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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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Shake Shack On The Way

Shake Shack is looking for Houston locations: Where should burger phenom open and can it succeed?

By Eric Sandler

New York-based burger empire Shake Shack is looking for locations in Houston. The restaurant "has selected Houston as one of its growth markets," according to the website of the commercial ...


Best New Burgers

The best new burgers in Houston: They're all damn pricey and worth it

By Eric Sandler

Houston may not be the only burger obsessed city in America, but it has to rank pretty highly on the scale. It seems like every new restaurant that opens has ...


New Celeb Restaurant

Funky Chicken's celebrity chef finally opens a Houston restaurant worthy of buzz — and maybe best burger talk

By Eric Sandler

Bradley's Fine Diner is the restaurant Houston has been waiting for. At least, the part of Houston that's patronized Funky Chicken, Ogden's fast casual would be Chipotle ...


Foodie News

Houston dim sum restaurant named one of the best in America by major magazine

By Eric Sandler

Houston Chinatown staple Arco Seafood is one of America's top places for dim sum, according to a new article in Travel + Leisure. The magazine recommends Arco's "pan-fried turnip ...


Best Pastry Chefs

Houston's best pastry chefs are revealed: The city's dessert masters square off in Tastemakers

By Eric Sandler

It's time for the second category reveal for the CultureMap Tastemakers Awards. Having already taken a look at the nominees for Best Up and Coming Chef, we turn out ...


Video Tale

Watch Eric Sandler — the Perez Hilton of Houston's food scene — get his comeuppance in a dunk tank

By Eric Sandler

At the Ghetto Dinner fundraiser, a who's who of Houston's restaurant community turned out to help raise funds for Gracie Nguyen, the pastry chef who was seriously injured ...


CultureMap Exclusive

Major Houston restaurant happening: Atlanta mega chef is coming home to open a new place on Westheimer

By Eric Sandler

Over the past two years, plenty of out of town chefs and restaurateurs have injected new life into the Houston restaurant scene. From Batanga to MF Sushi, from Etoile to ...


Chef Out Of Exile

Popular chef returns from the burbs to helm a new Uptown Park restaurant with real Thai style

By Eric Sandler

A familiar face is returning to the Galleria area after two years in Sugar Land. Chef Jurrajet "Jett" Hurapan moved to Houston from New York to open the recently shuttered ...


Best Austin Import Yet

Already better than Torchy's Tacos: New Austin import delivers on vow to serve Europe's best fast food

By Eric Sandler

The first location of Austin-based kebap chain Verts has opened in Houston. As CultureMap first reported back in December, founders Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein are bringing their restaurant that ...


New Foodie Neighborhood

New Museum District restaurant lands a big time chef who finally gives the neighborhood foodie cred

By Eric Sandler

Former Stella Sola chef Justin Basye has left the Pappas organization to become the executive chef of Museum Park Cafe. The upcoming restaurant from Balcor Hospitality owner Christopher Balat is ...


Major Chef Resigns

High-profile chef suddenly resigns from a hot hotel restaurant — and seems confused about the whole thing

By Eric Sandler

Chef Jonathan Jones has submitted his letter of resignation from Hotel ZaZa's Monarch restaurant and will leave the job within two weeks, a spokesperson for the hotel tells CultureMap ...


Chef Hit By Drunk Driver

Chef hurt in horrific SXSW drunk driving crowd plow gets foodie help: Media dunk tank highlights new benefit

By Eric Sandler

Once again, Houston's restaurant community is rallying to help one of its own.  Local pastry chef Gracie Nguyen was one of the people injured in the horrific scene when ...


Michelle Obama's Houston Night Out

Surprise! Michelle Obama and a friend enjoy a low-key meal at a trendy Houston restaurant

By Eric Sandler

How did First Lady Michelle Obama spend her Wednesday night in Houston while President Barack Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser at the River Oaks home of trial lawyer John ...


Top Rising Chefs

Houston's top rising star chefs are revealed: Restaurant talent of the future faces off in Tastemakers

By Eric Sandler

Your attention please. Strike up the band. It's time to decide the winners of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, our new annual celebration of the best in Houston's bar ...


Hot Chef Move

Buzzed-over new Washington Ave bar hires a hot chef, promises romantic seafood with Underbelly help

By Eric Sandler

Julep, the highly anticipated new bar from Clumsy Butcher beverage director Alba Huerta, is starting to take shape. Although Huerta estimates the bar on Washington Avenue is still four to ...


Stiletto Trial Verdict

Jury reaches a quick verdict in stiletto murder trial that made international headlines

By Eric Sandler

After deliberating for less than two hours, a Houston jury convicted Ana Trujillo of murdering Dr. Steffan Andersson in what has become known as the "Texas Stiletto Trial." Associated Press ...


Midtown Japanese Boom

Growing Houston restaurant empire stakes Japanese claim to Midtown with "drink first" concept

By Eric Sandler

Ever since Farrago World Cuisine suddenly closed in July, restaurant industry insiders and diners have speculated about what would replace it. Last week, the Azuma Group, owners of Japanese restaurants ...


Chef Changes Downtown

Downtown gastrocantina makes a change at the top — are fajitas on the way?

By Eric Sandler

El Big Bad has parted ways with executive chef Ben Rabbani, CultureMap has learned. The downtown gastro-cantina brought Rabbani in to execute the menu created by consulting chef Randy Rucker ...


Damian Mandola Arrested

Long-time Houston restaurateur arrested twice at winery he used to own

By Eric Sandler

Long-time Houston restaurateur Damian Mandola had a bad weekend. The founder of Damian's Cucina Italiana in Midtown and the Carrabba's Italian Grill chain with his nephew Johnny Carrabba ...


Ramen Movie

Houston filmmaker wants to set the record straight on the world's best ramen

By Eric Sandler

Over the last year, Houstonians have joined in on the ramen craze that's sweeping America. Although Houston only has two dedicated ramen joints, Tiger Den and Ramen Jin (for ...


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