King's Oktoberfest is right around the corner. So put on your lederhosen and head down to King's Biergarten & Restaurant for the fourth annual celebration on September 26 through September 28 at the Pearland restaurant. During the first year of King's Oktoberfest, the restaurant only had seating f ... More >>
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>
Anderson's moving elegy for his teensy world.
Wes Anderson's moving elegy for his teensy world.
Joe V's Smart Shop is a Houston-based offshoot of one of the state's most successful brands, H.E.B., aka the H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Or, as it's known in my home, The Butt. If you're a fan of The Butt -- and really, who isn't? -- you know why it's an awesome place to shop. I don't know about you, ... More >>
Before Midnight's lovers face the darkness.
Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.
Modern-day Texans may not see much German influence when they look around, but the indirect effects of decades of German settlement still linger in large pockets of the state. The first waves of German immigration began in the 1830s ahead of the European Revolutions of 1848 that sent floods of Fort ... More >>
Johan Schuster Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby 713-521-7231 www.charivarirest.com This is Part 2 in a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Parts 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: When did you start cooking? JS: I've been doing this for 34 years. We were three brothers ... More >>
I fell in love with Chef Jose Hernandez's pastries from the very first moment I tasted this oh-so-delicate, and perfectly constructed off-menu dessert special -- a peanut, caramel, chocolate and banana work of art -- during his brief stint at Philippe Restaurant Lounge early last year. Thinking ... More >>
When Viswa Subbaraman was an undergraduate at Duke University, he had no idea where he would end up. He had played trombone and violin, but music as a career to him did not seem like an option. He had come from a family of doctors and was planning on becoming one himself -- that was, until his sopho ... More >>
Hotlanta is so hot that they can even turn their airport into a club. Stay with us. A few days ago, Ludacris announced that he will close his Asian/Singaporean restaurant, Straits, and embark on a new "restaurateur" opportunity: opening a "Chicken and Beer" restaurant inside of Atlanta's Hart ... More >>
Photo by Jeff VogtYou can even get sauerkraut on your $1.50 Costco dog!For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the w ... More >>
Piran Esfahani came to Houston from Vienna, Austria to study business and graduated from St. Thomas University. Shortly thereafter, he left Houston for Roatan, Honduras (it's not ugly...) to sell beachfront real estate. Now he's back masterfully crafting martinis at Zimm's Martini & Wine Bar ... More >>
What's in a name? That which we call a Bock / By any other name would taste as malty.The other night, I attended a business dinner held at the downtown outpost of the House of Blues. The meal was mediocre, but that wasn't really the point. This was a meet-and-eat event designed to smooth ove ... More >>
Ludwig GuttenbrunnThe old joke goes something like this: "Why couldn't they find Beethoven's teacher?" "Because he was Haydn?" "No, because they stole his freakin' skull and passed it around for phrenologist to fondle!" Ok, the old joke stops before the decapitation of one of the greates ... More >>
What would your Friday be without Magnolia City Mixtape? Pretty bleak, if you're trying to keep up on all the local music here in Houston. Thankfully, we're here to make that last day of the work week just a bit better. Propain launched his music video for the Departure track, "Say I Won't." Dire ... More >>
HGO's Ariadne, an opera about opera, is both serious and funny.
You can't go wrong with a beautiful brown bottle."I don't drink much Mexican beer," laughed Justin Vann over the phone on Tuesday afternoon. I'd called on the beer and wine manager at Central Market in hopes of getting some recommendations for off-the-beaten path Mexican beers for Cinco de M ... More >>
Johannes Brahms was and remains one of the most important and towering figures of the Romantic period of music. He rose from squalor as the son of a bassist and a seamstress. Brahms got his start playing the piano in whore houses and dance halls as a boy, and many historians point at the su ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttUnderstanding that the mere headline alone may cause cringes and howls among Chicago dog connoisseurs, I'm going to come swiftly to the point on this one: The Chicago-style hot dog that Sonic is currently serving for $1.99 is not even in the same league as a true V ... More >>
Today is Ludwig Van Beethoven's 240th birthday. It's hard to adequately sum up the man's contribution to music because frankly no modern figure comes anywhere close. In honor of the undisputed master of all that is classical music, Rocks Off thought we'd put together some interesting tidbits ... More >>
Shira GoldingIs the king holding an ice cream cone? Last week a buddy of ours who lived in Mexico for a while (and did a fair amount of drinking there) excitedly spotted a billboard for Victoria beer, which he demanded we immediately try to find.
Photos by Marc BrubakerSee more photos from Wednesday's fever dream in our slideshow.The Black Angels, Black Mountain Warehouse Live November 17, 2010 Some music is so evocative and overwhelming it can cause you to flash back to before you were even born. Not all of it - when a Mozart sympho ... More >>
At BB's, get your hot dog dragged through the garden.
Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. Through the course of drinking various soft drinks and reporting back to you on them, I'll occasionally discover beverages like Vimto: something I ... More >>
Listen to Mozart's and Beethoven's versions of the natural world
Epicure Café has been in the same quaint spot on West Gray for 21 years. It's a little piece of Europe nestled between stylish boutiques and the River Oaks Theater, with a decadent pastry case and a unique wine list. You'll want to slow down and hang out here for awhile. That's exactly what ... More >>
Photo by Robb Walsh / Click here for a slideshow... There were a lot of Texans trying to look German in lederhosen and peasant outfits at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg. So when I saw two young women walk in the front gate in touristy cowboy hats, I did a double take. They were trying a little too h ... More >>
Da Camera trots out the Mr. M masters for their opening night concert
Russell Baker has observed that eating hot dogs seems like the patriotic thing to do on the 4th of July, despite the fact that hot dogs aren’t any good--and probably never were. I feel his pain. I have eaten a lot of bad hot dogs on this holiday. And it’s true that the vast majority of hot dog ... More >>
There have long been a handful of songs I assumed could have only been written by angels, not men. “Amazing Grace” tops that list, even though I know it was written by a self-loathing slave-trader. One of the others is “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” a standard first recorded by Cannonball Adderley ... More >>
With the terrorism plot in London just upon us in real life, it seems that bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva could not have picked a better time for the release of his latest book, The Secret Servant. Because it is in London that this story reaches its high point, in an England that as the ma ... More >>
The Vegas version of Venice, or Vienna, or someplace
How to find a real Chicago hot dog without flying to O'Hare
Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown