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Best Chef Awards

Is Houston's James Beard Award drought finally about to end? New best chef nominees offer real hope

By Eric Sandler

The James Beard Foundation unveiled the list of semifinalists for its 2014 awards today. Unlike last year, when Houston restaurants represented in a diverse array of categories including Best ...

Best Bars

Two Southern mags pick Houston's best bars and make some surprisingly good choices

By Eric Sandler

When it comes to national publications assessing Houston's best bars, cocktail bar Anvil Bar & Refuge is a sure thing for inclusion, but the rest of the city's drinking establishments t ...

Best Houston Bars

The best Houston bars for winter: 7 happening spots that keep the drinks hot

By Marcy de Luna

So the proverb goes, “A toddy a day keeps the doctor away.” Or something like that. It’s prime time to order up the boozy, chill bustin’ drink, long considered a folk re ...

Sarcastic Pop-Up Dinner

A sarcastic pop-up dinner: Houston chef shakes it up at a popular coffee shop

By Layne Lynch

Sunday is a big night for Houston foodies. At 5 p.m., Blacksmith is featuring a pop-up dinner by guest chef Michael Gaspard of Pappas, along with Brandon Silva and Justin Basye. This is the fif ...

Distinctive Store Is History

Another one bites the dust? Montrose antique shop driven out, opening up prime restaurant space

By Whitney Radley

The metal yard art and absurdly oversized chairs in front of BJ Oldies Antiques have come to define the landscape of Lower Westheimer as much as the trendy restaurants and the neon lights in tattoo ...

Big-time foodie respect

Twice as nice: Two high-profile Houston chefs named James Beard Award finalists

By Whitney Radley

Houston's powerhouse food scene is getting some deserved recognition, with two local chefs earning James Beard Award finalist honors. Among five finalists in the category of Best Chef: Sout ...

Drink Up

Houston's bar power is recognized: Local spots named South's Best Bars by prominent magazine

By Whitney Radley

Just when our egos are in check and our appetites quelled, Houston's food and drink scene gets more recognition — this time, with two of our favorite watering holes earning spots in ...

Culinary delights

An Austinite learns to love dining out in Houston: Here's her list of restaurants (and bars) not to miss

By Layne Lynch

Editor's Note: Austin food writer Layne Lynch tackled the Houston food scene for CultureMap Austin. Here, she recounts her discoveries. When you live in a culinary city as young and creativ ...


From toddies to mulled wine, Houston bartenders show off their cold weather favorites

By Darla Guillen

The recent series of cold fronts means that the hot toddy season is upon us, and in a city teeming with brilliant chefs and bartenders, you can be sure that Houston's winter drinks are heading ...


Get the spirits: Anvil cocktail and catering classes are in session

By Darla Guillen

The only thing better than learning how to mix your own expertly crafted cocktails is having them personally delivered to your house by Anvil bartenders. Now that Bobby Heugel and company are re-in ...

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