February 1996


Steve Stockman
Congressman Clueless

Feb 1, 1996 By Mimi Swartz

Steve Stockman was supposed to have been a lethal weapon in the Republicans’ fight to unmake the Great Society. Instead the freshman legislator has been a loose cannon—an outsider in his own party.

State of Mind

Feb 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

On February 19, 1846, the flag was lowered on the Republic of Texas for the last time. Here’s a look back at what was our national interest, and all that it might have been.

Stephan Pyles, Star Canyon, Dallas

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

“When people ask what we served in my family’s cafe, I say ‘tacos, enchiladas, and tamales.’ When they ask what I serve today, I say ‘tacos, enchiladas, and tamales.’” I started out busing tables at my family’s restaurant, the Big Spring Truck-Stop Cafe. My first memories are of Tammy Wynette…

Robert Del Grande, Cafe Annie, Houston.

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

“In the past few years I have tried to simplify what we do and not trump it up too much. I’ve never strained the sauces—I leave bits of chile in there to give a more rustic look.” Food seems magical to me. The idea that you can take flour, eggs,…

Southwestern Ho!

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Where to Eat Southwestern in Texas Reata Alpine Cowboy cooking rules, but you’ll find city touches like cream of jalapeño and cilantro soup and smoked-cabrito quesadillas in habanero barbecue sauce. After dinner in the simple wood-floored dining room, check out the sprawling mural of the original Reata, from Giant.

Chef’s On The Rise

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

—David Garrido Before he became a chef, David Garrido very nearly disappeared into a different profession—a scary thought. He was on a career path in hotel management at the Hilton Hotel University in Houston eleven years ago when friends introduced him to French cooking. From the first minute in the…

Oil and Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

Offshore drillers are finding mammoth reservoirs in places that were once considered barren, which is why the Gulf of Mexico is booming again.

Dean Fearing, Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

“People are fascinated with intricate, exotic preparations, but they love comfort food. What we’re doing is giving homey, Texas food a kick and serving it in our Mansion style.” My dad was an innkeeper, which is how I got into cooking. He was with the parent company of Holiday Inn,…


Cutthroat Island

Feb 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

Once upon a time, Galveston was an isolated island with few big-city problems. Recent flaps over civic corruption, press bias, and race suggest those days are over.

On Location
Johnny Angel

Feb 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

His recent performances in Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty have been simply divine, but for his most heavenly role yet, John Travolta heads to Texas—his first time back since Urban Cowboy. In Michael, co-written and directed by Nora Ephron, Travolta plays a real live angel, while William Hurt and Andie…

Show Us Your Bits

Feb 1, 1996 By Josh Daniel

The Internet gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “getting wired for Mardi Gras”—there are several helpful sites covering New Orleans’ bacchanalian Carnival, which ends with Fat Tuesday on February 20. One of the most festive and informative is the city’s official page (http://www.neosoft.com/citylink/ mardigr/default.html), which offers traditional music…

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

Feb 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

As befits the creators of a movie called Bottle Rocket, the careers of Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson have taken off with a bang. The twentysomething filmmakers, who met at the University of Texas, first produced a thirteen-minute black and white short of the same name about three bumbling wannabe…

The Ex Files
Barry Corbin

Jan 20, 2013 By Evan Smith

Barry Corbin Growing up in Lubbock, I didn’t want to be a real cowboy, because I knew a bunch of them and they didn’t get paid anything and they were hurt all the time. But I wanted to play one in the movies. My favorite early on was Bill Elliott,…


Power to the People

Feb 1, 1996 By Alexandra Biesada

With its cut-rate knockoffs of Apple’s Macintosh line, Austin’s Power Computing hopes to surpass Compaq and Dell as Texas’ top clone shop.

Behind the Lines
Shots in the Dark

Feb 1, 1996 By Gregory Curtis

Two grim incidents involving guns, three dead teenagers: Reflections on self-defense.

Trailing the Field

Feb 1, 1996 By Carol Flake

Texas was supposed to be horse racing’s salvation, a Thoroughbred–loving state with money to burn. So why can’t the sport get out of the gate?

Little Boy Lost

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

From the moment he first held a guitar pick, Charlie Sexton was said to be on the road to stardom, but high praise and high cheekbones haven’t kept him from stumbling along the way.


Jalapeño Smoked Shrimp

Feb 1, 1996 By Texas Monthly

24 large Gulf shrimp 3 fresh jalapeños, finely chopped 1⁄4 cup finely chopped pickled jalapeños 1⁄4 cup juice from pickled jalapeños 3 shallots, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh epazote…

Wild Mushroom Enchiladas

Feb 1, 1996 By Texas Monthly

5 ancho chiles 1 cup heavy cream 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/2 yellow onion, diced 6 ounces wild mushrooms (morels, shiitakes, oysters, portobellos), sliced 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into quarter-inch cubes…

Vietnamese Fish Tacos

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Núóc Mam Dipping Sauce 3/4 cup Squid brand fish sauce (núóc mam, available at oriental markets) 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (green onions) Whisk ingredients together and set aside. Vegetable Platter 1 head leaf lettuce 1 bunch fresh mint 8 ounces bean…


The Inside Story
Oil’s Well That Ends Well

Feb 1, 1996 By Evan Smith

It’s not enough to say that associate editor Helen Thorpe was a fish out of water while reporting her story on the new oil plays in the Gulf of Mexico (“Oil and Water,”). She was really a fish out of water on the water. Three different times, the 31-year-old,…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

There’s nothing fishy about tasty Vietnamese fish tacos at Houston’s Kim Son.