Troy Fields

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    November 4, 2014

    Try These 5 Awesomely Outrageous Burgers in Houston

    It's no surprise that we love us some burgers at Eating...Our Words. And while, sure, we could go talk about classic cheeseburgers -- what's the fun in that? Here are 5 Massively Outrageous Burgers to try: See also: Try These Five Monster Sandwiches Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Pizzas Try These 5 ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres

    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 >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Play Strip Twister and Get Evicted

    Another Upper Kirby establishment closed its doors this week. Irish pub Mugsy's at 2239 Richmond shuttered on Sunday, August 24, but the co-owner Randy Eddy tells Eater Houston that he is closing the Irish pub and replacing it with a New Orleans-style restaurant, Tavern Orleans. The menu will featur ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Family-Friendly Restaurants

    There are still a few weeks left before school starts for most of Houston on August 25, and in that interum, parents will be getting in as much time as possible with their little bundles of joy--assuming they aren't already itching to hand them off to teachers the first moment they can. While soaki ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Peak Season: Five Standout Tomato Dishes in Houston

    If there's ever a time to savor garden-fresh tomatoes, it's summertime. So we're taking a look at some in-season tomato plates that can not be missed. From gazpacho salad to tomato tacos, here are Five Must Try Tomato Dishes:

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    June 16, 2014

    The Worst Restaurant Names in Houston

    With Pho King, Pho Kim and Crapitto's closed, what restaurants are there left in Houston to ridicule? Plenty, it turns out. The conversation at a recent media dinner turned to bad restaurant names when we started discussing the current contender for worst moniker: TABLE. Only a few of us had been ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Peak Season: Five Standout Corn Dishes in Houston

    Do you know what time it is, friends? It's corn time! What exactly is corn time? We're not quite sure because made it up! But we do know that starting this month and into the late summer, good old fashioned corn is in peak season. That means our favorite corn dishes just got that much sweeter. With ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Midtown

    Last week, we rounded up the Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Montrose and River Oaks. Today, it's all about Midtown. With some remnants of the old Little Saigon and plenty of bars and restaurants, this area has no shortage of great food. Here's our list of the best cheap (under $10) lunch spots that M ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 First Date Spots

    There was a period of time in my life when I couldn't get enough of that first date feeling. It's akin to the adrenaline rush of skydiving or rock climbing -- except often with the promise of food or drinks in lieu of potentially plummeting to your death. (Sure, there's the danger of emotional pain ... 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 26, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Third Ward

    All of Houston's original six wards are rich with history, but none captivate me quite as much as the Third Ward. Once home to the city's wealthiest residents, the area just southeast of downtown has gone through a tremendous amount of change since it was first established in 1836. The Third Ward h ... 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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    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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    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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    January 4, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Dive Bars

    "I know it when I see it." - Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, on correctly identifying pornography. Also applies to dive bars. The dive distinction is complicated. Used to be you could stick a bar in the non-dive phylum if a web jukebox were present. But nowadays there are dives that still fee ... 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 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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    June 15, 2011

    Burger Bewilderment (of the Best Kind) at The Counter

    Photos by Troy FieldsEvery burger is better with onion rings.​Have a blind date coming up? Need to eat dinner with someone who's really bad at making small talk? Eliminate that awkward initial silence by agonizing over the list of burger options at The Counter! I know this sounds like an unus ... 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 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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    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 30, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Ginger Man Pub's Scottish Schwinn

    Photo by Troy Fields​The Ginger Man Pub (5607 Morningside Dr., 713-526-2770) is the misfit at the frat party that is the southeastern corner of Rice Village. Its bigger neighbors, two of which also feature "pub" in their names, make The Ginger Man seem so precious in comparison that I'm forced ... 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 28, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Next Door's Bend Me Over

    Photo by Troy Fields​"The best things in life are free, so let your mind and soul be free. Only you can hold yourself back." I was reading that piece of bathroom graffiti at The Next Door (2020 Waugh, 713-520-1712), head twisted toward the wall behind me, when I realized I was nearly pissing o ... 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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    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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    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 26, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Christian's Tailgate Lunch Box

    Photo by Troy Fields​Friday night is karaoke night at Christian's Tailgate (2000 Bagby, 713-527-0261), which can only mean one thing: drunken idiots. To stand up and belt it out in front of a room full of people, most of us need to be seriously soused. Spectators, in order to endure the aur ... 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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