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In Honor of Hot Dog Month — The History of Hot Dogs in Houston

Posted on · July is National Hot Dog Month! So we tasked Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin with learning more about how this beloved summertime food is celebrated in Greater Houston. We learn about the first major hot dog vendors in Houston – James and Tom Papadakis, the founders of James Coney Island. Find out why it was […]

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The Full Menu: Houston’s Best Coffee Shops

Posted on · Houston's port is one of a number of the nation’s coffee exchange ports — where coffee is traded and exchanged on the stock market. So it was inevitable that the green coffee being held at the port would eventually find its way to some local roasters for finessing. But who are those roasters and where […]

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The Full Menu: Greater Houston’s Best BBQ

Posted on · The Full Menu has been on the air nearly ten months now and not once has the topic of barbecue been fleshed out. However, today — thanks to a listener request — that changes. Our gaggle of food writers talk about their favorite places in Greater Houston to get barbecue. Today’s conversation features: Katharine Shilcutt […]

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The Full Menu: Exploring European Eateries

Posted on · Houston is often heralded as the most diverse city in the country, and recently the Houston Chronicle, in partnership with Houston Public Media, began profiling the million foreign-born residents here. A lot of the people working in the Greater Houston region are from different parts of Europe. So it seemed like a good time to […]

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Voter ID, The Full Menu, and Star Wars Fans: Wednesday’s Show (May 6, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was "compelling evidence" that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority […]

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The Full Menu: The Best Houston Tex-Mex, Tacos and Mex-Mex

Posted on · Houston Matters’ gaggle of food writers go in search of Greater Houston’s best Tex-Mex, best tacos and best places for Mex-Mex. Today’s conversation features: Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine, David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine, and Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston. Establishments Featured in This Segment: Tex Mex: Ninfa's La Haceinda Teotihuacan El Real […]

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Cooking Competitions: All the Rage, Even in Houston

Posted on · Cooking competitions seem to be all the rage these days. From Food Network shows like Chopped and the long-running series Iron Chef, to reality series like Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef, millions enjoy watching chefs of varying skills try to prepare pleasingly edible dishes under time constraints using odd ingredients. But it’s not just […]

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Child Fatality Report and Competitive Cooking: Wednesday’s Show (March 25, 2015)

Posted on · Two state agencies have collaborated to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 to […]

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The Full Menu: Best Appetizers, Entrees, Crawfish and Desserts in Greater Houston

Posted on · From time to time we give our foodies a challenge to explore Houston food in a different way. This time we asked them to take us on a progressive dinner adventure, from a starter to a main course and finally to a dessert at restaurants in and around the Greater Houston region. We also asked […]

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The Full Menu: Mardis Gras Food, Valentine’s Dinner and Super Bowl Food

Posted on · In our monthly segment, The Full Menu, we asked our food experts – Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine, David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine and Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston – the best places to get food for Mardi Gras, recommendations for Valentine’s Day dinner, and the best food for your Super Bowl party. […]

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The Full Menu: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston Food in 2014

Posted on · A lot happens each year in Houston’s burgeoning food scene — some of it good, some of it bad and some of it downright ugly. To take a look back at the year in Houston food, we assemble our regular panel of food writers: Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine, David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice […]

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The Full Menu: The Best Places for Holiday Food, and Houston Bakeries

Posted on · Tis the holiday season and a time when food is king. But what is considered holiday fare in Houston and where are the best places to go for foodie gifts? In our monthly segment, The Full Menu, we asked our food experts — Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine, David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine […]

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Kids and Mental Health, The Full Menu, and Kat Edmonson: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Posted on · According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as one in ten children between the ages of six and 12 experience the "persistent feelings of sadness" associated with depression. According to the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, more than one in ten children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention […]

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The Full Menu: Where to Find the Best Comfort Food & Burgers in Houston

Posted on · What are the best places for comfort food in Greater Houston? Where are the best burgers? In our monthly segment, The Full Menu, we learn more about both, from three Houston foodies: Today’s conversation features: Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine, David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine and Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston. Restaurants Featured […]

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The Full Menu: Navigating Houston Restaurant Weeks and Where to Get Good Italian Food in H-Town

Posted on · August is one of the busiest months in Houston for restaurants, that's largely thanks to Houston Restaurant Weeks or HRW. Actually it's more like Houston Restaurant month because the event runs until the end of August. The idea is to have high-end eateries provide special menus with some of the proceeds going directly to the […]