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  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Killen's BBQ Bans Negative Comments from Facebook: Censorship or Smart PR?

    In case you haven't noticed, there's a new box on Yelp right above the comments that contains the following message: Your trust is our top concern, so businesses can't pay to alter or remove their reviews. While the business review website is making an effort to convince people that the commentar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Torta Cubana at La Guadalupana Bakery & Café

    Whenever I feel nostalgic for Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, I visit La Guadalupana Bakery & Café. During the period that I resided in that Boston suburb, I did my laundry each week at a laundromat next store to a terrific restaurant, El Oriental de Cuba, and in between cycles I frequently chowed do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    You Can Now Search Yelp with Emojis (For the Spelling-Challenged)

    In case words are too difficult for you to manage or you're a 13-year-old girl with an iPhone (you know, when I was your age...), Yelp has just made things a little easier on you. Now, instead of actually typing words like "pizza" or "hamburger" in the search box when you want to find a restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Do You Want Doughnuts With That Ice Cream?

    The Daily Review Cafe closed due to water issues, according to the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney, but it seems like things have been going downhill for the restaurant for a while. Recently, Yelp reviewers have been giving the River Oaks cafe many poor reviews, saying it was "awful all around" and ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2013

    Top 10 drive-throughs in Houston.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Your Anonymous Reviews and Comments May Not Be Anonymous Much Longer

    So much for free speech. Last week, a Virginia court ruled that Yelp must turn over the identities of seven anonymous reviewers of a carpet store because the commenters may not have been actual customers. According to Yelp's terms of service: "You may expose yourself to liability if, for example, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Another Pie Shop Shutters and Highly Anticipated Restaurants Open Softly

    Even though the week began with a devastating fire-forced closure of a Houston pie shop landmark, the rest of the week has been filled with openings and announcements of future openings. But, let's begin with the sad news, shall we? Just two days after Thanksgiving, another pie shop caught on fire, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Honeymoon Tech: The Five Most-Used Apps From My Vacation

    I got married recently and, naturally, my wife and I took our honeymoon immediately following. In our case, we went to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because I work in a tech field, I tend to not go on vacation without some computer technology on me. For my honeymoon however, I opted for only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    A First Look at Tiger Den: Fresh Noodles, a Fine Robata Grill and Long Lines at the Front Door

    Houston has been waiting for a place like Tiger Den. A strip-mall restaurant in the popular Dun Huang Plaza at 9989 Bellaire Boulevard near the intersection of Beltway 8, the new ramen shop and izakaya debuted recently, and diners have had to endure waits of 30 minutes or more for tables. I'd been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Origin Stories, Yelp Feuds and Frito Pie

    Houstonia: The folks over at Houstonia were conducting some really interesting reporting on Monday, and decided to go the Buzzfeed route with an entertaining list. John Nova Lomax scoured fast-food companies' histories to uncover fun and surprising facts about your favorite joints. Among the interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    How to Behave When Dining Out: Top Ten Etiquette Tips For Diners

    I've never worked as a waiter, waitress, hostess, manager or chef, but I like to think I can recognize when a customer is being an asshole. I'm betting you probably can too. We've all seen the guy who chooses to yell at the top of his lungs on a cell phone in a small, crowded restaurant or the pare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: Apps I'll Be Using on My Upcoming Road Trip

    I love a good road trip and over the next 10 days, I'll be driving across the country for a family vacation. While I'm on the drive, I plan to use my iPhone extensively to help me along my way. I've done this in the past and it has made traveling a lot easier. But, I'm not convinced what I have are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Top 8 Culinary Scandals of the Past Decade

    It seems every day someone new is coming out of the woodwork to claim he or she was wronged by Paula Deen. The once-beloved host of Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network has been accused of racial and sexual discrimination by a number of former employees and was quoted using the "N-word" and sayi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    9 Ways Not to Make an Ass of Yourself as a Food Critic

    Hanna Raskin, formerly the food critic for two of our sister papers, just published Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews. The book's a how-to guide for contributors to sites such as our own Voice Places, where you can weigh in with your opinions of local restaurants. We asked her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Steak on Acid, Louisiana Cookin' and Twin Peaks

    If you're interested in a steakhouse on acid, then Mr. Peeples is the place for you! Eric at Eater reports that Mr. Peeples Seafood & Steaks will open on Monday July 29. Eric was able to snap some photos of the place, which is majorly purple. There's also a 1,600-bottle wine tower, VIP lounges and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Onaga Opens Quietly -- Let's Hope It Stays That Way

    I'll admit it I bought into what you could call the "club sushi" environment of Zake Sushi Lounge. A few birthdays, one going away party and many a nights out started there -- the food was pretty good in the beginning, although it was never really about that, it was about beginning the night listeni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The Great Yelp Debate Continues

    To love, hate or use: Yelp is stirring the pot yet again

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Goodbye to Tex, Mex and Czech

    As of today, Jeannine's Bistro remains closed in Montrose with no word from owner Andrew Klarman as to its eventual reopening date. The popular Belgian bistro closed temporarily this past Saturday due to staffing issues. Plenty of other doors were shut this week, too, including the beloved Olde Tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Swagger, Kenny & Ziggy's, AKA Sushi and More

    Swagger (3839 Southwest Fwy.) is a strange case. Some Yelp reviewers characterize the lounge as "hood," but it's located in Greenway, far from anything else fitting that description. (And it's good enough for Isaiah Carey). The bar's name suggests something fresh and fashionable, but Shakespeare act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    What Carrying the New "ReviewerCard" from Brad Newman Says About You

    With Yelp currently tangled up in piles of Federal Trade Commission complaints about its business practices -- which restaurant owners allege range from libel to extortion -- a new scourge upon the dining scene seems poised to take its weaselly place: the ReviewerCard. First reported in the LA Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Worst of "The Worst": Free Press Doesn't Know How Vegan Works

    Note: As Omar Afra reminded us on Twitter today, "Worst of" entries are public submissions and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Free Press Houston. Carry on. This week, Free Press Houston released its always-scathing, usually quite hilarious "Worst of Houston List." Other than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best Bathrooms to Bang In

    "It's a list of bathrooms to fuck in, not Homer's Odyssey. Don't go over-thinking it." My girlfriend hurled this sage wisdom at me earlier this week as I planned my trek to nearly two dozen bars I visited to compile this list. If nothing else, I am sure the Greek poet would respect my legwork. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Virgin Kitchens and Uninformed Morons

    Dallas Observer: Although Anthony Bourdain is the most famous recent convert to Texas barbecue, Gavin Cleaver of the Dallas Observer (our sister paper) recounts his own love story with smoke and brisket in this week's feature story: "An Englishman in BBQ Sauce." City of Ate: In this second of this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: 888 Chinese, Maggie Rita's & more

    Katharine Shilcutt called it one of the old-school anchors of the East End. Yelp reviewers gave it a four-star average in 66 reviews. A Health inspector was not impressed with 888 Chinese (403 Winkler), however, sticking it with 19 health code violations during an inspection last week. Issues includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Candace Chang of Dolce Delights Makes Cakes the Way She Likes Them

    Dolce Delights 3201 Louisiana St Tel: 713-807-7575 This is the second of a two-part chef chat series. Read Part 1, which ran in this same space yesterday. Two years ago, Candace Chang left the world of fashion merchandising to pursue a lifelong passion: baking. During ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    The City Of Houston Releases Its Own Version Of Die Hard

    It's come to this. In the wake of the shooting in Colorado and the countless other shootings in offices and public places, the City Of Houston in conjunction with the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security released "RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event" on YouTube. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Hubcap Grill's Ricky Craig on Twitter Outbursts and Axl Rose Rants

    This past Tuesday around 10 p.m., anyone who follows Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig on Twitter could tell that he was having a bad night. Craig is well-known for voicing his opinions -- often stridently -- on Twitter, but Tuesday was different. "Ewan MacDonald get out of Houston and GO BACK TO DALL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Hospitality Reigned Over Hate at Hubcap Grill's Yuck Felp Party

    Hubcap Grill's Anti-Yelp party, held this past Sunday, had everything a stellar party should have: delicious food, a fantastic beer selection, beautiful people, excellent music, gorgeous weather, and a couple of visits by the police. Hipsters, foodies, and fun-loving adults traveled from far and nea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Turn Your Browser and Cough: The Top 15 Health Care Web Sites

    Lt. Reginald Barclay was a character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. By trade, he was an engineer, but he was well known on the show for being a massive hypochondriac. On one episode, Dr. Beverly Crusher advised Reg not to look through the Star Fleet medical database anymore because it was causin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Free Press Houston: Hate Yelp? Then you'll love Jay's screed against the restaurant review website over at Free Press Houston. In his essay, Jay -- who's better known as the blogger behind Guns & Tacos -- says that biggest problem with Yelp that its "platform is dependent on malicious activity, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Bingo and Booze at Double Trouble

    Chuck Cook PhotographyLooking out onto the patio, where the bingo happens.​"G 48, G 48. Gee, I can't believe Whitney Houston was only 48." The basic requirements of bingo-calling are so undemanding that an illiterate person could fulfill them. Doing it well, though, takes wit, and often the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kevin Naderi of Roost

    Photos by Mai PhamChef/Owner Kevin Naderi of Roost​It's not often that a small restaurant becomes an instant hit, but from what I could see on a busy Tuesday night with a small line forming at the door, neighborhood eatery Roost possesses everything it needs to make it -- a small, cozy space; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    F*** You, Yelper: Yelp Reviews as Beat-Style Poetry

    ​Perhaps it wasn't the intention of the person who started Fuck You, Yelper to frame random snippets of sadly hysterical Yelp reviews for comparison to anti-intellectual Beatnik poetry. But I can't help seeing each post -- a few lines plucked, sometimes but not always, from a longer review -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Discount Dining

    Butternut Squash Soup​Like Christina Uticone, who rounds up food deals around town for Eating Our Words, I've signed up for every site I've come across, even Gaggle of Chicks, "where moms flock for great deals", and no, I am not a mom. I get about 15 emails daily with new deals and discounts a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Burger and an Oil Change at Facundo Cafe

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttI want this burger all over again.​Listen up, because I'm making your lunch plans for you right now: Drive over to Ella, just outside the Loop, and pull in to the Dr. Gleem car wash. Yes, the one with the palapas out front. Get your car's oil changed, or get it det ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​The closure of Dolce Vita in the Woodlands after only a matter of months prompted some serious discussion on the food blog earlier this week. Does Marco Wiles hate the suburbs? That's unlikely, and taking it a bit far. But the idea that not every concept is a fit for every market is a well-es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Washington Avenue, One Year Later: Not As "Wild"

    Marc BrubakerPrivilege: Late to the Party?​Today the Rocks Off team unveils our newest cover feature, "Getting Past The Bouncer" (or, in print, "Bar Codes"), in which we investigate more in-depth December's "Hydeout at Hudson" controversy, and examined the door policies at some of the other ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Racism And Houston Clubs: The Nightfly's Story

    ​Is there racism within Houston's nightlife community? Of course there is. It's certainly not early 20th-century racism, but it's still very much there. In three-plus years of writing the Nightfly column for the Houston Press, I've only ever had one club owner or manager go on record as say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Great Gumbo and Even Better Boudin Balls at MerCheri's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttReplacement boudin balls have finally been located and acquired.​In my review of BRC Gastropub last October, I chastised the restaurant for serving tough little nuggets that they dared call boudin balls, and suggested the kitchen staff take a trip to the Fifth Ward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    The Top 10 Google Searches for 2010: Food & Drink Edition

    Google, you clever bastards. Making me hungry for Thanksgiving dinner all over again in December.​On a particularly creepy episode of Conspiracy Theory -- yes, the one with Governor Jesse Ventura and the Blond Ponytail of Better Days -- a cornered spokesperson for a government Fusion Center to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Open Tab: Time To Hit The Patio! And Not Each Other!

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Thanks, God! The weather this week has been more hospitable than the past five months of hell you put us through, making it easier to drink and smoke outside without our sweat putting out our cigarettes. It's always nice to know you got our backs, except for the whole d ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    Cry for Yelp

    The popular Web site has buckled to pressure, but it isn't enough.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Yelp Announces Changes ― Are They Enough to Satisfy Class-Action Plaintiffs?

    ​Are lawyers in the class-action suit against Yelp smelling victory? Yesterday, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the user review giant would drop the "Favorite Review" feature and let readers see the reviews that would otherwise have been filtered out by its automated review filter. "No ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Wishes for Wilshire Village

    Plus: Reviewing the reviewers on Yelp

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Yelp Effect

    ​Although there was no shortage of food-related panels at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSWi) this year, none were as insightful or as incendiary as The Yelp Effect, a frank discussion on the effect that online reviews and criticisms have on the restaurant industry. Led by A ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 4, 2010

    Scintillating Sichuan

    You can tell it's really Sichuan at Sarah Place by the hot pot bullfrog and the flaming hot pepper chicken.

  • Dining

    February 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Komodo Pub's Nuclear Rainbow

    Photo by Troy Fields​It didn't take long to realize Komodo's Pub (2004 Baldwin, 713-655-1501) is no dive. The Internet (specifically, might have you believe that, but careful on-site analysis of the bar reveals that the Internet is full of bullshit. A real dive doesn't have "nice flo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2009

    Yelp Eats

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Pimm's Cup, on the menu at the Reef-Anvil cocktail pairing dinnerRecession diners, get those forks at the ready. Yelp Eats! is here. The online review site -- perhaps best known for local restaurant reviews -- has started its very own Restaurant Week called Yelp E ... More >>

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