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Best Steak In Houston

The best steak in Houston? New chef-driven restaurant emerges as a strong contender

By Marene Gustin

After all the crowds during the holidays, it’s been nice to dine out in the early January days when most folks are back to the regular grind. The last three days that I’ve eaten out, th ...


Houston's Best Restaurant Bites

Houston's Best Restaurant Bites: The newcomers, oldies and departing icons that wowed

By Marene Gustin

Despite a pretty impressive list of restaurant openings right before the holidays, 2013 wasn’t the most memorable of eating years in Houston — although there were some standout dishes. ...


Houston's Best Restaurant Lunches

Houston's best restaurant lunches show how high and low-end great food can be

By Marene Gustin

Sometimes it’s Tony’s and sometimes it’s James. As in James Coney Island. It’s been that kind of a week. And I love it. I love the diversity of food in the Houston c ...


Food for Thought

A fine Texas wine: Winery owned by Houston couple holds its own against Italian competitors

By Marene Gustin

A recent lunch at Tony’s turned up a couple of new things at this always-superb restaurant. First, there’s a new pastry chef, David Berg, who is doing some delightful, fresh summer ...


Food for Thought

Don't be the restaurant jerk: Commandments every waiter, waitress and diner should know

By Marene Gustin

So I'm sitting in this little cafe in San Marcos, Texas one afternoon reading the want ads in the local paper when a fairly young guy approaches me and asks if he can sit. Sure. Then he ...


Food for Thought

The best small plates in Houston: Restaurants that make tiny food dazzle in a big food world

By Marene Gustin

Here’s a food trend for 2013 that I can really endorse. Small plates, tiny foods. In Texas, the land of the 24-ounce rib eye, two-handed burgers, chicken fried steaks that slop over t ...


Food for Thought

The $270 six-ounce steak: Real Kobe beef finally hits Houston, brings taste and wallet shock

By Marene Gustin

Remember the big debate sparked by Forbes writer Larry Olmsted back in April about Kobe beef, which he called Faux-be beef because no matter what you where paying for it or where you were eating it ...


Food for Thought

Can Brio Tuscan Grille make waves in Houston's perfect storm of great Italian restaurants?

By Marene Gustin

Like so many foodies, I was sad when Pesce closed, even though, like so many, I really hadn’t been there in awhile. But I was kinda skeptical when I heard that a national Italian chain, b ...


Food for Thought

Like a virgin? Unmasking the liars, sluts and pretenders in the scandalous world of olive oil

By Marene Gustin

Over the holidays I read a brand new book called Extra Virginity: The Sublime And Scandalous World Of Olive Oil by journalist Tom Mueller. It’s the most fascinating and eye-opening book about ...


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Being a waiter is a better job than you think: Average salary of $49,000 a year in Houston

By Marene Gustin

I eat in restaurants. I write about them. And I actually worked at one during college. One day I was sitting in a coffee house in San Marcos, circling want adds, when this young guy came up to ...


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