Upper Kirby

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Review: Ordering Family Style is a Good Way to Go at Pico's Mex-Mex

    The Chiles en Nogada Tradicionales, a regional specialty from the Mexican state of Puebla, is extraordinary. Typically available only during pomegranate season in Mexico, the pulled-pork filled poblano chiles, topped with a creamy walnut sauce and fresh pomegranate kernels, are so in demand that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Tout Suite is Finally Open in EaDo

    The Pappas Bar-B-Q located at 3814 Little York burned to the ground early in the morning on Sunday, September 7. The restaurant was closed during the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured while responding to the two-alarm blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Christin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Say Hello to Another Cupcake Shop

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Fluffernutters Are Coming to Midtown

    The Owl Bar at 3200 Kirby will close after the weekend of July 26. The Upper Kirby bar won't be gone for long though; there are plans to reopen The Owl Bar at 2221 West Alabama sometime during the fall of this year. For three days (July 24-26), The Owl Bar will have a "closeout" weekend to get rid o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Pico's Mex-Mex is Poised to Stay Put

    Recently, we posed the question: What's up with Upper Kirby? The recent rash of closings makes it clear that restaurants and bars come and go in this fickle business and there was no better example than the parade of restaurants that came and went on the busy corner of Richmond and Kirby. But among ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Upper Kirby is Getting a Face Lift

    It's been a sad past few weeks for the Upper Kirby restaurant scene. Brio Tuscan Grille (3029 Kirby) shuttered just after Cafe Express, Roak, Hendrick's Pub and OTC Patio Bar, all in the same area, closed. Swamplot reports that a moving crew arrived on Sunday, June 1, to pack everything up. There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    What's The Deal With Upper Kirby?

    Nearly every evening I run up and down Kirby Drive, taking in the sights (elderly couples ambling into Carrabba's; valets standing around bored in West Ave), the sounds (car horns honking as drivers make abrupt right turns into the Whole Foods parking lot) and the smells (garlic, fry oil, diesel fue ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    Grace's, Which Serves Everything, Is Johnny Carrabba's Last Hurrah

    A confusing menu and sky-high prices make Johnny Carrabba’s tribute to his grandmother good, not great.

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    In Memoriam: Top 12 Saddest Restaurant Closings of 2013

    A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Searching For a Real New Orleans Experience In Houston

    Generally, Nightfly doesn't see grown men order a drink simply by pointing at the menu, heads hung in shame. But from a rickety chair at Voodoo Queen (311 Milby) recently, we giggled in amusement at how often it was happening. Gentlemen beware. The frothy pineapple goodness of the bar's cheeky "Pen ... More >>

  • Music

    December 5, 2013

    Going Beyond the Beads at Voodoo Queen and Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club

    An authentic New Orleans experience in Houston can be had, for a price.

  • Dining

    November 14, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Doughnut Spots

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Yappy Hour, Breakfast in Bed and Alcoholic Athletics

    Man's best friend needs a night out on the town! On Wednesday, July 31, spoil your pooch at Whole Foods' Yappy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Whole Foods on Kirby will be providing toys, treats and water for your dogs as they mingle on the patio, and the Market Food Truck will be on hand with food and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Upper Kirby

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Yilmaz "Jim" and Deanna Dukuyucu, Husband-and-Wife Owners of Turquoise Grill

    Who they are: Turquoise Grill has received many awards for its Turkish cuisine over the years. It was chosen as the Best Mediterranean in Houston by the Houston A List and was recently named as one of the top 10 restaurants in the Upper Kirby area here at Eating...Our Words. Owner Yilmaz "Jim" Dok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Dance Clubs

    10. CLUB TROPICANA If the word alone makes you thirsty, you can quench that parched palate at Tropicana every weekend. Now's your chance to try out those dance moves you learned in Zumba class, or coax your quiet friend into shaking her "bum bum." Tropicana is known for its great Latin music, and Sa ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Let's Get Greasy

    The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Goodbye, Goldfish and Hello, Caballo

    As our own Josh Justice hinted at in last week's round-up of jinxed restaurant locations, there is indeed a steakhouse moving into the old La Strada spot on Westheimer. According to a press release that went out this week, La Casa del Caballo -- the second location of "the most internationally popu ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Uncommonly Keen

    The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    First Look at Nosh, Which Hosted Its Grand Opening Last Week

    If you haven't yet heard of Nosh Bistro -- the new restaurant offering South and Southeast Asian-style shared plates in Upper Kirby -- prepare yourself. Last week's grand opening party will undoubtedly have tongues wagging. Located next to Taco Cabana just north of the Southwest Freeway on Kirby, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: (Mostly) Upper Kirby Edition

    We'll start this week with some nice news. Former owner Hank Wiggins died December 31, but things are still moving at Hank's Ice Cream (9291 S. Main). A recent inspection turned up zero violations. We tried to make ice cream once. It tasted like flavored gas-station coffee creamer and rock salt. Han ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011

    The City of Z

    Zanzibar blends hip-hop with occasional poetry for a proper Wednesday evening.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Did somebody say Upper Kirby?​The list of inspection reports for this week is hundreds deep. We have no idea what happened that allowed city employees to get that much done in the matter of days. On Halloween alone there were more than 100 reports entered. (Apparently October 31 is not a city ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011

    Night of the Living Dead

    A former funeral home anchors Houston's next nightlife nexus.

  • Music

    October 28, 2010

    Little Haus on Upper Kirby

    Sixteen years in, Hans' Bierhaus is as good as ever.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Upper Kirby

    ​Let's leave aside a second some of the things we hate about the Upper Kirby district -- the bizarre desire to forge a connection with the U.K. based solely on sharing the same initials and installing anachronistic red phone booths on random street corners, the fact that Kirby itself is always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    The Kirby Trees Are Gone

    If you drove down Upper Kirby this morning, you might have noticed something was off. Or gone. Like a lot of the trees that line the road, trees that have been the center of controversy as a street-widening project gets into gear. Channel 13 reports the trees "were cut down while you slept last n ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    Non Mall Shopping Adventures

    Shopping adventures

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Blues Club

    The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

  • Dining

    September 30, 1999


    Ale House Brawl

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Wong's War on a Reggae Club

    Are the problems traffic and parking, or just the color of the customers?

  • News

    October 24, 1996

    Mr. S.O.B.

    Rick's CEO Robert Watters wants to make sexually oriented businesses respectable. So why, in his adopted hometown, does he get no respect?