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Eric Sandler

Food Editor

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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Eat Local

Surprising Houston restaurants get creative with locally grown food served with a Texas swagger

By Eric Sandler

Have you noticed one of the biggest trends at Houston restaurants lately? More and more chefs are cooking with ingredients that are fresh and locally grown. Of course, the first ...

Restaurant Community Mourns Death

Houston's restaurant community mourns unexpected death of popular general manager

By Eric Sandler

Shockwaves spread through Houston's restaurant community Sunday night with the news that Ryan Roberts, the longtime general manager of Cullen's Upscale American Grille, passed away at the age ...

Owl Bar Takes Flight

Beloved bar takes flight at new location with food, big patio and owl collection

By Eric Sandler

Upper Kirby is on a bit of an upswing these days. Already benefiting from a fresh gust of SaltAir and wood-fired pizzas at Bollo, the neighborhood got another boost when ...

Big Woodrows Shutters

Owners shutter popular Cajun bar after unresolved landlord disagreement

By Eric Sandler

The days of crawfish, Abita and cheering for the LSU Tigers have come to an end on Chimney Rock. In a message posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Big Woodrows announced ...

First Look

Cursed restaurant location gets a new lease on life with two-in-one dining concept

By Eric Sandler

The Heights restaurant market is so hot that even an allegedly cursed location has a new lease on life. Since Stella Sola closed three years ago, the space, which was ...

First Look at Fielding's

New restaurant brings international menu and Inner Loop flair to The Woodlands

By Eric Sandler

Outside of the Heights, no part of greater Houston has seen more high-profile restaurant openings in 2015 than The Woodlands. Driven by the continued growth of the energy industry, the ...

Best Steak for HRW

Ready for a big steak? These 7 standouts offer best Houston Restaurant Weeks deals

By Eric Sandler

With over 200 participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks, diners have a wide variety of choices in terms of cuisine, location, ambiance etc. Despite all of those options, the number don ...

Most Imaginative Bartender

Winning bartender looks to Van Gogh's "Starry Night" for cocktail inspiration

By Eric Sandler

When considering a gin cocktail, a person might order a martini or a gin and tonic. More devoted cocktail fans might select a Negroni or a bramble. But when a ...

Best New Bar

America's 5 Best New Cocktail Bars includes Houston favorite with Southern hospitality

By Eric Sandler

Bon Appetit magazine may not have found any Houston restaurants worthy of its list of the country's best new restaurants, but the city has proven itself as a cocktail ...

Reality TV Winner

Ex-NFL player from Houston talks about how it feels to win Food Network Star

By Eric Sandler

Like Masterchef and Hell's Kitchen have before it, the Food Network has come to an important realization; Houstonians know their way around a kitchen. After 11 episodes, former NFL ...

The Heights Get a Brewpub

Troubled Heights Tex-Mex restaurant to become a brewpub with butcher shop and pizzeria

By Eric Sandler

The convoluted history of The El Cantina Superior has come to an end. On Monday, Delicious Concepts, the restaurant group that owns The El as well as the rapidly expanding ...

Oporto adds a somm

Best new restaurant that's transforming Midtown adds passionate sommelier

By Eric Sandler

Although it's only August, 2015 has already been an impressive year for new restaurant openings. While high-profile new arrivals from big names like Clark/Cooper Concepts' SaltAir Seafood Kitchen ...

Foodie News

Biscuit-centric restaurant finds a home in former Montrose nightclub

By Eric Sandler

Subtract one vacancy from the Montrose real estate market. Biskit Junkie, the breakfast and lunch spot from the single-item obsessives that unleashed Jus' Mac on Houston, announced on Facebook that ...

Is it closed?

Ambitious Washington Ave restaurant mysteriously closed — Is it gone for good?

By Eric Sandler

What's going on at Commonwealth? Only open since March, the ambitious neighborhood restaurant on Washington Ave has been closed for more than a week with a mysterious "electrical problem ...

Best Made-in-Texas Products

H-E-B discovers best products in Texas come from Austin, Houston and tiny northwest Texas town

By Eric Sandler

H-E-B's second Quest for Texas Best contest has come to a conclusion. After two days of tasting, debate and deliberation, a panel of judges whittled down the 25 finalists ...

Almeda Yards Arrives

New Midtown block promises to have it all: Coffee, beer, pizza — and hammocks

By Eric Sandler

Midtown has plenty of places to party, but the growing neighborhood still lacks places to relax. That's all set to change this fall thanks to the Axelrad Beer Garden ...

Foodie News

Hot new Asian fusion restaurant in Midtown hires rising star chef with Thai ties

By Eric Sandler

Perhaps the biggest question surrounding Tarakaan, the eagerly-anticipated Asian fusion restaurant coming in September to Midtown, is who will be the chef? After all, the restaurant proposes to serve a ...

Foodie News

New restaurant brings Tony's experience and French flair to the suburbs

By Eric Sandler

A new restaurant is coming to Cypress that will help the area break its chain-oriented dining options. Jason Howard, who has served as a maître d’ at Tony's ...

Classic Restaurant Options

Revisit these 6 classic Houston dining spots during Houston Restaurant Weeks

By Eric Sandler

Typically, CultureMap readers want to know about the newest, hottest places to dine. That's why we publish a list of 10 new restaurants to try every month. However, that ...

Changes in River Oaks

Gourmet food shop brings classic American fare to River Oaks after bistro shutters

By Eric Sandler

The turbulent River Oaks dining scene that's seen Taco Milagro become Local Foods, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted become The Harwood Grill and Brio become SaltAir Seafood Kitchen added another switcheroo ...

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