Michael Shine had a business plan. A veteran of the restaurant industry, owner of Texas Food Group, and former president of The Greater Houston Restaurant Association, Shine has been involved in the restaurant industry for years. But this was going to be the first restaurant he owned outright. He wa ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.
It's really amazing to think that in a city that has become so renowned for its restaurant scene, nearly 20 percent of the population doesn't have consistent access to food. But a new study from Feeding America found that to be the case. Even worse, in 18 southeast Texas counties, one-third of child ... More >>
Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.
You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.
Ah, Thanksgiving. Hands down the best holiday of the year. Four days off, football, usually the beginning of cooler weather, no gift-giving frenzy -- just good, old-fashioned gluttony. And what ingredient better to be gluttonous about than butter? Earlier this week, we showed you how to make bu ... More >>
It may not be cold in Houston, but I know most Houstonians have got turkey on the brain. It also means the grocery stores are jammed packed and the Butterball 800 tip-line is getting more calls than most phone sex operators. But you won't have to waste your minutes calling Butterball, if you follow ... More >>
What's in a gourmet burger? At Branch Water Tavern, it starts with the size of the patty. "Everyone does an eight-ounce burger," explained Branch Water Tavern's Executive Chef David Grossman, "so I thought, let's make it nine ounces." Ground in-house, topped with cheese, bacon, red onions, ... More >>
The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>
Although one of America's newest holidays does not yet have its own Wikipedia page, it does have two separate Web sites as well as an entry on Urban Dictionary. And that's good enough for us. For the uninitiated, Steak and a BJ Day is the "creation" of Tom Birdsey, a radio talk show host ou ... More >>
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, who presumably spent years trying to come up with the most boring "eat your spinach" name ever, may be targeting Houston with its latest attack ad.That ad, which has run in Washington, DC, features a fat guy on a gurney in the morgue with a death gr ... More >>
Although I have been eating organic for many years, the idea of drinking organic had not really permeated my brain until maybe a year ago. Even then, finding organic spirits was somewhat of a hassle, especially if I wanted something that was actually drinkable and affordable. After visiting w ... More >>
Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>
Accepted...if you can get approvedThe federal government has levied a fine of almost $4 million against Texas for mishandling its food stamp program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state made too many errors over the past two fiscal years.Those mistakes include both underpaying ... More >>
Holly Gologhtly wouldn't throw out the food HISD doesAs Breakfast in the Classroom spreads across the breadth and width of the Houston ISD, Superintendent Terry Grier has announced he's been getting some "push back" from parents and educators who aren't embracing the plan.Critics -- most from som ... More >>
Pause, reader, to spare a thought for the young boy or girl, growing up in the Clear Creek school district, who wants nothing more than to spend a life processing meat.For years, his school district has helped that hopeful flame grow from the merest spark to a fire that can light the world. But n ... More >>
The RDG Burger at RDG + Bar Annie
Photos by Robb WalshGrass-fed sirloin hamburger steak is downright delicious. No doubt grass-fed beef raised without antibiotics and hormones is better for you too. Grass-fed sirloins lack the marbling that makes for tender steaks. But grind it up, and you get all the bold herbaceous flavor w ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MetzgarFirst, there was whipped cream. Then, there was cheese. Now, it's pancake (or waffle) batter being sprayed out of aerosol cans. God-fearing people everywhere are trembling as technology pushes us ever closer to experiencing breakfast as nature never intended. We tried Batter ... More >>
Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>
I always buy a sack of Valley lemons along with my red grapefruit on the way home from the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the citrus season. The not very tart lemons are wonderful to cook with. But I was never quite clear on the botanical details. "Valley lemons are a cross between a lemon and an ... More >>
Visit T-Bone Tom's and help keep Kemah weird
If steak is a sin, then Bob is the devil
The cocktail lounge at Tommy's is the perfect antidote for Norman Rockwell holidays
Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops
Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths
Cultures collide at Washington and Asbury, with wonderfully tasty results
A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers
A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers
Test your love of Texas at Jim Goode's new cowboy saloon
The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people
Are HISD and Aramark cooking the books to feast on federal breakfast subsidies?
Spencer's: dull decor and surprisingly good food
A gourmet environmentalist shares his favorite venison recipes
Is Tilman's awesome new restaurant reason enough?
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse serves up excellent renditions of the nation's most average food and wine preferences
Islamic fusion restaurants are all the rage because of their organic meat -- and whole chiles
People pay lots more for organic produce, but are they getting their money's worth?
The secret herb at Houston's pupuserias can drive you out of your mind
With a menu boasting so many treats, decision-making can be difficult at Leibman's
Montgomery County tries to ride herd on its exotic pets