Every year in early October, chef Hugo Ortega begins decorating his restaurant, Hugo's, for one of the most important holidays in Mexico: Dia de los Muertos. Papier maché skeletons hang from the chandeliers in the dining room. Bright, fluffy tissue-paper flowers poke out from behind light fixtures ... More >>
The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.
Here in Texas, we know a lot about Mexican food. But what most of America (including Texas) thinks of as Mexican is actually Tex-Mex, a hybrid of Mexican cuisine and American ingredients. It's comforting to us native Texans, for sure, but it's not true Mexican food. Diana Kennedy knows real Mexican ... More >>
Montrose has its fair share of fantastic dining, from upscale classics Mark's and Hugo's to trendy new kids on the block Uchi and Underbelly. But don't be fooled, there are also plenty of amazing, hole-in-the-wall eateries in this 'hood. Today, we're focusing on the small joints that offer the bes ... More >>
Despite the gloomy conditions the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area hasn't received a lot of rain. On average about a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain has fallen since Saturday, but we'll take what we can get. Most of the rain has been due to a tropical disturbance in the Gulf ... More >>
Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.
Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant is closing after 13 years spent in a quiet strip mall on Highway 290, just outside of Garden Oaks. The restaurant is owned and run by husband-and-wife team Bob Wittman and Teresa Tadeo Wittman. Teresa, who was born in Xoxocapa, Veracruz and trained as ... More >>
Even though the food is a bit uneven, Cuchara's drinks are spectacular and its dining room filled with energy.
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
Gustavo Arellano isn't just any Mexican. Over the years, the writer has turned himself into almost the "official" Mexican of America thanks in large part to his syndicated column, "Ask a Mexican!" and books like Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. This is his most recent book and one in w ... More >>
Roy de la Garza on what's next.
Need help killing someone? Or cementing a drug deal? This may be the saint for you.
And why do Chicano Studies professors always wear guayaberas?
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.
Arbitrary Criticism: New (to us) food blog alert! And this one is hilarious. Welcome to Arbitrary Criticism, a food blog written by Catherine Martin -- a University of Houston student majoring in restaurant management, so you know she's bona fide. In her latest entry, Martin visits Dry Creek Cafe, f ... More >>
Most Americans wouldn't know chef Aquiles Chávez if they saw him on the street, even with his trademark handlebar mustache and Jack Sparrow-style dreadlocks tucked under a straw hat. But ask anyone in Latin America about Chávez and they'll immediately grin and say, "El hombre con el bigote!" as t ... More >>
Wine Enthusiast: The talented Sean Beck, beverage director at Backstreet Cafe, Trevisio and Hugo's (and our own Best of Houston® winner this year for Best Sommelier), has been recognized for more than just his wine skills by Wine Enthusiast. The magazine paid tribute to his notable bartending chops ... More >>
The cheese plate at Heights West.In September, I wrote about ten Houston restaurants I wanted to try, having photographed them for the Houston Press. Since then, I've shot another large batch of restaurants and made a new list. These assigned restaurants included a lot of places I've been an ... 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 >>
Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?
The photographer takes us on a coastal odyssey
The menu is short at Taqueria El Taconazo, Veracruz. There are fajita tacos, barbacoa tacos, and lengua tacos. I asked the taquero, whose name is Lalo, for a fajita taco, and I got one of the best grilled beef tacos I've had in months -- two corn tortillas, nicely crisped, lots of tender meat ... More >>
More likely than you think
Lamb barbacoa. Vacuum packed. No refrigeration needed. By far the most interesting food presentations were at the Mexico Pavilion with samples of coffee flavored with cinnamon, grasshoppers sauteed in butter and garlic, powdered avocado, mole from the state of Veracruz and heat-and-serve lamb barba ... More >>
The International Fest casts light on one of the world's most underrated musical nations
Exitos en Español: The Spanish Side of Freddy Fender (Music Club) /The Roots of Doug Sahm, Son of San Antonio (Music Club)
Last in a six-part series
At Elvia's, a wallflower can dine very well
Gina Haley carries the name of a rock founder, but she'd rather make it on her own