Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>
Every now and then it'll surprise you.
Spending any time outside in the summer heat of Houston sounds like a chore, but even the most sweaty, sticky afternoon can be turned around with a cool, refreshing slice of watermelon. The Texas-grown fruit is at its peak right now, and individuals and restaurants alike are scooping up melons and ... More >>
In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>
If there's ever a time to savor garden-fresh tomatoes, it's summertime. So we're taking a look at some in-season tomato plates that can not be missed. From gazpacho salad to tomato tacos, here are Five Must Try Tomato Dishes:
I'm always up for a challenge when it comes to cooking a dish with many, many steps. But, sometimes my confidence gets the best of me and I end up miserably failing at cooking whatever it is I decided to make. For years, I had my eye on this layered Bon Appetit magazine cover recipe, Devil's Food c ... More >>
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Empanadas, stuffed and fried bread or pastries, are popular all over the world, especially in Southern Europe, Latin America, th ... More >>
For last week's cafe review I visited Caracol, the new Mexican seafood restaurant from Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, and noted that while there are some truly stellar plates on the menu, the sheer number of items being prepared in the kitchen is perhaps resulting in some dishes being less than they ... More >>
In large part, I agree with GOYA's slogan: "If it's GOYA, it has to be good." That mantra, however, isn't particularly helpful when you're at the grocery store facing down shelf and shelf (or even entire aisles) of GOYA products. Here are five of my favorites to try: 5. Low Sodium Black Beans. Many ... More >>
In the most recent edition of a year-long "Around the World" wine dinner series -- an evening that paired Spanish and Portuguese wines with the cuisine of Spain -- Chef Kristofer Jakob of Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge, the restaurant inside Culinary Institute LeNotre, left diners impressed. Jakob isn ... More >>
Act fast to save 51 percent off ($49 for $99) on your ticket to SportsMonkey's tenth annual BLT New Year's Eve Party at Lucky's Pub, Warehouse Live, and Mojeaux. Houston's biggest and best New Year's Eve party theme--"BLT"--stands for black tie, lingerie, or toga--themed dress is encouraged, but not ... More >>
It's Chef Monica Pope's turn in the James Coney Island Houston Chefs and Show Dog series. The Sparrow Bar Cookshop chef has created one heck of a gourmet hot dog that you will definitely want to make a date to try. Throughout the entire month of October, James Coney Island locations will serve her ... More >>
There was already a decent crowd gathered under the awnings outside of the H-E-B on Alabama by 11:30 a.m., all awaiting the noon arrival of Chef Aarón Sánchez. The crowd, primarily women, milled about, snacking on quesadillas and gently blotting sweat from their foreheads so as not to smudge their ... More >>
An evening of highs and lows.
Photo courtesy of annaliberaMake a cool and refrshing gazpacho like the recipe from Blue Jean Gourmet.CultureMap Houston: Houston will soon be graced with the presence of one of Dessert Professional's top 10 pastry chefs in America. Roy Shvartzapel is a Houston native and is opening a bakery, Common ... 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 >>
The big news this week for burger fans: The Burger Guys announced plans a second location of the popular west-side restaurant downtown. Instead of a pop-up run this time, the Guys will have a full-time restaurant in the city's central business district in the old Korma Sutra location at 706 Main. S ... More >>
Pena's in Pearland gives Shipley's a run for its money.
Mezzanotte owner Gerry Sarmiento released the above video on his website late last month to give diners a preview of his new restaurant, Piqueo, which is scheduled to open in the middle of next month. Like Mezzanotte, Piqueo will also be in Cypress -- right next door, in fact. "It's going to make i ... More >>
Photo courtesy of FacebookViva la Vida.Remember when Houston was going to get its own version of Vivo, the popular Austin Tex-Mex restaurant, complete with "rock star chef" Paul Petersen? And remember when that whole plan went to hell after Petersen and his investors couldn't get along? And r ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsBreakfast here is literally fresh from the oven.In this week's cafe review, we trek out to Richmond and Dunvale to investigate the offerings at Cedars Bakery. Because despite the name, there's much more to enjoy at this Lebanese bakery besides the pita bread. The bakery' ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttAssorted macarons from Petite Sweets.This is a good time to live in Houston, folks. Never forget it. A week so filled with restaurant openings that it requires three pages (yes, I'm warning you in advance) to discuss should be proof enough of this fact. News that T ... More >>
Photos by Matthew DresdenBBQ Duck TamaleAfter sitting down for a lengthy and fascinating conversation (recounted in parts one and two), Chef Birdwell brought out a few of the dishes on TQLA's recently revised menu. We began with the barbecue duck tamale, made with achiote masa and cascabel b ... More >>
Photo courtesy of TintosA refreshing gazpacho trio for summer.Hope you enjoyed our gorgeous spring, folks. It's summer again, more or less. And there's a lot of it left to go. Last weekend, even though it was a pleasant 62 degrees outside in New York, I found myself taking solace in a creamy ... More >>
A reliable favorite for low-key breakfasts, this little taco joint has some of the freshest, fluffiest, finest flour tortillas in town. Does the pair of chorizo and egg tacos below look familiar to you? Think you know where we're eating breakfast this week? Leave your best guess in the comme ... More >>
Tres leches from Samba Grille.I asked my fellow food bloggers to choose their three favorite desserts in Houston. Let's take a look at what they said. Geri Maria Harris 1. Churros and Hot Chocolate from Hugo's 2. Flan from El Rey 3. 5 Nut Brownie from Hillstone (formerly Houston's) Geri's ... More >>
striaticLast Saturday I went through my online "deals" accounts, printed out the coupons I've purchased lately and put them all in a pile; it looks like a manuscript. That said, I'm ready to do it all again. Read on for today's deals: Houston Press VOICE Deal of the Day: 50 percent off at Rio ... More >>
I know that this will not sit well with many Montrose-dwelling diners, but I don't really like Brasil, at least not for the food. Sure, it's a great place to go hang out over a cup of coffee or a beer, relaxing on the patio and watching the Montrosian wildlife walk by, caught in their timele ... More >>
Cacique products are a line of deliciously authentic Hispanic foods, including cheeses, creams, and chorizo. After making quality products for over forty years, the brand recently partnered with Food Network celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Together they have launched a campaign to encourage peo ... More >>
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And at this restaurant, they do it up right with fresh tortillas, greasy chorizo and plenty of salsa (in case the coffee isn't enough to wake you up). Does the meal below look familiar to you? Think you know where we're eating this week? Leave ... More >>
Saldivia's South American Grill's entraña
The wild tropical seafood restaurant Yelapa Playa Mexicana was named for a beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
Octopus a la Plancha at Ibiza
This huevos con chorizo taco was a little a pricey at $1.75 -- it was also a little too salty, but the spice level of the chorizo was excellent. I got a topping of red salsa, onions and cilantro. I also sampled three homemade tamales, one with a spicy pork filling and two with a mild chicken ... More >>
Photos by J.C. ReidChef Matthew LynnIn a city overflowing with wine bars, The Tasting Room at Uptown Park has distinguished itself with an elegant and comfortable interior design, a large and diverse selection of wine, and a friendly staff to help you find the perfect glass or bottle of wine. ... More >>
This Portuguese wine, tapas and espresso bar on Richmond doesn't take itself too seriously
Damian's Cucina Italiana
Daiji's Izakaya Japanese Tapas Bar
Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill
Goode Co. Hamburgers and Taqueria
Forget your arteries. Surrender to the Samba Cafe.