When we left off in Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Samuel Beier, he had just completed a long stint under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Spice Market and Market restaurants in Atlanta. It was his second time to work for the world-renowned French chef. The first time being at the defunct Bank in Hotel Ic ... More >>
Chef Samuel Beier has a tricky mission: update Tony Mandola's cuisine to attract a younger clientele while still satisfying customers who have patronized the family's restaurants for over two decades. I don't envy him the task, but it is needed. Cuisine inside the 610 Loop isn't what it used to be ... More >>
As a self-identified "foodie" and food writer, there's little excuse I can offer for never having visited Tony Mandola's during my seven-plus years in Houston. "Mistakes were made," as they say, and it was only a few days ago that my inaugural meal took place. Note, "inaugural," not initial, because ... More >>
Next up in the Landry's Summer Chef Series is executive chef Ryan Braden of Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou. On Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 7 p.m., Braden will serve guests a five-course dinner with wine pairings for $95 per person. The meal kicks off with an heirloom tomato confit paired wit ... More >>
Though the World Cup is more than halfway over, there's no sense yet that the fervor is dying down--particularly as the home team (that's 'Merica, y'all) is still in the running. A few weeks ago, we compiled a list of some of the best spots in town to watch the games with a cold beer and (more oft ... More >>
Zagat Houston: Bars and pubs aren't the only places with incredible beer selections. Zagat Houston's Marcy de Luna shares her list of eight restaurants in Houston offering really good beer menus. Down House has 11 taps and one nitrogen tap of local and seasonal craft beers, while Guru Burgers & Crep ... More >>
Father's Day is less than two weeks away and it will be here before you know it. Houston restaurants are gearing up for the big day, and so should you. On Sunday, June 15, various establishments will offer celebratory brunches, lunches and dinners along with some drink specials. Check out our round ... More >>
Take your mother out this year.
Imagine you own a restaurant, and you want to fill seats. You need to get people to make reservations. So you turn to OpenTable, the number one online reservation software. It's been around since 1998, so it's had plenty of time to work out the kinks. Nearly 27,000 restaurants around the country u ... More >>
Le Sagre Series: "I Formaggi Freschi" @ Italian Cultural Community Center Friday, 7-10 p.m. 1101 Milford Learn about Italian food and cheese tonight at the first Italian Sagra, a cheese festival, hosted by the Italian Cultural Community Center. Enjoy a small-bites buffet and wine pairings with a mu ... More >>
Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.
FYI, it's on a Friday.
Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>
This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>
While many of Houston's finest in the culinary realm received awards at Sunday's 17th My Table Magazine Houston Culinary Awards in honor of their contributions to the Houston dining and restaurant scene, the most prestigious award -- The Legends of Houston Restaurants -- was bestowed upon the founde ... More >>
This is the second part of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and part three in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with Jose Vela of Mockingbird Bistro about coming to the States with dreams of being a drummer in a Mexican rock band. Today we continue our chat, and l ... More >>
This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Parts two and three will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. What's in a name? For Hawthorn's Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, it's a reflection of his heritage, his family, a symbol of honor and respect. Granted, the name doesn't roll off t ... More >>
With the Rodeo headed to town starting this weekend, plenty of local restaurants are featuring dining deals all season long. We've rounded up some of the biggest steals below, many of which even include parking deals. (And as anyone who goes to the Rodeo will tell you, parking is by far the least en ... More >>
In a big, bold move that throws The Original Ninfa's on Navigation an ever-so-slightly threatening glance, El Tiempo Cantina opens today on Navigation Boulevard, just a stone's throw away from Ninfa's. While the El Tiempo building structure is brand spanking new to Navigation, the family that owns t ... More >>
It's not too late to order those Valentine's Day sweets for your sweetie -- and if you order from Fluff Bake Bar, you can make the gift even sweeter: A whopping 40 percent of the proceeds from the bake sale will go to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. Pastry chef Rebecca Masson has put together a menu of Fl ... More >>
One of the biggest surprises I found in the course of dining at LA Bar -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- wasn't how expensive the Gulf oysters on the half-shell were ($12 a dozen) nor how much better those oysters tasted when topped with garlic butter and chargrilled (as seen above), but ... More >>
The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.
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 >>
Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling
Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.
Fried green tomatoes and bacon on brioche...these are a few of my favorite things.The corner restaurant on the end of a River Oaks strip mall at 2810 Westheimer has been a lot of things. It's been Rickshaw, it's been Fins, it was even temporarily home to Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen whil ... More >>
The big closing news of last week happened right after we wrapped up our last Openings & Closings post, because Houston is apparently the city that never stops closing restaurants overnight. That closing was ERA, the pizzeria on Market Square that had one of our 100 Favorite Dishes of the year, the ... More >>
Brasserie 19 is the place to see and be seen in River Oaks.
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 >>
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 >>
Pure Luck ravioli with warm tiny beets, brown butter and hazelnut puree.With an opening date seemingly in sight, the latest food buzz is centered around Chef Michael Gaspard's Brasserie 19. Gaspard's partners in the new venture, Charles Clark and Grant Cooper, are already old hands at shaping ... More >>
As the first month of the new year ended, restaurant openings picked up and Houston saw a busy week for new places. At long last, Philippe (1800 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-439-1000) has finally opened its doors. And lest you think the food is out of your price range, check out the bargain-price ... More >>
Blackened snapper.After we spoke withTony Mandola for this week's chef chat, he brought out a bowl of Mama's famous gumbo. The roux was deeply brown and aromatic, with tons of Gulf Coast seafood and fresh vegetables. The accompanying rice was fluffy and made an excellent base for the deliciou ... More >>
Earlier this week on Twitter, the Chron's Alison Cook noted disapprovingly that Rico's Luchadores had experienced a makeunder: "There goes the neighborhood: Rico's Luchadores has ditched the wrestling theme for more tasteful 'Frida' motif. Say it ain't so." Indeed, Rico's has been transformed ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Tony Mandola about his new restaurant opening in the spring, appropriately named Tony Mandola's (1212 Waugh). Today as we ask him about his recent award and how it really feels to be a Mandola. Eating Our Words: Your wife, Phyllis, of course, is part of a big Housto ... More >>
Plans for the new digs.EOW recently sat down with Tony Mandola to get the inside scoop on his new restaurant. We met at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen for a chat. Eating Our Words: Hello Tony! It is so nice to meet you. We have so many things we are dying to ask you, but let's just st ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightThe Place: Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen1962 West Gray St. 713-528-3474www.tonymandolas.comThe Hours: Monday through Friday 2-6 p.m.The Deals: Domestic bottles are $2, pints of Bud Light are $2.75, and pints of Ziegenbock are $3. House wines are $3.75 and select wines are ... More >>
Turkey and brie at Kraftsmen Baking.Here it is -- our final installment of celestial sandwiches. And though with this entry we now have listed 25 big ones, we didn't even mention all of our favorites. Yes, that's how much we love sandwiches. If you haven't seen them yet, here's Monday's, Tues ... More >>
Photo by J.C. ReidBAM! Goddamn peanut butter and bacon burger IN YOUR FACE. We're through the looking glass here, people!Welcome back to the weekly round-up of our food blog, Eating Our Words, where the beef isn't jerky but a couple of the maitre-d's are. Robb Walsh started us off this week with a v ... More >>
Photo by Daniel KramerWhen you start with one of my favorite drinks, the vodka martini, and you introduce a little creativity from a savvy bartender at my favorite restaurant in the city, Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen (1962 W. Gray, 713-528-3474), the result is a can't-miss. The Italiantini, whi ... More >>
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