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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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Restaurant Feud Puzzles

Foodie feud: New Sugar Land restaurant copies Kata Robata's menu, claims it's a weird "accident"

By Eric Sandler

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi ought to feel very flattered indeed. At least, that certainly seems to be what's going ...


Houston Chefs Go MTV Cribs

Chefs get the MTV Cribs treatment: See how Houston's food stars live at home

By Eric Sandler

If food is the new rock, then chefs are the new rocks stars. It only makes sense that someone would start to give Houston chefs the MTV Cribs treatment — providing ...


Foodie News

If at first you don't succeed: Galleria-area hotel tries comfort food at "cursed" restaurant

By Eric Sandler

What's the line about the definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? Give credit to Destination Hotels & Resorts, the company ...


New Gourmet Doughnut Shop

Maple bacon doughnut, anyone? 24-hour gourmet doughnut shop goes beyond the glazed experience

By Eric Sandler

For Ose Ohen, co-owner of Glazed: The Doughnut Cafe, with sisters Dr. Omonele Nwokolo, Ehinor Ohen and Dr. Amy Mauritz, the time is right to bring a gourmet shop to ...


Midtown Bar Alternative

New Midtown bar promises alternative to party scene with focus on good food

By Eric Sandler

A new bar is evolving out of the former OTC Midtown that aims to offer an alternative to high-profile party spots like The Dogwood and Gaslamp. After "parting ways" with ...


New Seafood Restaurant

First taste: Houston's hottest new seafood restaurant leaves the past behind

By Eric Sandler

As we were walking out of Holley's last week, a car pulled up alongside. The passenger rolled down her window and asked the one question that's on everyone ...


Roca World Tour

Once-in-a-lifetime dinner is set for exclusive Houston and Dallas venues

By Eric Sandler

A once-in-a-lifetime meal demands a once-in-a-lifetime setting. At least, that must be the thinking of BBVA Compass which has secured two spectacular venues in Houston and Dallas for the Roca ...


Houston Restaurant Week Menus

So many choices: More than 150 menus are unveiled on Houston Restaurant Weeks website

By Eric Sandler

It's here. One of the most anticipated dates for any Houston foodie has arrived. The website for the 2014 edition of Houston Restaurant Weeks went live Tuesday morning with ...


Houston-bound Ramen Shop

Popular Seattle ramen shop is Houston-bound: Are you ready for chewy noodles?

By Eric Sandler

The pace of Houston's ramen invasion may have slowed a bit, but out-of-town noodle shops still have their eyes on bringing more tonkotsu to the city. With California-based Jinya ...


Major Restaurant Shakeup

Major Houston restaurant shakeup: Chef bolts critic-beloved Galleria spot for new local chain

By Eric Sandler

The Osteria Mazzantini saga has taken another turn. Executive chef Paul Lewis will end his tenure at the critically-acclaimed and customer-challenged Galleria area restaurant after next Saturday's dinner service ...


New Restaurant Surprise

An under the radar new Inner Loop restaurant? This Houston surprise pulls off the trick with creative flavor

By Eric Sandler

It's hard to enter a restaurant experience with no expectations. In this age of breathless coverage of openings, when a chef's resume gets scrutinized and people bring a ...


Reality TV Star Closes Restaurant

Reality TV star suddenly shuts down high-profile Houston restaurant

By Eric Sandler

The numbers don't lie. When the monthly State Comptroller's Office report shows that a restaurant in a high-priced space is paying less than $1,000 per month in ...


New Houston Bakery Bar

Top Chef star is finally opening up her own Houston bakery bar: The Sugar Hooker roars into Midtown

By Eric Sandler

More than six months after successfully raising $50,000 via Kickstarter, Fluff Bake Bar owner Rebecca Masson revealed Friday that she's officially signed a lease to make her brick ...


Ready for Kale-Aid?

New restaurant features holistic health guru's menu: Are you ready for Kale-Aid?

By Eric Sandler

Houstonians will get another healthy-food eating option when national chain True Food Kitchen makes its debut July 29. Located at the soon to open BLVD Place Phase II development at ...


Burger Expansion

Always room for more burgers: Double drive-thru chain plans return to Houston in a big way

By Eric Sandler

It seems that there's no end to Houston's burger obsession or the number of restaurants that seek to cater to it. With Smashburger, 5 Guys and Elevation Burger ...


Foodie News

One of Houston's best barbecue joints is taking a summer vacation, but they'll be back

By Eric Sandler

Over the past couple of years, CorkScrew BBQ in Spring has emerged as one of the Houston area's most highly-regarded barbecue joints, earning a spot in CultureMap's list ...


Food Trucks Not Dying

Houston's food truck scene isn't dying after all: Chef looks to reverse the trend and get back on wheels

By Eric Sandler

One of the more frequent refrains being sung around Houston is that the food truck scene is dying. More and more of the first wave of new school trucks are ...


Secrets Of The TABC Reports

Secrets of the TABC reports: Golf, strip club and restaurant shockers — plus how boobs drive alcohol

By Eric Sandler

In general, CultureMap readers had three reactions to the first edition of our new series Secrets of the TABC Reports that uses data from the monthly State Comptroller's Office ...


Where to Eat Right Now

Where to Eat Right Now: 10 hot, must-try restaurants for July

By Eric Sandler

The summer's heat may have finally arrived and put an end to patio season, but that doesn't mean it's time to stay home. After all, what better ...


Underrated Houston Barbecue

Real underrated Houston barbecue: These blood brothers bring extra spice to the city's meat craze

By Eric Sandler

Even as Killen's Barbecue has taken the Houston area by storm, the city continues to produce a new breed of pitmasters who want to show off their craft. One ...


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