New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells (who recently captured lots of attention for his comical review of Guy Fieri’s Times Square eatery) featured Houston’s Underbelly and Oxheart in his dining column this week.Calling Houston “one of the country’s most exciting places to eat,” Wells praised Justin Yu’s Oxheart
More than half a million votes have been tallied, and Austin has been named one of the top ten Tastiest Towns in the South by Southern Living magazine. (Funny enough, the Huffington Post recently snubbed Austin, calling it one of the ten most overrated travel destinations in the country.)In early January, Southern
Jodi Elliott, of Foreign and Domestic in Austin, was recognized as the People's Best New Pastry Chef.
Underbelly's chef Chris Shepherd was named one of the ten best new chefs in America.
Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki are two of the most respected chefs in the Austin culinary scene right now. After creating an impressive menu program at the upscale, modern Mexican restaurant La Condesa, the duo moved on to open Sway, a Thai-inspired restaurant, late last year.Recently, the talented executive chef
Tyson Cole is no stranger to the James Beard experience. The Uchi/Uchiko executive chef won the Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest Award in 2011, and this year he is a Semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category.After attaining so much success through the years, it might be tempting to start pumping the
Oxheart, Justin Yu’s 31-seat Houston restaurant, has received an immense amount of praise since opening in March of last year. Bon Appétit, GQ, Texas Monthly, and numerous media outlets have dubbed the vegetable-centric restaurant one of the best in the nation. Naturally when the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists
Eight Texas chefs, restaurants, and writers are finalists for the prestigous awards.
On March 18, the finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced. Up until that date, Texas Monthly will speak with a number of the Texas semifinalists about their James Beard experience.Today, we’re featuring two of the three Texas semifinalists for Rising Star Chef of the Year: Janina
Last Tuesday, the James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Awards, a yearly awards ceremony that honors outstanding restaurants, bars, restaurateurs, chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, and food journalists across the nation.Texas sealed an impressive 25 nominations on the preliminary list, featuring such
Cove's chef de cuisine talks about the genesis of his newest concept, why Texas raw bars are so few and far between, and how he is utilizing unique ingredients like lionfish to bring new dishes to Houston.
Underbelly, Oxheart, and Uchi Houston all made two new lists of the best restaurants in America.
He's back: John Mueller makes dramatic return to Central Texas barbecue scene with the John Mueller Meat Co. in East Austin.
CultureMap announces Austin nominees for annual Tastemaker Awards Austin
The iconic Houston breakfast spot is a finalist in the Wings & Waffles Showdown featured on Steve Harvey's show.
Yesterday, the Austin Food & Wine Festival announced the finalized schedulefor the 2013 festival, which takes place April 26-28 at Auditorium Shores.The culinary event features a plethora of seminars including Drinking Vinegars & Shrubs, Classic Desserts in a Modern Kitchen, Qui Ingredients, It’s Tailgate Time In Texas, and
Last week, we reported that Tim Dornon, chef de cuisine of Uchiko, was leaving the Uchi establishment to join Paul Qui’s newest restaurant, QUI, as a chef consultant.Just a day after the news broke, Philip Speer, culinary director of Uchi, revealed to Eater Houston that Page Pressley, sous
A myriad of Texas artisans and culinary businesses were recognized at the Good Food Awards Ceremony in San Francisco this weekend. The ceremony was hosted by well-known food activist Alice Waters.In the beer category, both Independence Brewing Co.‘s Convict Hill Stout and Jester King Craft Brewery‘s Boxer’s
Yesterday, The New York Times featured a story on a new breed of bars popping up around the United States: charitable bars. The newspaper noted that a “new generation of beer halls dedicated to something beyond the cash register is cropping up around the nation and the world, with
The $850 weekend delivered on the food, wine and great chefs, but it came with a side of long lines and harsh dust.
Dallas chef Darren McGrady on cooking for Princess Diana and her family, selecting the royal wedding menu, and making Prince William's favorite thing to eat.
The executive editor, who wrote this month's story about the East Texas church fires, on getting subjects to talk, interviewing people behind bars, and defining turning points.
Read a Q&A with Patricia Sharpe.
People from the spirits/brew world will descend upon Alamo City this weekend to discuss, serve, and celebrate a myriad of boozy beverages at the 2nd Annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference. TEXAS MONTHLY’s own Pat Sharpe will be judging the conference’s Original Cocktail Competition from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the St.
Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is embracing a much more prominent culinary element this year with SouthBites, a curated line-up of gourmet food trucks and trailers. Paul Qui, executive chef/owner of East Side King and the yet-to-be-opened Qui, is in charge of orchestrating the new event.According to the
Lou Lambert, Texas restaurateur and author of Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook,will host three culinary camps in Marfa at El Cosmico on March 8-10, May 31-June 2, and August 9-11, 2013.Throughout the three-day culinary camps, attendees of Big City Camp Cooking will take cooking classes, sample West Texas-centric
As if buying a Texas town wasn’t enough, restaurateur Doug Guller is at it again. The hospitality mogul plans to open Chicago House, a craft beer-focused bar, on January 23 at 607 Trinity Street in Austin.According to the press release, “The bar will feature an extensive collection
If there is anybody that knows Houston food it’s Erin Hicks, a Houston cookbook author. Her four books – Houston Classic Desserts, Houston Classic Seafood, Houston Classic Mexican Recipes, and
Since the idea that our world may be wiped out today is a little morbid, I figured it was best to take a less cynical approach to covering this apocalyptic occasion. Therefore, I asked a handful of Texas chefs a simple question: If the world were to end today, what
One of Houston’s most popular food trucks, Eatsie Boys, has officially gone brick-and-mortar. The much-anticipated, much-hyped Eatsie Boys Cafe opened its doors to Houston diners this morning. Eater Houston first broke the story. Owners Matt Marcus, Ryan Soroka, and Alex Vassilakidis have been working on the restaurant
According to a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a new barbecue restaurant is coming to Austin in 2013. And this is no ordinary barbecue restaurant; it’s backed by Justin Timberlake. Yup, that Justin Timberlake… The Austin restaurant is part of a 30-city nationwide
Every king needs his queen, and for Paul Qui – chef/owner of East Side King and winner of Top Chef Texas – that queen is Deana Saukam. Deana, better known for her alter ego the East Side Queen, has been by Paul’s side ever since his whirlwind rise to fame. After Paul’s win on Top Chef
In case you haven’t heard, Feast, Houston’s first notable snout-to-tail restaurant, announced it will close its doors for good in August 2013 after their five-year lease comes to an end. The shocking shutter announcement came via Twitter last week: “So the bad news is we’re closing in
A few months ago, Latin Bites executive chef Roberto Castre took a trip to Peru to attend Mistura, an exciting culinary festival that takes place in Lima every year. During the culinary visit, the acclaimed chef encountered some new trends and restaurant dishes that have become all the rage throughout
Turkey Day is upon us, and an abundance of families will be cooking fall-centric dishes at home tomorrow. In case you’re looking to scrounge up some last-minute Thanksgiving recipes, here are a few offerings from a handful of talented Texas chefs. Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Absinthe Crème Fraîche from Jason Dodge of Péché
Here’s another restaurant opening Austinites can add to their December dining list: East Side King, Paul Qui’s Asian-inspired street food concept, will open its newest location in the back building of Hole in the Wall on Tuesday, December 4. This marks the fourth location of Qui’s East Side King as
The wait is over! Sway – a contemporary Thai restaurant on South First Street in Austin – will open its doors on December 9. For those who haven’t followed news about the much-anticipated restaurant, Sway was originally supposed to open this past summer. For over a
The day has come! Tickets for the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival go on sale today, November 8, at 10 a.m. CST. The Festival, which takes place April 26-28, 2013 at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, will feature a myriad of
Is Election Day making you feel boozy? You aren’t alone. A number of Texas bars and restaurants are planning for customers to drink in ecstatic celebration or deep sorrow tomorrow after hitting the polls. If you’re in the mood for drink or two after casting your vote, check out some of these election-inspired cocktails from around Austin and Houston.
A few months ago, famed cookie-delivery business Tiff’s Treats finally made its move into the city of Houston. Next week, the baked goods company is opening up its second Houston location, this time in the Medical Center. On Saturday, November 10, Tiff’s Treats will host
OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation and review system, recently announced the honorees of the 2012 Top 100 Restaurants with the Most Notable Wine Lists in the United States. The list was determined by the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000
After months and months of planning and preparation, The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival made its debut at Auditorium Shores last April. For three long days, attendees swarmed festival grounds – eager to eat, drink, and mingle with a mix of local and national celebrity chefs. Overall, the first Austin FOOD &
If you’re looking to diverse your Halloween diet beyond candies, chocolates, and confections, check out some of these Halloween-inspired cocktails and cuisine from around the state of Texas. Philippe Restaurant/Phil’s Wine Lounge Phil’s Patch L’Autumn (Houston) 1.5 oz. Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka .75 oz. pumpkin pie syrup (recipe
Famed culinary journalist and activist Michael Pollan will be giving a lecture at The Parmount Theatre in Austin on Thursday, November 1. Pollan is known for his New York Times bestsellers, “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” “In Defense of Food: An
In Honor of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day: Three Delicious Chicken Fried Steaks in Houston, Dallas, and Austin
Yesterday, I revealed that I would feature three unique chicken fried steaks on the blog in celebration of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. So, who are the lucky honorees? Congratulations to Olivia in Austin, Beaver’s in Houston, and Bone Daddy’s in Dallas.
Ready your gravy boats, fellow Texans; Tomorrow – Friday, October 26 – is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. This culinary holiday honors one of the most famed dishes in the Lone Star State, and in celebration of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, different restaurants across the state are offering chicken fried steak specials
For October, Pat Sharpe selected Boulevardier, a modern French bistro in Dallas, as Pat’s Pick. I spoke with Nathan Tate, executive chef of Boulevardier, about his brand new restaurant, French food, and his favorite dishes on the menu. (In case you haven’t heard,
Austin chef Sonya Coté, executive chef of Hillside Farmacy and former chef of East Side Show Room, has been named one of Marie Claire’s “Women on Top,” an award that celebrates women under forty who are creatively reinventing their industries. Coté earned the distinguished honor for her valiant support of
On Friday, Pat Sharpe wrote about Hugo Ortega’s new cookbook “Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico,” which will be featured at the Texas Book Festival this Saturday and Sunday (October 27-28) in Austin. To give