Houston

BBQ |
October 7, 2014

Highway BBQ: Part Three

If you’ve spent any time on the interstates of Texas, you’ve probably seen barbecue restaurants advertised on numerous billboards, blue service signs, or obnoxiously huge structures situated along the access road. Who among hasn’t seen one of those logos and thought, is the food worth stopping for? If a place needs that

BBQ Joint Reviews |
August 22, 2014

Ray’s BBQ Shack

In a gas station just south of the University of Houston campus you’ll find some of the best fried catfish you’ll ever eat and some great barbecue to go along with it. The barbecue comes from the experienced hands of co-owner Ray Busch who has been serving smoked meat to the

Style & Design |
August 14, 2014

Pumped-Up Kicks

When throngs of shoe fanatics descend on Houston for the annual Sneaker Summit, it’s the perfect time to understand the sole of a man. And if you happen to be a high school junior named Adam, the goal is finding the right pair of Nike Galaxies for a mere $750.

BBQ Joint Reviews |
July 18, 2014

Killen’s Barbecue

“The Best Barbecue, Period.” That’s the motto Ronnie Killen has printed on the shirts that he and his staff wear, putting a daily target on every one of their backs. Making that declaration even after a good run of success toes the line between confidence and arrogance, but Killen had them

BBQ |
July 14, 2014

A Tour of Houston Sausages

As one third of the Texas barbecue trinity, smoked sausage has important stature in Texas. Central Texas has its beef sausages, East Texas has got hot links, and you’ll find plenty of smoked boudin along the Louisiana border. In Houston, they have it all as J.C. Reid and Michael Fulmer

Sports |
July 9, 2014

12 Ways to #VoteKeuchel

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel is one of five American League players vying for the last spot in the All-Star Game. And for six hours on Thursday, all tweets count as votes.

The Culture |
June 6, 2014

High-Heel Homicide

After Ana Trujillo was arrested in the bludgeoning death of her lover, she hired lawyer Jack Carroll to represent her in what became Houston’s splashiest trial of the spring. Did I mention that Carroll is my brother-in-law? And that the murder weapon was a cobalt-blue, five-and-a-half-inch stiletto?

Energy |
May 9, 2014

Liquid Assets

You know that fracking boom? Now it’s putting Texas at the front of a new energy race: exporting natural gas to the rest of the world.

BBQ |
April 26, 2014

New BBQ Columnist at Houston Chronicle

Image courtesy of the Houston ChronicleThe Houston Chronicle has hired a weekly Barbecue Columnist. Food writer J. C. Reid has posted his first article Love of Barbecue Starts Early which will appear in tomorrow’s print edition. You might remember Reid from the Houston Barbecue Festival which he

Travel & Outdoors |
April 23, 2014

Damn This Traffic Jam

Infographic illustration by Luke Shuman. Click to enlarge.When the INRIX company released its annual list of America’s most congested cities, the big news for Texans was that for the second year in a row, Austin was ranked the fourth-most-congested city in America—up from sixth two

BBQ |
April 7, 2014

A Few Discoveries in Houston

One Attendee’s Plan of AttackAmidst the rain and overcast skies in Houston yesterday, there was a barbecue festival. The second year for the Houston Barbecue Festival was held at Reliant Park, and twenty local pitmasters gathered to share their barbecue bounty with an estimated two thousand guests.

BBQ |
March 14, 2014

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que

For what is called the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que cook off, the event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HSLR) is more spectacle than barbecue holy grail. Most of the quarter million visitors look longingly into private parties from the wrong side of the ropes. There’s a public

News & Politics |
March 6, 2014

Fire Fight

How Houston mayor Annise Parker’s nasty battle with the firefighters’ pension fund could affect the fate of Texas’s largest city.