Bocca Deli sits on the cusp of change while embracing the now of this north of downtown neighborhood.
In a recent Food & Wine article, restaurant editor Kate Krader called Houston "America's newest capital of great food" and listed 10 of her favorite dishes/drinks in our city to underscore her point. They included the Vietnamese Wagyu meatballs at Underbelly, the blackstrap rum daiquiri at Charity S ... More >>
Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.
It's been more than a century since the first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in Houston. George Caldwell brought The Original Mexican Restaurant to our city in 1907, influenced -- most agree -- by a restaurant of the same name in his hometown of San Antonio. It would be another 20 years before Felix Mex ... More >>
For whatever reason, some marketing genius decided that February 22 is National Margarita Day. I can't figure out what significance this day has to margaritas or tequila or Triple Sec or limes. Even the National Margarita Day's web page offers no clues as to why February 22 is so important, leaving ... More >>
Free Press Houston New Year's Eve Cataclysm Feat. Buxton, Infinite Apaches, Robert Ellis, Ben Godfrey Fitzgerald's December 31, 2012 Devil, your name be "Michelada." Who else could I blame for a New Year's Eve that seems to exist only as flashes and sounds and 11 pages of barely legible notes? Let' ... More >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
Let's get one thing out of the way before we get started: This is a list of the 10 best restaurants in the Heights, as "the Heights" is defined by the Houston Heights Association. That means that restaurants outside of its boundaries -- north of Loop 610 West, west of North Shepherd, south of the Ka ... More >>
Before we opened the report for the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury), we decided the inspection result would predict the team's fate in the coming season. This method has literally never failed, or succeeded. If it turns out to be an ineffective predictor, though, we promise to name our firs ... More >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
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Photo by lc_dbKing Biscuit was one of the many restaurants to close over the past week.After a quiet few weeks, a rash of openings, delays and unexpected closings tore through the city this past week, starting with the news that Austin's "sexy Tex-Mex" import Vivo is not coming to San Felipe ... More >>
Kevin ShalinTeotihuacanFor this week's Food Fight, we pit two Houston Tex-Mex heavyweights against one another. We've got El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, the young, scrappy newcomer, against Teotihuacan Mexican Café (4624 Irvington), the cagey veteran. Will youth overpower age, or will the consisten ... More >>
Photo by Kevin ShalinLai Lai Dumpling HouseWhen it comes to food, all streets are not created equal. These are the five best in Houston. 5. Airline I really wanted to put Airline higher on the list, but truth is, it just edged out Montrose to land in the top five. Granted, this street is ... More >>
New York Bagel & Coffee Shop.Over the past few weeks, some readers have taken offense to certain Top 5 lists, and how they only reflect the opinions of the writer constructing each list. With the help of my fellow food bloggers, we'll now bring you a slightly different take on the Top 5s -- a ... More >>
El Real isn't the only Tex-Mex place with a distinguished pedigree that opened recently. The Laurenzo family, which currently operates Laurenzo's and the El Tiempo Cantinas (but is perhaps best known for its connection to Ninfa's on Navigation, founded and run for 23 years by late family matr ... More >>
Pico's Mex-Mex.If Kevin Shalin's Top 5 Sandwiches was controversial, it will probably have nothing on my picks for the best Mexican eateries in a town where fajitas and 'ritas reign supreme. Although I have no Mexican blood in my heritage, like many Houstonians, I was raised on a taco- and ... More >>
Photo by Eric HesterThe winter spiced margarita at Ninfa's on Navigation.Tomorrow is National Margarita Day. (Yes, much like International Hot & Spicy Food Day, it's a thing.) And although it'll be cloudy most of the day tomorrow, the sun should come out right around happy hour time, and wit ... More >>
New York Bagel.I love eggs. Below are places to get the best egg dishes this fine city of Houston has to offer. 5. Frank's Grill This blue-collar eatery located off Mangum, inside 290, serves up huge portions to a customer base that generally has hearty appetites. When I'm flying solo, I ... More >>
Teo's.For Battle Chips and Salsa, I decided to pit one of my local favorites, Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe on Airline, against mega-chain Pappasito's. In a city filled with great chips and salsa, let's see how these two stacked up. Teotihuacan Mexican Café From here on out, I'll be referring ... More >>
Croissant Brioche.Every now and then, the temperature actually falls below 75 degrees, and when it does, I start getting in the mood for some French onion soup. This battle pits two places (Croissant Brioche and Au Petit Paris) that are within minutes of one another. Special thanks to comme ... More >>
It's late in the morning, and I am hungover and hungry. I call up a friend, and she suggests Teotihuacan. I can't even say that, but I agree because I am nearing death. She scoops me up, and before I know it we are on Airline and parking. I have been here before, my mind tells me, but not thi ... More >>
The Queen, Barbara Windsor and her wig encourage you to try Houston's version of the Queen Vic pub.Richard Di Virgilio, a man who already knows how to serve small, finely crafted plates of food at Oporto, has finally opened his second project just off Kirby: The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen (2712 ... More >>
Troy FieldsI feel guilty badmouthing the drink that probably had a hand in my conception (hi, Mom and Dad), but I don't like most house frozen margaritas. I do enjoy a good 'rita on the rocks made with fresh lime juice. I just can't stomach the blended Ectoplasm a lot of Tex-Mex and Mexican r ... More >>
Sous vide pork at Textile.Creating a top ten list for the Heights is an intimidating process. At a basic level, it's difficult to even define the Heights. And with so many great restaurants to choose from, we've had to leave out popular spots Teotihuacan, Vietnam Restaurant, and Onion Creek f ... More >>
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt"Cheese enchiladas served in chili con carne -- not thin, meatless chili gravy, or authentic enchilada sauce -- are the hallmark of real Tex-Mex, according to 78-year-old Fort Worth sportswriter and Tex-Mex expert Dan Jenkins," as Robb Walsh stated in his July 2 ... More >>
Last week, we asked you to share your comments with us about Houston's most underrated restaurant. In the second of a two-part question about overrated and underrated restaurants thorughout the city, you weren't any shyer with your comments than you were when we asked about overrated restaur ... More >>
Photos by Jay Francis Las Delicias, a new wholesale/retail store on Airline Boulevard just up from Teotihuacan, is selling traditional Mexican candies. There's the variety made by cooking fresh fruits and vegetables (pumpkin, for example) in sugar syrup, and also ate, a fresh-fruit puree in bar for ... More >>
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