Restaurants

When Tipping Isn’t Optional

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Who is the Bum Steer here? The Houstonian who refused to pay a mandatory tip or the restaurant that allegedly locked her in the establishment and called the police when she wouldn't pay up?

State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Walnuts, Gorgonzola, and chutney make for an upscale fish dish at the Grape in Dallas.

Recovered from SXSW Hangover? Bring on Hill Country Wine and Food

Mar 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

(Ground beef guru Josh Ozersky, from a 2008 Nightline appearance) Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m., culinary event planner Mike Thelin was driving around Austin in search of hardwood briquettes, trying to fill a last-minute request from one of the many chefs participating in the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. The 26th edition kicks off tonight with the Stars Across Texas Classic at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Local talent will be featured at the gala, including Austinites Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchiko), Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside) and David Bull (Congress), new part-time San Antonioan John Besh (Luke) and current Texas Monthly cover star Tom Perini (Perini Ranch). But Thelin and the festival staff have also wrangled an eclectic out-of-towner A-List for the weekend, including L.A.'s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Australian chef and cookbook author Andrew Dwyer and several luminaries from his own home base of Portland, Oregon.

The Kitchen Is Closed

May 31, 2008 By Gary Cartwright

Forty years ago, Pete Dominguez and his Mexican restaurants were the toast of Dallas. Now he’s alone, broke, and nearly forgotten.

“The Buzz About Marfa Is Just Crazy”

Aug 31, 2004 By Michael Hall

A century after the cowboys and ranchers moved in on the local Apaches, Comanches, and Tejanos, the West Texas town is adjusting to a new breed of excitable invaders: Hollywood fashion arbiters, New York art- world youngsters, Houston superlawyers, and the like. Cappuccino, anyone?

Better Than Wurst

Apr 1, 1998 By Patricia Sharpe

Portobello mushrooms and paella alongside the schnitzel and sauerkraut: In the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, there’s clearly something cooking.

It’s a Wrap

Sep 30, 1997 By Patricia Sharpe

What happens when the modern world gets its hands on the lowly burrito? A food fad is born.

Westheimer, Ho!

Jun 30, 1997 By Mimi Swartz

Accessories for sexual adventurers, columns for your Craftsman bungalow, tasteful tables made from old manhole covers: You can find it all on this reborn Houston strip.

Big Fish

Apr 30, 1997 By Robert Draper

In the eighties Tilman Fertitta’s seafood restaurants earned him millions while his hard-nosed business tactics earned him enemies. But these days the Galveston native is winning new respect in his hometown by standing up to the most powerful family on the Island.

Mexican Revolution

Apr 1, 1997 By Patricia Sharpe

New restaurants in Dallas and Houston are serving up authentic interior-style Mexican dishes that turn the tables on Tex-Mex.

The Spin Doctor Is Out

Nov 1, 1996 By Mark McKinnon

Being a political consultant had its high points. I helped candidates win elections, traveled around the world, and worked side by side with James Carville and Dick Morris. But campaigns kept sinking to pathetic new lows, which is why I finally had to quit the game.

The Family Way

Mar 1, 1977 By Richard West

Some boarding house-style restaurants where they can dish it out if you can take it.