• Dining

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Ordering Truffles Out of Season

    "Don't order anything with truffles," my friend said during a recent dinner at an upscale restaurant in town. "It's not truffle season any more. It won't be worth it." I had, of course, heard the phrase "truffle season" before, particularly in reference to the expensive Alba white truffles, which a ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts New Dishes

    It may be the best yet.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 17, Alba White Truffle Soufflé at Tony's

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Truffles, Wine and Italian Hospitality: the Angelini Family Brings a Bit of Italy to Houston

    It happens more often than not: I taste a dish and it transports me to somewhere far away, to another country and another culture, to the place where I'd tasted that dish before. I recently attended a wine dinner that had that same effect, but it wasn't because of the food. It was because of the Ang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: City Hall Farmers Market Is Back

    The City Hall Farmers Market returns on Wednesday, February 19. Head to the market from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to purchase a variety of seasonal produce and various products from more than 35 vendors during the spring season kick-off. Whether you want to stock up on some veggies, enjoy a cup of cof ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    Five Houston Culinary Splurges

    Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Treat Yourself: Five Houston Culinary Splurges for a Decadent Holiday Feast

    It's the holiday season. A time for gift giving and celebration. A time for splurging, right? After all, you've worked hard this year. You deserve a reward. And what better way to reward yourself than with a blow-your-mind meal? Behold, our top picks for decadent foodie splurges in Houston. 5. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Fleming's Prime Previews Its Fall Menu with Dry-Aged Cuts and a Tomahawk Steak

    With so many outstanding steakhouses in this town, how do you decide where to go when meat is on your mind? Fleming's Prime Steakhouse just debuted some new fall menu items that will make your decision easier: The restaurant is now offering dry-aged rib eye and dry-aged New York strip, in addition t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Affordable Luxuries: Treat Yourself This New Year

    Most of our readers will hopefully remember Robin Leach's signature sign-off at the end of each episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous during the show's decade-long run: "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams." As far as sign-offs go, the phrase is no Walter Cronkite's "...and that's the way it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Brandi Key of Coppa and Her Modern Take on Italian Classics

    Brandi Key Coppa Ristorante Italiano 5555 Washington Tel: 713-426-4260 This is Part 3 of a three-part Chef Chat series. In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we got to know Brandi Key, the executive chef at Coppa, a little better. We learned a bit about her t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Lemon Squash, Lobster Mushrooms and Eggplant, Oh My

    Chef Surprise Night at Recipe House is never dull. Chef German Mosquera from Roots Bistro was the first guest chef of the Fall season for the Recipe for Success chef dinner series, and he brought his A game. He created a six-course tasting menu and a couple extra treats because, he said, he was "ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Three Rules for the Proper Use of Truffle Oil

    My esteemed colleague Jeremy Parzen recently wrote an article decrying truffle oil as "evil" and as something akin to farts. Farts? Really? If truffle oil were really all that bad, it wouldn't continue ending up on dishes in some of the best restaurants in Houston. As with any other pungent ingredi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Haters, Halitosis, and Haute Cuisine: Truffles vs. Truffle Oil

    I don't like truffle oil, but I don't really care what it's made of. Don't get me wrong, I think it's vaguely misleading to pitch a $15 bottle of chemicals manufactured 100 yards off the Jersey Turnpike as a stand-in for a $6,000/pound European fungus, but I also think a reasonable amount of persona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The Trouble with Truffle Oil (Farts and Formaldehyde)

    People, I'm sorry to break it to you, but there are just no two ways about it: truffle oil (or truffled oil) is a sham, it's bad for you, and it's just downright evil. I'm currently traveling in Italy, where the world's most famous truffles are foraged. When I received an email from my editor here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 19, Truffled Egg Toast at Dolce Vita

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Where Are We Eating?

    It's not the $95 stuffed truffled Kobe filet, but the piece of beef you see below from this famous Houston restaurant is no slouch either: It's a cut of USDA Prime steak, which is tender enough to cut with a fork, with sides of braised romaine lettuce and Brussels sprouts leaves. Think you know whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Wine & Truffle Dinner at Valentino Vin Bar

    Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'Alba​As if a wine hangover weren't bad enough, did you know you can actually get a truffle hangover? I woke up with one after five luscious courses of food at the recent Truffle & Wine dinner held at Valentino. Who can resist a hook like white truffles -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Dropping Benjamins at Dragon Bowl

    Photos by Theo SantosHand rolls on the line. (Hundred Dollar Hand Roll most definitely not shown.)​A few weeks ago, while perusing the new menu at the recently revamped Dragon Bowl, my dining companion and I noticed an anomaly at the casual Heights restaurant: There, amidst the $6 and $7 hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Five "Dressed Up" Macaroni and Cheeses

    Joanna O'LearyMiso Lobster Macaroni & Cheese​A few weeks ago I wrote about my Top Five Stellar (Plain) Mac and Cheeses. Now, as promised, I'm moving on to my favorite "dressed up" versions. You know, those gourmet, fancy-schmancy types that combine hand-cut pasta with double-cream cheeses and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Michael Kramer of The Tasting Room

    ​This week we have been chatting with Chef Michael Kramer, who has trained with some of the biggest names in the business, from Wolfgang Puck at Spago to Dean Fearing at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. He brings his years of experience to both the River Oaks Tasting Room location and the Uptown ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 15, 2010

    What a Burger

    The truffle Kobe burger at Table Seven

  • Dining

    December 13, 2001

    Panettone in a Pear Tree

    Carlo Molinaro reminisces about Italian holiday traditions

  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    Toque Off

    Viva la differènza!

  • Dining

    May 13, 1999

    Beignet Blahs

    Good ideas. Bad execution.