Tam Vo

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in River Oaks

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignores Scores of Great (Female) Chefs

    Time magazine recently published a feature on the 13 most influential people in the food world. The list actually included 15 people and a company, but it wasn't the fact that Time editors seemingly can't count that had readers, chefs, restaurateurs and just about everybody else in the food industry ... 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

    February 21, 2013

    13 Houston Chefs Who Have Celebrity Doppelgangers

    Check out which local chef sure looks a lot like a Spice Girl, who might be hosting a game show in his spare time, and who we think is a long-lost triplet: See also: - 12 Celebrity Chefs Who Have Cartoon Doppelgangers - 13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers 13. Kaz Edwards vs. Joshua Jackson We could s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best British Pubs: Close Your Eyes and Think of England

    You'll notice several things upon entering a British pub for the first time, especially if your only pub experiences to date have been in the States: The pubs are clean, bright and welcoming. The food is usually quite good. And pubs are family-friendly places -- for the most part -- which makes sens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    The last time we tackled the Top 10 restaurants in River Oaks, Tony Mandola's was still open in what is now Brasserie 19's spot in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Needless to say, things have changed a bit in three years. And in spite of its ritzy exterior, River Oaks still has plenty of inexpensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Monica Pope on the Transformation of t'afia, Hope for Houston and Being Pretty Darn Cool

    The current photo on t'afia's Web site, which is being updated every day with new imagery which relates to Pope's plans. You've heard of burning your boats. But what about burning your apron? It's this striking visual that is currently greeting visitors to the Web site for t'afia, chef Monica Pope' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Two Houston Chefs Honored by James Beard House

    Photo by Tam VoRonnie Killen will be reppin' the Gulf Coast in New York City.​Being asked to serve as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City is as high an honor as they come for a professional chef. And now two Houston chefs -- each completely different from the other -- have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Zelko Bistro Puts Female Winemakers and Craft Beer Front and Center

    Photo by Tam VoChef Jamie Zelko.​Zelko Bistro, although it's only been open for less than two years, has already garnered a reputation for its wine list: Aggressively priced, the list offers an excellent selection of wines between $28 and $46 a bottle. Chef and owner Jamie Zelko wanted it that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    The Summer of the Fried Green Tomato

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Marco Wiles Divorces the Woodlands: Dolce Vita Closed

    Photo by Tam Vo​Last month, Marco Wiles told me over lunch how frustrated he had become with clientele at his satellite Dolce Vita location in the Woodlands at 1701 Lake Robbins Drive. Customers were coming in and leaving as soon as they saw that Wiles didn't have Bud Light on draft. They were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Meat Zelko Bistro: Food Network Filming in Houston for Meat & Potatoes

    Photos from the filming are sadly embargoed until the show's air date.​There's a Food Network show called Meat & Potatoes? Apparently so, and I do feel better knowing I'm not the first one to ask that question. (Admittedly, not having cable does put a dent in my pop culture knowledge bank.) It ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010

    Bistro Banh Mi

    Cafe TH harkens back to East End Chinatown with a French vibe.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Chef Monica Pope Goes to Jail (Okay, Not Really)

    Photo by Tam VoI don't think they serve beets in prison.​But that's the status update that more or less freaked out half of the Houston food community when they saw it posted on her Facebook wall earlier today: Thought I'd send the lunch menu from jail (long story, blame the health dept) but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro

    Photos by Tam Vo​This week I have been sharing my interview with Chef John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro. After our conversation, I committed the deadly delicious sin of gluttony. First up was his calamari, which was quick fried and presented with two dipping sauces: the basic remoulade and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Minh Nguyen of Café TH

    Photos by Tam Vo​This week we've been chatting with Minh Nguyen of Café TH. Today we sample some of his favorite dishes. First up with that evening's dinner special: papaya and shrimp noodle salad. This special was made with very fine vermicelli rice noodles. The noodles, papaya and shrimp a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Justin Strang of Bistro Catron

    Photo by Tam Vo​We close out our chat with Chef Strang by eating our way through his menu. Before we get into the food, if you have suggestions or requests for chefs to be on our Chef Chat, drop a line in the comments and we'll do what we can. First off, we had his crepe stuffed with chili-pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse

    Photos by Tam Vo​We finish our visit with Chef Killen by topping off my tank with a steak, creamed corn and some crème brulee bread pudding. The simple seasoned New York strip was proof that less is more. Nothing was on the steak but salt and pepper and maybe some drool from me having to ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Desir Bakery at 99 Ranch Market

    Photos by Tam Vo​I did some weekend grocery shopping at 99 Ranch Market at I-10 and Blalock. On the way out, I noticed the Desir Bakery next to the checkout lines was not overflowing with people as it usually is, so I decided to stop in to pick up a small pastry to satisfy my sweet tooth. It w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Gilbert Arismendez of Phil's Texas Barbecue

    Photo by Tam Vo​We end our meeting with Arismendez by trying a three-meat combo plate with sliced beef with jalapeno sausage, barbecue ribs, garlic cheese grits and barbecue beans. Look carefully and you'll see that the ribs don't have the typical pink smoke ring. Instead, the ribs are pink a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Gilbert Arismendez of Phil's Texas Barbecue

    Photo by Tam Vo​We continue our chat with Gilbert Arismendez, the pitmaster of Phil's Texas Barbecue, to see how Phil's is trying to set itself apart from the local competition. The pitmaster will also give some expert smoking advice and discuss his favorite woods for smoking. EOW: Phil's is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Jamie Zelko of Zelko Bistro

    Photo by Tam VoFried green tomatoes​We conclude our visit with Chef Jamie Zelko of Zelko Bistro with tastings of two of her dishes. First up are Chef Zelko's fried green tomatoes. She batters thick slices of Texas green tomatoes in buttermilk, seasons them with Creole spices, and then fries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jamie Zelko of Zelko Bistro

    Photo by Tam Vo​We had a great time catching up with one of Houston's hottest and humblest chefs at her cozy bistro in the Heights. Eating Our Words: So we've been hearing a lot about your fried green tomatoes. Why is there so much buzz about them? Zelko: I really don't know. I can't tell y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3 - Michael Pellegrino of Max's Wine Dive

    Photo by Tam Vo​In Chef Chats parts one and two, we talked with Max's Wine Dive Chef Pellegrino about his creative contributions to the restaurant's menu. Then we tried two of them. The Hungry-Max is a revisit to the grade-school cafeteria lines, with the items served in its nostalgic compar ... More >>