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Best Chef Awards

Three H-Town chefs are James Beard Award finalists: Is this Houston's year?

By Eric Sandler

Houston hasn't had a James Beard-award-winning chef in more than 20 years when Robert del Grande took the top honor in 1992, but that could soon change. Three out of the five chefs in the B ...


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 ...


New Brunch Option

Creators of Houston's best brunch hope for another success with seafood twist

By Eric Sandler

Two months into its life, Caracol is ready to join sister restaurant Hugo's as a top-tier destination for Sunday brunches. Owners Tracy Vaught and chef Hugo Ortega have spent the ...


New Seafood Restaurant

New seafood restaurant brings major buzz: One of Houston's best chefs is all aboard

By Eric Sandler

According to co-owner Tracy Vaught, Caracol, the seafood restaurant she and her husband chef Hugo Ortega will open soon in the BBVA Compass Plaza next to Osteria Mazzantini, has been on their minds ...


Your Halloween Guide

Slut-O-Ween roars: Houston's sexiest Halloween parties, crazy restaurant deals and wild treats

By Amy Chien

Not sure what to do on what Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls calls “the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it?” I'm talking ...


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A Houston restaurant love story: Unlikely busboy romance builds an icon — 30 years and counting

By Eric Sandler

Thirty years ago, the energy industry lost a geologist, but Houston gained an iconic restaurant. That's when Tracy Vaught decided to open Backstreet Cafe. "Traveling to remote well sit ...


Nice pairings

Best Houston Restaurant Weeks options for wine drinkers and other imbibers

By Eric Sandler

The primary appeal of Houston Restaurant Weeks, other than the good karma of helping raise money for the Houston Food Bank (of course), is the chance to save a little money on a good meal at a ...


The Foodie Holiday

Houston Restaurant Weeks lineup revealed: New hot spots jump on board

By Tyler Rudick

As it does every July 15, Houston Restaurant Weeks released its much-anticipated list of participants on Monday. Now in its 11th iteration, the 2013 lineup includes nearly 200 ar ...


Top Chef Hurt In Accident

One of Houston's top chefs hurt in a serious bike accident: Fans of his cooking offer support

By Julia Davila

The culinary genius behind Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe took a serious spill while riding his bike at Terry Hershey Park. Chef Hugo Ortega broke two ribs and his clavicle (col ...


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 ...


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