Youssef Nafaa

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tapas Restaurants

    Although etymologists agree that the word "tapas" comes from the Spanish word tapar, which means "to cover," that's where agreement on the origin of the Spanish snack-stravaganza ends. Seminal cookbook The Joy of Cooking claims that "tapas" originally referred to slices of bread or meat used to cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Openings & Closings: October 2011

    Coming soon: Free bitch-slaps for anyone who says, "Meet me at the Finn."​It's been a busy month for restaurant openings, closings, name changes and remodels. Hang onto your coffee cups -- we've got a lot of restaurant news to get through in one post. Openings: BlackFinn American Grille is c ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2011

    Merguez in Midtown

    Majorca Bistro & Tapas offers good food, great sangria and plenty of people-watching.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by mlsnpOishii's "open" sign will be lit again soon.​This week saw two big closings, one big opening and some scares for fans of sushi and wine. First things first: Oishii (3764 Richmond, 713-621-8628) is not closed. The same dead-eyed panic sets in every year when the owners take a bre ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Train Wreck

    How Metro and its president Frank Wilson got so far off track.

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Andalucia Tapas & Taverna

    ​We felt pretty smart nabbing a spot near the kitchen for the standing-room-only grand opening of Andalucia Tapas & Taverna last week. The waiters had to get through us to reach the rest of the crowd (the poor suckers by the door surely went hungry). The cavernous restaurant, in the Downtown ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 3, 2009
  • Dining

    April 30, 2009

    Cielo High

    A new Mexican bistro downtown serves up strong cocktails and tasty tapas for low prices.

  • Dining

    January 8, 2009
  • Dining

    October 19, 2006

    Veh-Ree Theen Pancakes

    Don't be self-conscious — enjoy a crepe or two at CoCo's

  • Dining

    November 17, 2005

    Pungent Pizza

    Cava Bistro

  • Dining

    November 4, 2004

    Dancing Delicacies

    Saffron's delicacy pie -- made with lamb livers, sweetbreads and mountain oysters -- is divine

  • Dining

    December 6, 2001

    What Recession?

    New bars and restaurants brave the dangers of downtown

  • Dining

    October 5, 2000

    Border Crossings

    Youssef Nafaa

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    Fungus Alert

    In search of "wild mushrooms"

  • Dining

    September 23, 1999