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    March 4, 2014

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead (Part II)

    Maybe your friend is obsessed with Cheesecake Factory. Maybe your kids scream for nuggets every time you pass Chik-fil-A (we don't blame them), but you don't exactly agree with their politics. Maybe you're just in one giant, chain-restaurant-filled eating rut. We've urged you to step away from the ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Katharine Shilcutt's 10 Favorite Dishes in Houston

    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 >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Lobster Rolls Are the Main Attraction at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    One of the first known recipes for lobster comes from Apicius, a Roman cookbook dating to around 400 A.D. that's organized quite like a modern cookbook into ten chapters. In "Thalassa," the chapter on the sea, Apicius provides recipes for dishes including boiled lobster with cumin sauce, lobster wit ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Cinco de Malo and a Wine Dinner at a Gastropub

    L'Olivier, the subject of a very recent (and mostly glowing) cafe review, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this coming Tuesday, April 23. In honor of that milestone, the restaurant is hosting its inaugural Soiree de Printemps -- a springtime soiree -- with an all-day happy hour menu, live mus ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine

    Tackling Nigerian cuisine so early in the Here, Eat This series? Why not? Nigerian food is some of the most accessible "ethnic" food out there -- or at least, it will be for anyone who grew up eating Cajun, Southern or soul food. I'm looking at you, Houston. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Indian Cuisine

    Say you've decided to be spontaneous and embark on a new culinary adventure, sampling a brand new cuisine for the very first time. Good for you! You deserve a virtual high five. But what do you order? This is a common concern among people who've either decided to try something new or are outright a ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants Near Hobby Airport

    One of the questions I get most frequently from friends who travel is this: Why isn't there anywhere to eat around Hobby Airport? To which I say: There are lots of places. You're not looking hard enough. Hobby is one of those parts of town that requires a finer-toothed comb than, say, the Montrose ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Celebrate National Margarita Day Today with 15 of Our Favorites

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffee Shops

    The last time we compiled a list of Houston's best coffee houses was in February 2011, and things have certainly changed since then. In just the last several months, Houston's caffeine scene has benefited from several new entrants, all of which are determined to raise the city's coffee profile just ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Dinner and a Show: Houston's Top 10 Restaurants for Pre-Theater Dining

    Chances are that if you're heading downtown for a night out at the opera, or the symphony or the Alley, you're not simply grabbing McDonald's on your way -- you want to make an evening of this, as well you should. Many restaurants have done away with theater menus, meaning you'll have to order judi ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    What Does "Comfort Food" Mean Across the World?

    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." -- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin A lot of people have a problem with the term "comfort food." It's far too arbitrary, they argue. It changes from one part of the world to the next. Ice cream and brownies aren't nearly as popular in China as ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza

    Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza. While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the mast ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Houston's 10 Best Late-Night Dining Options

    Good morning, sunshine. Did you have a long night? I hope not; it's only Thursday. Get ahold of yourself, man. Those long nights should be reserved for Friday and Saturday wee-small-hours-of-the-morning-type deals; mid-week debauchery is so 1990s. Regardless of when you're staying up super late (or ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants on Washington Avenue

    After last week's Top 10 Restaurants in Rice Village kerfuffle, we've made extra-double sure that this week's list is wholly and completely intact. Now, that doesn't mean your favorite restaurant necessarily made the cut -- that's a whole other conversation for the comments section. What did make t ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead

    In the last couple of weeks, we've explored fun and funky Texas wines to drink in lieu of old standbys like Cabernet and Chardonnay and we've showcased local beers that can be enlisted to help wean your friends off adjunct lagers made by giant corporations. And just like we all have loved ones that ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

    You don't have to wait for Cinco de Mayo to enjoy one of the city's favorite cocktails, but it doesn't hurt to have a few in celebration, either. Just remember to toast the Battle of Puebla (after all, that's what Cinco de Mayo commemorates -- not Mexican Independence Day.) 10. Sorrel Urban Bistro ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Served With a Side of Nostalgia: Houston's Top 10 Time Warp Restaurants

    There are restaurants which evoke a strong sense of nostalgia, even if you've never dined there before. You can look around at the picture-lined walls or the spots near the counter where the linoleum has rubbed away and know that you are only a small speck of the humanity that this place has served ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Burgers

    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. Houston ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Martinis

    Photo by Jonathan Cohen​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 b ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Hot Dogs

    Photo by Jeff VogtYou can even get sauerkraut on your $1.50 Costco dog!​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 w ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Today's VOICE Daily Deal: $12 for $25 at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

    Photos by Troy Fields​ The bright colors of the food and the decor at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen are awfully festive, perfect for a holiday meal, or the gift of one, so today's VOICE Daily Deal is great for the season. For $12, you can get $25 worth of Sylvia Casares's famous enchiladas, a 201 ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    The Key to the Kitchen: Coppa's Female Executive Chef, Brandi Key, Is No Novelty Act

    November 3 was National Men Make Dinner Day, one of an increasingly nonsensical line of national holidays that are being trotted out in larger numbers every year. This particular holiday was especially perplexing to those in the food industry, where men make dinner every night. A man probably will m ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Pho

    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.

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    August 3, 2011

    The Low Down on Down House

    Photos by Troy FieldsLike this guy, I'm happy to drink anywhere that has the three C's: coffee, cocktails and craft beer.​While I'm still not entirely sure what Down House wants to be -- restaurant, coffee shop, bar, a combination of all three? -- I'm also not so sure that's a bad thing. The l ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Bootsie's Heritage Cafe: Behind the Review

    Photos by Troy FieldsChicken-fried rabbit at Bootsie's.​Bootsie's Heritage Cafe is the little restaurant in Tomball that's turning out food to set the rest of Houston topsy-turvy. When I took my first vacation since starting at the Houston Press as the food critic, EOW blogger Jason Bargas t ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Houston's Best Patios: The 10 Best to Pretend You're On Vacation

    Photo by Taylor LaShaeEl Pueblito, home of Houston's best cabanas.​With patio weather season in full swing, Houstonians are absolutely spoiled for places to enjoy the day outside. And sometimes all you know is that you're in the mood for a patio, but can't figure out where to go. So how do you ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Cafe Mawal: Eating Outdoors Has Never Been So Attractive

    Photos by Troy FieldsMawal-style chicken on the grill.​Cafe Mawal -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is practically built for al fresco dining. Sure, you can grab a seat inside amongst the older folks playing backgammon or sit and stare at the flat-screen TV mounted to one wall, but ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    More Than Just Tequila at TQLA

    Photos by Troy FieldsNot quite chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but far more delicious.​I feel like TQLA -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- hasn't gotten the fairest of shakes. Yes, it's named after a beverage that most people associate with Spring Breaks spent partly in Matamoros ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Supper's On at Natachee's

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe open-faced meatloaf sandwich comes with a fried egg on top, inside of an onion ring. It's overkill in the best, most spirited way.​I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong. (Life lesson: It's so much easier that way, kiddos.) And I was wrong about Natachee's Supper 'n ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Pie, Dirt and Pimento Cheese: Food Trends for 2011

    Photo by Troy Fields2011 will be the year of the hot dog...among other delights.​Back in October, Nation's Restaurant News released their annual list of predicted food trends for 2011. Some items were already cresting the horizon here in Houston two months ago: high-end junk food, one-dish res ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2010

    Which one of our top 10 restaurants landed a spot in the newest edition of GQ?​Trying to select only 10 restaurants out of the dozens that have opened the past year is agonizing. In a good way, of course -- Houston has been fertile ground for innovative and passionate restaurateurs this year. ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Troy Fields​Have you ever wanted to play chef for a day in the vast kitchen at Brennan's? Your chance to man the stoves (seen above) is coming up, as Alex Brennan Martin has now revived the Creole restaurant's beloved "Chef For A Day" program. Available only to one person per day (and ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Happy Hour at BRC Gastropub

    Photos by Troy Fields​Some things at BRC Gastropub -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- can be hit or miss. Even the wonderful mac 'n' cheese, which was named Best Mac and Cheese in this year's Best of Houston® issue, can have performance anxiety. But one thing that isn't hit or miss ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge's Luxetini

    Photo by Troy Fields​Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge (1201 San Jacinto, 713-343-3300) is the kind of place where Zac Efron and John Mayer bowl. At least the Lucky Strike in Los Angeles is, according to the framed PR rags mounted over the urinals at the Houston location. So you might not run into a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Onion Creek's Gin Rickey

    Photo by Troy Fields​The first time I got drunk at a bar was at Fitzgerald's in the Heights. Many years later, I'm sitting at a picnic table and drinking a Gin Rickey down the block at Onion Creek (3106 White Oak Dr., 713-880-0706), thinking about how things are different now. Mainly, I'm not ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Gallant Knight's Chocolate Cake

    Photo by Troy Fields​My friend Hassan describes the differences between the new The Gallant Knight (2511 Bissonnet, 713-942-9940) and the old location like this: "It used to be way smaller, and white people would actually dance." She's right — most patrons are out on the patio, drinking ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Doghouse Tavern's Vodka Press

    Photo by Troy Fields​When you're a captain of industry and all-around master of the universe, sometimes all you desire on a Tuesday night is a peaceful bar where you can meet up with peers and confabulate. Two colleagues and I found such a place in Doghouse Tavern (2517 Bagby, 713-520-1118). T ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Downing Street Pub's Downing Street Draft

    Photo by Troy Fields​If you're on a scavenger hunt and anti-Obama bathroom graffiti pops up on your list, try Downing Street Pub (2549 Kirby, 713-523-2291). The place is how you might imagine The Wall Street Journal as a bar — lousy with white collars, cigars and masculine wood (the stai ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Komodo Pub's Nuclear Rainbow

    Photo by Troy Fields​It didn't take long to realize Komodo's Pub (2004 Baldwin, 713-655-1501) is no dive. The Internet (specifically, Yelp.com) might have you believe that, but careful on-site analysis of the bar reveals that the Internet is full of bullshit. A real dive doesn't have "nice flo ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Stag's Head Pub's Jailbird

    Photo by Troy Fields​The Stag's Head Pub (2128 Portsmouth, 713-521-2333) is a warm, comfortable place to celebrate a friend's getting out of a cold, uncomfortable place with some inappropriately heavy Monday-night drinking. Mike (new nickname: Short Timer) had spent the weekend in county locku ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Rebels Honky Tonk's Mother-Effer

    Photo by Troy Fields​At Rebels Honky Tonk (5002 Washington, 713-862-7172), the classics are relegated to the bathroom. The record jackets mounted on the men's-room wall feature the likes of Willie Nelson and Marty Robbins, but on a recent Wednesday night a couple KILT-FM DJs were pumping nothi ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    The 10 Best Places to Eat in Memorial

    Although it's undergoing some massive growth in the form of redevelopment and expansion at Memorial City Mall and the construction of the nearly finished CityCentre "town square" off Beltway 8, Memorial is still in many ways a sweetly sleepy suburb. But sleepy doesn't necessarily mean boring. And su ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Char Bar's Manhattan

    Photo by Troy Fields​Back in 1936, the year Duke's of Hollywood Tailors opened downtown, there were no such things as woo-girls, light beer or house music. Going for a drink meant staking out a stool at a dimly lit bar and ordering a proper cocktail from a man with a white towel draped over hi ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Front Porch Pub's Poison Girl

    Photo by Troy Fields​"I'd hate to own a bar," says Sergeant B. "I'd have to deal with people like me." He's talking about agitated drinkers, and in this case, the source of the agitation is a Monday Night Football bingo game at Front Porch Pub (217 Gray, 713-571-9571). Bingo and anger normally ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Lone Star Saloon's Green Demon

    Photo by Troy Fields​It was dangerously close to Tuesday morning, it was raining and I was combing the gutter outside Lone Star Saloon (1900 Travis, 713-757-1616) for a receipt I shouldn't have thrown away. Bartender Kari was helping me look because a) she's gracious, b) it was the merchant co ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Cava Bistro's Southern Belle

    Photo by Troy Fields​Alissa, the lovely GM at Cava Bistro (301 Main, 713-223-4068) came up with the idea for the Southern Belle one lazy Sunday afternoon by the pool. See, she and her girlfriends were just chillaxin', catching some rays, and they needed a poolside thirst-quencher. So our hero ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Absinthe Brasserie's Vinyl Sunset

    Photo by Troy Fields​I don't love the taste of Absinthe, but I do love Absinthe Brasserie (609 Richmond, 713-528-7575). This gig sends me to a lot of bars, but if this isn't the coolest, coziest, most comfortable cocktail lounge in town, I don't know what is. From the dim candlelight and all-a ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Troy Fields Pizza at Bistro Don CamilloThe heat is already on this summer, so take advantage of the cool air conditioning and the cool deals going on at some of your favorite restaurants. Fleming's Steakhouse will be offering special deals starting June 23. The summer prix fixe ... More >>

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