYI, it's on a Friday.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant gives diners the royal treatment.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.
Some people spent their Valentine's Day dining amid white tablecloths or indulging in a quiet, romantic meal at home. Still others spent it as any other Thursday evening. I spent mine watching one of my best friends come face to face with two feet of bread, fried shrimp and hot sauce. "I've been tr ... More >>
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 >>
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. 4, Oysters 1/2 Shelled at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar Some ... 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. 5, Oysters Victoria at The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen As a sta ... 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. 8, Oyster Stew at Danton's Seafood Kitchen "Hurrah," I sho ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A new location, right across from the old one, serves up new and old favorites. And yes, you might still have to wait.
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 >>
Photo by thebittenword.comLast 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 >>
Photos by Paul SedilloSamba Grille Pork BellyI 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 >>
Joanna O'LearyShaggy Dog Roll at NipponI 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 Café on the Green. We started with the crab cake ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Taste the goodness of Japan at this celebration for mom
Photo by J.C. ReidThe 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 >>
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 >>
The "Tex-La" food at Sabine River Cafe isn't innovative, but it sure is tasty.
Pile your plate with scads of sashimi at this new all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet
Fish City Grill's half-shell treats
Gaido's in Galveston doesn't always live up to its storied reputation
Great Gulf seafood in a mom-and-pop Mexican joint is a combination that's hard to beat
Oysters on the half shell aren't the only attraction at the old Magnolia
Zydeco Louisiana Diner
The last thing downtown needs is another mediocre Italian eatery like Brothers Petronella
Saltwater Grill's novel approach to seafood has Galvestonians moored to the place
Attention, Gulf Coast seafood fans: You're about to love a chain from Oregon
If it's crispy or aquatic, Fung's Kitchen makes it a delight