Houston

Here are 18 totally free things to do in Houston this summer

If you know where to look, you can find some pretty amazing things to do for free in Houston. Any day of the week you can watch the bat colony …

Texas

Find the ultimate Father's Day gift at this fine Houston clothier

With June comes Father's Day, and the chance to pick a present that's both meaningful and practical. <b>Norton Ditto Fine Men's Clothing</b> has been decking …

Texas

International Soiree celebrates 5th anniversary with Bollywood glamour and dazzling gowns

<b>What:</b> LCA Houston International Mothers Day Soiree.<p><b>Where:</b> Asia Society Texas Center.<p><b>The scoop:</b> To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the gala that …

Fashion

Cannes-do designer Jonathan Simkhai is a new fave of the Hollywood crowd and Texas women

If you thought strongly structured designs cannot have a romantic feel, think again. Fashion designer <b>Jonathan Simkhai</b> has been mastering the art of …

Fashion

Under-the-radar Sichuan restaurant, Hoffman's first column, U2 concert top this week's stories

<i>It's been a busy week for hot headlines. Let's look back at this week's most popular stories on CultureMap.</i><p>1. <b>'The best Sichuan restaurant in America'</b> …

Texas

Houston's best barista and baseball star unite for coffee shop with a gaming theme

David Buehrer — the barista turned entrepreneur behind some of Houston's best coffee shops (Blacksmith, Greenway Coffee & Tea, and Morningstar) — …

Texas

Pethouse Pet of the Week: Achilles riffs on Mattress Mack's gamble, Hoffman's letter column

<b>Name:</b> Achilles, like the warrior hero of Homer’s famous book, <i>The Iliad</i> (loved the Cliffs Notes).<p><b>Birthdate:</b> October 20, 2013.<p><b>Ethnicity:</b> I’m a Pug and …

Texas

15 Killer Day Drinking Destinations in Houston - Eater Houston

Outside of higher electric bills, the sweltering summer in Houston means only one thing: more day-drinking is absolutely going to be required.<p>As such, consult this guide when you desperately need a drink before 5 p.m. Many of these spots open the doors as early as 11 a.m., which means that you can …

Texas

Chron Critic Alison Cook Is a Fan of Guy Fieri’s Cancun Restaurant

The five best lines from the oddly positive review<p>Generally, Guy Fieri is the subject of disdain for restaurant critics. Everyone from Anthony Bourdain to New York Times critic Pete Wells have slammed the spiky-haired chef, but Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook found plenty to love on a visit to …

Restaurants

Grafitti’s Closes Union Street Location, Plans To Relocate

Expect the popular burger haunt to land again this summer<p>After two years on Union Street, popular comfort food spot <b>Graffiti’</b>s is calling it quits — for now.<p>A sign posted to the door at Grafitti’s announces the restaurant’s has officially closed its doors as of May 24. Fortunately, though, the spot …

Restaurants

Everything old is new again at powerful U2 concert, with an ending surprise

“How long must we sing this song?”<p>Bono and the members of U2 have been asking that question for a long time — since 1983 when “Sunday Bloody Sunday” …

Texas

All-BBQ edition of What's Eric Eating: Podcast breaks down winners and losers in Texas Monthly top 50

On the latest episode of "What's Eric Eating?," Houston Barbecue Festival co-founder Michael Fulmer joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to …

Texas

Beloved Tex-Mex restaurant joins Mattress Mack in Katy location

After almost 40 years in business, one of Houston's most beloved Tex-Mex institutions will add a second location. Lopez Mexican Restaurant announced …

Texas

Michael Bolton and Angie Harmon show love and tenderness for UNICEF at Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

Showing “love and tenderness” for UNICEF, Grammy Award-winning recording artist <b>Michael Bolton</b> performed at the organization’s fourth annual Audrey …

Texas

Amid rosy economic impact, officials worry a 'bathroom bill' could stall another Houston Super Bowl

Basking in the glow of a successful Super Bowl LI, Houston officials released a report showing a rosy economic impact from the big game and touted …

Texas

Ohn Korean Eatery Arrives With Soju & Seoul-Style Brisket

Restaurateur Mike Tran’s empire grows...again<p>Next week, Houstonians will be able to experience Houston restaurateur Mike Tran’s take on Korean cuisine when <b>Ohn Korean Eatery</b> makes its debut in Chinatown.<p>The restaurant is set to open its doors at 9630 Clarewood Drive early next week, according to a …

Restaurants

Himalaya Accuses Restaurant.com of Selling Coupons Without Its Consent

Owner Kaiser Lashkari calls the site “a scam.”<p>If you’ve recently purchased a discounted dinner at Himalaya from Restaurant.com, it might be time to ask for a refund.<p>Himalaya owner Kaiser Lashkari tells Eater that the popular discount dining site has been selling vouchers worth $25 in pakoras and …

Here are the top 10 things to do in Houston this weekend

The holiday weekend is upon us, which means sleeping in (hello, Sunday Funday without the Monday morning work alarm) and more free time for …

Texas

'The best Sichuan restaurant in America' quietly arrives in Houston with Chinatown location

A critically-acclaimed Chinese restaurant with roots in another city recently opened a Houston location. Before heading to the comments section to …

Restaurants

Pizza sliders at Arby's? Sounds like a really dumb idea, but somehow it works

<i>Editor's Note: Ken Hoffman brings his popular Drive-Thru Gourmet column to CultureMap. Look each week for his review of the latest fast-food dining</i> …

Restaurants

Balls Out Burger Opens In the Heights Next Month

Get ready to eat burgers & drink milkshakes on the dog-friendly patio<p>Just in case you were dying for a brand new restaurant named after testicles, Balls Out Burger is just about ready to make its debut in the Heights.<p>The new casual joint, from Irish restaurateur Ian Tucker, is set to open its doors …

Los Angeles

Sichuan Superstar Chengdu Taste Is Now Open In Houston

The much-lauded eatery is now open in Chinatown<p>Just in case you thought that Michelin-starred dim sum spot Yauatcha was the most exciting restaurant to open in Houston this year, beloved Sichuan spot <b>Chengdu Taste</b> has officially arrived in Chinatown to raise the bar.<p>The much-lauded eatery has …

Restaurants

Woman-Owned 4J Brewing Brings Local Beer To Spring Branch

The mysterious new beer purveyor has been in the works for more than a year<p>Houston’s craft beer boom shows no signs of slowing down, and 4J Brewing will continue the trend when the brand new suds purveyor makes its debut in Spring Branch.<p>Jennifer Edwards, co-owner of 4J Brewing, tells Eater that …

Food

Changes at The Pass: Innovative restaurant trims tasting menu and reduces the cost

Now that it’s the only restaurant with a dedicated tasting menu inside the Houston limits — Cureight in The Woodlands and Eculent in Kemah are still …

Restaurants

Houston's best sushi chef is the new Prince of Pork

<b>Manabu Horiuchi</b> (known as Hori) and the team from Kata Robata won Sunday's Cochon555 culinary event. As a James Beard semifinalist and the executive …

Restaurants

Young professionals party in posh penthouse at CultureMap’s Hello Summer Social

More than 170 young professionals gathered at luxury apartment building Marq 31’s swanky roof-top sky lounge to mix, mingle, sip, and shop at …

Texas

Pop-up tea party celebrates stylish fashion collaboration with flamingo spirit

Flamingos are everywhere at The Webster. The hip Miami boutique with a Houston outpost in The Galleria has teamed up with iconic Hong Kong luxury …

Fashion

Peska Seafood Culture’s Chef Is Suing To Get His Likeness Back

Omar Jose Pereney alleges that the restaurant disparaged his food<p>Chef Omar Jose Pereney was the young force behind Peska Seafood Culture. Then 20-years-old, the cheffing wunderkind from Venezuela had been working in restaurants since the age of 12 and helped bring Mexican import Peska to Houston. …

Restaurants

Coltivare & Dolce Neve Are Making a Special Gelato Flavor for June

Two Italian Houston heavyweights have teamed up for a sweet summer.<p>Two major Houston Italian eateries — sweet and savory — have teamed up for a very special, very edible collab: a limited edition gelato flavor. Dolce Neve, the newish Heights gelato shop (and Austin import) on N. Main, and Chef Ryan …

Follow the Painstaking Prep for Kukuri

Fine dining, Japanese style (with art to spare)<p><b>Kukuri</b>, a fine dining Japanese spot helmed by Michelin-starred chef <b>Ishikawa</b>, is coming to <b>1902 Washington Ave</b>. At present, there aren’t a whole lot of details about the kind of cuisine that will be on offer at the restaurant, but construction on the …

Restaurants