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  • 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

    July 21, 2014

    The Five Best Underrated Tex-Mex Restaurants in Houston (According to You)

    You know how we always say the Houston trifecta is composed of barbecue, burgers and Tex-Mex? Yeah, well Tex-Mex is clearly the victor, as more than 2,000 of you voted in our poll to determine the most underrated Tex-Mex restaurant in town. And the same thing that happened with the barbecue poll ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Taco Bell's New Quesarito Makes Me Reconsider Fast Food Loyalties

    I have distinct loyalties where fast food is concerned. I grew up in Corpus Christi, birthplace of Whataburger. The first Texas-based fast food chain opened on Ayers Street in 1950 and quickly spread like an orange and white wildfire across the city. When I was in high school, I'd walk to Whataburg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southeast Texas

    Do your non-Texan friends wonder why you call every soda a coke, even if it's a Dr Pepper? Do they ask you why you only suggest restaurants that serve barbecue, Tex-Mex or comfort food? Or do they have no clue what you're talking about when you say the word, "kolache"? These things don't make you we ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    Hitting the Taco Jackpot at Pistolero’s

    The love child of Tex-Mex and California-Mex, Pistolero’s settles in on Westheimer

  • Film

    August 8, 2013

    We're the Millers: A Family That Hates Together Stays Together

    These outsiders would detest their own square movie.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Houston Bands Prepare to Invade SXSW

    Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals. Rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    1981 and Now

    The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Burger Guys Bad-Ass Brunch Is Back

    5 things to know before you go

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    In the Middle of Strata

    Chuck Cook PhotographyStrata is lovely and beckons attractively, but the lonely corner it sits in does them no favors. ​Strata is an attractive restaurant in Vintage Park near Chasewood Park Drive and 249. While the middle section of this upper-scale shopping center resembles an outdoor restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    UPDATED: Paula Deen Rumored to Have Type 2 Diabetes, Endorsement Deal with Big Pharma

    ​Update: A company spokesman with Novartis called this afternoon to address the rumors that Paula Deen has signed an endorsement deal with the pharmaceutical firm, which the company says are false. Novartis issued this statement: "The rumors that Novartis has signed a multi-million dollar spok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    It's Ribs, But Go For the Chicken

    Chuck Cook PhotographySkip the grocery store and take this chicken home instead.​Have you ever walked into a restaurant where the staff is so kind and eager that you just don't want to say anything bad about the food? Such is the predicament I find myself in. When I read about a place called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe & Shrine: Revival of the Fittest

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.​Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Odd Pair: Pappasito's Queso and 96 Sassicaia (Yes, It's True)

    ​One of my new-found Texas cousins' traditions is weeknight family dinner with Pappasito's take-out. And so, the other evening, when I just happened to have a rather remarkable bottle in my wine bag (reserved for my beloved Cousin Marty, the clan's patriarch, who recently and thankfully emerge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    SXSW Eats: Freddie's on 1st

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttNo.​Last year, I wrote an entire series of posts on places to get great grub while you're slumming in Austin at SXSW. Those were: Polvos (2004 S. 1st Street) Torchy's Tacos (1311 S. 1st Street) Moonshine (303 Red River) Mozart's (3825 Lake Austin Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Nick Banaszak of Hearsay Gastro Lounge

    The dramatic interior at Hearsay. ​Yesterday, we chatted with Chef Nick Banasczak of Hearsay Gastro Lounge about his culinary background and how he has become a kitchen superstar so quickly. Let's see what we can get out of him today. Eating Our Words: Tell the readers something that they wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Top 5 Food Network Chef-Inspired Halloween Costumes

    You can be Mario Batali in just a few easy steps.​Halloween is upon us, yet again. And every year, Halloween costumes get either sluttier or blatantly, intentionally lamer. (Witness our sister blog, Art Attack, for more ideas on how to achieve the latter.) So what does a food-loving, non-slut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Run Through The Jungle: A Zoological Field Guide To SXSW 2010

    ​ Even if you've never pulled a trigger in your life, SXSW is, on some level, an exercise in hunting. Rocks Off had no idea how true this was until earlier this afternoon. As we were looking over the schedule at, we got the brilliant idea to note every band named after any kind of animal, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    History of Texas Chili--Without Beans

    Chili con carne was introduced to America by the "Chili Queens," women who served food in San Antonio's Military Plaza as early as the 1860s. Chili stands were also common in Galveston and Houston; they were the taco trucks of the 1800s. Tamales with chili was the most common order--beans were often ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008
  • Dining

    March 13, 2008

    Breakfast Enchiladas at Mi Sombrero

    At this old-fashioned Tex-Mex joint on North Shepherd, the huevos are served all day on weekends

  • Dining

    November 29, 2007

    El Jardin

    A New York Times story on Tex-Mex left a lot of Houstonians wondering, "Why El Jardin?"

  • Dining

    November 30, 2006

    Chipinque Cuisine

    You can't go wrong with margaritas and crab quesadillas at Santos The Taste of Mexico

  • Culture

    December 29, 2005

    Grubby Grub

    The Art Guys make works from real food -- and things get rank

  • Dining

    October 13, 2005

    Chicken-Dancing Margs

    Let this vintage Memorial-area Mexican restaurant take all the problems off your hands

  • Dining

    August 18, 2005

    Don't Mess With Tex-Mex

    Los Tios attempts a little modernizing, to the chagrin of old-timers

  • Dining

    June 2, 2005

    Ensemble Dining

    Julia's Bistro is at the hottest stop on the Metro rail line

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Use Your Illusion

    Velvet Revolver is the best hope in a dismal lot of Guns N' Roses substitutes

  • Dining

    June 3, 2004

    A Cheesy Controversy

    The uproar over Los Tios's chile con queso

  • Calendar

    January 2, 2003

    The Anti-Marthas

    Two Austin cooks defy the queen of domesticity

  • Culture

    October 25, 2001

    Shiny, Happy People

    Patricia Hernandez paints sympathetically flawed figures that look like someone you might know

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    The French Connection

    Part 5 in the six-part history of Tex-Mex

  • Dining

    April 13, 2000

    Big Meal on Campus

    Back in school, Eric's teases those poor UH students with its enticing menu and hotel-like prices

  • Dining

    January 27, 2000


    Lush Life: Black Lab, Blue Moon, and other jazz joints

  • Dining

    June 24, 1999

    Sweet Sorrow

    You can't eat everything but at Cafe Perrier, you want to try

  • Dining

    July 16, 1998

    Modest Mex

    Bocados has the good sense not to get fancy

  • Calendar

    October 16, 1997
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    May 22, 1997
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    December 15, 1994