There are very few chefs in the United States who can describe what it's like to win a James Beard award. As we discussed yesterday, Chris Shepherd is one of them, but success doesn't seem to have spoiled him yet. Most of the time, he's where he's always been for the last few years: at Underbelly me ... More >>
ESPN's College GameDay is the gold standard for preview/studio shows. While I state this as opinion, by almost any statistical measurement, it is practically fact. The show attracts a couple million viewers every Saturday morning, draws another several thousand to whatever venue the traveling road ... More >>
After reading your comments and tallying your votes for the most underrated greasy spoons in Houston, I've come to a conclusion: We don't have enough greasy spoons here. There are several big ones that get all the credit and a few lesser-known ones with small but devoted contingents of fans. So he ... More >>
Ah, the old-fashioned American diner. The place where the servers wear uniforms with tarnished gold name tags, the coffee tastes like city tap water and the food is nothing, if not predictable. It's been the same since man first walked on the moon, and it sure ain't gonna change any time soon. Al ... More >>
This was a tight and contentious race, if e'er I saw one. Much of the discussion revolved around what is or is not an underrated spot for the most important meal of the day. For example, some of you posited that Down House might be the most underrated because you absolutely love it and fear it does ... More >>
On Tuesday, June 3, Damian's Cucina Italiana will host a wine tasting event featuring selections from Cru Artisan Wines. From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., guests will spend time upstairs in the Italian restaurant sampling vino, including Banfi Centine Rosso, Fontanelle Chardonnay and San Angelo Pinot Grigio ... More >>
Remember back before he was a James Beard Award winner when Underbelly's Chris Shepherd used to sling hash browns in a lowly Waffle House? OK, so it was a one-time gig this past February to practice for the Waffle House Smackdown, a short-order cooking competition at the 2014 Charleston Wine Food ... More >>
Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club Isn’t Bad if You Bring a Bullshit Detector.
Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club isn’t bad if you bring a bullshit detector.
Since their 2011 debut, London-based shoegazers Yuck have earned an esteemed spot among the in-the-know indie circuit. With an impressive self-titled debut under their belts, their momentum has been growing. You'd think last year's departure of Yuck's front man and chief songwriter, Daniel Blumber ... More >>
The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, 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'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sever ... More >>
My first summer in Houston was pretty much spent at the Dollar Cinema. We moved in July, and hadn't had the chance to make any friends yet, and our mom was scandalized by the price of, well, pretty much everything. Moving from a small city to a large one can have that effect. Everything we would nor ... More >>
Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning and prior experience are critical in determining the proper ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Indian cuisine.
The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.
Good morning, sunshine. Did you have a long night? I hope not; it's only Thursday. Get ahold of yourself, man. Those long nights should be reserved for Friday and Saturday wee-small-hours-of-the-morning-type deals; mid-week debauchery is so 1990s. Regardless of when you're staying up super late (or ... More >>
If Houston's 2012 track record is any indication, the most dangerous places in the Bayou City seem to be our roadways and nightclub parking lots. Hardly a week goes by without an argument turning into some sort of drunken shootout or brawl leaving somebody or some bodies dead on the ground. Even l ... More >>
Rewind: Insane Clown Posse Incites Spiritual Debate, Asks "Where's God?" Here's a Video of the Entire Geto Boys Show From Saturday's Juggalo Gathering It's been a pretty good week for both the Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos across the country. Aside from an argument that led to a Texas ninja gett ... More >>
The much-touted, often dubious "Hangover Cure" has existed for almost as long as the hangover itself. In fact, the first hangover cure is said to date to the mid-17th century, when two frat boys at The Sorbonne tried eating salted honey, plum rinds and tree bark to get rid of a vicious Natty Bo han ... More >>
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is known for a few things: winning national championships (two in the last three seasons), a steely demeanor (and by steely, I mean he's kind of a jerk), meticulous attention to detail (ask the Dolphins office worker who misplaced his Little Debbie snack cakes), and a h ... More >>
For those who may not know, being a blogger and writer also means you sort of have to support yourself with a 9-5. Some chose teaching, others chose busting their ass at a prospective company. Somehow I chose to be a town-car driver. An entrepreneur, a goddamn transporter of people. There are perks ... More >>
This is my close friend Jamie from Hackney, East London, and he will eat anything you put in front of him. Whole, raw jalapenos and Thai chiles, dubious Asian convenience store sandwiches at 3 am -- whatever it is, it doesn't bother him. He once showed me a video from Thailand of him eating ... More >>
A previously barren side of town gets two tasty breakfast options.
Does passing out on the light rail count as sleeping on the subway?Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty How can you lose? Well, Petula, one surefire way to lose when you're downtown is by operating a restaurant without the ... More >>
The road goes on forever for Texas Music upstarts Rosehill.
Fleming's. Lauren Marmaduke 1. Chipotle Mexican Grill 2. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 3. Armadillo Palace Lauren's Take: I have a hard-on for foods that come wrapped in tortillas and flatbread. The compact cylindrical packaging makes Chipotle's burritos an ideal lunch option fo ... More >>
New York Bagel & Coffee Shop.Over the past few weeks, some readers have taken offense to certain Top 5 lists, and how they only reflect the opinions of the writer constructing each list. With the help of my fellow food bloggers, we'll now bring you a slightly different take on the Top 5s -- a ... More >>
Kym O'DonnellRocks Off has been a big fan of the Genitorturers ever since we saw a bumper sticker that read, "My honor student got sodomized at the Genitorturers show!" We sat down with Gen, the lead singer of the long-running industrial band to see what we could learn about her in 30 seconds ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseBurger Park -- a humble, low-slung burger joint on MLK that can appear abandoned on quiet days -- turns out anywhere from 400 to 500 burgers a day. One needs only to go to Burger Park around dinner time, before it closes at 7:30 p.m., to see the building spring to life. ... More >>
Possibly works for Magnolia High"For the longest time, we just had a few individuals in our golf program. Our previous coach did a nice job of building up the program, but now we are trying to take it to the next level." -- Magnolia High School golf coach Jim Bob Jackson You hear about a lot ... More >>
Aaron SprecherBill White just conceded the guv'ship to Rick Perry, surprising exactly no one. "We hope this campaign has been worthy, and we will never forget what you have done," the former Houston mayor told the audience, which had swelled considerably since our first post. (Although, let's fac ... More >>
The last time I wrote about Fountainview Cafe, I got a lot of flack in the comments section -- not all of it undeserved -- for talking more about the atmosphere of the old-school restaurant and less about what really mattered: the food. And while there are some things about Fountainview Cafe ... More >>
boost ventilatorBasically an entire goddamn Grand Slam Breakfast between two slices of bread.In the recent kerfluffle regarding Denny's new sandwich, the Fried Cheese Melt, we seem to have forgotten that it's far from the only reason to be afraid of the 24-hour restaurant chain. Allow us to r ... More >>
Breakfast and more at Harry's
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayA middle-aged man wakes up bleary-eyed and groggy to the sounds of the neighbor's lawn mower. Why do people insist on doing their yard work so early on the weekend? It's a Saturday morning in Pearland, Texas, and for Bud Davis, a senior plant manager ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Cook's Tour: After many years of being a holdout despite her long-term Texas ci ... More >>
Big East fever: Possibly catchable (Not shown: South Florida)To sit down and type up a piece about college football realignment, specifically the (choose one) maintaining of/realignment of/annihilation of the Big 12, knowing that said piece would be set to run nearly 24 hours from now feels almos ... More >>
We ventured out to the Waffle House at 11240 Westheimer for some pork products and waffles. There is something about this place that makes it a destination restaurant. We ordered a super "breakfast" with a pecan waffle, sausage, and our hash browns "smothered, covered and scattered." If you'r ... More >>
It's December 23, and thus 'tis the season of "Best Of..." lists and "[fill in noun here] of the Year" rundowns. Bonus points for any year ending in the number 9 because that means we also get (drum roll please)....DECADE LISTS!! I am a total sucker for stuff like this; it's mindless, it's pointl ... More >>
Its true belivers trash Hair Balls
Few things in life are tantamount to getting into a fist fight at a Waffle House. Maybe crapping your pants at a dollar store, or going to a porn shop with Dad. There’s just an inherent level of class to these situations. Late Saturday night, Kid Rock, the late ‘90s answer to David Lee Roth, g ... More >>
Friday, April 15, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-869-2727.
David Allan Coe is the most politically incorrect man in mainstream music
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