February 2011


Dirt and Light

Jan 20, 2013 By rebeccasolnit

James H. Evans has been photographing Big Bend for twenty years. But never before has it looked so, well, big.

Tea for Texas

Jan 20, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

It has more supporters here than anywhere else. It fueled the Republican landslide. It has its own caucus. But what is the tea party? And how will it use its power?

Where to Eat Now 2011

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Jalapeño sausage–stuffed quail, lemon-pepper-marinated fried chicken: The trend for most of the best new restaurants last year was comfort food with pizzazz. But then along came Uchiko to wow us with its mouthwatering take on Japanese fusion. Who says you can’t buck a trend?

Law and Disorder

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

During his lifetime, he captivated Houston with his courtroom brilliance, outsized ambition, and high-dollar lifestyle. But in the year since John O’Quinn’s tragic death, a bitter estate battle has revealed who he really was.



Feb 1, 2011 By Patricia Sharpe

How tempting must it have been for David Uygur to keep doing what he was doing at Lola. After all, the 37-year-old Dallas chef had amassed quite a cult following, especially at the restaurant’s tiny Tasting Room at Lola. So admired were his eclectic, French-based dishes that when Lola’s…


Session Up

Feb 1, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

This issue went to press four days before the start of the most important legislative session of our lifetime, when lawmakers face, in addition to the testy, high-stakes business of redistricting and the supercharged debate over immigration and voter ID, an epic fiscal crisis: a budget shortfall of up to…

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Feb 1, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Full of Beans You failed to list a restaurant that is not in any way fancy but has the best Tex-Mex food: El Mercado on North Burnet Road in Austin is the place I mean [“Let’s Have Mex-Tex,” December 2010]. The tortilla chips are tasty, the service is…


Who’s the Boss?

Feb 1, 2011 By Paul Burka

The Speaker’s race in the Texas House wasn’t just about Joe Straus. It was about two competing visions of democracy.

Michael Ennis
Paint by Numbers

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Ennis

How Jerry Jones made Cowboys Stadium into one of the state’s best art galleries. Seriously!

Letter From Tamaulipas
Ghost Town

Jan 21, 2013 By Cecilia Ballí

Inside the vicious cartel war in northern Mexico—and one family’s struggle to survive.


Street Smarts

Feb 1, 2011 By Jordan Breal

1. Merry Heart TeaRoom In this quaint lunch spot, men are about as scarce as empty seats. Women, on the other hand, flock here for the exact reasons the guys steer clear: to share gossip while snacking on the signature “toasties” (essentially croutons with a kick), to eat dainty portions…

Mary Anne Reed, Marriage Counselor

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Reed received her Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Texas Woman’s University and has been practicing in Dallas for nearly 25 years. She counsels as many as 25 couples per week. I can’t save a marriage. Only the couple can do that. My job is to help people create…

How to Shoot a .22

Jan 20, 2013 By Andrea Valdez

Rites of passage dot the path to becoming a true Texan—riding a horse, having your picture taken with Big Tex—but few are as iconic as learning to fire a rifle. Although there are a variety of types, beginners often train with a .22-caliber. “That’s because there’s minimal recoil, and the…

Artist Interview

Jan 20, 2013 By Jeff McCord

Singer Greg Vanderpool on the band's new online song series and more.