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  • Ronnie Killen Credit: Kimberly Park
    January 12, 2017
    Chef Ronnie Killen has earned heaps of praise over the years, attracting faithful fans to Pearland for a taste of his food at one of his three restaurants -- Killen’s Steakhouse , Killen’s Burgers and Killen’s Barbecue . Now those who live in Houston can have a little taste of his food closer to town at STQ , his fourth restaurant and the first inside Houston city lines. STQ opened in early December in a space along Voss Road that formerly housed Bramble. For Killen, STQ is...
  • cacao & cardamom Credit: cacao & cardamom
    January 3, 2017
    Love chocolate? Houston and its surrounding areas have many a shop to help you cure your cravings or find that perfect gift for the chocolate aficionado in your life. From artisanal chocolatiers to European-style chocolate shops, we’ve rounded up Houston’s best bets for chocoholics. For exotic flavors and a gorgeous aesthetic, Cacao & Cardamom is just what you need. Annie Rupani’s gorgeous, hand-crafted chocolates are tiny pieces of edible art whose flavors draw from her...
  • D&T Drive Inn Beernog Credit: D&T Drive Inn Facebook Page
    December 21, 2016
    What holiday season would be complete without eggnog? Whether you love it or hate it, you’re bound to encounter the creamy drink somewhere during the holidays. With Christmas right around the corner, how about we skip the store-bought stuff and go for some good, old-fashioned eggnog -- with a twist? At D&T Drive Inn in the Heights, bar manager Jason Moore created his take of the traditional concoction using beer. His beernog is one of seven drinks featured in Treadsack’s eggnog...
  • The Hay Merchant Credit: Julie Soefer Photography
    December 1, 2016
    In a city as diverse as Houston, you’re bound to come across unique and unusual foods. From pigs feet and fish heads in Chinatown to menudo (tripe) or goat’s head in Mexican restaurants, there are many unique foods to explore in town. Of course what’s unique or adventurous to one person may not be unique or adventurous to another but read on for some unusual dishes to try. Do you dare? Chapulines and Insect Vending Machines Insects as food may be a hard sell but many...
  • The Houston Dairymaids Credit: The Houston Dairymaids
    November 22, 2016
    Are you entertaining this holiday season? Or maybe bringing a dish to someone else’s dinner party? A good cheese plate is a good addition to any holiday party and you can make it more interesting by including Texas cheese makers. While most Texas cheesemakers are near Dallas and in Hill Country, Houstonians can find these cheeses close to home at the Houston Dairymaids , a cheese shop in the Houston Heights that specializes in Texas artisan cheeses. Dairymaid Shannon McCracken guided us...
  • Thanksgiving
    November 14, 2016
    Don’t want to do all the cooking this Thanksgiving? Many Houston restaurants are ready to lend a hand with Thanksgiving to-go menus ranging from complete meal packages to appealing sides and desserts. Because, hey, you deserve to rest a little, too. Read on for our favorite Thanksgiving to-go menus and make sure to order fast; some places have deadlines as early as Nov. 15. George Ranch Historical Park’s Thanksgiving old-fashioned cobblers have built a loyal following and...
  • Bubble Tea Credit: Gong Cha USA
    November 7, 2016
    Houston is a city with seemingly endless choices for bubble tea, the Taiwanese drink in which brewed tea is mixed with milk or fruit juices and served with tapioca balls or fruit jellies. But even with the abundance of shops already in town, new bubble tea shops continue to open. Even Rice University has its own, student-run supplier of bubble tea, East-West Tea , which launched earlier this year. So while you won’t wrong with standbys such as The Teahouse , I Heart Boba or Star Snow Ice...
  • Parts Unknown
    October 26, 2016
    It’s no secret that Anthony Bourdain visited Houston this past summer to film an episode of his CNN travel and food show, “Parts Unknown.” For all of us who've been eagerly waiting to watch it, the episode finally aired on CNN October 30. During his Houston tour, Bourdain visited Plant It Forward Farms , Udipi Café, Keemat Grocers, Himalaya , La Grange , and Burns Original BBQ . “Houston is completely different than I kind of thought and maybe you kind of...
  • Sylvia Casares Credit: Sylvia Casares
    October 24, 2016
    For a little more than a year, Houston’s “Enchilada Queen,” Sylvia Casares, has been pouring her culinary secrets into a cookbook that she hopes will shine a positive spotlight on Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex food “is so misunderstood and maybe it doesn’t have a great reputation but I really believe it’s because people who have tasted it a) don’t really know what they’re getting, and b) maybe what they’re getting really wasn’t so...
  • Lola breakfast plate Credit: Lola
    October 4, 2016
    Craving a hearty dose of comfort food? These Houston diners, some of which have been around in Houston since the 40s, serve classic, no-frills American fare at cheap prices. From huge, cooked-to-order breakfasts and blue plate specials to every type of pie you could imagine, hungry patrons will find something to satisfy every craving at these Houston classics. Avalon Diner Go to this Houston institution for its eggs, sausage and pancakes, challah french toast and old-fashioned milk shakes and