Random Ephemera

The Most Viewed Food Slide Shows in 2017 in the Houston Press

The patio area at Ouisie's.
The patio area at Ouisie's. Photo courtesy of Ousie's Table

Slideshows are usually fascinating to look at, either because of the people involved or in the case of restaurants and food coverage, the carefully designed placements and colors.

In 2017 Houston Press readers liked looking at food slideshows that either showed them where to go to have a good time or showed them photos of themselves having a good time or where other people had gone and had a good time (too bad you missed it).

Take a look both for the pretty pictures and the valuable information. To see an entire slide show, simply click on the heading of each item. And enjoy.

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We took a first look at Pinch Seafood & Bar, 10510 Northwest Freeway, in April. Food writer Cuc Lam was wowed by the inventiveness of the Pinch sliders, which tucked three angus beef patties inside a Chinese pork bao.
Photo courtesy of Pinch Seafood & Bar
The Best New Restaurants in Houston in 2017 (So Far)

It's been a very good year for foodies in Houston. Here's our take on the best new restaurants in Houston in 2017 (so far), based on our first looks, restaurant reviews, and breaking news about openings and closings.

The 400-year-old live oak trees at the Becks Prime on Augusta are a Houston treasure.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography
Outside Eats: Houston's Top 25 Restaurant Patios

As spring swings into motion, Houstonians tend to flock outside. The birds are chirping, the bluebonnets are in bloom and the temperature outside is ... marginally tolerable. What better way to enjoy the warmer weather (before the temperature starts reaching triple-digits) than having a meal outside. Over the past few years we have released lists of the best patios in Houston and here, in no particular order, are our top 25 picks for the best restaurant patios.

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The party people at Brash.
Photo by Eric Sauseda
The Party People at Brash Brewing's Second Anniversary Shebang

Brash Brewing lived up to its motto — "Good beer and heavy metal; what else is there in life?" — during its second anniversary shebang. The Crosstimbers-area brewery hosted a daylong extravaganza with BBQ, food trucks, special release beers and tons of swag. Colorado-based heavy metal band Khemmis made their only Texas stop on their tour, delivering a heavy dose of doom for the day's entertainment. (Photos by Eric Sauseda for the Houston Press).
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All dressed up and ready to party.
Photo by Yuri Pena
The Pub Crawlers of White Linen Night in the Heights

The pretty party people came out for White Linen Night in the Heights on August 5 in Houston. It seems that every bar and restaurant along White Oak, Studewood and nearby streets opened its doors to revelers. From official pub crawls to unofficial bar-hopping, here's a look at the pub crawlers of White Linen Night.

Participating venues included 2nd Cup, BB's Cafe, Berryhill, Christian’s Tailgate White Oak, Coltivare Pizza & Garden, Eight Row Flint, Fitzgeralds, Gelazzi, Good Dog, Heights Bier Garten, Jimmy's Ice House, Little Woodrow's in the Heights, Los Cucos, Lucky's Pub - Heights, Onion Creek, Premium Draught, Public House Heights, Red Dessert Cafe, Ritual, Sonoma Wine Bar, Southern Goods, and many, many more.
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There's a lot of reasons to attend the Italian Festival.
Photo by Mark Herman Reyes
Houston Italian Festival Celebrates Food and Culture

The weather was beautiful for the 39th Houston Italian Festival, a celebration of the cuisine and culture of Italy. Festival-goers enjoyed pasta with meatballs, meatball sandwiches, sausage (sandwiches or on a stick), baked artichoke hearts, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, chicken marsala and pizza. Desserts included cannoli, Italian cookies, sfingi, Italian ice and gelato. Come back next year when this iconic festival celebrates 40 years in Houston.
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Who needs creeps with friends like this.
Photo by Eric Sauseda
Creepy Christmas With Krampus At Brash Brewing

The Houston Zombie Walk held its third annual Christmas With Krampus extravaganza in conjunction with the Creepy Hollow Haunted House. It was a festively creepy event with Santa Claus, The Grinch, Krampus, a host of creeps from Houston Zombie Walk and Creepy Hollow, a holiday market, beer, barbecue, wrestling and a new release of Brash's new beer, Black Masses, an imperial double coffee milk stout. (Photos by Eric Sauseda)
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A celebration of all things taco.
Tacolandia 2017 Brings Plenty of Taco Joy
Tacolandia 2017 Brings Plenty of Taco Joy

There's no denying the power of the glorious taco. Tacolandia 2017 served up an afternoon of tasty tacos from more than 35 of Houston’s best restaurants at The Water Works on October 21, in an afternoon of taco joy with mariachi, luchadores and an enormous inflatable Tabasco bottle. Photos by Abrahán Garza.
Rainbow Lodge's braised buffalo short rib "Benedict" makes Easter Sunday brunch even better.
Photo by Phaedra Cook
The Best Brunches in Houston This Easter Sunday 2017

Easter is right around the bend (it’s on Sunday, April 16, in case you were wondering) and Houston restaurants are gearing up for some festive celebrations. From Mexican and Indian-inspired holiday spreads to prix fixe menus with live jazz and Easter eggs for the kids, here’s where to celebrate Easter Sunday in Houston this year. - Brooke Viggiano
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The scene at 8th Wonder Brewery
Photo by Doogie Roux
Slow, Loud and Bangin' at 8th Wonder Brewery's Screwed Up Sunday

H-Town's 8th Wonder Brewery has once again partnered up with Donkeeboy Art and Screwville for the 3rd Annual Screwed Up Sunday. The event paid homage to the creator of the iconic art and sound of screwed and chopped, DJ Screw. We got down with Paul Wall, Lil Keke 713, The Waxaholics, GT Garza and DJ Gonz; witnessed an interactive art show from Donkeeboy and took home a limited edition souvenir DJ Screw pint glass. Photos by Doogie Roux.
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Something everyone could agree on.
Photo by Marco Torres
Saint Arnold Packs the House for its Epic 23rd Anniversary Party in Houston

Heck yeah. Houstonians know how to party and what better way to celebrate Saint Arnold Brewing Company's 23rd anniversary than with an all day blow-out with Bun B, 30FootFall, The Tontons, Buxton, Say Girl Say and Genesis Blu. In spite of a few disappointed revelers (the shindig sold out the night before), Saint Arnold Brewing Company's 23rd anniversary party was truly epic. Photos by Marco Torres.
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