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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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Houston farmers market becomes a hot scene: Chef mingling, great food and people watching

By Eric Sandler

For hundreds of Houstonians, a recent break in the city's dreary weather in December and January meant one thing — it was time to pay a visit to Urban Harvest ...


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Galleria restaurant negotiating to sell its prime space insists it's doing well — and plans to rise again

By Eric Sandler

Is Arturo's Uptown Italiano going to close to make way for a new upscale Tex-Mex concept from Lasco Enterprises in its prime Galleria area space?  The answer is a ...


The Piano Man's Return

Major Houston concert revealed: And the mystery star is . . .

By Eric Sandler

No more need to feel pressure that the piano man, Billy Joel, hasn't been to Houston in awhile. The singer/songwriter will put fans in a New York state ...


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New Sugar Land pizza restaurant with Chicago ties makes a surprise splash: And this is no tourist spot

By Eric Sandler

Although it's only been open since June, D'Marcos Pizzeria in Sugar Land is already making a splash. Inspired by Chicago pizzeria Mama Rigetta's, D'Marcos serves both ...


Midtown's New Barbecue

Midtown's getting a new barbecue restaurant with a pitmaster legend and Twin Peaks level eye candy

By Eric Sandler

Houston's status as an emerging power in the barbecue world looks poised to take another step forward as a legendary Houston pitmaster returns to the smoker. The Landmark Houston ...


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Houston's $50 fried chicken and why you absolutely must try it: A surprise seafood restaurant revelation

By Eric Sandler

Eating fried chicken at an upscale seafood restaurant may feel like missing the point, but that's what happens once a month at Holley's. Chef Mark Holley has mostly ...


Foodie News

Michelle Obama's favorite Houston restaurant makes a big change: Are you ready for afternoon delights?

By Eric Sandler

Triniti chef/owner Ryan Hildebrand has a simple explanation for his decision to resume lunch service at his stylish, River Oaks-area restaurant on Feb. 3.  "We're ready to do ...


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New upscale Tex-Mex restaurant plots a Galleria area debut: Powerful restaurant group behind the move

By Eric Sandler

A local restaurant group that knows a lot about wine and comfort food wants to demonstrate that it knows a thing or two about tequila and Tex-Mex too. At least ...


West Ave Restaurant Dies

West Ave drama: Shuttering restaurant's outraged chef blames sign and valet problems for its demise

By Eric Sandler

The trend of sudden closures in Upper Kirby is continuing into 2015. Nara — the West Ave Korean/sushi restaurant from Uptown Sushi chef/owner Donald Chang — revealed it will close ...


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Restaurant shakeup: Hot young chef leaves a top Houston seafood spot for a mysterious new project

By Eric Sandler

Ryan Lachaine's second stint at Reef has come to an end. The talented sous chef, who won an Eater Young Gun award during his time working alongside Chris Shepherd ...


New Restaurant Drama

Legendary barbecue restaurant fires potential investors, but it's still committed to moving into Houston

By Eric Sandler

Barbecue fans in Houston experienced a collective wave of euphoria last year when Louie Mueller Barbecue owner Wayne Mueller revealed he was making plans to open a restaurant in Houston ...


Grocery Store Wars Heat Up

Houston's grocery store wars heat up with massive new stores butting heads in the same hot neighborhood

By Eric Sandler

Whole Foods' great Houston expansion continues. The Austin-based grocer, known for its extensive selection of organic goods and high-quality prepared foods, has now set April 8 as the opening day ...


Major Restaurant Fight

Restaurant name fight triggers a lawsuit: One of Houston's top chefs charges an upstart with copycat

By Eric Sandler

What's in a name? Shakespeare may not have thought that names are very important, but one of Houston's most high-profile chefs is going to court to protect his ...


Restaurant Shakeup

New Asian restaurant jumps on just shuttered space: Prime Post Oak spot doesn't stay empty for long

By Eric Sandler

Details have begun to emerge on the restaurant that will replace Osteria Mazzantini. Although its only been three days since the hyped Galleria-area Italian restaurant closed its doors, a new ...


Hot New Dining Destination

Houston's hot new dining destination gets another new restaurant: Ready for the Mediterranean Chipotle?

By Eric Sandler

Over the course of the last year, Gateway Memorial City has emerged as one of west Houston's most intriguing dining destinations. Sushi restaurant Kuu, luxurious steakhouse Vallone's and ...


Major Food Truck News

New food truck with reality TV ties rolls into Houston, bringing fresh Maine lobster

By Eric Sandler

A new food truck aims to bring the taste of Maine's coast to Houston. A Houston outpost of the California-based Cousins Maine Lobster food truck chain is hitting the ...


Galleria Restaurant Closes

Critic-loved eatery that made year's list of biggest restaurant scandals finally shutters

By Eric Sandler

Looks like the saga of Galleria-area Italian restaurant Osteria Mazzantini has drawn to a conclusion. The restaurant announced on its website today that it has closed.  Mockingbird Bistro chef/owner ...


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Washington corridor gets a boost with London-based Italian restaurant featuring seasoned Houston chef

By Eric Sandler

The middle of January may be a little too soon to start looking for the trends that will drive Houston's restaurant scene in 2015, but one theme that's ...


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Upset! Unknown beats some of Houston's top chefs in an epic food showdown

By Eric Sandler

Like moths to a flame or sailors to the Sirens of ancient mythology, tempting prizes have always come with the threat of danger. In that spirit, Julep co-owner Alba Huerta ...


Party Watch

Craft beer lovers raise crucial money for Houston veterans with an early Valentines

By Eric Sandler

What: Fifth Annual Valentines for Veterans Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company The 411: More than 300 people gathered at the Saint Arnold brewery for Valentines for Veterans. Now in its ...


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