Spanish Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Rice Village

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Jonathan's the Rub Is Staying Put in Memorial Village

    The second location for Jonathan's the Rub was slated to open at 963 Bunker Hill in November of this year, but that project has come to a halt. Chef and owner Jonathan Levine says he doesn't want to expand his business and would rather stay at his current location in Memorial at 9061 Gaylord. Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Tacos (And One Burrito)

    Our 2013 Best of HoustonĀ® 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 >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014

    Chic, Upscale and Authentic Thai at Songkran Thai Kitchen

    Every now and then it'll surprise you.

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    June 25, 2014

    Celebrate Watermelon Season With These Local Watermelon Dishes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Peak Season: Five Standout Tomato Dishes in Houston

    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:

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    10 of the Most Difficult Recipes to Make at Home

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Caracol: Go For the Oysters, Stay for Delicious Drinks and Desserts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Miles of Aisles: Top 5 GOYA Products To Try

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Chef Kristofer Jakob Displays Talent and Versatility Through His Wine Dinner Series

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Half-off Tickets to VIP New Year's Eve at Lucky's Pub, Plus Dining Deals at Majorca, Angus Grill, and 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Monica Pope Creates Dateworthy Hot Dog at James Coney Island

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2013

    Finally Visiting Cuchara

    An evening of highs and lows.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Second and Third Locations Edition, Including The Burger Guys' New Downtown Spot

    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 >>

  • Dining

    April 26, 2012

    Pena's Is Donut Heaven

    Pena's in Pearland gives Shipley's a run for its money.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Openings & Closings: September 2011

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Beyond the Bakery: Lebanese Breakfast at Cedars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Openings & Closings: June 2011

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photos by Matthew DresdenBBQ Duck Tamale​After 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Our 5 Favorite Chilled Soups for the Summer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Where Are We Eating?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Favorite Three: Desserts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    This Week's Deals

    striatic​Last 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 >>

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    February 3, 2011
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    January 19, 2011

    Breakfast at Brasil: Eggs El Salvador

    ​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 >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    August 2, 2010

    Cacique: Go Autentico!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Where Are We Eating?

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 24, 2010

    So Much Meat

    Saldivia's South American Grill's entraña

  • Dining

    February 4, 2010

    Mex on the Beach

    The wild tropical seafood restaurant Yelapa Playa Mexicana was named for a beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

  • Dining

    January 21, 2010

    Tasty Tentacles

    Octopus a la Plancha at Ibiza

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Taco Truck Gourmet: Sabrosita

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    October 8, 2009

    Looks Like Sausage, Tastes Like Shrimp

    Taquitos de Brochetta at Churrascos

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    New Chef at The Tasting Room at Uptown Park

    Photos by J.C. ReidChef Matthew Lynn​In 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 >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    November 27, 2008
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    November 8, 2007

    Oporto Café

    This Portuguese wine, tapas and espresso bar on Richmond doesn't take itself too seriously

  • Dining

    November 10, 2005

    Warm-up Course

    Damian's Cucina Italiana

  • Dining

    August 11, 2005

    Three-course Lunch

    Daiji's Izakaya Japanese Tapas Bar

  • Dining

    July 7, 2005

    Split Personality

    Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill

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    September 23, 2004
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    September 20, 2001
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    November 16, 2000

    Mmm, Mmm Goode

    Goode Co. Hamburgers and Taqueria

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    September 21, 2000
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    April 29, 1999
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    December 17, 1998

    Those Boys from Brazil

    Forget your arteries. Surrender to the Samba Cafe.

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    June 11, 1998
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    March 28, 1996
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