Willowbrook (Staten Island)

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Amalia Pferd of Good Dog Houston

    Food trucks are awesome. They're also a challenge to run and sometimes even finding a stable location to park and do business is problematic. Good Dog Houston still has its truck, but they've successfully made the transition from being on the road to being a traditional restaurant in the Heights. ... 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

    March 21, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Honky-Tonks

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013

    Bivalve Season Is Here

    Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Flora & Muse Goes Out With A Bang, and Tiger Den Delays Its Opening

    In one of the most surprising, yet epic, ways for a restaurant to close, Flora & Muse informed its customers it would no longer be open for business ... and did so during a Greek Wine Dinner. On Monday, October 28, general manager Evan Turner told guests at the dinner that the restaurant would be s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    James Nelson Adds His Vision and Bravado to New Willowbrook Restaurant and Bar

    After competing on season 4 of MasterChef, James Nelson has been as busy as a bee. If expanding Bravado Spice Company and planning (and implementing) several pop-up dinners isn't enough for him, Nelson is also the culinary consultant for a brand new restaurant and bar in the Willowbrook area, set to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Cover-Band Venues

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Where to Eat on Father's Day

    Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Will Run on Dunkin'

    This week has been full of openings and few closings. So let's just get the bad news over with. Houston Avenue Bar, aka Re:Hab Houston, informed the public that its lease is up and will be closing the first week of July. The Houston Chronicle reported that management already has a new location thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Alleged Credit Card Thieves Lead Constables Right to Their Door

    From reading his most recent arrest affidavit, it looks like Darren Patrick Scheper had a good thing going there for a while. As his friends would later tell police, Scheper's hustle was to break into cars, steal whatever valuables he could find inside, and if he was lucky enough to find a wallet st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Ten Other Gum-Themed Gang Names to Rival the "Big Red Gangstas"

    According to reports, there was a spate of vandalism over the weekend out in the Willowbrook area. Car windows were smashed, things were spray-painted and general breaking of things happened. And, apparently it was the work of the Big Red Gangstas. No one yet knows if this is an actual gang or just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Clarence Leroy Teel: Cops Raid Hospital Room, Find Well-Stocked Illicit Pharmacy

    Some people get happy in different ways​According to court records, it all started on August 14 when a nurse at Methodist Willowbrook hospital noticed that the patient in room 6412 was leaving a few syringes around. That struck her as odd, as the patient in that room, 52-year-old Clarence Lero ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Feeling Comfortable at Baker St. Pub & Grill

    The shepherd's pie. ​The folks at Baker St. invited me out to sample some of their comfort food items. I occasionally go to the Baker St. out in Willowbrook to watch a little football on Sundays. It had been years since my last visit to the Rice Village location, but I had fond memories of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Artist of the Week: Independent Women and Boss Chicks the Gutta Mamis

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ​ Know this: There has never b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    R.I.P., Legendary Laff Stop: Saturday Was The Day The Laffter Died

    Photo by Dianne Cupps​The Laff Stop is closed ...  forever. On Saturday, the legendary club -- that gave rise to national names such as Sean Rouse, Brett Butler and Ralphie May -- ended it's nearly-three-decade run of comedy in Houston. In other words, it's now The Laff Stopped. (What? Too so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Dear Local Musicians, Grammy Consideration Is Not the Same Thing As Grammy Nominations

    Ah, here we go again with local artists trumpeting "Grammy nominations." The latest is Atascocita-grown country singer Susan Hickman, who seems to fancy herself as a Miranda Lambert/Martina McBride type. We stumbled across Hickman accidentally through MySpace's "Status Updates," and our eye was imm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Jenny Wang and a bag of miracle berries ​The Berry Fairy is back in town! After taking her popular Miracle Berry Parties on the road, Jenny Wang is back in Houston for another series of the popular "flavor tripping" events. The term "flavor tripping" refers to the manner in which your tasteb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    Changes In Store For The Laff Stop

    Things are changing over at The Laff Stop – again. The fate of Houston’s longest-standing comedy club is now in the hands of Don Learner, owner of The Laff Spot in Willowbrook (note the "Stop" and the "Spt" -- they're two different entities). “I started my stand up career at The Laff Stop so ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 10, 2005
  • Calendar

    February 10, 2005

    Basket Cases

    The Harlem Globetrotters bounce into town for some hoops high jinks

  • Resolutions

    January 20, 2005
  • News

    January 13, 2005

    Draining the Swamp

    A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands

  • Calendar

    May 23, 1996

    Beat the Heat!

    1996 Summer Guide