Alison Cook


Vote For Me, Por Favor. Now Let’s Eat

Mix election time, South Texas, and barbeque, and you get the pachanga circuit, where politics and barbeque are served with equal reverence.

Eat at Junior’s

Proprietors of some of Texas’ priciest restaurants are spinning off more-economical eateries that are giving the originals a run for their money.

The Great Texas Taco Tour

From El Paso’s ingenious taco trays to Austin’s uplifting breakfast tacos, each Texas city celebrates this noble creation in its own way.

Taco Capital, U.S.A.

You want tacos with carnitas or cactus pads? Beef barbecue or bacon and eggs Come to San Antonio, where tacos aren’t just an afterthought on a Tex-Mex munue—they’re a way of life.

Texas Monthly Reporter

A splendid state park; snacks you shouldn’t feed to a dog; a wild and crazy Republican.

The Fraying Empire of Bobby Sakowitz

Robert Sakowitz set out to be a retail Renaissance man. Like his hero Leonardo da Vinci, he was going to do everything. And he did—including something he never imagined: fail.

What’s the Big Deal About Grills?

Hot, hot, hot! Here’s why grills have become the trendiest of the trendy restaurants in Texas.

The Ten Best and (Groan) The Ten Worst Legislators

We just rate them. You voted for them.

La Reina Diana

By her dedication, her rigor, her almost overwhelming enthusiasm, Diana Kennedy forced a generation of cooks to take Mexican food seriously and jolted Texans into realizing that there is life beyond the combination dinner.

Unwelcome Guest, Reluctant Host

Like the killer bees, Montezuma’s revenge is moving north.

Going Back For Seconds

Can there be too much of a good thing? Five of Texas’ favorite restaurants have duplicated themselves in other cities, and now they’re finding out.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Law and order in Colorado City; winning and losing with the Dallas Diamonds; bargains and hassles on People Express; broiling and sweating in pursuit of mesquite chic.

Is This All There Is?

Tales of Houston as it faces life after the boom.

Trashy Business

When Houston’s rich and powerful join forces with environmentalists to battle big corporations, they can be fighting over only one thing. Garbarge.

Move Over, Southfork

Up for sale in Dallas, the Shanbaum house boasts a whopping 28,000 square feet and what may be Texas’ most comprehensive collection of sixties and seventies kitsch—along with a $2.75 million price tag.