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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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El Tiempo Arrives

Inside the new El Tiempo: Laurenzos put their stamp on massive Montrose location with a lot of history

By Eric Sandler

El Tiempo's second Montrose location opened to the public Friday. Known as the 1308 Annex, the building that's been home to La Strada, Caffe Bello, Don Julio and ...

Restaurant Dress Code Furor

Tattoos but no tank tops? Restaurants have a perfect right to tell you how to dress

By Eric Sandler

No shirt. No shoes. No service. Whether that's explicitly posted in a restaurant or not, most people understand that they need to dress a certain way before going out ...

Best Bartender Nominees

Tastemakers Best Bartender nominees are shaking up Houston's cocktail scene

By Eric Sandler

Bartenders are easy people to like. After all, when life has a person feeling blue, a bartender is there with a tonic to brighten one's mood. Or allow a ...

Tastemakers 2015

Top Tastemakers: The search for Houston's best restaurants, bars and culinary superstars begins

By Eric Sandler

Tastemakers is back.  For those who may need a little refresher, Tastemakers is CultureMap's annual awards ceremony that highlights the best of Houston's bar and restaurant scene. What ...

Grocery Chef Leaves

Rising star chef leaves innovative supermarket restaurant to concentrate on Cajun food

By Eric Sandler

H-E-B's massive new Tanglewood store has emerged as a legitimate dining destination thanks to the presence of its in-store restaurant Table 57 Dining & Drinks. In addition to featuring a ...

Strange Restaurant Fire

Mysterious fire shuts down a Houston restaurant: Owner called, told it's burning right after leaving

By Eric Sandler

Sometimes a fire strikes a popular Houston restaurant that leaves its fans saddened by its departure, as in the recent damage suffered by Spring institution Wunsche Bros. On the other ...

Closing Time

Longtime Upper Kirby bar shuttering soon, continuing the area's shakeup: The death of an English pub

By Eric Sandler

Another longtime Upper Kirby institution is calling its quits. Stag's Head Pub confirmed rumors that first surfaced Monday night on Reddit that it will close April 25.    It is ...

Too Much Tex-Mex

Too much Tex-Mex? Two new Houston restaurants jump into the fajitas frenzy, set opening plans

By Eric Sandler

Is there any limit to Houstonians' hunger for Tex-Mex? This year has already seen two intriguing newcomers with their own take on the city's favorite cuisine in the former ...

Ice Cream Comeback

Blue Bell is back: Houston grocery chain returns the beloved ice cream to its shelves amid listeria furor

By Eric Sandler

When grocery giant H-E-B announced on April 4 that it had removed Texas favorite Blue Bell Ice Cream products from its stores, the company also committed that it would "replenish ...

Foodie News

Popular Montrose bar ditches the food truck for a full-bore kitchen — and better food

By Eric Sandler

One of Montrose's most popular bars is stepping up its culinary program. Boheme, the popular wine bar known for its expansive patio and innovative cocktail menu created by beverage ...

Tex-Mex Hits New York

Famous Houston blogger brings authentic Tex-Mex to New York City: New restaurant's a big step for Gotham

By Eric Sandler

For 10 years, native Houstonian Lisa Fain has been spreading the gospel of Texas cooking via her Homesick Texan blog and two best-selling cookbooks. Fain's ability to translate Texas ...

Shaking Up Katy

One of Houston's most popular bars expands West — with its all female staff

By Eric Sandler

With six locations scattered inside the Loop, Little Woodrow's may be Houston's most popular chain of beer bars. Whether in the Heights or Bellaire, EaDo or Midtown, Houstonians ...

Where to Eat Right Now

Where to Eat Right Now: 10 (plus) hot new restaurants for April

By Eric Sandler

As I noted in the introduction to last month's Where To Eat Right Now, Houston's post-holiday restaurants doldrums are over. March was a busy month in terms of ...

Big Bar Opening

Bar buzz: Downtown's new craft beer haven looks good, but it has plenty of work to do

By Eric Sandler

One thing that's characterized the wave of bars and restaurants that have opened in downtown since the end of 2012 is that each has brought something that sets it ...

Major Pizza News

CityCentre coup: Brooklyn pizza restaurant with a cult following finally moves inside the Beltway

By Eric Sandler

The mix of restaurants at CityCentre is poised to get a little more interesting. New York-based pizza chain Grimaldi's is bringing its coal-fired pies to the development in "late-summer ...

Daring New Bar Opening

An intimate cocktail bar opens up in midst of Houston's most crazed party scene: Will quality work in Midtown?

By Eric Sandler

It's a busy Saturday night on Bagby Street where Midtown earns its reputation as the city's premier party spot. The hour may be past 1 a.m., but ...

Houston's Best Pizza Hits Montrose

Houston's best pizza place finally opens its new Montrose restaurant: And it's bigger and bolder

By Eric Sandler

Inner Loop pizza lovers rejoice. Pizaro's Pizzeria Napoletana opened its second location at the corner of Montrose and West Gray at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. Anticipation for the ...

Foodie Fun In Sugar Land

Sugar Land food and wine extravaganza highlights White House chef, Italian flair and foodie fun

By Eric Sandler

Foodies from across the Houston-area are looking forward to a sweet week thanks to the 12th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair. From Wednesday through Sunday, the populous suburb will ...

Huge Coffee News

Houston to get a monster-sized new Starbucks with special evening service perks: A tourist draw?

By Eric Sandler

Fresh off the news that Korean-based coffee chain Caffé Bene will make a play for the caffeine-fueled affection of downtown office workers by opening the chain's first Houston outpost ...

Houston's Ice Queen

Houston's own Ice Queen: Frozen bar wiz aims to change the way you drink forever

By Eric Sandler

The Ice Queen cometh. Hope Clarke, the ice chef at Chicago's James Beard Award-winning cocktail bar The Aviary, will move to Houston to open a high-end ice business in ...

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