South Houston

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    How Close Is Your Child's School to a Dangerous Chemical Facility?

    It's hard enough worrying about your school-age child getting a good lunch, now you have to worry about how close their school is to a plant that handles dangerous chemicals. Reportedly, just under 100 schools in the area are within a mile of one of these facilities. In the map above, the orange do ... More >>

  • News

    February 20, 2014

    The Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase Gives Players a Free Chance to Change Their Lives

    The high school senior football combine gives kids a free chance for scouts to have a look and maybe help them finance college in Division II, III and NAIA.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Breaking News: Funnel Cloud Warning for Fort Bend County

    Click 2 Houston is passing on a weather report warning of possible funnel clouds this morning in Fort Bend County. The report says that rapidly developing thunderstorms coupled with "a very buoyant atmosphere" will lead to funnel clouds. Their report follows:

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Got a Problem? Ask Monster Ballads for Help

    Dear Monster Ballads, As the result of two recent death scares involving skydiving and putting a fork in an electrical outlet, I have been having questions about where Heaven is located? Is it on a map where I can find it or is it located in a closet -- like those kids in that Narnia movie? Also, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    St. Joseph Altar Is A Tasty New Orleans Catholic Tradition With Italian Roots

    This past weekend and Monday, March 19, Southern Catholics gathered to celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph, aka San Giuseppe, the patron saint of fathers, workers, families and the Sicilian people, among others. Sicilian immigrants first brought the custom of St. Joseph's Altars to south Louisiana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Were Musicians Given Progress Reports, Lil Wayne Gets All Fs, Apparently

    There's this deli across the street from our work. It's an okay place to get a cheesesteak but it's an excellent place to get a burger. And for a brief period last year, it was A1 territory for fistfights. Kids were going nuts with that shit. They'd show up, fight, record it, then run home and pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Overlooked and Underrated: Finding Bonnie's in South Houston

    ​It spent nearly 25 years in the hands of a woman who started as a bar owner when she was only a few years short of senior discounts, and upon her death, it was passed on to her beautician because she didn't have any blood family, though she seemed to have the other kind in spades. Bonnie's ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Do You Know Who Killed Edlyn Villegas?

    Police and Crime Stoppers are looking for the people behind the brutal murder of a 36-year-old woman whose nude and badly beaten body was found near a Pasadena bayou New Year's Day. Edlyn Villegas had gotten into a verbal altercation at a nightclub late the night before, police say. Her body was f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes, Gathered Up and Google Mapped

    View 100 Favorite Dishes: The 2011 Edition in a larger map Now that it's been a little over a week since we wrapped up this year's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes, you've hopefully had a chance to digest some of the dishes on the map -- and I mean that both literally and figuratively. I know at lea ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 6, 2011

    C&D & Nostalgia

    This South Houston burger joint with a small-town vibe serves tasty, old-school burgers.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    The Taste of Nostalgia at C&D Burger Shoppe

    Photos by Troy FieldsPrepping for a busy lunch at C&D.​Everything about C&D Burger Shoppe has that pleasant glow of a hazy, nostalgic time somewhere in between the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even the slideshow accompanying this week's cafe review of the little burger joint in South Houston lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Best of Houston® 2011: Now In Handy Map Form!

    View Best of Houston® 2011 Food & Drink Winners in a larger map By now, you've hopefully had time to peruse this year's Best of Houston® winners in the food and drink category. If not, then we've put together a handy map (above) with all of the winners listed, for those who prefer spatial int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    10 Houston Restaurants Every Out-Of-Towner Should Visit

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTexas barbecue done right at Gatlin's.​On Wednesday afternoon, I mused that some day I hoped for visitors to Houston to feel as excited about our dining scene as I was about New York City's. The sheer breadth and depth of ethnic and regional cuisines present here is ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010

    Bistro Banh Mi

    Cafe TH harkens back to East End Chinatown with a French vibe.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    The Owls Prepare To Slay The Knights

    The Owls are led by their Ray Guy Award nominee punter Kyle Martens​The Rice Owls (2-5) aren't going to out-physical most football teams. They usually don't have the talent of other teams. So for the Rice Owls to win football games, they need outstanding game plans, solid execution, and they ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Live Music in Pearland

    Can suburb support a concert venue?

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    He Might Be a "Lil Young," But He's Not Stupid

    ​ The first time Rocks Off ever went to Houston's Show Palace Cabaret, we took eight tequila shots in a row in less than ten seconds (we have witnesses). Our friend Billy, who lost the tequila-shot contest, filled up three urinals with food he consumed that night and probably all the way back to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Cherry Top Bakery's All-Day Burrito

    Photos by Robb Walsh​In August of 2004, I asked a truck driver in the parking lot of Laredo Taqueria on Patton if he agreed that the spectacular breakfast tacos we just ate were the best in the city. "Second best," he said, "the best is Cherry Bakery." I had never heard of Cherry Bakery, and I ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 23, 2009

    Loaves and Fishes

    The best taquerías, like Taquería Jesus Maria, serve great Tex-Mex along with the regional Mexican fare.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Here's The Latest On School Closings Due To The "Don't Call It Swine" Flu

    Hamilton Middle School, which was closed Thursday and Friday over swine flu concerns, has reopened, HISD and city officials said.Hamilton had been closed because an individual "had exposure to a known case" of the flu, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathy Barton tells Hair Balls. "And subsequ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Mapping Out The Past & Future

    With another Sole stroll nigh, we thought now was as good a time as any for a look back at what we've accomplished already. Here is the Google map of our past adventures. View Larger Map Looks like we're gonna need to tackle Fifth Ward / Kashmere Gardens, the Heights, Sunnyside, Acres Homes, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Santa Round-Up Part Four: Finding The Real Thing In A Dying Mall

    This and every Christmas season the most important person is the baby Jesus, with a bearded, white-haired toy factory owner coming in a close second. Every year we flock to the malls to sit in our kids down on Santa's lap. Sometimes they run off screaming, while others take to the old guy just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    After the Storm Comes the Fire

    Photos by Daniel Kramer This house in South Houston made it through Ike with just some power loss, only to catch fire yesterday afternoon. Neighbors at Ammons and 8th Street say no one was home as they rushed over to watch firefighters battle the blaze.

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008

    Houston Turns Back to Tap Water

    That stuff flowing from the faucet is safe, cheap and environmental

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Listing 2007

    Yeah, it’s that time of year again when all of us people in the rock journo cabals start telling you what we liked this year. Then we make little lists and try out-obscuring one another. It’s fun, in a very sad and angry nerd sort of way. Anyway, this week I figured each day this week I would go ... More >>

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    System Failure

    Tropical Storm Allison destroyed houses that never quite got fixed, thanks to bureaucratic bungling and cheaters

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Great Moves

    Sometimes it's all in being in the right place at the right time

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    Altar Egos

    An Episcopalian gets bounced from her church for pressing the issue of female priests

  • News

    November 20, 2003
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    May 10, 2001

    Clinic at Death's Door

    With a local Democratic Party official at the helm, an AIDS agency nears collapse

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    Death of a Family

    Lee Brewer started stepping out on her husband of 30 years. She told him it was over. But Pete Brewer had other endings in mind.

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Sex Toys and Videotape

    Adult-shop raids raise the issue of what's nice and what's vice

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Another Night, Another Song

    In search of love and glamour on the Pasadena karaoke circuit

  • News

    December 3, 1998
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    March 5, 1998

    The Last Conqueror

    Cecil Hopper subdues the wilderness -- then enshrines it in his museum

  • News

    January 1, 1998