Houstonia magazine made its debut Saturday night at a splashy party attended by over a thousand Houston socialites, media members and PR professionals. The magazine features former Houston Press critic Robb Walsh's return to restaurant criticism and feature writing. The magazine hits newsstands on Thursday, but attendees received a copy. A few pages are in the gallery above, and the stories are also available online.
Walsh makes a strong debut with two articles. The first examines the links between barbecue and religion that goes back to when Texas was part of Mexico. In his review, Walsh celebrates his birthday at Tony's and uses the occasion to comment on the food, assess Tony's transformation under chef Grant Gordon and comment on the differences between a restaurant that allows diners to choose what to eat and tasting menu restaurants like Oxheart and The Pass. It's very much worth reading.
As for the rest, blogger J.C. Reid contributes his list of Houston's 10 best barbecue restaurants (although he doesn't rank them). Instead of trying to provides a comprehensive guide to Houston restaurants, each issue presents several options in a few categories; this month they are Viet-Texas, Asian-Cajun Crawfish, Sushi and the Heights.