Austin | Dallas | Houston
CultureMap Contributors
Eric Sandler head shot column mug March 2014

Eric Sandler

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

See list of all CultureMap contributors
All articles by this author.  769 Results. Showing 1 to 20
Page 1 of 39

Deliman Satisfies

Crowd-pleasing movie starring Houston's deli king defines real comfort food

By Eric Sandler

Houston has a starring role in the documentary Deli Man, which debuted at the River Oaks Theatre Friday. Ziggy Gruber, the "Delimaven" behind Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen Restaurant ...


CultureMap Video

New Houston restaurant with James Beard cred looks to break Galleria area jinx: Tempting fate with Italian?

By Eric Sandler

The last couple of months haven't been kind to Italian restaurants near the Galleria. Osteria Mazzantini finally closed in January, and Arturo's Uptown Italiano will give way to ...


Chicago Pizza In H-Town

World famous Chicago pizza institution doubles up with second Houston restaurant: But will the snobs come?

By Eric Sandler

Gino's East — one of Chicago's most famous deep dish pizza institutions — is expanding its reach in the Houston area. Sure, the Chicago-based pizza chain has been in greater ...


Dallas Restaurant Invasion

Torchy's competition? Dallas taco import headed to Washington Ave with ultra late night hours

By Eric Sandler

It's official. After months of rumors, Dallas-based Velvet Taco has confirmed that it plans to open its first Houston location on Washington Ave later this year.  "We are thrilled ...


Best Chicken Fried Steaks

Houston's Best Chicken Fried Steak restaurants: Cutting edge chefs shake up the old classic

By Eric Sandler

Let's start with what should be an obvious statement.  I am not disrespecting your favorite chicken fried steak with this list. No one is suggesting that you give up ...


Barbecue Delivery

Uber and Goode Co. kick off Rodeo season with barbecue delivery to your door

By Eric Sandler

Wondering what to eat for lunch? Bored with the regular options but unwilling to face another cold, rainy day? One of Houston's iconic restaurants has partnered with one of ...


Beloved Restaurant Changing

Tiny chef beloved grocery store and restaurant to undergo major changes: Under the radar gem grows up

By Eric Sandler

One of Houston's most well-regarded Thai restaurants will grow substantially in 2015. Heights restaurant Asia Market revealed that it is splitting its market and restaurant into two separate spaces ...


Major Heights Bar News

New icehouse bar to open in the heart of the dry Heights: And look out Torchy's, it's taco obsessed

By Eric Sandler

The dry part of The Heights is about to get a little wetter. Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera, the duo behind Revival Market and Italian restaurant Coltivare, confirmed long-swirling rumors ...


Houston's Beer King Unloads

Houston's craft beer king opens up on staying relevant, the Sam Adams controversy and a greedy new wave

By Eric Sandler

Brock Wagner has a lot on his mind. The founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company appears to be at a transition point. He's spent 20 years building Saint Arnold ...


Rodeo Best Bites

Upstart restaurant stuns established eateries at Houston Rodeo's Best Bites competition

By Eric Sandler

"A Houston restaurant I've never heard of won the rodeo best bites," Chronicle barbecue columnist J.C. Reid tweeted this morning. Indeed, the crowd of 5,000 attendees who ...


Major Restaurant Honors

Two Houston restaurants named among Top 10 in U.S. by national mag — city's called top three for food

By Eric Sandler

None of the outstanding restaurants that opened in Houston last year made the James Beard Awards semifinalist list, but a James Beard Award winning restaurant critic thinks the Bayou City ...


New Craft Beer Debuts

The SEC's favorite craft beer is finally rolling into Houston: $25 million expansion clears the way

By Eric Sandler

SweetWater Brewing Company, one of the South's biggest craft brewers, will enter the Houston market on Monday. What took so long to bring the favorite of SEC tailgates and ...


Downtown Bars Reborn

Shuttered downtown bar space snatched up by a software entrepreneur with a double nightlife vision

By Eric Sandler

The future of the space that housed recently shuttered downtown bar Clutch City Squire will consist of a dual concept that recalls the days when the laid-back, divey Clutch City ...


Major Restaurant Shakeup

Restaurant shakeup: Longtime French place to shutter and make way for an ambitious new Italian seafood spot

By Eric Sandler

A Tex-Mex restaurant in Uptown Park won't be the only new restaurant created by Lasco Enterprises' decision to open Anejo in the space previously occupied by Arturo's Uptown ...


New Ramen Restaurant Buzz

Houston's next great ramen restaurant? A Seattle import shows it deserves all the early buzz

By Eric Sandler

The long wait for the Houston outpost of Seattle-based ramen shop Samurai Noodle is coming to an end. In the planning stages since last July, the restaurant is currently in ...


Bitter Restaurant Fight

Bitter restaurant lawsuit ends with the little Tex-Mex spot giving way to a Houston power: What's your name?

By Eric Sandler

The contentious legal fight between one of Houston's most high-profile restaurants and a casual Tex-Mex spot has come to an end. The person named Hugo has prevailed over the ...


The Food Oscars

Houston chefs score big in the James Beard Awards: The semifinalists for the restaurant Oscars are . . .

By Eric Sandler

The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2015 Awards — and Houston chefs are once again in the running. The awards are considered the Oscars of the culinary ...


Major Barbecue Comeback

Houston's best city barbecue is set to rise again after sudden shuttering: Landlord drama just a speed bump

By Eric Sandler

The best barbecue restaurant inside the Loop has closed, but don't panic — it won't be gone for long. Gatlin's BBQ revealed on its website that it closed ...


Gourmet Sandwich Shop Grows

Gourmet sandwich shop expands into Houston's hot new grocery store and restaurant epicenter — with a pizza twist

By Eric Sandler

Two months into 2015, it's becoming increasingly clear that Tanglewood is emerging as Houston's next hot dining destination. H-E-B will open its first Houston restaurant Table 57 on ...


Grocery Store Wars Stunner

High-profile supermarket restaurant strikes a new blow in the grocery store wars: Big name chef raises the bar

By Eric Sandler

Scott McClelland, the H-E-B Houston division president who plays J.J. Watt's foil on TV, wants people to understand something very important about the restaurant located inside the company ...


All articles by this author.  769 Results. Showing 1 to 20
Page 1 of 39
Get Our Emails

Daily Digest

The Dining Report

Promo Alerts

We will not share or sell your email address