The Kroger Company

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    These Houston Area Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

    Whether you forgot an ingredient for your famous cornbread dressing, can't fit in the shopping, or just really, really like to wait until the last minute, here's a list of the grocery/convenience stores that will be open this Thanksgiving Day: Note: All information is based on telephone checks with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    H-E-B on Bunker Hill and I-10: One Grocery Store to Rule Them All

    I have lived in Houston a long time and it a lot of different neighborhoods around town. As a result, I have shopped at more than my fair share of grocery stores. From the Randall's that used to exist on the North Freeway as a kid to the Kroger where I worked all through high school to a Food Town o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Our Top 5 Generic Cereals

    It is no secret that boxed-cereal prices are majorly inflated. Despite being aware of this fact, I still have shelled out way too much money to General Mills, Kellog's, and crew on a regular basis for my favorite granola, cornflakes, and oats. Recently, I've been trying to save a few pennies by buy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Plucky Eating: Buffalo Wing Bar at Kroger

    I'm a latecomer to the world of buffalo wings. I didn't grow up eating them (in fact, there was a definite period in my youth during which I thought some sort of winged buffalo creature actually existed), and my initial wing experiences in early adulthood were unfortunately at lackluster chain resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Wine for Jews: Just Because It's Kosher Doesn't Mean It Has to Be Bad

    It's that time a year again: Like their brethren across the nation, Jewish Houstonians will make their way to their local supermarkets for last-minute kosher wine shopping. And like most Jewish Americans, they will find themselves ill-prepared in selecting the wines, partly because for most of them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Attack of the Frankenfish!

    It's not available yet, but once the FDA finalizes its assessment of AquAdvantage salmon, the genetically engineered fish may find its way to your grocery store fish counter. And you may have no idea that the fish you're eating has been modified with growth hormone regulating genes. These genes al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Sunday Brunch Gets A Little Less Fun and Midtown Gets A Little More Boozy

    Whew! What a crazy week it's been for openings and closings! First, the bad news. The worst news this week came from Farrago World Cuisine, whose owners announced it was closing after 13 years due to a massive increase in rent. The restaurant is catty corner to Midtown Park, which has seen a lot o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Top 5 Uses For Leftover Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

    Maybe you got a little too excited about Kroger's sale on refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe the neighbor's cute kid suckered you into buying two tubs of dough for her school's fundraiser. Or maybe doubling that recipe for chocolate chip cookies seemed like a good idea at 7 p.m. when yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    10 Items or Less: The Grocery Store Pet Peeves That Drive Us Crazy

    My mother shops and cooks for a living. She's there at Randall's or H-E-B or Kroger every single morning -- sometimes Costco, depending on the client -- with her battery of cloth sacks and cold bags, waiting for the day's haul of fresh produce, raw meat and canned goods to rumble down the conveyor b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Early V-Day Prep: The "Have A Heart" Cocktail

    No sooner have the Christmas M&Ms been cleared from the shelves of Kroger then scores of red and pink chocolate boxes appear in preparation for Valentine's Day. I used to fight such excessively early celebrations. Now, I just kind of embrace it. In the spirit of the upcoming heart-themed holiday an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Champagne Cliffs Notes: The Best Bubblies to Buy for New Year's Eve

    The weather outside was frightful when I rolled up to the mothership Spec's on Smith Street one afternoon last week. But it wasn't half as scary as the demolition derby that was unfolding in the parking lot there, between the old school Caddys, the C-Class Benzes, and the obligatory and ubiquitous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    $14 Italian White Delivers Quality & Authenticity at Kroger

    As for brand names like Valpolicella and Chianti, U.S. consumer perception of the Northern Italian Soave appellation was tainted in the 1970s by market saturation and a tide of low-quality wines that no longer resembled the wines traditionally produced there. To most Americans in my parents' genera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Just What Was Kroger Customer Service Thinking?

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    One Woman's Kroger Nightmare: Thanks to Staff, Wallet Trashed, Credit Cards Slashed, Driver's License MIA

    Bonnie Sheeren says she has shopped at the West 11th Street Kroger for 20 years. A former teacher at nearby Reagan High School, she knew many of the employees. It felt like home, less like a corporate leviathan than a neighborhood mom and pop. All of that changed at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Mt. Eden At Rich's

    Mt. Eden Rich's April 20, 2012 Friday, Mt. Eden, a music duo from New Zealand that is not Flight of the Concords, played a show at Rich's. And they were very good. At least, I suspect that they were, and that's the probably closest anyone can get to conclusively arguing an opinion one way or the ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Simple Sides: Delicious Herbed Quinoa

    Up until about a month ago, I had never tried quinoa. I was like, "What the hell is it? How do you pronounce it? Is it a grain? Is What do you put on it? Why is there so much in my brother's pantry?" So many questions. The bro had recently come back from a little stint in Peru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Korean Barbecue Marinades

    When you want Korean barbecue, and you want it fast, prepared meat marinades are the way to go. Now you can have a weekday dinner that's both quick and tasty. What is it? Bulgogi, which translates to "fire meat" in Korean, involves cooking marinated beef, pork, or chicken over a hot grill. In mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    FBI Releases Photo of Bank Robbers Leaving Kroger

    It takes a lot of chutzpah to rob a bank. Doing it in the middle of Thursday afternoon near a well-to-do neighborhood is even more bold. But choosing a bank that is inside a Kroger is damn brazen. Of course, the disadvantage of such a move is that you are likely to have your picture taken by a secu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Ode To Recalled Turkey: Top 7 Songs About Puking​This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but Rocks Off enjoys an adult beverage now and then. Sometimes we even enjoy more than one. And every once in a while we just might happen to, say, spend an entire Sunday drinking champagne on a patio and wake up the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Fast Times: Sushi Counter at Disco Kroger

    ​Sure, drive-thru windows are fast, but the fastest fast food in town is pre-made anything from the grocery store. Enter: the sushi counter at the new and improved Disco Kroger on Montrose. I haven't had time to explore the store beyond the produce section (so much better!), cheese shop, and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Ribs on the Propane Grill: Please Don't Call Them Barbecue

    ​True barbecue requires smoke, and I'm not buying a smoker. Great ribs need time, and low heat. So to make succulent ribs on a propane grill, I had to make a few cheats, but in this case, cheaters do win. The first thing I did was apply a rub. There's any number of barbecue spice rubs on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    VIP tickets will be on sale this Monday.​Bought your tickets yet for the upcoming Haute Wheels food truck festival? No? Good. Because you'll have an opportunity to purchase heavily discounted VIP tickets for the event, which takes place on May 14 and 15 at the campus of HCC Southwest. The Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Off the Wall: Fit for a King?

    ​Joanna O'Leary's recent post about frosted cookies created quite a stir amongst readers. But one comment stood out, and to no surprise, it was from one of my favorite responders--trisch. I don't know trisch, but can tell she's a "glass half full" kind of gal. She writes: "Yesterday I was d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Stocking Up for the Snowpocalypse

    Long lines at Whole Foods on Kirby this afternoon.​"People are panic buying!" read a half-joking email from a friend of mine at Whole Foods this afternoon. "The lines were long earlier," it continued. "It comes in waves." With the threat of a snow day tomorrow that's already cancelled classes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Nicknaming the Inner Loop Kroger Stores

    Matthew RutledgePosh Kroger is richer than you are.​Kroger grocery stores have a long and storied history in the city of Houston. I worked at one myself when I was in high school. Over the years, they have grown and changed and these changes have led people to give them nicknames. After a fru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Comment of the Day: Rat Kroger Edition

    ​Turns out, you guys feel passionately about your Inner Loop Krogers. We can debate various monikers all day long -- Posh versus MILF Kroger, etc. But HOPEFULLY only one of you has the nickname for the Kroger on W. Gray that commenter Knittingreader does: We live in between Disco and W.Gray K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Quinoa

    net_efekt ​What is it? Quinoa is often used in place of a grain, but it is actually a seed. The plant it comes from is called a goosefoot, and it is more closely related to beets and leafy greens than grains like wheat or barley. Quinoa is also unique in the fact that it contains more protei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Baja Bob's Sugar-Free Margarita Mix

    ​Ever since Bethenny Frankel on the Real Housewives of New York City started peddling the Skinnygirl margarita, I have been curious about low-calorie cocktail. I love me a good mixed drink, but as I generally dislike overly saccharine beverages, I find the average margarita rather cloying. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Grocery Snob: 5 Foods That Must Not Be Generic

    Photo by voteprimeThe only wiener we want between our buns is Hebrew National...ahem.​Kroger brand granola bars and canned chick peas? They are in the cart. Walgreens brand Ritz, er... snack crackers? Sure. I am a huge proponent of generic selections at the grocery store. For the most part, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Would Walmart Bring Low Grocery Prices to the Heights? Not Really

    This could be your grandfather.​To say that people aren't thrilled with a Walmart moving into the Heights is an understatement. Last week's town hall meeting did little to resolve feelings on either side of the issue, with River Oaks resident Michael Ainbinder -- the developer behind the plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    What Kind Of Music Stresses You Out The Most?

    ​Recently, Forbes magazine released a list of America's most stressful, and stressed-out, cities. Houston came in third, behind Las Vegas and Los Angeles. We know, we thought it would be higher, too. Forbes based its calculations on six factors that are either causes or effects of stress, and ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Wishes for Wilshire Village

    Plus: Reviewing the reviewers on Yelp

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Yuca Frita con Mojo

    ​This Christmas we decided to combine the best parts of traditional Cuban and American cuisine for our big dinner. While the flavors ended up working perfectly with one another, one dish was such an unexpected hit with everyone that we've decided to make it again for our New Year's Eve Party. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: No Joy in Turkeyville Edition

    ​While everyone's still making grocery lists and arguing over casserole, the Health Department has been making its rounds early in preparation for Thanksgiving, hitting up grocery stores and bakeries across the city. Kroger at 10306 Post Oak had violations in almost every department - meat, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    The Couple That Robs Banks Together Stays Together

    Photo courtesy FBI​ Fun with Dick & Jane was pretty much a bomb for Jim Carrey, but it looks like one couple really liked it.They walked into a Wirt Road Krogers this afternoon and robbed it.As the FBI puts it: At approximately 12:55p.m., the couple entered the Kroger and proceeded to the bank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    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. H-Town Chow Down: Albert runs not only one of our favorite local food blogs, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Nutella® vs. Gianduia vs. Kroger Hazelnut Spread

    Photo by J.C. Reid​Nutella, for those who've never tasted it, is the "original creamy, chocolaty hazelnut spread." Popular in Europe (it's made in Italy), Nutella is mainly eaten at breakfast or for dessert by smearing it on bread or a croissant, or folding into a crepe. "Nutella" is a brand n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Kroger Fired Him, But They Kept Using Him In Ads Because He's Black, Man's Lawsuit Claims

    Kroger will do anything to lure African-Americans inside their stores. At least according to one former African-American employee who is accusing the grocery store chain of repeatedly airing a TV commercial that he starred in -- aimed at buttering up a black audience -- well after the company had fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    I Am Loving Me Some Cake Boss

    Photo courtesy TLCFor a TLC show, you could do a lot worse than Cake Boss, which follows around a chubby Italian guy named Buddy Valastro who earns a living making fancy cakes in his family's Hoboken bakery.I'm talking super fancy cakes. Cakes shaped like fire trucks that light up. Cakes that have l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Look Out, (Really Minor) Lawbreakers: There's A Warrant Sweep Today

    If you've been ignoring all those pesky notices about paying that traffic fine or dealing with that $10 hot check to Kroger's, better lay low today.HPD is having another of its occasional warrant round-ups, where they knock on doors or storm into cubicle farms to arrest hapless citizens who are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    The Heights Is Getting A Supersized Supermarket

    Logo courtesy KrogerSwamplot has a collection of photos of the vast destruction being wreaked upon the strip mall at 11th Street and Shepherd that includes a Kroger.What's going on? A huge new Kroger store -- the largest in the city -- is being put there, a spokesman tells Hair Balls.The current sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Valentine's Day: The Lamest Gifts

    Valentine's Day is only a week or so away, dudes. Your restaurant reservations should be made. Your flowers ordered.Or, more likely, it's going to take you by surprise again this year, and you won't act until you wonder why there's all these people pulling up to a tent in a Kroger's parking lot buyi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    New H-E-B Store Says Go Fish

    The scene at the grand opening of the new H-E-B (8900 Highway 6 in Sienna Plantation in Missouri City) last night was more low key than the opening of the nearby Kroger this past weekend. There were a few red balloons tied to the wrists of kids, but no bands or football players signing autographs. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Recession, What Recession? Kroger Opens a Huge Store in Missouri City

    OK, there was a line for the football player signing autographs. The crowds intermingled with a walking crayon and some other cartoon character. Free samples of cheese and meat were everywhere and wait, there were even free samples of wine and beer being handed out. The contents of the rows of food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Battle station: Kroger’s

    There’s four days left to cash in on Kroger’s gift card offer. Buy a gift card for $300 and get $30 worth of free grocery money tacked on at no charge. The promotion has apparently been so successful that Kroger stores have taken down the signs advertising it. But if you’d like to make a quick ... More >>

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    November 15, 2007
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    October 17, 2007
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    November 16, 2006

    Butterball Run

    Steven Devadanam for HouStoned Images Ltd., Ulmtd. Team Corkscrew member Andy Adams and a Beaujolais Nouveau mascot re-enact the crash. (No mascots were harmed in this photo.) Four teams, four turkeys, two baby strollers, a grocery cart and a wheelbarrow: It sounds like a list for one of our C ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Mystery Bopping

    Racket searches for the hoppingest grocery store in town

  • Dining

    September 5, 1996

    Cafe? On Aisle One.

    At some supermarkets the question is, why wait to get home before you eat?

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