Wine Bars

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    "Summer Riesling" Grease Parody Brings Down the House at Camerata

    There was brio in the air last night at Camerata, as co-owners David Keck and Paul Petronella wrangled an ornery projector and guests sipped Riesling selected especially for the wine bar's "Summer of Riesling" microlist. The occasion was the debut screening of "Summer Riesling - A 'Summer Nights' P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Italian Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

    I'm what one might call a wine bar aficionado. I hit up spots for vino around town a lot. I usually go out around dinner time, though, and I find myself in an unfortunate predicament. I'm buzzed and starving, and the only food on the menu is a dainty $25 artisan meat and cheese platter. I get that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    The Most Underrated Restaurant in Houston Is...

    Well, friends, more than 1300 of you voted on the most underrated restaurant in Houston. Thanks for letting your opinion be known. Some of you weren't happy with the poll choices, but remember, those came from you, not me. So you have only yourselves to blame. But really, I thought all of the opti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Cheers! Camerata at Paulie's Is Named One of the Hottest Wine Bars in the Country

    It's only been open since July of this year, but already Camerata is on the map. Eater National's map, that is. It's already received a glowing review from our wine writer, Jeremy Parzen, who also put it on his list of the best destinations for wine in Houston. Prior to that, we named it our favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Paul Petronella Tells the Story of How Camerata Wine Bar Came Into Being

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Crazy Mac & Cheese Creations, Buttery Lobster Tacos & 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 >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Go to Moon Tower Inn

    Here are 10 reasons why.

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Best Bites at Buc-ee's

    Five more awesome things to try.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    With a Wine-Friendly Menu, Camerata Ups the Bar for Houston Wine Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Downtown Hoppy Hours and Italian Stallions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Be a Prima Donna, Pre-Madonna, at Quattro

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Get This Man a Wine Bar! A Chat with Houston Celeb Sommelier Antonio Gianola

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    How Do You Judge a Wine Bar? A Coffee Shop? A Tex-Mex Restaurant?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    The Food Lover's Guide to Paris has Gone High Tech: There's an App for That

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The All-Montrose Edition

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Beautiful Strangers

    A bar in a grocery store? You read that right.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    The Worst Groupon Ad Ever?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Openings & Closings: EaDo Gets a Wine Bar, Alvin Gets a Craft Beer Bar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    First Look at The Tasting Room at CityCentre

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part I: Kristen Powell of Simone on Sunset

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Houston's Top 10 Wine Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top 5 Must-Haves in a Killer Wine Bar

    boo_licious​Call 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    The Guanciale Burger at Plonk: The Ultimate "Bacon" Cheeseburger

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

    Mother's Day is this Sunday - have you made reservations for Mom? Cru: A Wine Bar (9595 Six Pines Dr., Suite 650 in The Woodlands) is putting on a three-course brunch, with offerings including brown-butter poached sea scallops, eggs Benedict, pan-seared ahi tuna and roasted duck breast, not to men ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2006

    Monsterville on Washington

    Welcome to Houston’s culinary cutting edge