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Eric Sandler

In his role as CultureMap's food editor, Eric keeps his finger on the pulse of Houston's dining world. From obscure taco trucks to elevated tasting menus, if a restaurant is serving tasty food, Eric will find it and share the news with CultureMap's readers. 

Eric is a native Houstonian. He lives in Montrose with his two dogs, Matzah and Muffin.

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Where to Eat Right Now

Where to Eat Right Now: Here's a bumper crop of 10 innovative, must-try restaurants for July

By Eric Sandler

Even in a month when only one of CultureMap's 17 most anticipated new restaurants of summer 2015 opened, the city's restaurateurs still produced a bumper crop of new ...


Katherine Whaley Engaged

In a Twister of fate, popular TV personality announces engagement after proposal in Hawaii

By Eric Sandler

A popular television personality will soon be heading down the aisle. KTRK traffic reporter Katherine Whaley announced Monday that she and her boyfriend Chris Wadley are engaged. Whaley and Wadley ...


Sneak Peek at The Moonshiners

Sneak peek: New Southern-inspired restaurant aims to be a comfort spot with some 'shine

By Eric Sandler

Another new restaurant will soon join the the second wave of downtown bar and restaurant development that's already seen promising newcomers like Bovine & Barley, Houston Watch Company and twin ...


Velvet Taco Arrives

First taste: Velvet Taco gets the little details right, but is the food worth the price?

By Eric Sandler

After months of fevered anticipation, Velvet Taco recently opened its first Houston location on Washington Avenue. The Dallas-based chain takes a fusion perspective to every Texans' favorite hand-held meal with ...


Garth Brooks Concert Review

Welcome back! Garth Brooks heats up Houston stage with rambunctious high-energy performance — and crowd loves it

By Eric Sandler

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then more performers should wait 17 years between appearances in Houston. Or maybe that only works when a performer is as iconic as ...


CorkScrew BBQ On The Move

One of Houston's best barbecue joints has found a permanent home in Old Town Spring

By Eric Sandler

CorkScrew BBQ is having a good week. Being named as one of the top 23 barbecue restaurants in the country by the editors of Time Out New York would be ...


Preview MF Sushi

Sneak peek at sushi master's new Museum District restaurant: Innovative design, bigger kitchen

By Eric Sandler

The sounds of construction fill the air at the new MF Sushi. A veritable platoon of workers are busy hanging lights, cleaning up dust and fussing over the final details ...


New Food Truck

Cajun-inspired food truck with well-traveled chef is a bright idea from Houston restaurateurs

By Eric Sandler

Food trucks may not be quite as trendy as they once were, but the right concept can capture diners' attention. Just consider the wave of praise that's greeted the ...


Killen's Barbecue Acclaim

Food Network names Killen's to list of Top 5 barbecue joints in the nation — and best in Texas

By Eric Sandler

Killen's Barbecue is already widely acknowledged as the best barbecue joint in the Houston area. Now the rest of the country is starting to notice, too. Chef Ronnie Killen ...


New Restaurant Chef

Atlanta chef taps Tony Vallone veteran for highly anticipated River Oaks restaurant

By Eric Sandler

Ever since Ford Fry, the Houston native who's the chef/owner of eight critically acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta, announced his intention to open State of Grace in the Lamar ...


New Food Park Coming

Big Sexy's food truck seeks a fowl makeover before big move to new park

By Eric Sandler

Big Sexy is back on the road. After having helped his business partner Matt Opaleski launch Hugs & Donuts, food truck veteran Jason Hill is ready to hit the streets with ...


Houston's Best Sushi

Houston's 10 best sushi restaurants: One stands above the rest, but lots of fine choices abound

By Eric Sandler

Houston doesn't lack for sushi restaurants. Of course, that's true for most cuisines in this bustling city, but determining what's best presents a bit of a problem ...


Foodie News

Denver-based brunch restaurant bringing Benedicts & booze to Montrose

By Eric Sandler

Over the last several years, Houston has become a destination for out-of-town restaurant chains that want to carve out their own slice of the city's ever-expanding appetite for food ...


Foodie News

Upscale Dallas taqueria with late night hours is latest addition to Washington Ave restaurant scene

By Eric Sandler

The ongoing transformation of Washington Ave. from a club scene into Houston's latest restaurant row will get another addition on Monday when Dallas-based Velvet Taco opens its first Houston ...


Songkran in Sugar Land

More great Sugar Land dining choices: Galleria-area Thai restaurant adds second location in the 'burbs

By Eric Sandler

When chef Jurrajet "Jett" Hurapan and Blu owners Amy and Jiten Karnani announced their plans to open Songkran Thai Kitchen in Uptown Park, it ws seen as a homecoming of ...


Welcome The Ginger Mule

Duo figures out what Sugar Land wants: Restaurant and cocktail bar rolled into one looks like another winner

By Eric Sandler

Dining in Sugar Land Town Square can be a hit-or-miss experience, but one restaurant group seems to have a knack for knowing what works in the bustling suburb. Robert White ...


New Plans for Restaurant Space

Longtime restaurant pub plans expansion after Creperie deal for coveted Montrose space scuttled

By Eric Sandler

Less than two months ago, when the Eatsie Boys announced Melange Creperie would be taking over their cafe space on Montrose, it seemed like a win-win, because the deal both ...


Foodie News

Popular Chinese food truck opens permanent location in Greenway Plaza: Here's how to find it

By Eric Sandler

Some food trucks come and go so quickly that they barely make an impression, but a few standouts have made a meaningful contribution to Houston's dining scene. Of those ...


Best Cocktail Bar

Houston's best cocktail bar gets major national love with Spirited selection

By Eric Sandler

Once again, Anvil Bar & Refuge has been recognized by its peers as one of the best bars in the country. On Tuesday, the bar on Westheimer that's widely credited ...


Previewing Izakaya

Sneak peek: Cocktails at hot new Izakaya focus on Japanese whisky and speedy service

By Eric Sandler

For being one of the summer's most anticipated openings, little has been revealed about Izakaya, the Midtown bar and restaurant from Kata Robata owners the Azuma Group. Beyond that ...


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