Texas BBQ

Texas BBQ is more than just food – It’s a religion. With Texas Monthly as its Bible, and its Holy Trinity being the trio of brisket, sausage and ribs. BBQ should be an experience. BBQ should consist of a road trip, waiting in line, or a combination of both. If you can walk straight up…

Japan

Japan is a foodie paradise. Tokyo has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world (230!), beef from Japanese cattle (wagyu) is coveted in the West’s fanciest restaurants, and a Japanese chemist was the one who first coined the word umami. Japan’s cuisine has even been added to UNESCO’s list of intangible world heritage. After a…

Turkey Leg Hut

Forget Renn Fest and Thanksgiving – this is the only turkey leg you need. It’s hard to find a place more Houston than Turkey Leg Hut. In between the Third Ward and the Museum District, it’s become an absolute staple in the city, attracting people of all careers, races and ages. Turkey Leg Hut began…

Foodie Resources

I am a foodie, through and through. When I’m not eating food, I’m thinking about food, reading about food, prepping next week’s menu or planning the next foodie adventure with friends. I often get asked where I find it all, so I’ve collected a list below of some of my favorite books, articles and tv…

Alinea

At Alinea, Grant Achatz is conducting a symphony. He’s performing a magic show. He’s painting a masterpiece. He’s not just cooking food.    Alinea is a three Michelin star restaurant in Chicago open since 2005 and headed by Chef Grant Achatz. “Alinea” means the beginning of a new train of thought, and the dishes here are certainly…

Chris Shepherd

Houston tastes like fish sauce. You can’t be a foodie in Houston and not know his name. Georgia James – and now Georgia James Tavern. The late Underbelly, now turned UB Preserv. And One Fifth – the ingenious five-year concept, with a different genre of food each year. Chris Shepherd is a James Beard Award…

Andes Cafe

Ceviche and pisco sours, in an unassuming location. Andes Café was opened in 2014 by chef David Guerrero from Ecuador. The restaurant covers the various cuisines of South America, including Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. While daunting to serve dishes from the entire continent, rather than focusing on just one country or even a region within…

Bamboo House

Considered by some the best Peking duck in Houston, Bamboo House is 15 minutes from downtown – technically in Humble, Texas. What is Peking duck? Peking duck is basically Chinese duck tacos. It has been served to the emperors of China since the 1300s. More recently, the dish was a favorite of both Henry Kissinger…

Breakfast Tacos

I couldn’t write about food in Texas without talking about breakfast tacos. Each one of these places could get an article of its own, and some already do, but I’m going to combine my favorites here. Chains: Let’s get this out of the way. There are some decent breakfast taco chains – particularly if you’re…

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

Phoenicia refers to the ancient civilization in modern-day Lebanon, Israel and Syria, known in particular for its alphabet and as a center of trade in the region. Phoenicia Specialty Foods is a grocery store in Downtown Houston focusing on the food of that region. Whether you’re on a lunch run downtown, cooking a Middle Eastern spread…