Steve Sharma

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Review: El Big Bad has Captured Most of the Best from El Gran Malo

    The "Spicy, Smoky, Sticky Ribs" exceeded its promises. The Berkshire ribs, coated in a sauce with smoked Morita chiles, rice wine vinegar and piloncillo sugar, were perfectly tender. The heat from the chiles grew but never became unbearable, and the sauce had a deep, bittersweet character reminiscen ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Good Deeds: Volunteer Time and Food

    Show you care this holiday season.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Campioni Open Through Holidays and Fat Cat Creamery Finds A Home

    This past week, Eater posted that Prohibition in the Galleria area would be closing; however, in an updated post, Darla Guillen reported that Prohibition is actually moving to a building downtown. The new location will be at the McCrory Building on Prairie. The bar is holding a Closing Party on Sat ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013

    Bivalve Season Is Here

    Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    El Big Bad Is Coming Soon: Divine Tequila Cocktails and Chef-Driven Tex-Mex

    Located on the prominent corner of Travis and Prairie in the location that used to house Cabo's, El Big Bad, the offshoot of Lea McKinney and Steve Sharma's wildly successful El Gran Malo, is almost ready to open. The gorgeous copper-topped bar is in place downstairs. The large, inviting patio is ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Houston Getting Two More Tacos y Tequila Joints

    Fresh off the news from earlier this week that El Gran Malo is opening a second location downtown comes word that Pistolero's -- the restaurant replacing Nabi on Lower Westheimer -- celebrated its grand opening last night. Owner Shawn Bermudez is best known for his other Montrose-based projects such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    A Returning Champion Wins at the 2nd Annual Tequila & Tamales

    Check out pics from the second annual Tequila & Tamales throwdown in our slideshow. If anyone thought that El Gran Malo's win at the 2011 Tequila & Tamales throwdown was a fluke, last night's results should change their mind. The year prior, the gastrocantina on Ella won the Tequila portion of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Tequila & Tamales: And the Winners Were...

    Photos by Francisco Montes​From the moment I saw Chef Tommy Birdwell's tamales plated and handed over to eager guests, I knew he'd brought his A-game to last Thursday night's Tequila & Tamales event at Xuco Xicana. Each corn husk had been tied and butterflied open with a flourish, showcasing t ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 8, 2011

    Gran Success

    The infused tequilas and modern Tex-Mex at this neighborhood hangout are bien bueno.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Beer-quila at El Gran Malo

    Deschutes Brewery in Portland makes a hop-infused cheesecake for its brewpub menu. Charbay Winery & Distillery in California makes a hop-infused whiskey. New Holland Brewing in Michigan makes a hop-infused whiskey that it calls Hopquila. But the gang at El Gran Malo are making the real thing: hop-in ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011

    Dia de las Tequilas

    El Gran Malo is Houston's first infused-tequila bar, with a side of voodoo.