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    March 29, 2017
    Miller Outdoor Theatre’s new season, which kicked off this month, got us thinking about picnics. Miller, after all, is a perfect place for one. Just pack some food, a blanket, and park yourself on the grassy hill facing the stage to enjoy a free performance. Or you can choose one of Houston’s many other green spaces for your al fresco meal. Wondering what to pack? Here are some local places that make picnicking a breeze no matter where you go to for your outing. Cheese,...
  • Tongue-Cut Sparrow Credit: Julie Soefer
    March 22, 2017
    Through a door in the back part of The Pastry War , Bobby Heugel’s downtown mezcaleria, a staircase leads up to Heugel and chef Peter Jahnke’s newest venture: a small and intimate cocktail bar inspired by their travels and focused on excellent service. Tongue-Cut Sparrow has 25 seats (eight of them at the bar), a menu of classic cocktails, wine and beer, and unique touches — from ice cold glassware to well-dressed servers — that aim to give guests a memorable...
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Credit: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
    March 7, 2017
    Rodeo season is here and, as always, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings with it an opportunity to indulge in deep-fried treats, sweet confections and foods on a stick. Whether you’re looking for the weirdest carnival food (last year we tried scorpion topped pizza) or your classic fair favorites (cotton candy, corn dogs and more), the rodeo food vendors have you covered. For a peek of what new foods you’ll find at this year’s show when it opens on March 7, keep...
  • 13 Celcius Credit: VJ Arizpe, The Photo Shop
    February 24, 2017
    For 10 years, Midtown wine bar 13 Celsius has been a favorite among Houston locals for its unique yet accessible wine list, well thought out meat and cheese boards, knowledgeable staff and architecturally striking building. Those things Houstonians love about it earned the wine bar a spot in Food & Wine Magazine’s list of best wine bars in the country , which recognizes wine bars with “wine lists that provide a distinct point of view” as well as a good atmosphere and...
  • James Beard Foundation Credit: James Beard Foundation
    February 15, 2017
    The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists for its 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and Houston showed up big with nine nominees across several categories. The prestigious awards recognize honor the top chefs, restaurants, wine professionals, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers, and other food professionals in the United States. Six Houston chefs got the nod for the best chef Southwest award, which Oxheart’s Justin Yu brought back to Houston last year....
  • Ben McPherson Credit: Will T. Hardin
    February 1, 2017
    Chef Ben McPherson is gearing up to open his new endeavor: Krisp Bird & Batter . McPherson, who’s been involved with several Houston restaurants including Batanga, Prohibition Supperclub, Conservatory and El Burro & The Bull, is centering his new concept around chicken sandwiches. On the menu you’ll find six to eight chicken sandwiches, including a Korean fried chicken sandwich, on a variety of breads -- wheat, challah and on a waffle -- as well as custards, shakes, salads...
  • TRUCK Super Bowl Credit: Innovative Group
    January 27, 2017
    Super Bowl fever has officially invaded H-Town. With festivities kicking off this weekend, Houston is the center of the action -- and there’s plenty of action for food lovers in the week leading up to the game. Super Bowl Live , the 9-day festival that kicks off Saturday, Jan. 28 at Discovery Green, will treat visitors to free live music, games and attractions. Among them is TRUCK, a huge truck that transforms into a venue for cooking demos and burger throwdowns, in which three chefs will...
  • George Bush International Airport Credit: George Bush International Airport
    January 26, 2017
    Houston is getting busy as Super Bowl LI approaches with some 140,000 visitors expected to touch down in our city for the big event. While eating at the airport is likely not on most people’s to-do lists, you may find yourself looking for a bite to eat while you wait for your flight. Dining options at George Bush International Airport have expanded in the last few years with more local flavor added into the mix and more new restaurants on the way. So what better time to check out...
  • 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...