Are they still good?
"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 >>
It may be the best yet.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
Treat yourself to 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'AlbaAs 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 >>
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 >>
Joanna O'LearyMiso Lobster Macaroni & CheeseA 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 >>
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 >>
The truffle Kobe burger at Table Seven
Carlo Molinaro reminisces about Italian holiday traditions
Viva la differènza!
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