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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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Foodie News

Renowned Houston restaurant quietly opens up its own bake shop: A second story treasure?

By Eric Sandler

One of Houston's most well-regarded restaurants has launched its next evolution. West Ave Indian restaurant Pondicheri very quietly opened its second story Bake Lab + Shop on Thursday.  The overall ...

New Sushi Restaurant

Houston's most talented sushi chef is already making a comeback after closing: New restaurant in motion

By Eric Sandler

Since MF Sushi closed two weeks ago, sushi lovers throughout Houston have wondered what uber-talented chef Chris Kinjo would do next. The good news is that Kinjo isn't fleeing ...

Montrose's New Restaurant Empire

Mini restaurant empire moves into Montrose in a big way and its owner is all in on a relaxed takeover binge

By Eric Sandler

Creek Group owner Gary Mosley operates the four location mini-empire of bars and restaurants with a simple philosophy. "When I started Onion Creek, I had a vision of bringing relaxation ...

Whorehouse Restaurant Buzz

Buzzed-over new restaurant named after whorehouse is ready to tease: Houston's fried chicken craze intensifies

By Eric Sandler

The Houston fried chicken boom of 2014 will take another step forward Sunday when The Chicken Ranch opens its doors for a one day only soft-opening preview. Named for the ...

HRW Results

Houston Restaurant Weeks breaks record with $1.6 million donation as steakhouse leads the way

By Eric Sandler

The results are in, and the news is good. Houston Restaurant Weeks, the month-long fundraiser during which diners order special menus from over 200 participating restaurants with a portion of ...

Foodie News

Pop-up test kitchen offers Houston's most interesting and edgiest new dining experience

By Eric Sandler

As Houston's foodies obsess over which next hot opening they'll line up to attend, it's entirely possible that one of this year's most interesting new restaurants ...

Popular Restaurant Sold

Popular Montrose restaurant/bar gets new owner who promises better service and maybe a bigger patio

By Eric Sandler

Montrose bar and restaurant Lowbrow has a new owner. Original owner Omar Afra has sold majority ownership of the concept to Gary Mosley, who's known for the popular Creek ...

Whisky Rebellion

Good to the last drop: Houston bar offers rare whisky at $750 a shot (plus tax)

By Eric Sandler

"We've very excited. It's a very special bottle." That's how Reserve 101 co-owner Mike Raymond introduced the latest high-dollar purchase he's added to the back bar ...

Foodie News

Eagerly awaited burlesque club opens with half-price lunch — but no entertainment (yet)

By Eric Sandler

One of this fall's most anticipated openings will make its debut this week. Prohibition SupperClub & Bar in downtown Houston will begin its soft-opening with lunch service starting Tuesday (Update ...

Best Dishes In Texas

National mag taps famous Texans to pick the state's 20 best dishes — and Houston scores big

By Eric Sandler

As part of the magazine's November 2014 issue, Food & Wine magazine devotes attention to featuring the 20 best dishes in Texas. Rather than send some clueless Yankee to tour ...

Oprah's Big Night Out

Oprah's big night out in Houston: Superstar has a close encounter at trendy restaurant

By Clifford Pugh, Eric Sandler

Oprah Winfrey was busy in Houston over the weekend at her big Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend at the Toyota Center, but a girl's gotta eat. Wearing ...

Beautiful Beer

Major beer win: Long-anticipated brewpub finally cleared to begin building — a true beer garden is coming

By Eric Sandler

Beer nerds rejoice! City Acre Brewing Co., the long-delayed brewpub has received the City of Houston's approval to begin construction. Located about 10 minutes north of downtown off US ...

Foodie News

More Kirby restaurant turmoil: Another place shutters to make way for a new hybrid cuisine bistro

By Eric Sandler

This year has been a turbulent one for bars and restaurants along Upper Kirby with places like Trenza, St. Genevieve and Brio closing. Now just as both The Tasting Room ...

Ultimate Restaurant List

The ultimate Houston restaurant list: Every hot food and bar opening for fall 2014 and beyond

By Eric Sandler

Foodies love to be in the know — and there's nothing like a little advance intelligence. Who wouldn't want to know every restaurant that's opening this fall as ...

Houston's New Celebrity Chef

Chris Shepherd unplugged: H-Town's next big celeb chef opens up on restaurant invaders, expansion & more

By Eric Sandler

Houston has emerged as one of the country's leading culinary destinations, and Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd deserves a significant share of the credit. Not just because he won ...

Cutthroat Culinary Competition

Winning chefs create the ultimate Surf and Turf combo in cutthroat culinary competition

By Eric Sandler

Galveston may seem like an unlikely place for a culinary competition, but chefs from all over the country flock there every fall for two days of intense battles. They're ...

Major Restaurant Openings

Houston's Biggest Restaurant Openings: The spots that are changing the way the city eats

By Eric Sandler

With CultureMap celebrating its fifth anniversary, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest food stories of the last five years. Today's column examines Houston's ...

Sushi Restaurant Changes

Rumors of Midtown sushi restaurant demise are exaggerated: New look, new chef, new menu on the way

By Eric Sandler

With all the restaurant closings that have happened this week, Houston diners could be forgiven for seeing an announcement that a restaurant has closed "for renovations" and assuming it's ...

Foodie News

Here's the Dish on new Katy restaurant: Farm-to-table neighborhood cafe heads west

By Eric Sandler

Dish Society announced Thursday that it will add a location in Katy's LaCenterra development to its original in Tanglewood. Known for its casual atmosphere and local sourcing, everything from ...

Sushi Restaurant Closes

Houston's best sushi restaurant abruptly closes: Will it open again?

By Eric Sandler

This week has become a rough one for fans of Houston restaurants. Italian restaurant Coppa Ristorante has temporarily closed due to "building maintenance issues," and well-loved Midtown Vietnamese restaurant Van ...

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