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I have not shied away from mentioning my Chicago and Midwestern roots, and they will continue to influence my perceptions and thoughts as I do my best to convince you I have the bona fides of a respectable food critic. 

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Highway 6 can feel like a brick-and-mortar maze of retail shops and indistinct chain restaurants at times. Fortunately, there are a few places one can count on to transport you into a totally different environment, like the movies where a character pulls out a book from a stack of them on a …

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Beginning on Feb. 1, the Fort Bend County Library System will host a number of special online programs celebrating the history and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the United States and Fort Bend County.

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When you are the restaurant critic for a community newspaper with an ambition of exploring what are still relatively new surroundings during a global pandemic, you quickly get used to the solitude of dining alone. It’s drawn some parallels to my former life as a sportswriter on various high …

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Many distinctive details are easily observable about Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Stafford — from abstract vintage light fixtures to a hybrid rustic modern interior look that combines culinary fusionism and adventure with a more laid-back, old-school vibe. Napkins are held in place with classy-looking pipe fittings, and tables are […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com In just five years, Witt Pit BBQ has managed to gain quite a foothold in the Fort Bend County barbecue scene. I made the trip out to the restaurant, situated in the Garden Acres neighborhood of Rosenberg, thanks to an emailed suggestion from Doug Earle, who called it “the best” in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com In the movie business, “sequel” is perhaps one of the most polarizing words one can use. To a studio executive, the sequel represents a dream come true, but to some film snobs, a second act will forever pale in comparison to the original, forever remaining in its shadow. Having opened in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com As I have argued previously in this space, aesthetics are a crucial component of the dining experience. Old Hickory Inn Barbecue has been a Houston-area institution since 1963. The Missouri City location has gathered a loyal following from generations of residents in nearby Quail Valley and beyond, in an idyllic location […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Lovers of blues music in Fort Bend County have an event to put on their calendar for the New Year. Fort Bend Christian Academy will be hosting Boots, Blues & BBQ on Feb. 20 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, according to a news release from the school. The evening will […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com John Holiday has always found his own groove. As an openly gay African-American man who came out as a teenager, the Rosenberg native’s journey has captivated millions of viewers of the hit NBC reality TV show “The Voice,” in which celebrity artists like Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani compete to coach their […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com While your annual office Christmas party or family gatherings may be much more limited this year, that’s no reason not to indulge in the tradition of baking cookies to celebrate the holiday season. Or better yet, you could save yourself the time and the hassle of cluttering up your kitchen and […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Whether you know it as Sichuan or Szechuan, the province in the southwestern part of China is known for a few things: being home to the Giant Panda, the birthplace of a style of opera that dates back to the 1700s, and a fertile region that allows for a wide variety […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com If you want to see how history has treated Fort Bend County and play a hand (technologically) in its development, the soon-to-be revamped Fort Bend Museum might be the place to go. On Dec. 2, the museum at 500 Houston St. in Richmond broke ground on construction for a $2 million […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com At Houston’s Southwest edge in the Ridgemont neighborhood in the Fort Bend County portion of the city, you’ll discover Doña Leti’s Restaurant & Bar, one of the area’s most fascinating collections of Latin American cuisine. I had some trouble finding the place at first, because the restaurant, which had its grand […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Ray Younkin’s musical journey began when he heard his first Bruce Springsteen album at age 7. Almost 34 years later, the Sugar Land resident has become an accomplished performing and recording artist, working as a soloist and with multiple bands. One of those bandmates was Houston’s Anita Kruse, a recurring collaborator […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com My dad has had — and maintains to this day — the somewhat idiosyncratic tendency, in my view, to insist upon our family using dishes and silverware for any takeout order or pizza delivery, no matter how fast or casual the food order. Perhaps it was a way of reminding my […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Bend County residents had numerous ways to showcase their cultural and spiritual diversity through festivals and commemorations of holidays and other significant events. Now, the Fort Bend Interfaith Council (FBIC) is rallying to flex its muscles of religious heterogeneity virtually as it prepares for its sixth […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  As the sun began to dip behind the woods along the Brazos River, cars lined up in droves at Heritage Park in the Sienna neighborhood of Missouri City for the Nov. 6 showing of “Smallfoot.” Dozens of cars, most of them filled with families, packed the park for the 2018 animated children’s movie […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com If you’ve been looking for an excuse to have a slow morning, First Watch in Sugar Land will be happy to oblige. The popular breakfast and brunch chain has a plethora of healthy plates and some interesting spins on classic morning staples, and it does so for a reasonable price — […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Genius marketing moves are often the simplest. That’s what Vietwich in Stafford seems intent to prove, with a brilliant portmanteau of a name that makes exactly what you’d expect — well-crafted and delicious varieties of the popular Vietnamese sandwich known as banh mi. There are a few essential elements to every […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Candice and Eric Elliott are no ordinary business partners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and throughout the various stages of their new business venture, the two have learned a lot about each other both personally as a married couple and professionally. Together they are franchising a Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Richmond’s Sonja Norwood began baking Christmas cookies and taking them to her coworkers at Alief Taylor High School two years ago. Today, she is the owner of Wick’d Confections, her custom bakery which has more than 11,000 Instagram followers and is set to appear on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” on […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Tracey Meyer loves shapes — not only as an artist, but because she considers herself a historian. “I don’t know why that is (that I love shapes),” Meyer said. “They just resonate with me very strongly. And of course, staring out my window, everything is a shape. The leaves are a […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The Sugar Land Skeeters will kick off the holiday season with the return of their Center Field Cinema this weekend, airing “Home Alone” on the field’s center field video board from 6-7:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. All tickets for the event will be general admission, according to a news release from […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Sabrina Roesler has had to grow up quicker than most 9-year-olds. When she was a toddler, Roesler began to sell imaginary lemonade with her toy playset at home. The fourth grader from Sugar Land has since, through the help of the Lemonade Day program, already realized several of her business dreams, […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Bold, bright and unapologetic, Trill Taco is one of the latest additions to a bustling Missouri City food scene that pays tribute to some of Houston’s greatest musical artists while fusing together a melting pot of flavors not unlike the makeup of the area itself. Just as its food combines multiple […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Where do you go when you want to venture off the beaten path but still have a craving for the familiarity and dependability of your favorite comfort foods? I hopped in my car, headed north on Highway 6 and ended up at Napoli Express Pizza in Sugar Land. For those of […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Once upon a time, I was hesitant to try sushi for reasons only the hypermetabolic version of myself could explain — I never found it filling or satisfying enough during the peak of my high school growth spurts or even ill-advised late night cravings of my college days. Despite consistent prodding […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com It’s been a busy fall for Travis Scott. The Elkins High School alumnus, a five-time Grammy nominee, has taken social media by storm with a McDonald’s ad campaign named after his record label Cactus Jack Records. In September, he revealed he had recorded a song for the soundtrack to Christopher Nolan’s […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com You can’t make it 60 years in the restaurant business without firing on all cylinders, and Larry’s Original Mexican Restaurant has done just that. The Richmond mainstay boldly announces your arrival with its iconic neon signage, and evokes the scene in the Pixar film “Cars” when James Taylor’s “Our Town” plays […]

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  Bob Beringer, known affectionately as “Uncle Bob” by the thousands of children and visitors of all ages to the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, died Friday at age 63. Beringer came to the George Ranch in 2010 as a tram driver, and not long after found his calling playing the role of an […]

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Music and history in a relaxed, family-friendly outdoor setting is a natural pairing andthe formula behind the Fort Bend Museum’s new “Sunset Music Series,” which debuted last month. The ongoing concert series, which will be held on the third Thursday of every month on the front lawn of the historic Moore Home and next to […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH The Stafford Ice House has been around for more than a quarter century. But in the 26 years the bar has been in operation, it’s never been through a stretch quite like the predicament bars across the state find themselves in – unable to operate for the last six months. To make […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com The Greater Houston area has produced several notable performing artists and entertainers, from Beyoncé to Elkins High School alumnus Travis Scott. Missouri City’s Leigha Gabrielle Morris is striving not only to grow in the early stages of her career as an R&B recording artist – she’s giving back to her hometown. The […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH The best food concepts aren’t always the most gaudy or trendy. They’re born of necessity, a utilitarian ethos shared by working people who want to grab a quick meal that will leave both them and their wallets filled. This is how Halal 5, located at 1611 W. Airport Blvd. Suite A in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Still holding its own in a crowded marketplace on Murphy Road, Tornado Burger remains an iconic Stafford institution — even if the COVID-19 pandemic has forced it to shut its doors to dine-in traffic. A poster hanging outside the front of the restaurant boasts a review from the Houston Press calling […]

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Have Robert White and Victor Litwinenko, the visionaries behind a development anchored by four restaurants in the heart of Sugar Land’s Town Square at First Colony Mall, figured out how to bottle lightning? Maybe not — but with Jupiter Pizza and Waffles, they have managed the balancing act of being simultaneously family-friendly and a hipster’s […]

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On a rainy September evening in Missouri City, masked boys steadily funnel into the First United Methodist Church. They are greeted with a temperature reading and sized for T-shirts before making their way into the rehearsal room. There, Bill Adams, the artistic director and founder of the Fort Bend Boys Choir, goes to work. “Mr. […]

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Sometimes it’s the small details that make a place worthwhile. The friendly staff constantly replenishing tall glasses of iced tea amid the relentless heat beating on the door. A fortune cookie with a note foretelling of a “prospect of a thrilling time ahead of you.” Dining out may not be a thrill during a global pandemic, […]

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What does it mean to be a dad? Richmond resident Inigo Laugermann believes it is best to have dads tell us themselves. He debuted his first feature-length film, “A Father’s Day”, at the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival (BCIFF) on Saturday and Sunday in Paris. BCIFF named the film its Best Documentary. It is […]

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Sherry Bub, a retired computer programmer, has lived in the same Missouri City home alongside the Quail Valley La Quinta golf course for 30 years. But her true labor of love, aside from looking after her grandchildren as they begin a school year of virtual learning, is one that many Texans have adopted as a […]

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Is there an equivalent to chicken soup for the soul for our vegetarian friends? While Mai Colachi Indo/Pak cuisine in Sugar Land is certainly carnivore friendly, it prompted me to ask myself this question. By my lights, the answer is Tadka Dal. If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying a lentil soup, I can’t […]

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I must make an important disclosure up front — Vietnamese cuisine has long been featured on my personal foodie bucket list, but I am nothing if not an amateur when it comes to this delightful corner of the culinary world. I’ve tried pulled pork Bánh mì (sandwiches) and Gà Xào Lăn (chicken curry). And at […]

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In order to fully appreciate the cuisine of one of the fast-growing ethnic groups in the Greater Houston area and Fort Bend County, treating yourself to a pupusa is a must. For pupusas of the El Salvadoran variety, Fort Bend residents have several options to choose from in close proximity. At Pupuseria Lazo #2 in […]

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Missouri City’s Cannon Crawford has a way with words. His parents, Jaime and Will Crawford, have been documenting their young son’s growth and development through the lens of TikTok, where he has become a sensation. “He has quite the personality,” Jaime said. “He’s pretty hilarious. He’s not even (2 years old) yet, so the words […]