What You Read in 2014: The Most Popular Eating Our Words Posts of the Year

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At three posts a day, five days a week, we put out a bare minimum of 780 posts a year here on Eating Out Words. It's harder than it looks but more rewarding than you might think. We're glad to be in the position to shine a light on the good and the bad in the world of Houston food. We have a damn good food scene and a damn good food community.

Every year around this time we like to take a step back and look back at what you looked at over the past 12 months, the stories and lists that you spent the most time reading and debating over. Thanks to all of you who make Eating Our Words and the Houston Press part of your daily reading. Let's do this all again next year, yeah?

The Most Read Food Stories of 2014:

Damian Mandola Arrested in Hill Country for Second Time in Three Days

"Upon arriving back at the winery," the Duchman employee said, "an employee in the tasting room told me that Damian was on his 'Mule' -- basically an all-terrain golf cart -- and he was headed behind the winery. I headed outside, and upon reaching the corner of the building I heard a tire burst, which was the tire of my Toyota Tacoma. As I rounded the corner I witnessed Damian smash the back window of my truck."

Video of Brawl at Houston Chacho's Goes Viral, Reminds World We're Classy

Quanell X also clarified that the disagreement began because the three alleged victims saw two Hispanic girls get a to-go cup for their margaritas and leave the premises. When the alleged victims then asked for to-go cups for their drinks, they were informed that restaurant policy forbids alcohol to leave the building. One of the women then asked to see the policy, and the manager told her no. She asked for a refund and he again told her no. When she asked why, according to a video the lawyers released to Fox, the manager replied, "Because you're a bitch."

The Truth About Aphrodisiac Foods, or, Do Oysters Really Make You Horny?

So, in honor of Valentine's Day, we bring you some of the foods commonly believed to have aphrodisiac powers, and a bit of research to determine whether or not you're wasting your time by stuffing yourself silly with walnuts.

Absolut Vodka Releases Limited-Edition 'Texas' Flavor

The serrano chili (which I think should actually be spelled "chile" unless referring to the powder) I understand, but what's so Texan about cucumber? I remember getting big styrofoam cups filled with cucumbers and chili powder at paleta shops in Corpus growing up, but I think that's more of a South Texas thing than a Texas thing.

Grant Gordon, Former Tony's Chef and The Edmont Partner, Found Dead

In reply to Gordon's tweet mentioning Ronnie Killen on Sunday, August 24, Killen says, "RIP my friend."

The 10 Most Popular Eating Our Words Lists of 2014 (in no particular order):

The 25 Best New Restaurants In Houston in 2014

We can only hope the new restaurants of 2015 can live up to the new restaurants of 2014.

Five Foods You Miss Long After You Leave Houston

While it seems like everyone is moving to Houston, some folks have to leave. If you're one of them, there's a good chance these foods are what you're missing.

Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Can dogs be foodies? Either way, many of you wanted to know where you could get a bite with your furry friends.

The Five Best Brunch Spots in: Downtown Montrose The Heights

Montrose and The Heights are to be expected on a list like this, but Downtown brunches was by far the most popular entry in this series. (Something to keep in mind if you're looking to open a new brunch spot, perhaps.)

Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

Every year folks wonder where they should eat for Valentine's Day. It's kind of a big deal.

The Top 10 Dishes (Other Than Cheesecake) at The Cheesecake Factory

Every week thousands of people look up their best bets for The Cheesecake Factory. True story.

10 of the Most Difficult Recipes to Make at Home

Shout out to all of you willing to be fearless in the kitchen.

Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start, But Here's Where to Get Your Mudbugs

Houston is crawfish crazy. And just think, it'll be time to update this list before you know it.

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