Spanish Food and Cooking

  • Culture

    October 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Gerry Sarmiento of Mezzanotte & Piqueo

    During our interview, Gerry Sarmiento, the chef-owner of Mezzanotte and Piqueo restaurants, mentioned that he and his wife Adriana wanted to create the kind of place that they would patronize themselves. Part of that job is to create an atmosphere where customers feel recognized and cared about. I p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Burger Specials & Taco Tuesday

    Beginning Monday, June 23, RDG Bar Annie will offer weekly summer specials during its Summer Food & Drink Series. First up is the Beer & Burger Menu, available from June 23 through June 29. For $29.50, each customer will be served three courses. Start with white gazpacho, or a celery root and drie ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Breakfast Tacos at Tierra Caliente

    Familiarity breeds contempt, and proximity to tacos breeds apathy. Or so goes my reasoning for why we don't frequent Tacos Tierra Caliente more, well, frequently. "It's right around the corner, we can go there anytime we want," I would reason. Truth be told, the fact that I rarely carry cash has a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Adios 1252 Tapas in Uptown & Hello Taco in The Woodlands

    While it's not a restaurant, it's still a notable closing. B4-U-Eat, an online Houston restaurant guide, announced its own closure on Monday, February 17. For the past 23 years, B4-U-Eat has provided Houstonians with a variety of updates for restaurant openings and closings, reviews and events listi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Spicy Mussels, Roast Chicken, and Lots of Chorizo

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 75, 'Date With A Pig' at Sparrow Bar Cookshop

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2013

    Growing Pains: The Newest El Tiempo Cantina Is Struggling With the Basics

    It's a shame when good Tex-Mex intentions go awry.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Gazpacho, Shrimp Bruschetta, & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Openings & Closings: 1252 Tapas Bar In Vintage Park Shutters, Camerata at Paulie's Opens & More

    The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    A Look Inside Batanga Tapas Drinks, Now Open Downtown

    There's been a lot of talk about downtown Houston's "revival," sparked by a spate of restaurant and bar openings near Main Street. But the word "revival" seemed grossly inappropriate as I drove to Batanga Tapas Drinks this past Saturday for its media preview party, as the word itself suggests that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Small Plates the Right Way at 1252 Tapas

    This past summer, long before he was raising Guy Fieri's frosted tip hackles, New York Times food critic Pete Wells was lashing out against the continuing "small plate" trend and its tendency -- as Wells put it -- to lend "the sensation of having eaten a delicious meal without feeling truly satisfie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    10 Things to Do Before Labor Day: My Summer To-Taste List

    Summer's back, and although it feels like it's here to stay, Labor Day has its way of creeping up on you. Every year, I give myself a list of things I'd like to accomplish before the end of summer (this usually involves a promise of nightly laps in the pool that I never ever do). This year, I though ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 22, 2012

    He's Still Got It

    Arturo Boada is turning out lovely pizzas and tapas at his namesake Memorial Villages restaurant.

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas

    Let the tapas begin... Photo by Mandy Oaklander​After our chef chat (see parts one and two), Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas first whips up a mix of Majorcan tapas -- warm, open-faced baguettes topped with vegetables (left), Moroccan sausage, and shrimp (right). The vegetarian slice i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    On the Menu: An Oporto Portobello

    ​Say that three times. Actually, at Oporto Food and Wine Bar, it's called an Oportobello. This was one of the many delicious tapas plates my group of friends consumed a few nights back at the hip Greenway Plaza-area establishment. Everything I ate that night was very pleasing, but the Oport ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Spanish-Style Meats at Specs

    Sobrasada.​Spec's is home to some of the best available Spanish-style and Spanish-imported meats in the city (as well as cheeses, but that's an entirely different post). I got to taste quite of few of them on Fat Tuesday to get my fill of meat before the 40 days of Lent began. While only a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​News that a new tapas bar is opening in Midtown led to the brief discussion on Twitter this week about pronunciation issues concerning holiday islands in the Mediterranean, and Houstonians' propensity to open restaurants named after them. Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, that new tapas resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Mexican Breakfast at Don Patron Bar and Grill

    ​Well, I'm getting closer to the tunnels, anyway. Don Patron Bar and Grill is located in the ground floor lobby of One Allen Center, at 500 Dallas. For dinner, Don Patron turns into a full-service restaurant. For breakfast and lunch, however, they open up a small take-out wing off to the side. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    First Look at Cafe España

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCafe España's version of a tortilla española.​The rap music playing on the speakers was not a good first sign, nor was the smell of raw sewage that permeated the dining room at Cafe España last week. My dining partner and I threw each other tentative glances as w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by GroovehouseShort ribs with chimichurri sauce at Tango & Malbec.​Last night saw the grand opening of Houston's newest South American restaurant, the oddly named Tango & Malbec (2800 Sage, 713-629-8646). No, it's not a supper club with cheesy dancers; it's an Argentinean establishment r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Recipe: Queso Fresco Cotija and Chorizo Dip

    ​Queso should arguably be the official food of Houston. No one makes it better than us, and we cannot ever seem to get enough. Although the creamy-smooth Velveeta variety is always a nostalgic favorite, switching up cheeses and throwing in some meat and vegetables is a great way to turn this a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Soyrizo: Even Better Than The Real Thing?

    Vegan migas con chorizo​The reason I first started eating Soyrizo had nothing to do with health concerns or the welfare of the animals that were going into the tasty Mexican sausage with the trademark bright-orange grease. No, it was a much more selfish reason than that. I was living in a sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Top 10 Foods to Eat à Deux

    ​Some foods just aren't meant to be eaten solo. Instead, they just scream "date night" or, at least, "really, really close friend night." Here are ten foods best shared by two: 10. Fajitas In the Tex Mex haven of Houston, this is an obvious choice. While you can order fajitas by yourself, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #71 Paella at Rioja on Kirkwood

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Not Eating Out in New York: While this isn't a local blog, we've quickly fallen ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 31, 2009

    Flat and Fabulous

    Andouille and tasso flatbread at Bistro Alex

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Openings and Closings: November 2009

    ​Although a very high profile restaurant shut its doors this month -- the longtime Montrose institution La Strada -- we've seen far more openings lately than closings. Below is your roundup of new and defunct restaurants from November 2009. Closings La Strada, 322 Westheimer Bangkok Room, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    The 10 Best Places to Eat in Westchase

    Unlike neighboring Memorial, the Westchase district of Houston -- which runs roughly down the spine of Westheimer from Gessner to Dairy Ashford -- is brimming with some of the city's best and (happily) least expensive ethnic restaurants. Although you could eat at a place like J. Alexander's or Le Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    ​November has been a good month for Houston restaurants so far, with notably few closings. Among them in the past week were two casualties of Spanish cuisine: Tio Pepe (5213 Cedar) in Bellaire and the adjoining Garnaxas Tapas Bar. In better news, a spate of openings around the city -- and esp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    RDG Bar Annie's Shrimp Meat Balls

    In the wake of Café Annie's closing, Robert Del Grande has taken up the chef's hat again. Just a bit further down Post Oak, the RDG Grill Room, Bar Annie and the BLVD Lounge are now all serving a variety of small plates and entrees at different price points. But even in a new place, Chef Del Grande ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008
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    May 24, 2007


    Sounds fishy

  • Dining

    March 1, 2007

    Give Me the Electric Chair

    Houston gets a prison-themed taquería straight from Mexico City

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    Late Desayuno, Anyone?

    Photos by Robb Walsh El Ultimo at Long Point and Antoine: One of the few tacos trucks that specializes in breakfast. El Ultimo Breakfast Taco El Ultimo Taco is the name of a shiny new taco truck parked in front of a carwash at the Southwest corner of Long Point and Antoine. I pulled over one m ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    April 10, 2003
  • Dining

    December 7, 2000

    Stirred and Shaken

    Mi Luna's sangria

  • Dining

    November 4, 1999

    Snack Food

    If not for the chips and guacamole, Tecate would blend in with all the mediocre Mexican joints

  • Dining

    August 20, 1998

    Setting a New Standard

    Tasca, serious about its food and service, delivers excellence

  • Dining

    July 9, 1998
  • Dining

    July 2, 1998

    Eats for the Beach

    Sabroso Grill offers tastes from the tropics

  • Dining

    August 8, 1996

    Cuban Classic

    Cafe Latina's staff may cross cultures, but the food is pure island

  • Film

    January 20, 1994

    Anatomy of a Scam

    Six Degrees of Separation, one of the best movies in months, takes the jump from play to screen with wit and brilliance

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