Food and Drink

Houston's 10 James Beard Award semifinalists

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Several Houston chefs and restaurants got some major nods from the prestigious James Beard Foundation, which released its semifinalist list Wednesday.

Why it matters: The James Beard awards are considered the Oscars of the food world. Being on the list equates to having made exceptional culinary achievements.

Five options for Dry January in Houston

A bright orange mocktail with a piece of grapefruit

The Dove's Nest mocktail featured at Bludorn. Photo courtesy of Michael Anthony

If you're taking a break from booze but still want to imbibe, we've got you covered with mocktails from a handful of Houston bars and restaurants.

Why it matters: Nearly 18% of Texans reported excessive drinking in 2021, slightly higher than the national average, according to the latest data from the CDC.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

The Capitol Christmas tree display during Austin's annual holiday stroll. Photo courtesy of Downtown Austin Alliance

Calling all Texans: If you're looking for a weekend getaway with plenty of holiday fun, Austin is ready to welcome you with open arms.

Houston restaurants open for Thanksgiving

Illustration of a neon sign with a turkey in it lighting up and flickering.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

If you're not a fan of being in the kitchen all day or your meal didn't go as planned, Houston has some restaurants open for Thanksgiving.

Be smart: If you're leaning toward the dine-in options, consider making reservations ASAP as several restaurants are already fully booked.

Nicole Cobler
Oct 3, 2022 - Food and Drink

Craft beer production rises in Texas after dip in 2020

Data: Brewers Association; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Texas craft breweries rebounded in 2021, a promising sign after the pandemic crippled the industry.

The state of beer: Of the state's 10 largest breweries, seven increased production in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to an Axios analysis of data from the Brewers Association.

How record heat and inflation impact local breweries

Animated illustration of four different kinds of beers.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Texas' unseasonably hot summer, coupled with rising prices, has left some local craft breweries struggling to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels.

Why it matters: Local breweries are still regaining their financial footing after the pandemic shuttered taprooms and halted in-person events with draft beer.

Things to do in Houston, Sept. 9-11

Illustration of neon signs with the days of the week. Lights go out one by one and "weekend" flashes.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

🛰 Say Cheese! Take a selfie from space as part of the celebration for the 60th anniversary of the JFK Moon Speech.

  • The photo from space will be taken at exactly 12:06pm Saturday at Rice Stadium.

6 great places to get tacos in Houston

Birria Quesatacos. Photo: courtesy of TJ Birria ya Mas

There are plenty of places to get tacos in Houston, but who stands out above the rest? Here are six terrific places to grab a taco or two.

1. Dichos Taqueria

Why it stands out: Dichos serves a wide variety of breakfast tacos.

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