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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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Vote for Best New Restaurant

Vote now: Elite Eight remain in the running in Tastemaker Best New Restaurant challenge

By Eric Sandler

We asked you, CultureMap readers, to vote for Houston's Best New Restaurant as part of the upcoming 2014 Tastemaker Awards. You responded with a bunch of close contests and ...


Foodie News

Revamped Galleria area restaurant emerges with a populist appeal: Hoity toity's out, cheap prices are in

By Eric Sandler

The Table has landed. Back in January, Philippe restaurant, having failed in its attempts to rebrand itself in the wake of founding chef Philippe Schmit's sudden departure last September ...


Foodie News

Major barbecue festival brings an Australian flair to Houston — and chef competition

By Eric Sandler

Things are heating up for Celebrate Australia, the VIP party at this year's Houston International Festival that takes place Thursday May 1 at Hermann Square Park in front of ...


Major Culinary Event

Top international chefs descend on Sugar Land for the ultimate foodie festival

By Eric Sandler

The City of Houston may lack a food festival on the scale of Austin's annual Food & Wine bash, but Sugar Land is throwing a major food festival this weekend ...


Houston's Best Beer

Houston's best beer: Innovative breweries battle it out in Tastemakers for craft beer supremacy

By Eric Sandler

The reveal of the nominees for the 2014 CultureMap Tastemakers Awards continues with a look at the Best Brewery category. Houston's craft beer scene has exploded in the past ...


Vote for Best New Restaurant

Breaking down the Tastemaker bracket: Which new Houston restaurant is the best?

By Eric Sandler

CultureMap's 2014 Tastemaker Awards features a panel of industry insiders who vote on the winners in 11 categories. However, when it comes to Best New Restaurant, it's you ...


Shake Shack On The Way

Shake Shack is looking for Houston locations: Where should burger phenom open and can it succeed?

By Eric Sandler

New York-based burger empire Shake Shack is looking for locations in Houston. The restaurant "has selected Houston as one of its growth markets," according to the website of the commercial ...


Best New Burgers

The best new burgers in Houston: They're all damn pricey and worth it

By Eric Sandler

Houston may not be the only burger obsessed city in America, but it has to rank pretty highly on the scale. It seems like every new restaurant that opens has ...


New Celeb Restaurant

Funky Chicken's celebrity chef finally opens a Houston restaurant worthy of buzz — and maybe best burger talk

By Eric Sandler

Bradley's Fine Diner is the restaurant Houston has been waiting for. At least, the part of Houston that's patronized Funky Chicken, Ogden's fast casual would be Chipotle ...


Foodie News

Houston dim sum restaurant named one of the best in America by major magazine

By Eric Sandler

Houston Chinatown staple Arco Seafood is one of America's top places for dim sum, according to a new article in Travel + Leisure. The magazine recommends Arco's "pan-fried turnip ...


Best Pastry Chefs

Houston's best pastry chefs are revealed: The city's dessert masters square off in Tastemakers

By Eric Sandler

It's time for the second category reveal for the CultureMap Tastemakers Awards. Having already taken a look at the nominees for Best Up and Coming Chef, we turn out ...


Video Tale

Watch Eric Sandler — the Perez Hilton of Houston's food scene — get his comeuppance in a dunk tank

By Eric Sandler

At the Ghetto Dinner fundraiser, a who's who of Houston's restaurant community turned out to help raise funds for Gracie Nguyen, the pastry chef who was seriously injured ...


CultureMap Exclusive

Major Houston restaurant happening: Atlanta mega chef is coming home to open a new place on Westheimer

By Eric Sandler

Over the past two years, plenty of out of town chefs and restaurateurs have injected new life into the Houston restaurant scene. From Batanga to MF Sushi, from Etoile to ...


Chef Out Of Exile

Popular chef returns from the burbs to helm a new Uptown Park restaurant with real Thai style

By Eric Sandler

A familiar face is returning to the Galleria area after two years in Sugar Land. Chef Jurrajet "Jett" Hurapan moved to Houston from New York to open the recently shuttered ...


Best Austin Import Yet

Already better than Torchy's Tacos: New Austin import delivers on vow to serve Europe's best fast food

By Eric Sandler

The first location of Austin-based kebap chain Verts has opened in Houston. As CultureMap first reported back in December, founders Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein are bringing their restaurant that ...


New Foodie Neighborhood

New Museum District restaurant lands a big time chef who finally gives the neighborhood foodie cred

By Eric Sandler

Former Stella Sola chef Justin Basye has left the Pappas organization to become the executive chef of Museum Park Cafe. The upcoming restaurant from Balcor Hospitality owner Christopher Balat is ...


Major Chef Resigns

High-profile chef suddenly resigns from a hot hotel restaurant — and seems confused about the whole thing

By Eric Sandler

Chef Jonathan Jones has submitted his letter of resignation from Hotel ZaZa's Monarch restaurant and will leave the job within two weeks, a spokesperson for the hotel tells CultureMap ...


Chef Hit By Drunk Driver

Chef hurt in horrific SXSW drunk driving crowd plow gets foodie help: Media dunk tank highlights new benefit

By Eric Sandler

Once again, Houston's restaurant community is rallying to help one of its own.  Local pastry chef Gracie Nguyen was one of the people injured in the horrific scene when ...


Michelle Obama's Houston Night Out

Surprise! Michelle Obama and a friend enjoy a low-key meal at a trendy Houston restaurant

By Eric Sandler

How did First Lady Michelle Obama spend her Wednesday night in Houston while President Barack Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser at the River Oaks home of trial lawyer John ...


Top Rising Chefs

Houston's top rising star chefs are revealed: Restaurant talent of the future faces off in Tastemakers

By Eric Sandler

Your attention please. Strike up the band. It's time to decide the winners of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, our new annual celebration of the best in Houston's bar ...


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