This week welcomes pizza, pasta and a whole lot of comfort food. But as we welcome these new establishments, we say good-bye to a couple of others. A little birdie told us that on either Monday or Tuesday of this week a "For Lease" sign appeared at Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers on Washington Avenu ... More >>
Scores of great female chefs are ignored.
Being the week of Thanksgiving, it's no surprise that it's been a slow one for restaurant openings and closings. Thanksgiving Day was a sad one for anyone hoping to bring a pie from House of Pies on Kirby to the dinner table. After its roof caught fire a few weeks ago, the Kirby location was forced ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal ... More >>
Tonight, IKEA will become much more than a storehouse for chic, inexpensive Swedish home goods. Tonight, IKEA will be the Iron Chef kitchen. Well, not the Iron Chef kitchen, but an Iron Chef-style throwdown will be happening in the upstairs kitchen at IKEA, and the theme is ramen. Foodie PR mav ... More >>
Texas makes some mean wine, but Napa Valley is the big cheese when it comes to American wine. On Wednesday. July 24, learn all about the wines of Napa Valley at the Texas Wine School's tasting class in partnership with the Napa Valley Vintners Association. The class, which will be held at Chilled At ... More >>
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 >>
29-95: Can a national media outlet really name the "top" restaurants across the country without putting in the legwork that people such as barbecue blogger Daniel Vaughn do, driving over 10,000 miles to visit 'cue joints for his book Prophets of Smoked Meat? That's the question Syd Kearney asks in a ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Indian cuisine.
A happy Friday morning comes with some happy news from around the city. First is the announcement that Goro & Gun -- the hotly awaited downtown ramen shop on Main Street -- will officially be open for business today at 4 p.m. Goro & Gun is only serving dinner for now, but lunch looks to be in its fu ... More >>
CultureMap: I had a very nice cup of juice at Roots Juice several weeks back and always noticed a good crowd at the spot when I drove by, so it came as a bit of a surprise to read Whitney Radley's report that Roots Juice has closed. The space itself may be gone, but Radley says the juices are "now o ... More >>
Texas Monthly: "For a city that sits so near to the coast, Houston is often criticized for lacking in contemporary seafood establishments," notes Layne Lynch in Texas Monthly. To find out why, Lynch visits with Jean-Philippe Gaston of popular new raw bar Cove. "We're the fourth largest city in the n ... More >>
Eat here before you die.
If you've read this week's feature -- "Eat Here: The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- then you've no doubt already asked why X, Y or Z restaurant didn't make the list. Maybe you've asked this question angrily to your computer, or rhetorically to a coworker who actually trie ... More >>
29-95: It's a New Year's Day must to indulge in a restorative brunch after a night of festivities. 29-95's Syd Kearney has an excellent list of places to do so, including plenty of favorites in and out of the Loop. Eater Houston: Speaking of...here's another very handy list, this one for all the ho ... More >>
The big news this past week was the closing of Pesce, the longtime River Oaks seafood spot at Kirby and West Alabama owned by Landry's (Harlow's somehow stays open, yet Pesce gets closed? Go figure.). In its place, yet another Brio Tuscan Grille is moving in. No word on what will become of Mark Holl ... More >>
Avocados. Many people's experience with them doesn't go much further than the standard bowl of guacamole. Which is precisely why Avocados from Mexico sponsored an Avocado Throwdown this past weekend at Warehouse Live. The unique contest challenged Houston cooks and chefs to use avocados to create a ... More >>
San Antonio Express-News: The big stink of the week still has to do with Top Chef: Texas, which -- so far -- is shaking out to be one of the worst decisions that Bravo has ever made with its successful franchise. The stinging insult of Houston being left off the list of Texas cities for the upcoming ... More >>
Anyone who may have mourned the passing of Octane -- the coffee shop-cum-cafe in Garden Oaks -- will be pleased as punch to hear what's taking its place: Shepherd Park Draft House, a "pub/restaurant" which fills as much of a niche as Octane attempted to do. The bar will be located at 3402 N. ... More >>
Brewpub is go!The city has lost one of its two restaurants with a tequila-themed nomenclature: Ruby Tequila's in Midtown, which closed swiftly and quietly late last week. The chain's website was quick to reflect the closure, removing the Midtown location from its site without a trace. A manag ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Coppa Ristorante ItalianoCoppa: Now open for business.The worst news of the week came from My Table early yesterday morning, when the magazine reported that downtown restaurant Voice has lost its executive chef, the very underrated Greg Lowry, and is in talks to "reconcept" ... 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 >>
Hubcap Grill's new fence outside its soon-to-be-open restaurant on 19th Street.Some familiar faces will soon be popping up around town, from the Heights to Montrose and back again, starting with the news that Olivier Ciesielski -- the former executive chef at Tony's -- will be opening his ver ... More >>
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. Weapons Grade: I inadvertently started a Twitter "war" (side note: really?) Mon ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThe Viola Lee taco is suitable for vegetarians and vegetable-loving carnivores alike.Although I love making fried green tomatoes at home, I'm not that good at it. But when summer gets in full swing, I begin to crave the things like mad. And luckily, this year, an in ... More >>
Pearland is really moving up in the world, home to greats like Killen's Steakhouse and hole-in-the-wall gems like Thanh Phunog that serve wild boar pho. In addition to its own recently opened version of House of Pies, a new biergarten/carwash called King's Biergarten has opened on Broadway. A ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseThe winning meatball in all its glory. See more in our slideshow.Although Trattoria Il Mulino might not have impressed in its initial opening days, the new restaurant more than made up for it at yesterday afternoon's Meatball Invitational at Damian's Cucina Italiana. The ... More >>
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. Great Food Houston: It seems like downtown has no shortage of fabulous little L ... More >>
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. Fork and Cork: Today is the last day to grab a meal at Magnolia Bar & Grill, th ... More >>
The Chron finally gets around to apologizing for being wrong about the supposed Clinton-staff vandalism scandal