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Alison Cook
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It's Gringo vs. Gringo in the latest edition of Houston Restaurant Wars:
Houston-area Tex-Mex chain Gringo's has filed suit against scrappy newcomer Habanera and the Gringo, alleging their trademark name has been infringed.
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First-time chef PJ Stoops and his wife, Apple, are doing important work expanding Houston's Thai repertoire at Foreign Correspondents on N. Main:
[...] this document offers almost none of the canonical Thai dishes that have come to represent the cuisine here since Renu Premkamol opened the city's first Thai restaurant, Renu's, in 1979. [...] all the while Stoops made his groundbreaking career selling Gulf bycatch to Houston chefs, showing up at restaurant back doors with the lesser-known species he wangled from commercial fishermen, he nursed the notion that a Gulf Coast Thai restaurant c...
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Spoiler: Houston, don't hold your breath. Interesting data from UT
How can a homeowner compare the cost of rooftop solar to buying power from the local electric grid? The economics depend on where you live.
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I wrote a little something about Hugo Ortega and Justin Yu:
Houston chefs Hugo Ortega and Justin Yu have been named finalists for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest award, one of the regional categories in the foundation's annual Chefs & Restaurants Awards. Mexico City native Ortega, 51, heads up a small flock of powerhouse restaurants, including his 14-year-old flagship, Hugo's, a longtime mecca for regional Mexican cuisine; his newer Mexican coastal cuisine palace, Caracol, in the heart o...
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Interesting move: 
Uchi sous chef Brandon Silva, who's also known in restaurant circles for the pop-up dinners he stages around town, will join the Kirby Group as culinary director for their Wooster's Garden bar and other upcoming projects. Recruiting Silva from one of Houston's top-rated restaurants signals the Kirby Group's ambitions to become a serious player on the city's dining scene.
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The East End Foundation has planned an interesting pop-up dinner series in my 'hood. They pair offbeat chefs with unique East End locations, and the first one's next Friday. Details here:
The East End Table, a series of four pop-up dinners, will pair some interesting Houston chefs t with unique locations in Houston's East End. The first dinner will be held Friday, March 11 - and it's al fresco.
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New review: Creole swagger and soul at The Durham House
Later, it ushered diners into the similarly casual Mardi Gras Grill and Woodrow's. Since October, this memorable entryway has landed in a posher, pricier world of whitewashed pales and pearly grays, set with glossy white metal chairs that are chic, if not comfortable. [...] I was delighted when he took over the Durham House kitchen in January after the departure of the opening chef, and curious to see how this tall, bearded fellow with the full...
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I ate 3 fancy breakfasts on a schoolday, a new phenomenon in Houston.
Towering egg sandwiches sailed forth from the hidden kitchen; color pops of smoked salmon and fresh juices lit up the tables. Tycoons huddled at the original Avalon Diner, or at the country club, while regular folks chowed down at no-nonsense coffee shops such as the Tel-Wink, Frank's or the Dot. The Dunlavy from the powerhouse Clark Cooper group, serving food devised by its talented culinary director, Brandi Key, has made the new Buffalo Bayou...
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Instead of a review this week, a consideration of the golden age of Houston pancakes. I've waited decades to write this story.
[...] between the rise of brunch as a respectable undertaking for ambitious restaurants and the flourishing of a dozen Asian, South Asian and South American cuisines - there has never been a better time for the pancake fiend, a tribe of which I count myself a card-carrying member. Sometimes, for a special treat, my mother would make her cottage cheese pancakes, whipping the egg white separately so that the orbs of batter rose high and downy - on...
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Interesting news from my colleague Greg Morago:
Houston's own "French Cowboy" is executive chef of the first major restaurant to open at River Oaks District collection of new dining options
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Houston's Chris Frankel, of Spare Key, travels far and wide in search of esoteric eats. Here are his picks for top American cities for fans of international cuisines: 
High-profile Houston bartender Chris Frankel, who presides over Spare Key in Midtown, takes a keen interest in ingredients from far-flung cuisines, and he travels frequently in search of America's best ethnic restaurants. Szechuan Impression, with sleek décor and a focus on modern Chengdu cooking that sets it apart from your typical Chinatown Sichuan restaurant; and Omar's Xinjiang Halal, a cramped Uyghur Chinese restaurant, with only four table...
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I wrote about the new Hotel Emma in San Antonio's Pearl district, one of the best I've ever stayed at, anywhere.
A hulking red industrial totem stares back at you: all shiny and riveted, sprouting wheels and chimneys and mysterious gleaming tubes. The Elephant Cellar Ballroom itself, glimpsed behind tall crimson CO2 storage tanks arrayed as a sculpture installation, is lined with gargantuan brewery tank-ends enameled in glossy white. Guests are welcomed in a private two-story library with a perfect shaker margarita: just serious tequila, orange liqueur an...
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