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Three distinct restaurants in the Heights area are illustrative of the landscape of local Southern cuisine. The common thread that binds them together is a dedication to neighborly camaraderie and superior service that has set them apart in a place with many outstanding restaurants within the Southern genre.

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What does a Southern Thanksgiving look like? We surveyed restaurant owners and chefs specializing in Southern cuisine across the Greater Heights of various backgrounds to learn about what Thanksgiving offerings they’re serving customers this year and what they and their families have traditionally served at their own dinner tables over the years.

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Pace Webb grew up in the Heights area and realized her culinary dreams in California. Now, the chef and restaurateur is coming back home to launch her business — Daddy’s Chicken Shack — in February at 1223 W. 11th St.

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When you’re cooking, inspiration can come to you in any number of spontaneous ways. Sometimes you’re struck by a post from one of your favorite chefs on Instagram, a recipe from a friend or family member, or something you’ve seen on the cover of a magazine at the grocery store.

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Houston has received global recognition for its culinary prowess. Its diversity seemingly knows no bounds, and restaurants across the Greater Heights have helped drive that innovation forward. The city is well-known for its Asian food and barbecue as well as Mexican and South American cuisine.

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After speaking with local experts across the wide spectrum of pizza-making, reporter Stefan Modrich put his newfound knowledge to the test in making his own pie.

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If you don’t live along or near the stretch of Wakefield Drive that has become a popular destination in the "GOOF" -- which locals call Garden Oaks and Oak Forest -- you may be discouraged by the ongoing construction in the area and tempted to turn around.

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A local restaurant and 10 cideries from near and far will gather Saturday at Onion Creek Cafe, 3106 White Oak Drive, for a fundraiser benefiting a local nonprofit with a mission of helping young adults with intellectual disabilities.

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There are so many possibilities for making your own delicious snacks and meals at home, but here I will focus on a popular breakfast or lunchtime snack that requires little in the way of cooking equipment but does require some preparation: toast.

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I have always wanted to visit Tokyo for its sleek, futuristic architecture, cutting-edge technology and a culture that pays homage to its revered tradition and customs.

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One of the hottest tables in Houston, Casa Nomad will probably leave you with a surreal and incredibly satisfying experience unlike any Mexican restaurant you’ve ever been to.

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Rollin Phatties is already a known commodity on the Houston food truck scene, and its recent menu additions and move to a more accessible, high-traffic location should be reason enough to add it to your Heights foodie bucket list.

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For those in the health-conscious dining community, finding a suitable place to eat can sometimes be a struggle. But things have changed dramatically over the last decade, and even in recent years, more vegan and vegetarian options have sprouted in the Greater Heights and become a part of mainstream foodie culture.

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Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the most recent terrorist attack on American soil, some local restaurants paid tribute to some of the more recent casualties that occured as the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, a conflict that began after planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda members and crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

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So often, a restaurant can mean more to people than the food it serves. This is especially so in the case of Hughie’s, which has been serving the Timbergrove and Lazybrook area for more than 30 years and the Heights since 2017.

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The long-anticipated Commune Preview event kicked off Aug. 26 at Heights House Hotel, 100 W. Cavalcade St., drawing 32 chefs from across the country to prepare a sampling of their best dishes over the course of the three-day event.