George H.W. Bush's favorite 'Presidential bacon' is still on the menu at this Houston barbecue joint

Dozier's BBQ in Fulshear makes a style of bacon so special that former President George H.W. Bush once had it personally delivered to the White House on Air Force One. In fact, it was so beloved by the elder Bush that Dozier's now markets it under the moniker "Presidential bacon." Dozier's bacon is smoked and sliced in-house, and prepared with pecan wood instead of the hickory used for most commercially available bacon, says pitmaster Jim Buchanan. A whole slab of pork belly, about 30 inches l

Bun B's Trill Burgers restaurant is on hold, but you can get his smashburgers at the Houston Rodeo

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Trill Burgers, the wildly popular smashburger concept backed by Houston rapper Bun B, is one of a handful of new food vendors at the 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The food stand will serve items like grilled onion "OG" burgers and seasoned crinkle-cut fries for the duration of the rodeo, which runs from Feb. 28 through March 20. This year's rodeo marks the return of the event after it was abruptly shut down at the start of

Montrose bar offers Euphoria-themed cocktails ahead of the HBO show's season finale

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Present Company, the Montrose bar with a neon patio and kitschy tropical drinks, has launched a new cocktail menu inspired by the HBO show "Euphoria." The show, which follows a group of troubled high school students as they navigate trauma, love, sex and drug addiction, recently entered its second season, and has become a buzzy hit on social media. Starring Zendaya as narrator Rue Bennett, "Euphoria" is especially known for its cin

Houston Restaurants and Bars Are Closing Temporarily Due to Concerns Over the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

A number of Houston bars and restaurants have opted to close temporarily this week due to concerns over the new COVID-19 variant, omicron, which has begun to rapidly spread throughout Houston and the rest of the United States. Omicron was first detected in Houston on December 6, in a Harris County woman who was fully vaccinated. Since then, Houston Methodist Hospital has reported that the variant is responsible for about 82 percent of new cases in Houston. Of particular concern is that omicron

Timbits Peddler Tim Hortons Is Bringing Its Canadian Coffee to Texas

Ubiquitous Canadian chain Tim Hortons is planning a big expansion to Texas, starting with the Bayou City. The fast-food restaurant, known for its coffee, doughnuts, all-day breakfasts, and more, will bring several drive-thru and sit-down locations to Houston, starting in the summer of 2022, according to the Houston Chronicle. The news was first announced in a commercial that aired during Sunday’s Houston Texans football game against the Seattle Seahawks. The restaurant was founded in 1964 in O

Here Are 2021’s Eater Awards Winners for Houston

Even before the pandemic, 2020 started rough for Houston restaurants, with a water main break that cut off freshwater access to roughly half of the city, including hundreds of businesses. Just a few days later, Rodeo Houston would be canceled, as the first cases of Covid-19 emerged in the city, tied to the rodeo’s massive barbecue cookoff. The ensuing 22 months have been some of the hardest in recent memory for the hospitality industry. And yet, Houston’s bars and restaurants have endured, with

Here Are 2021’s Eater Awards Winners for Dallas

It’s been two long, strange years for the restaurant industry, and after a 2020 hiatus, Eater Dallas is excited to announce the best new restaurants in the city. These are restaurants and bars that have opened despite unprecedented challenges, bringing a tropical escape to Greenville Avenue; a vegan take on a favorite fast-food snack; comforting, modern Southern food; stunning Brazilian cuisine; and delicious onigiri to Dallas diners. Please join us in celebrating this year’s group of winners,

A Crispy Cantonese Duck-Focused Restaurant Will Soon Land in Houston

The Blossom Hotel, the posh new Medical Center-area getaway that opened last month, has announced an exciting new lineup of restaurants opening on-site in early 2022. The first, Duck House by Boon, is a sibling to Empress by Boon, the stunning modern Cantonese restaurant that opened in San Francisco earlier this year. Empress was the first solo venture for chef Ho Chee Boon, who spent three decades as the executive chef at Michelin-starred restaurant group Hakkasan. As the name implies, Duck H

Houston’s Sauciest Viet-Cajun Crawfish Is Making a Comeback

Saigon House, the wildly popular Viet-Cajun crawfish restaurant that helped launch chef Tony Nguyen’s career, will reopen on FM 1960 sometime next spring. Nguyen confirmed the restaurant’s reopening to Eater, saying he hopes to be ready “before crawfish season,” which typically runs from January to July in Texas. Nguyen has already filed alcohol permits for the restaurant, at 3645 Cypress Creek Parkway, and created a nascent Facebook page for the spot. Saigon House was first founded in Midtown

Get Into the Christmas Spirit at These Houston-Area Holiday Pop-ups

Holiday season in Houston usually means balmy 70-degree days, palm trees draped with twinkle lights, and more rain than snow. It can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit under those tropic-like conditions. Thankfully, a number of Houston-area bars have begun hosting holiday pop-ups in recent years, complete with dazzling lights, ugly Christmas sweaters, spiked egg nog, mulled wine, and more. If you're looking to be transported to the North Pole, or even just someplace with a ton of holiday

UB Preserv Is Closing, and Will Be Replaced by a New Bar From Chris Shepherd in January

One of Houston’s most celebrated hospitality groups is closing yet another of its restaurants in December. Underbelly Hospitality announced today that it will shutter its diverse restaurant UB Preserv at 1609 Westheimer Road on Thursday, December 23. News of the closure comes just a few months after Underbelly announced it was also closing Montrose spots Hay Merchant and Georgia James, which will eventually move into the Regent Square development at Dunlavy Street and Allen Parkway. Earlier thi

EaDo Restaurant Indianola Has an Exciting New Chef

An up-and-coming chef with an extensive resume at some of Houston’s most popular kitchens has returned to the Bayou City, with plans to revamp the menu at EaDo restaurant Indianola. Martha Wilcox, who most recently worked at celebrated Seattle Italian restaurant Cafe Juanita, has been named chef de cuisine at Indianola, where she will work with executive chef Paul Lewis and culinary director Vincent Huynh. Wilcox has previously worked at some of Houston’s most outstanding restaurants, including

Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel Are Opening a Restaurant and Bar in Galveston

Justin Yu, chef and founder of downtown restaurant Theodore Rex, and barmaster Bobby Heugel, of Anvil, Tongue Cut Sparrow, and other hotspots, will open a restaurant together in Galveston in the summer of 2022. The yet-to-be-named restaurant and bar will be part of a new 61-room boutique hotel on the Seawall called Hotel Lucine. The project is the work of a group of Galveston hospitality veterans, including Dave Jacoby president of the Galveston Historical Foundation, and Robert Marcus, a real

Food Vendor Alleges Disorganization and Communication Issues in the Lead-Up to Houston’s Fatal Astroworld Festival

A food vendor who took part in rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival on the weekend of November 5 is speaking out about what she describes as disorganization and chaos in the weeks and days leading up to the event, at which nine people died during a crowd crush, in what is now considered one of the most deadly live music events in U.S. history. Patsy Vivares, co-owner of Sticky’s Chicken and Trill Burgers, worked previous Astroworld festivals (the event also took place in 2018 and 2019, and

Mykuna Brings Latin-Asian Food to Railway Heights Market

The newest restaurant from acclaimed Houston chef David Guerrero focuses on nikkei cuisine, a style of South American cooking richly influenced by Asian immigrants. Mykuna, which opened quietly in August inside the Railway Heights Market at 8200 Washington Avenue, serves up dishes influenced by a style of cuisine that developed in countries like Peru and Ecuador thanks to Japanese immigrants, who arrived in South America at the turn of the 20th century to work on plantations. “Many people may

Sixth Ward Neighborhood Hangout Henderson Heights Closes After Major Fire

Henderson Heights, the popular neighborhood bar just south of Washington Avenue in Houston’s Sixth Ward, has closed after a fire broke out while revelers were watching the Houston Astros play Atlanta in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, October 31. Megan Long, the bar’s owner, posted about the fire to Instagram Monday afternoon, writing “I am just heart broken. There are no other words. My very first bar, my baby Henderson Heights Pub caught fire last night.” The pub, located in an old two

Sichuan Peking duck and soup dumplings restaurant opens inside the loop

Duck N Bao, a popular Cypress Sichuan restaurant known for its crispy Peking duck and soup dumplings, has finally opened a long-awaited location near Memorial Park. The restaurant, at 5535 Memorial Drive, opened on October 23. The location has been in the works for nearly a year, following the success of Duck N Bao’s first location, at 17333 Spring Cypress Road, which opened in 2019. (Another location, in Katy, has since closed.) The restaurant quickly gained a following for its thin-skinned s

New Dallas Mexican Restaurant La Mina Opens Underground at The Village

An underground restaurant serving regional Mexican cuisine, led by a Dallas chef with an impressive resume, is now open in the Village. La Mina, helmed by Tony Ibarra, opened below the Drey Hotel at 5630 Village Glen Drive, last week. It joins luxe Brazillian restaurant Meridian and newly-opened Mediterranean spot Anise in the development. If Tony Ibarra’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s been making the rounds of Dallas kitchens for a while, most notably working closely with chef Mis

Where to Commemorate Día de los Muertos in Houston

Día de los Muertos, which takes place November 1 and November 2, is a holiday meant to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the commemoration has perhaps taken on more meaning than usual. But that doesn’t mean it’s a somber event. In Mexico, where the tradition began, the holiday is a festive time filled with music, dancing, food, flowers, and family. It’s also about recognizing the interconnectedness of life and death, and the enduring

Hattie B’s Preps for Deep Ellum Opening With Several Dallas Pop-ups in November

Hattie B’s, the wildly popular hot chicken chain from Nashville, is teasing its Texas arrival with a series of pop-ups November 5 through 7 in Dallas. As Eater previously reported, the family-owned chain, known for its cayenne-coated fried chicken, chose Deep Ellum as the location for its first Texas restaurant. That restaurant is now scheduled to open in late February or early March 2022. Before then, though, the chain will be slinging chicken out of a 1974 Airstream trailer at three pop-ups,
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