Stephan Pyles

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Houston Snubbed on Esquire's List of Best New Restaurants

    Remember back in August, when Bon App├ętit magazine named The Pass & Provisions the sixth-best new restaurant in America. Boy, were we proud of our homeboys Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan. On Monday, Esquire magazine came out with its own list of the best new restaurant in 2013, and you ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

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    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

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    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

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    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Lone Star Chefs: It's Not Always about Being Bigger, They're Just Better

    Our Texas chefs not only come from Texas but from all over the world and bring their culinary homes with them -- fortunately for us. Lone Star Chefs by John DeMers and Julie Soefer highlights 13 outstanding and diverse Texas masters. This book is part biography, part cookbook and part restaurant gu ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Roberto Castre of Latin Bites Cafe

    Today, Latin Bites Cafe, the tiny seven-table Peruvian restaurant that received critical acclaim during its one year, five month reign in Houston's warehouse district, is having its grand re-opening to the public in its brand spanking new Memorial location (5709 Woodway Dr.). At the helm of the bri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell in the kitchen at TQLA​In part one of our conversation with Chef Tommy Birdwell of TQLA, we covered his early career and his vision for TQLA. Today, we'll discuss Chef Birdwell's work on the Pappasito's menu, writing a cookbook with Stephan Pyles, an ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell, in front of TQLA​Houston native Tommy Birdwell, the co-owner/executive chef at TQLA, may hold the record for having worked at more restaurants than any other chef in Houston: 37, at last count. Then again, his career began at age ten. A graduate of ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    More Than Just Tequila at TQLA

    Photos by Troy FieldsNot quite chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but far more delicious.​I feel like TQLA -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- hasn't gotten the fairest of shakes. Yes, it's named after a beverage that most people associate with Spring Breaks spent partly in Matamoros ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    First Look at TQLA

    More photos from TQLA are in our slideshow.​If there are two things that serve to immediately dissuade me from trying a restaurant these days, the phrases "167 tequila offerings" and "Washington Avenue" would be those two. I have nothing personally against either tequila or Washington Avenue, ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by ilovebutterComing soon to Shepherd: another Lupe Tortilla sandbox for your screaming children to pee in while you drink six margaritas and try to forget they exist.​Ever since Shuck Daddy's closed down last month in what's quickly become known as the cursed address at 1511 Shepherd, p ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Houston Heavily Honored by James Beard Foundation

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRobert Del Grande​If anyone is still under the impression that Houston is trying desperately to play catchup with culinary empires like New York City and Chicago, they only need to look at the 2010 James Beard Award nominations -- released today -- to see that isn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Top 9 Houston Restaurant Closings of the Decade

    Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.​1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 2, 2004

    Grande Plans

    Houston's most famous chef talks about prostate cancer, turning 50 and what's next for Cafe Annie

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    June 24, 2004

    Food of the God

    Robert Del Grande continues to perform miracles at Cafe Annie

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    September 7, 2000


    Lunch with: Melissa Noble

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    June 29, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    At Home and Abroad

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    June 15, 1995

    Diner's Notebook


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    May 18, 1995

    Taste of Texas

    Rancho Tejas does guy food a gal could learn to love