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Eric Sandler

A native Houstonian with a passion for food, Eric Sandler is CultureMap's newest addition.

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Major Chef Change

One of the fall's hottest restaurants loses rising star chef; he wishes his successor well

By Eric Sandler

One of the fall's hottest new restaurants has lost its rising star chef. Justin Basye has departed Museum Park Cafe. A statement from the restaurant reads as follows:  BALCOR ...


New Food Hot Spot

Houston's next food hotspot? New sushi restaurant to open in mixed-use development, joining a trendy crowd

By Eric Sandler

BLVD Place is rapidly becoming a top culinary destination. Already home to Houston's newest Whole Foods and healthy restaurant True Food Kitchen, phase two of the development will add ...


CultureMap Restaurant Exclusive

Major landlord drama threatens to kill deli king's new Houston restaurant: New pizza concept to swoop in instead?

By Eric Sandler

The future of the space currently occupied by Sorrel Urban Bistro is suddenly in doubt. The farm to table restaurant will definitely close after service on New Year's Eve ...


Best Food Cities Snub

Houston ridiculously snubbed in Best Food Cities rankings: Where's the national foodie respect?

By Eric Sandler

National listicle website Thrillist has ranked the country's 40 biggest cities "by their food." Using a highly scientific method of polling Thrillist staffers across the country, the ranks are ...


Foodie News

A court-ordered name change: Houston Tex-Mex chain makes a big switch with expansion plans in mind

By Eric Sandler

Throughout 2014, one question was foremost on the minds of Houston burrito lovers: What would be Mission Burritos new name? This week, the company revealed what people will be saying ...


Star Chefs Hit Houston

Superstar out-of-town chefs headed to Houston for new Test Kitchen restaurant series

By Eric Sandler

As it prepares to complete a two month long pop-up series with a German beer dinner Friday night, the Kipper Club Test Kitchen is looking to grow with at least ...


Holiday Dining Deals

Be a holiday hero with special take-out treats from two of 2014's best new restaurants

By Eric Sandler

Two of 2014's best new restaurants are serving special, limited time dishes that are sure to make a splash at any holiday gathering. Montrose bakery/cafe Common Bond began ...


Restaurant Lockout Drama

Popular Rice Village bar locked out in landlord dispute as owner vows to relocate

By Eric Sandler

Simone on Sunset, the intimate bar near Rice Village that's known as a great spot for dates, closed quietly after service on Dec. 9. However, unlike some other recent ...


Big Sexy Donut Emporium

Big Sexy promises it will be worth the wait for donut emporium, looks for new chicken space

By Eric Sandler

Don't you hate it when the summer's optimism gives way to the cruel realities of winter? Jason Hill certainly understands. The chef, known around town as Big Sexy ...


Disappointing New Restaurants

Houston's most disappointing new restaurants: Were our expectations too high?

By Eric Sandler

This year has been a banner one for Houston restaurants. Establishments like Coltivare, Killen's Barbecue, Common Bond and Pax Americana have collectively raised the game for the city's ...


Restaurant Food Fight

Two Latin restaurants are embroiled in a food fight: Did fleeing chefs steal from one of Houston's best?

By Eric Sandler

Another popular Houston restaurant is accusing former employees of recreating signature menu items at a new, unrelated restaurant. Similar to claims made in July by Kata Robata against Sugar Land ...


Midtown Changing New Bar

New Midtown bar vows to be non-snooty and unpretentious: There goes the neighborhood

By Eric Sandler

Midtown's booming bar scene has a new arrival that promises to be a little different from some of the larger, very popular concepts that are currently dominating the neighborhood ...


New Food Truck Bar

New bar with a food truck kitchen turns to a powerhouse Heights restaurant duo for help

By Eric Sandler

Opening a restaurant can be like having a child. First time owners, like first time parents, can struggle with the learning curve of so many new challenges at once. Typically ...


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Houston's Tex-Mex restaurant queen reveals her secrets: A behind the scenes foodie revelation

By Eric Sandler

Every year, families all over the Houston area will gather together to make tamales. But what do you do if your family hasn't adopted that tradition? Buying them is ...


Chicago's Best Pizza Hits Houston

Chicago's best pizza restaurant roars into Houston — and the early results are very promising

By Eric Sandler

World famous pizza restaurant Gino's East will open its first location outside of the Chicago area on Thursday in The Woodlands. With the Houston area buzzing about the imminent ...


Major Barbecue Expansion

Is bigger better? Top Houston barbecue restaurant plans move to massive new location

By Eric Sandler

Looks like 2015 will be a busy year for Greg Gatlin. The celebrated pitmaster of Gatlin's BBQ in the Heights already has plans to open Jackson Street Barbecue with ...


Best Seafood Restaurants

Towers of delight: Houston restaurants serve up spectacular mountains of seafood, artfully displayed

By Eric Sandler

Consider the lobster. It's just one of many items typically found on an iced seafood tower. Yes, that staple of '90s dining has always been a fixture at steakhouses ...


Foodie News

Longtime sushi spot abandons Kirby location and resurfaces in trendy EaDo

By Eric Sandler

This year has been a tumulutous one for restaurants in Upper Kirby with high-profile closings that include Haven, Trenza and the "funeral bars" Roak, Hendricks Pub and OTC. Just when ...


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The Singing Chef makes his mark at a Houston hotel: Food Network show winner brings a theatrical flair

By Eric Sandler

Lots of chefs like a little music in the kitchen, but how many make it themselves? Meet Chris Andrus, a chef who sings while he cooks. The Humble native recently ...


New Real Neighborhood Bar

Rapidly expanding restaurant group takes over Boom Boom Room to give Heights a true neighborhood bar

By Eric Sandler

"We're like the Traveling Wilburys." That's how Treadsack co-owner Chris Cusack describes his union with Grand Prize/Lei Low owners Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse and former Triniti ...


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