This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. In Part One of this week's Chef Chat, Paul Petronella of Paulie's and Camerata told the story of growing up in an Italian-American restaurant family, and what it was like to take over the family ... More >>
Urban Swank: BRC Gastropub recently changed its menu, and Urban Swank has the low-down on the new comfort food items. Executive Chef Lance Fegen added a multitude of comforting dishes, such as the Foie Gras Poutine -- crispy fries, chilled foie gras, mushroom brown gravy and farm cheese. There's als ... More >>
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There's an old and chiasmatic adage often uttered by the great wine lovers of Europe: No wine without food and no food without wine. To those who truly love wine, no glass is complete without the complement of food. In America, the utterance of the binomial wine bar seems to elide wine's natural co ... More >>
Everyone loves The Orange Show -- but the non-profit Center for Visionary Art needs your help to keep providing Houston with amazing public art displays like the annual Art Car Parade and concerts at the Orange Show monument itself. To that end, Saint Arnold is sponsoring the 2012 Foamraiser tomorro ... More >>
So, you may have heard that Madonna is coming to town this week. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to her performances at the Toyota Center tomorrow night or Thursday night, you may now be wondering where to park and where to grab dinner or drinks before the show. Quattro at the Four Seasons ... More >>
In the five years that it was open, the sorely missed Catalan Food & Wine Bar on Washington earned no less than three nods for the Best Wine List in Houston here at the Houston Press Best Of Houston ® Awards. It was certainly my favorite wine list in the city, in part because of the extraordinary ... More >>
That's the question -- or, rather, series of questions -- that arose at a recent dinner. My friends and I had chosen a new-ish Tex-Mex restaurant that night and the chips and salsa that arrived first were appallingly bad. So bad, in fact, that we were left dreading the rest of the meal. And as expe ... More >>
The indispensable guidebook to Paris by French food authority Patricia Wells is The Food Lover's Guide to Paris. Wells knows exactly where to find the flakiest croissants, the essential bistros, the most knowledgeable wine merchants, the richest, darkest chocolates, the most sublime cheeses, the ear ... More >>
It's all Montrose, all the time this week: Nearly every bit of restaurant scoop for the past several days has come out of the Montrose, starting with an announcement last night from the owners of the Eatsie Boys food truck: "EBOY BREAKING NEWS: We have signed a lease in Mmmontrose. Eboy 3.0 storefro ... More >>
A bar in a grocery store? You read that right.
50 percent off sandwiches with a "vise-like grip"!"My mom sent me this today," began the email from my co-worker, which he'd simply titled "How NOT To Write a Groupon Description." "She says the place is really terrific," he continued, "but this description...I mean..." The Groupon ad, for ... More >>
Photo courtesy of FacebookEast downtown has a new wine bar, Dionisio.The big news this week was the shuttering of Cabo's, the downtown Tex-Mex restaurant famous for its second-story patio and extra-strong margaritas. (I myself have not one, but two tales of woe relating to those margaritas' s ... More >>
Pearland is really moving up in the world, home to greats like Killen's Steakhouse and hole-in-the-wall gems like Thanh Phunog that serve wild boar pho. In addition to its own recently opened version of House of Pies, a new biergarten/carwash called King's Biergarten has opened on Broadway. A ... More >>
It's been a week of good news, which is a rare and precious thing around here. No real closings to report, only a few openings and some chef shuffles, which makes for a happy Friday around these parts. News that San Antonio's Freetail Brewing Co. is planning a three-story brewpub in downtown ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe grouper crudo photographed beautifully. If only it tasted that way, too.Before my wine or food (or even my dinner date) had arrived at The Tasting Room at CityCentre last night, I thought that I'd already had the place mostly figured out. The shiny new space sa ... More >>
Drive too fast down Sunset Boulevard, and you'll miss the new, slightly hidden gem that is Simone on Sunset. We recently caught up with Chef/Owner Kristen Powell to chat about one of Rice Village's latest wine bars. As we find out, going just for the drinks might be a mistake. EOW: How long ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsYou can even get a helluva guanciale cheeseburger at Plonk.Today's Houston Press Deal of the Day (oh, you don't know what those are? sign up; they're seriously fantastic) is for 50 percent off at Boheme, a little wine bar in Montrose that also serves up cappuccinos and bee ... More >>
boo_liciousCall it my wine bar intuition. Sometimes, a place just doesn't sit right with me. Lately I've been thinking about why that is. Generating a successful wine bar means much more than meeting the general requirements of wine service, such as knowledgeable staff and proper storage. Qu ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsClick here for a slideshow from Plonk.In this week's cafe review, we take a trip to Plonk, a hidden spot in Oak Forest that features a slightly rougher crowd and far better food than you'd expect to find at a wine bar. It's that study in total contrasts that makes Plonk i ... More >>
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