Food & Restaurants

Foodies Rule!

This is an area of our site where we really get to bring the fun to food! Here you will find special event coverage, extreme foodie behavior, and anything that kicks it up a notch, Urban Swank style, of course!

Restaurant Copycat: Red Dessert Dive’s Debusker

If you can resist the M&M debusker at Red Dessert Dive, you are a robot. The pairing of two classics—a rich dark chocolate brownie smashed…

Restaurant Copycat: Ruggles Black’s Chai-Spiced Tres Leches

There are a plethora of restaurants in Houston where one can order a really outstanding slices of tres leches, but leave it to the Ruggles…

Restaurant Copycat: Café Brasil’s Breakfast Burrito

I love Café Brasil for their exposed-brick walls, friendly service, and, of course, their tempting array of sweets—but on my most recent visit there for…

Food Lovers Rejoice: Zifty.com Has Come To Houston!

Food lovers brace yourselves for this amazing news we are about to bestow upon you! But wait we must set the right mood; you know…

Urban Swank Debuts on Bravo TV's "Best New Restaurant"

When the producers from Bravo TV's new competition series, Best New Restaurant, contacted us to gauge our interest in being a part of a new…

How Do You Ramen?

One of my favorite things to do is people watch, and watching people with their food takes this sport to new heights. Like do they…

Restaurant Copycat: Local Foods Market Veggie Sandwich

Generally, I have an unofficial rule that I don’t pay more than $5 for a sandwich (I basically only ever buy Les Givral’s dirt-cheap, heavenly-fresh…

Restaurant Copycat: 13 Celsius Polenta Gorgonzola Salad

I have a secret: I go to 13 Celsius for the food, not the wine. That’s not saying anything about the quality of their wine—I’ve…

Restaurant Copycat: Cloud 10 Creamery’s Sesame Oil & Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

If my wallet and waistline permitted, I’d be at Cloud 10 Creamery every day and twice on weekends. Between the Cloud 10 banana split in…

Restaurant Copycat: Ruggles Green’s Lettuce Wraps

Ruggles Green is like my favorite pair of jeans: the perfect standby that I turn to when nothing else sounds good—the casual option that goes…

Restaurant Copycat: Torchy’s Baja Shrimp Taco

It wasn’t until my foodie friend visited Texas for the first time, that I realized I take breakfast tacos for granted. It was only after…

Word on the Street: Eat St. Is Heading Back to Houston!

Eat Street is making its way back to Houston! For those that are not familiar with the Cooking Channel show, it is a series that…

Happy Birthday! Guess Who's Turning 2!

Wow! Has it really been that long? As they say, time flies when you're having fun and that is exactly what we have been doing!…

Eat, Drink, & Be Mary: “Houston, baby, I love ya.”

I think if someone told me a year ago that I would be walking your streets and residing within your walls I might have slapped…

Tillamook Burger Week - Get Your Burger On!

The Tillamook Cheese’s Loaf Love Tour has hit the streets of Houston! Today kicks off the official Tillamook Burger Week. What does that mean for…

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