• "Lady Vodka said we should load up on boas and bring our friends while Dr. Whiskey thinks basic black and pistols are acceptable attire for an End of the World soiree."

James Coney Island gets its very own Eatsie Boy

James Coney Island, which is in the process of rebranding itself as JCI grill, recently announced the hire of chef Matt Marcus. Marcus, who helped turn Eatsie Boys into a food truck power house, will serve as consulting chef for the nearly 100 year old chain as it continues to update its appeal. Marcus’ menu … Continue reading

Woodlands to host first restaurant week

From Nov. 2-8 mega-suburb The Woodlands will launch its own take on restaurant week, which in Houston really should be called restaurant month, according to the recently launched The Woodlands Restaurant Week website. This will be the inaugural year for the week long event which will feature special menus from 15 restaurants with locations in … Continue reading

Foursquare rates Tacos Tierra Caliente No. 7 in US

Popular West Alabama Mexican restaurant Tacos Tierra Caliente was named to a list of the top 50 taco restaurants in the country, by Business Insider magazine. The magazine reached out to location ranking service Foursquare to determine which were the most popular. Foursquare, which allows users to save, check-in and favorite venues they visit, looked … Continue reading

Breckrew Wine House named top 20 wine bar

Breckrew Wine House, an Upper Kirby wine bar, was named one of the top 20 wine bars in the US by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The magazine praised Breckrew’s lively evening wine sessions,” non-Champagne bubbles and gourmet pizza. Breckrew opened earlier this year when  William Fuller, general manager and wine director, took over  the space previously occupied by The … Continue reading

La Grange restaurant debuts new brunch menu

La Grange Mexican restaurant recently debuted a new brunch menu. The menu, a collaboration between chef Daniel Ajita and head bartender Linda Salinas, features a blend of Tex-Mex classics, like migas and breakfast tacos. What separates La Grange’s new brunch menu apart are the coastal inspired dishes, like barbecued oysters, that embrace owner Rob Cromie’s … Continue reading

TABC cracks down on ‘crowlers’

Portable draft beer is nothing new to craft beer fans. The sight of someone dragging a 32 ounce growler bottle into one of Houston’s beer hotspots has become so common that it doesn’t even merit a mention. So it came as a surprise to many people in the beer community when the TABC decided to … Continue reading

Rudyard’s to launch new craft cocktail menu

Rudyard’s will be unveiling a new craft cocktail menu at their 37th anniversary show on Sept. 19. Like many area bars, Rudyard’s new menu will heavily feature pre-prohibition cocktails, according to manager John Dunivan. The new menu is just the latest in a long-line of improvements that have been made to the Montrose stalwart. Earlier … Continue reading

The Dance of the Little Old Men

We got used to a new vocabulary. One filled with names borrowed from prestigious neighborhoods on the East Coast or conjured, like Cinderella’s ball gown, whole cloth from thin air. The Trey Ward of Lightnin, Gatemouth and Shady’s became the Midtown of trunk shows and whatever-the-hell cook shops and eating-houses are. Some of us tried … Continue reading

Houston icons: Eleanor Tinsley

By Alex Wukman Eleanor Tinsley helped transform the City of Houston from a racist, sexist, homophobic Good Old Boy oil town into the largest city in the US to elect an openly gay mayor. Just scratching the surface of what she accomplished in her years of public service is enough to leave the generations that … Continue reading

Houston music scene: the hippie years

By Alex Wukman Like much of Houston’s history, the history of its music venues is always on the verge of being forgotten. There are few ‘historic venues’ in Houston (Fitzgeralds and the Eldorado Ballroon not withstanding) and most of the lineage of Houston’s music history has fallen to the bulldozer while the story of Texas’ … Continue reading