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  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    For Sale: One Model of Lola's Ladies' Room

    There are some diorama-worthy candidates among the modern architectural masterpieces which have been erected in Houston. The Astrodome. Johnson Space Center. The Beer Can House. All are perennial subjects and all are, at least for the short term, behind the current, most bitchin' leader of the pack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    As Fees Become Problematic, Restaurants Move Away from OpenTable, But Do They Stay Away?

    Imagine you own a restaurant, and you want to fill seats. You need to get people to make reservations. So you turn to OpenTable, the number one online reservation software. It's been around since 1998, so it's had plenty of time to work out the kinks. Nearly 27,000 restaurants around the country u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    10 Best Food Emojis We Desperately Need

    While working on the article about searching Yelp using emojis this week, I realized that the emoji canon has some rather glaring omissions. Sure, I could search for a burger place or Italian food or sushi, but what if I want a sandwich? A cupcake? Some charcuterie? Emojis were first invented in Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Openings & Closings: The Food Truck Expansion Continues

    It's been a busy time for the Heights neighborhood as several restaurants and bars have opened their doors and some have announced future plans to set up shop. The newest Piatto Ristorante opened in the Heights on Monday, April 14, at 1111 Studewood. The newest Carrabba's location joins Liberty Kit ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014
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    November 27, 2013

    Your Local Black Friday/Record Store Day Shopper's Guide

    Historically speaking, Black Friday is a phrase synonymous with discount hand-mixers and 5 a.m. tramplings at the local Walmart. By definition alone -- so not hip. And while all of you normal folks -- who would rather pay the extra $50 for a PS4 over pitching a tent in the shantytown that accumulate ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Family-Friendly Restaurants, Labor Day Openings & More

    What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Ambrosia: More Than Adequate But Less Than Economical

    The opening of a restaurant within walking distance of my apartment always excites me, and I'm admittedly more primed to enjoy their food than that of other similar albeit less proximal places. In the case of Papa Mio, I was happy to find the restaurant met my expectations. Thus when their next-doo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Pleased to Meet You: Eight Song Characters I'd Like to Know

    A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    What Will We Take Away from the Age of the Foodie?

    It could be said that the Age of the Foodie has arrived. Food is the topic of interest across more conversations than simply what the current fad diet is or what restaurant you ate at for your anniversary. Food is everything these days. Hell, it's even being blamed for killing rock and roll. Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Burgers Off the Beaten Path: The Hideaway

    I keep finding new reasons to love The Hideaway on Dunvale, and therefore new reasons to drive west on Richmond until I hit Dunvale -- a corner of the city's that is actually rife with terrific reasons to head west. In the strip center across Richmond from The Hideaway, you'll find two of the best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Houston's Top 5 Punk Bars

    5. LOLA'S DEPOT It it possible for a place to look run-down -- in a good way? Some who wax nostalgic about Lola's wasteland preeminence as the place to score drugs in the '80s now joke of it as a "neighborhood bar," offering such high-class amenities as ATM machines. Remnants of the old Lola's exi ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2013

    Do the Curry Crawl

    The top 10 restaurants in Little India.

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    Team Kerouac

    Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund chat about the film version of On the Road.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings, Heavy on the "Closings"

    While there wasn't a whole lot of good news to report this week, there was a rash of closings. The holidays can be killer like that. After many years in business serving martinis to the Shepherd Plaza crowd, The Davenport closed last week. Often dubbed "The Davensnort" for the, ahem, activities tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Chefs Rate America's Food Critics at the Daily Meal; Two Houston Writers Get Ranked

    They say that turnabout is fair play, and that's just what The Daily Meal did this week when it polled a group of chefs across the U.S. to see how those chefs rated some of the nation's most preeminent food critics. Those 20 food critics were chosen by Arthur Bovino, executive editor of The Daily M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Labor Day Laughs: Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews

    On the off chance that you haven't been exposed to the thrilling beauty that is "Real Actors Reading Yelp Reviews," we've compiled the entire series into one post for you. So take a break from doing...whatever the hell it is people do on Labor Day...and remember that dining at the Olive Garden in Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    App of the Week: Apps That Helped on My Vacation...and a Few That Didn't

    A few weeks back, I took a two-week vacation that saw me visit three states and travel by plane, car, shuttle and even by boat for a few minutes. It was all within the U.S., but I found my need for technology surprising. Because I work for myself, I did bring a computer for occasionally catching up ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 4, 2012

    Openings & Closings: April 2012

    So, while I was gone last week, chef Ryan Hildebrand and his investors announced plans to open yet another restaurant only four short months after Triniti opened on Shepherd. Brande, as the new restaurant will be called when it opens in late 2013, will occupy the old Ruggles space on Lower Westheime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Brasil Switching to Not "Full Table Service" But "Something Like It"

    Dan Fergus, the man who owns Montrose haunt Brasil, has had a lot of complaints lobbed at him over the years. Most of them involve paying customers attempting to linger at their tables during or after a meal, which has gotten more than a few people kicked out or simply bitched out. "The owner has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Clueless -- Not Old -- People Writing on a Restaurant's Facebook Page

    Tumblr has given us some great food-related bits of fascination recently. Locally, it's home to Fat City Houston, which keeps our 100 Favorite Dishes list honest. Nationally, it's given us gems like Fuck You, Yelper, showcasing frenzied Yelp reviews as beat-style poetry. This week, it's Old People ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Austin Beer Fest Turns Into Houston Beer Fest Disaster, Redux

    This past June, the inaugural Houston Beer Fest at Hermann Square Park outsold the space by 8,000 tickets, infuriating attendees. But that was just the first of many problems for the event. Lines to get in stretched for blocks as many guests suffered heat exhaustion. Lines inside the event were equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    Last week, a commenter pointed out that we didn't include El Real's inspection report in the roundup. That was because at the time we checked out the city's database, reports ran only through February 22. El Real's inspection occurred February 28. Bitching about food is currently in second place beh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Top 5 Ways to Clean Out Your Colon: Detoxing Debunked

    By now you have either disregarded your New Year's resolutions with a long list of very convincing reasons (I actually enjoy being unemployed) or you haven't even started them yet. If cutting back on the excess was on your list of things to do in 2012, it's certainly not too late to start. When we s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Dive Bars

    "I know it when I see it." - Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, on correctly identifying pornography. Also applies to dive bars. The dive distinction is complicated. Used to be you could stick a bar in the non-dive phylum if a web jukebox were present. But nowadays there are dives that still fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Five Years Later: Food Trends That Fizzled Out

    I'm still waiting for Mupcakes to catch on.​It's that time of year again: No, not the time when society's ever-emphasized consumerism is rammed even more forcefully down our gullets, disguised in festive Christmas trimmings and manipulative Coca-Cola commercials. It's the time of year when eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy

    A response from Village Voice Media​Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site The full page ad was published in The New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011
  • Dining

    August 25, 2011

    Yummy Stinky

    The fermented tofu at this Taiwanese spot is not for the faint of heart.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    New Restaurant Guides Show Off Houston's Greatest Grub

    New for 2011 and handy as ever.​Fearless Critic and My Table's Ultimate Food Lover's Guide to Houston are both roaring back onto the scene this year, updated and ready to guide Houstonians in their quest for the city's best. The last edition of The Ultimate Food Lover's Guide to Houston was r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Top 5: Foods Best Eaten Alive

    Photo by GroovehouseOysters on the half shell at Gilhooley's.​While I'm not a full-on advocate of the raw food or paleo eating movements, I have to admit that both have their strong points. Many foods are, in fact, better left uncooked. And some are flat-out best eaten at their most uncooked: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Food Fight: Battle Beignets

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChez Beignets II​A few years ago, when I spent a month getting around Houston entirely by public transit, I found myself checking out from Central Market one warm spring evening at 10 p.m. It had just rained, and the air was fresh and cool, and I didn't feel like waitin ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 21, 2011

    Capri in Spring

    Little restaurant outside town turns out spectacular Italian food.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    First Look at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​"We had 1,000 covers on Friday night, then 1,200 covers last night," an exhausted but happy-looking Bill Floyd told me when he stopped by our table at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe on Sunday evening. It was a little past 5 p.m., the doors to the place had just opened, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Meat Zelko Bistro: Food Network Filming in Houston for Meat & Potatoes

    Photos from the filming are sadly embargoed until the show's air date.​There's a Food Network show called Meat & Potatoes? Apparently so, and I do feel better knowing I'm not the first one to ask that question. (Admittedly, not having cable does put a dent in my pop culture knowledge bank.) It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Escolar and Uni at Aka Sushi

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSea snail up front, uni in the back.​Every time I mention enjoying a particular sushi restaurant, a commenter or two will chime in to tell me that I'm a blithering idiot for not enjoying Aka Sushi more. (Sometimes that's an exaggeration, but not usually.) This also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Top 5 Food Trends To Watch

    dwell.comUrban chicken coop.​5. Back to Basics.​Today's green-conscious consumer pays attention to nutrition information and ingredients, particularly the ones they can't pronounce. This, partnered with the continuous barrage of bad press on everything from MSG to high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Foodies Or Hipsters: Who's More Obnoxious?

    Okay, we're discussing Hipsters vs. Foodies, not Hipsters Vs. Food. That's your first mistake.​Okay, first up, a little clarification, since a bunch of you just got pissed off at the terms used in the headline and won't even read the article before leaving enraged spittle all over the comments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Foodies Or Hipsters: Who's More Obnoxious?

    Okay, we're discussing Hipsters vs. Foodies, not Hipsters Vs. Food. That's your first mistake.​Okay, first up, a little clarification, since a bunch of you just got pissed off at the terms used in the headline and won't even read the article before leaving enraged spittle all over the comments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Has the "Foodie" Backlash Begun?

    Courtesy of Toothpaste For Dinner​Late last year, all of the sister papers in the Village Voice Media chain were informed that we were no longer to use the word "foodie" in blogs or in print. The reason? "Foodie" has not only become overused but has developed a strongly negative connotation: A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Allen Henson: A Heartfelt Discussion On A Lap-Dance Rip-Off

    A lap-dance cri de coeur‚ÄčAllen Henson is a UH student who's served two stints in Iraq, according to online info. He's also e-published a book about raucous male behavior in the Tucker Max style, and has a website and a Twitter feed.He's also the victim of lap-dance fraud, he writes to us."I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    The Last Day of Giftmas: Fashion

    ​Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. So the Twelve Days of Giftmas are winding down and you only have one more week to shop for your Christmas/Hanukkah/Muharram/Solstice/Kwanzaa gift ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Conspiracy Dallas

    Photo courtesy of Yelp​A few months ago Texas Traveler visited the always-interesting Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the "official" account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. It's definitely worth going to if you're interested in any way in American history or politics, but maybe y ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Dive Bar-ology 101: What A Dive Bar Is Not

    ‚ÄčThese days, there are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes a dive bar. Going by lists on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, and especially this laughable list from the Houston Chronicle, apparently any drinking establishment that does not sport bottle service, valet parking and a velvet r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    A Return to Falafel Frenzy...err...Factory

    Photos by J.C. Reid​Last fall, Robb Walsh took note of a funky new falafel joint called Falafel Frenzy located at 914 Prairie in downtown Houston, pointing out the donut shape of the falafels and the unique coating of sesame seeds. These mentions came close on the heels of an epic falafel disc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Being A Fan In Houston Basically Sucks, ESPN Reports

    Photo by Bukowsky18ESPN has put together another one of its Best Fan Experience lists, where they rank ballparks, arenas and stadiums for atmosphere, convenience, team success, and other highly arbitrary and pseudo-scientific categories.Houston doesn't come out too well.The top three are the L ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009
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