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Culinary Blog

Where You Should Eat at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Whether you’re coming to visit, enjoying a long layover or wrapping up your say in H-Town, treat yourself to a true dining experience when at George Bush International Airport. While eating at the airport is likely not on most people’s to-do lists, some of Houston’s most notable restaurants and chefs have set up shop for the hungry traveler. Didn’t have a chance to experience a margarita at Cadillac Bar or try the delicious Vietnamese-Cajun fusion food Houston is known for? Fear not! It’s all…

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James Beard Awards Announce a Houston Finalist

The nominees are out for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, and a Montrose-area watering hole is in the running. Bobby Heugel's Anvil Bar and Refuge was nominated for “Outstanding Bar Program” and is the last of 12 Houston concepts left standing after the semifinals round. It will compete with five other bars across the country for the award. The competition: Bar Agricole - San Francisco, CA Clyde Common - Portland, OR Cure - New Orleans, LA Kimball House - Decatur, GA Trick Dog -…

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Tongue-Cut Sparrow Brings A Different Kind Of Cocktail Bar Experience To Houston

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 experience that goes beyond what’s in…

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10 Houston Chefs & Restaurants Named Among The 2017 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

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. Included…

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Ronnie Killen Talks About STQ, His New Houston Restaurant

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 an opportunity to cook…

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7 Menus To Try During Houston Restaurant Weeks

Photo: Ribeye meatballs at Weights + Measures Have you made reservations for Houston Restaurant Weeks yet? The fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank kicks off August 1 and already diners are narrowing down their choices from the close to 200 participating restaurants. Now in its 14th year, the event is popular because it allows diners to get a taste of Houston’s best restaurants for a little less money and for a good cause. You pay $20 for lunch or brunch and $25, $35 or $45 for dinner at…

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Conservatory: A New Way To Eat In Downtown

Walk into Conservatory Beer Garden & Food Hall in downtown Houston during weekday lunch and you’ll find a little bit of everything. Families with kids slurping noodles from their ramen bowls, groups drinking pints of beer, office workers in for a plate of Texas barbecue, a casual lunch date enjoying crepes. The new underground food hall opened the second week of April, bringing even more dining options to a growing downtown dining scene. Located in a basement next door to Prohibition Supperclub…

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What To Expect At This Year’s Houston BBQ Festival

The Fourth Annual Houston Barbecue Festival is less than two months away and we’re already salivating at the thought of tasting Houston’s best barbecue in one single spot. Started in 2013 by J.C. Reid and Michael Fulmer, the festival has grown year after year, much like Houston’s barbecue scene. Reid, who also writes about barbecue for the Houston Chronicle, said he expects this year’s festival to be the best yet and he shared a few things we should look forward to come May 22. ‘Cue With Houston…

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Anita Jaisinghani On Pondicheri New York, Ayurveda and Houston’s Food Scene

Anita Jaisinghani has been bringing her own brand of Indian food to Houston with her restaurants Indika, Pondicheri and Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop. Now she’s taking her flavors to New York, where she’ll open an outpost of Pondicheri in the coming months, and increasingly turning her attention to making food that makes people feel good as much as it tastes good. “I want to be part of the restaurant wave that thinks more about food as a lifestyle than pleasure. I mean food is always pleasure but I…

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