Hans’ Bier Haus

The tension in the air was palpable. Walking through the dark interior of the bar out into the bright light of the noonday sun, one could see a number of patrons milling about in pairs or small enclaves, each indifferent…

IPA Day 2K12

Last year, on August 4, craft beer afficionados across the country united in one voice, declaring that they wanted to taste their beer, not dump swill into their gaping maws because it had fewer calories, or had a punch top…

Divine Enervation

It can be exhausting trying to get your hands on some of the Saint Arnold Brewery’s limited and sporadically released Divine Reserve series. With three new brews added to their regular and seasonal line-ups, capacity is at a premium, and…

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Before undertaking the trek home from a weekend in Austin, we took advantage of a leisurely Sunday afternoon and headed to South Congress, sort of a one-stop-shop if you’ve only got a few hours: vintage resale shops, live music in…

Transcendental Pie

I had long wanted to catch up with the Pi Pizza truck, especially since it seemed like a slice would be the perfect grub after hanging out at Catbird’s for awhile, but the planets just never aligned. Until, that is,…

Com Tam #9

Among the Vietnamese restaurants along 249, there are plenty of options for pho, bun, and com dishes, there’s even a place serving just a single dish, bun bo Hue. But there was only one choice when it came to banh…

La Salida del Seoul

Asian fusion seems to be the darling of the food truck realm across the country, particularly with Mexican cuisine, which makes sense. There are latitudinal parallels in the climates of certain Asian countries and Mexico, resulting in similar flavors and…

Gilded Hemp

Wicked Whisk

Perhaps the best known burger from the Petrol Station’s menu is the Rancor, a beast of an Angus beef burger with bacon, bacon, and more bacon, topped with a fried egg – fully living up to its portcullis-prone Star Wars…

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Denizens of the Petrol Station are well familiar with the craft beer and the impossibly small kitchen that dishes out epic burgers… if you have the patience. Wait times on busy nights like Thursdays and Fridays were wont to approach…

Field Agents

This past weekend, the No Label Brewery hosted their 2nd annual Field Day, and a thirsty horde showed up to engage in battle on the first day of the rest of our summer. Only the night before, I had been…

Organic Beer Month

One cannot but applaud the increased focus on local and sustainable produce, and it’s no wonder that some of the most voluble proponents of the cause are also the proprietors of some of the city’s most notable bars and restaurants.…

Oh Hai!

With Duc Chuong II, I noted that in the two years I’ve worked in the area, there’s been quite a bit of turnover in the Hung Dong Market Center. (I’ll allow you exactly one “giggity” – but no more.) In the…

Cócteles y Sueños

Coughlin’s law: Always eat from street vendors. Ok, that’s apocryphal. But it’s one of Jack’s laws. Skittles may have a lock on Taste the Rainbow, but if you really want to taste the United Colors of Benetton, there’s no better…

El Nuevo Veracruzano – Tuxpan

The days are long, they are repetitive, and they are 7 a week. Twelve of those 21 weekly meals are at the same place, the otherwise charming Hotelito del Rio whose open-air dining room serves up breakfast and lunch from a spartan…

Chili Today, Hot Tamale

Once upon a time, there was a beer-lover named Goldihops, and she went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon, she came upon a converted gas station that was serving the New Belgium brewery’s Cocoa Molé… Mole is a…

Holi Festival, Batman!

Yesterday marked the annual Hindu celebration of Spring with this year’s Holi Festival held at Seabourne Creek Park in Rosenberg. The festival is held at the end of the winter season, and generally falls at the end of February or…

Nefarious Ten Pin

Winter seems largely to have given Houston a miss, though the Rodeo is about to kick off for the next 3 weeks, and one can usually count on a frigid night or two. Regardless, if you’re a traditionalist, while the…