• Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Houston Summer Food Bucket List

    Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the weather and eat some really good food. Thank goodness we live in a city bursting with opportunities to satisfy our adventurous food cravings. We have listed ten food-centric tasks for you to do this summer. Think of it as a bucket list. Get all of these things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Paper Co. Coffee: Where Have You Been All My Life?

    It's no secret that I love coffee. The second a new coffee shop (or coffee truck) opens, I'm all over it. Although Houston has many many places to grab a traditional espresso-based drink, or a creative concoction with a variety of syrups, no two are the same. Each shop has its own atmosphere, vibe, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    BB Donuts' Croissant Burger Might Be the Best Burger Value in Houston

    In a strip mall on Westheimer near Taft, nestled between a dry cleaner and a Chartway Credit Union branch, you can find BB (or B&B) Donuts. Not to be confused with BB's, this eclectic breakfast and lunch spot offers a wide range of options, from kolaches and donuts, to the sublime breakfast croi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Five Houston Eateries Serving Chocolate For Breakfast

    Last week, in honor of February, Valentine's Day, and what is basically (for us at least) a month of unashamedly consuming chocolate, we brought you five chocolate-studded recipes that are completely acceptable for breakfast. This week, we're sharing five of Houston's best chocolate breakfasts for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    25 More Ways to Know You've Spent Too Much Time In Montrose

    Rocks Off loves Houston's adorably scruffy, formerly sketchy hipster 'hood long ago known as "Neartown," but sometimes you have to go beyond Allen Parkway or 59. We asked a few of our writers exactly when they know that last week, and they hit 25 and went right on going. You have a favorite pothole ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 14, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Doughnut Spots

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 86, Ham, Egg & Cheese Crepe at Melange Creperie

    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 list of the 100 dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving into Montrose; What Does That Mean for Houston?

    Fried eggs and truffle oil as toppings may be old hat to foodies these days. We're easily distracted creatures who paw like needle-clawed kittens at every new bauble that comes along. But back in the rollicking days of the mid-2000s, the novelty had not yet worn thin and restaurants like Max's Wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Wild Game Cook-off, Art Cars & Food Trucks, a Craw-wish Boil and a Mother's Day Reminder

    Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-off Saturday, 8 a.m. Pier 21, Galveston Island Yaga's has been one of the most consistent fixtures on downtown Galveston's Strand for decades, and this year the restaurant is celebrating its 17th annual Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-off by raising its millionth dollar for Galv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cheating Death and the Bitter Taste of Underberg

    CultureMap: I look forward to Ruthie Johnson Miller's "Where To Eat Right Now" post every month, as a quick and coherent round-up of the restaurants (and bars and food trucks and more) that are most ably capturing Houston's short attention span at the moment. The list for March includes a few newcom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    La Casa de Caballo Brings Tex-Mex and Steaks to Montrose

    I admit: I was wary when I heard the news that a Mexican steakhouse would be moving into the old La Strada location in Montrose. The two-story building at Westheimer and Taft has housed a succession of failures over the past five years: La Strada itself, which closed in 2009 after 22 years hosting t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Houston's Top 5 Alternative Venues

    5. NUMBERS Numbers fell off. Numbers ain't what it used to be. No one goes there anymore. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, the venue may be a far cry from what it was during its heyday, when the likes of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins were stomping through town and nearly tearing its walls down. But Houston, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Openings & Closings: September 2012, Plus Picking a New Name for Calliope's Po-Boy

    After a supremely busy seven days for restaurant news last week, this week let up a little bit -- but not by much. Starting off the week was news that chef Erin Smith is leaving Plonk. Her last day will be October 13 and after a brief trip to visit family, Smith will be back in Houston looking for h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Zach Adams of The Pass & Provisions on Switchblade Swizzles

    This week we asked readers who they'd like to see profiled in upcoming editions of Bartender Chat. Zach Adams was not only mentioned multiple times, he also happens to be working behind the bar at The Pass & Provisions, which just opened. A new chef-driven concept from Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terren ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 20, 2012

    A Fire at the Broken Spoke

    Roy de la Garza on what's next.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, Justin Yu

    First, there was Just August Project. And then came Pilot Light Group. And then came Oxheart Restaurant. And soon we will have the The Pass and Provisions. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat installment, we found out where Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, and Justin Yu like to eat around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Pass and Provisions, Warren's, Ruchi's and more

    Sometimes the city's inspection reports can bring news. And sometimes the online reports can be confusing. The Pass and Provisions (807 Taft) - a fine-dining venture Shilcutt previewed here - is apparently close enough to opening to warrant a pre-opening inspection. Good news for whatever the people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Lightning Bolt, Stoney LaRue, Etc.

    Stampeding Providence, R.I. noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt, a two-piece as loud as it is heavy, destroys an otherwise quiet Monday night at Fitzgerald's behind its forthcoming Load Records release, Oblivion Hunter, which the label describes as "amped-up and free, with an ear on the railroad tracks to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Cuchara Slices Up a Soft Opening and the Gift Horse Lounge Opens Its Mouth

    It's been a busy week, so straight to the dish: Cuchara, the Montrose restaurant at the corner of Taft and Fairview that's been under construction since February, is set to have its soft opening this coming Sunday. I peeked in one afternoon this week and saw an open, semi-industrial dining room with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Saturday Night: South Park Coalition 25th Anniversary At Numbers

    South Park Coalition 25th Anniversary Numbers April 14, 2012 Over the past 25 years, few rap cliques anywhere have been as prolific and consistent as Houston's South Park Coalition. To celebrate a quarter-century worth of underground rhymes and grinds on Saturday night, the S.P.C. brought both the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Istanbul Is Constantinople

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    The Pass and Provisions To Move Into Old Gravitas Space

    The pilot light has been lit: Chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of Pilot Light Restaurant Group finally announced plans for their first restaurant space yesterday. The Pass and Provisions will be opening at 807 Taft, in the former space of both Gravitas and -- before that -- the origi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The All-Montrose Edition

    It's all Montrose, all the time this week: Nearly every bit of restaurant scoop for the past several days has come out of the Montrose, starting with an announcement last night from the owners of the Eatsie Boys food truck: "EBOY BREAKING NEWS: We have signed a lease in Mmmontrose. Eboy 3.0 storefro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Turning Over a New Banana Leaf

    As reported earlier this week, Gravitas closed swiftly and unexpectedly over the weekend. The restaurant had changed hands several times in the last year, and both parties blamed the other for Gravitas's inability to make timely payments to the bank. All of its equipment was reclaimed by said bank, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Openings & Closings: The Chock Full o'Nuts Edition

    Yeah, I don't understand this either.​Remember last week, when we blithely reported that it had been such a wonderful week of good news? Prepare yourself for a mixed bag this week -- and it's a big bag -- starting with the ugly stuff. After Caffe Bello's abrupt closure, there were rumors that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Musician Hopes Free Drinks, Practice Time Draw Bands To Mango's

    ​Do you like playing music? Do you like drinking alcohol? Then Jess Wilson at Mango's can hook you up. Rocks Off was doing our weekly wade through Craigslist when we stumbled across the following ad: I'm looking for bands to play regular gigs on Thursdays at Mango's on Westheimer. All styles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Sinfully Good Treats from Sinfull Bakery

    ​Ever since my run-in with some miserable gluten-free (GF) pancakes a while back, I've been wary of GF food in general. But wary doesn't mean I don't keep trying the stuff in hopes of finding some magical GF cookie that doesn't taste like a Frisbee. There are certainly plenty of excellent GF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Mud And Dreams At Summerfest: A Personal Reflection

    Jen Dulisse​ Due to a previous commitment to my Houston 48 Hour Film Project team, I missed Summerfest on Saturday, so it was with eager anticipation that I got into my car and started on the trip from my home in Friendswood to Eleanor Tinsley Park. And that was how I found myself thinking "I hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Craving Crepes: Melange Creperie Hits the Streets

    ​It's 10 a.m. The parking lot at Mango's, the hipster hangout at Westheimer and Taft, is mostly empty as the usual rush of Montrose traffic tumbles past Melange Creperie, the self-contained crepe stand with a distinctive red awning that's set up shop in one corner of the asphalt lot. Buffalo ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 7, 2010

    International House of Sandwiches

    Juan Mon's youthful swagger is endearingly silly, and his sandwiches are very tasty.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Carnegie Vanguard May Finally (And Happily) Move To A New Home

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier says he loves working with "prickly parents" because they care about their children and want what's best for them.Perhaps that's why he and the HISD administrative team are finally on the brink of landing a new home for Carnagie Vang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Aftermath: Peace, Love, Little Joe and Hooker Heels at Westheimer Block Party

    Photos by Groovehouse​ We'll get the obligatory platitude out of the way first. If any of you didn't Day 1 of the one-and-only two-day edition of the Westheimer Block Party, then you missed an excellent day of music and community in Houston. As we walked between stages spanning the corner of Wes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Aftermath: Puppet Shows, Neo-Rastas, Freddie Gonorrhea, Black Congress and an Impromptu Nap Saturday at Westheimer Block Party

    Marc Brubaker​ Saturday's Westheimer Block Party began on a wobbly note, as most music festivals do with fans and staff still trying to find their bearings, aided by alcohol or otherwise. The scene on the ground seemed chaotic just an hour into the first day of the event. Organizer and Free Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    ​The big news this week is once again related to Bedford, the restaurant in the Heights that was up until very recently the home of heralded chef Robert Gadsby. A little birdie told us a few weeks back that Reef's executive chef and co-owner Bryan Caswell had big plans for the space, and they wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Cop Warmth Poaches Rocks Off's Artwork on New Cassette

    "Jesus Sanchez"... sorry, Craig Hlavaty Rocks Off loves getting local tapes and vinyl in the mail here. That's not a cry for free shit or a sad call for pity. We just dig hearing new music off something other than an Apple product or a boring plastic round disc. That being said we just got in the ne ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    December 15, 2008

    Coming Soon: Juan Mon's International Sandwiches

    A whole new concept in international fast food is coming to a stretch of Taft Street in Houston's Fourth Ward. Juan Mon's International Sandwiches and Drinks plans to bring an eclectic cuisine to one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. First, the neighborhood. Taft Street between West G ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2008

    “In the Soil: Nicaragua”

    Photographer Ryan Booth documents a trip to the coffee fields of Central America

  • Dining

    October 20, 2005

    Spy vs. Spy

    Our restaurant critic gets busted at Gravitas, so we send in our counterintelligence team

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Trem, Texas

    The soul of New Orleans lives on in Houston, especially at Sammy's on Main

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    On Shaky Grounds

    HISD got more than it bargained for when it decided to develop the Fourth Ward

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2004

    Moving Masterpieces

    The Art Car Parade keeps on rollin'

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2003

    Fire, Work with Me

    Fun on the Fourth

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Da Bombing

    The postering of West Gray

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    June 24, 1999
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    March 4, 1999
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    December 31, 1998
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    March 30, 1995
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