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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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Deli King's New Restaurant

Deli king reveals menu for new restaurant after buying prime lease from popular bistro

By Eric Sandler

"It’s like an upscale diner. Kenny & Ziggy’s meets Houston’s. It’s a nicer tier." Deliman Ziggy Gruber is describing Dubrow's New York Grill, the new concept ...


New EaDo Cafe

New cafe spices up EaDo restaurant scene with sweet refuge for laptop users

By Eric Sandler

One of the signs of an evolving restaurant scene is the addition of a neighborhood cafe: a casual space where people can gather and linger over coffee or a light ...


Unexpected Chef Change

Hot Houston restaurant suddenly fires "triple threat" chef as it plans expansion

By Eric Sandler

"Puzzle piece didn't fit..." That's how restaurateur Shepard Ross describes Plinio Sandalio: the well-regarded pastry chef who was fired (not "parted ways," as the Chronicle first reported) this ...


The Biggest Restaurant Closings

The biggest restaurant closings in Houston: Failures no one saw coming, chef drama and more

By Eric Sandler

Few aspects of life in Houston demonstrate how constant change is than the city's restaurant scene. A beloved honky tonk could get torn down for parking at a moment ...


High-end Pizza & Donuts Spot

High-end pizza, beer, donuts and much more: Buzzed over new restaurant-bakery-bar promises to surprise

By Eric Sandler

Details have begun to emerge about Weights + Measures, the combined restaurant, bakery and bar in Midtown that brings together some of Houston's most dynamic service industry personalities that's ...


Boozy News

The better drinking city: Houston scores big in Best New Bars search, while Dallas is completely shutout

By Eric Sandler

Food & Wine magazine wants to determine the country's best bars, and they're asking readers to help. Dubbed The People's Best New Bars, the online vote aims to ...


A Secret Bar Opening

Psst! Oxheart's highly-anticipated new bar secretly opens: Whatever you do, don't tell anyone

By Eric Sandler

Public Services Wine & Whisky, the bar that reunites Oxheart chef/owner Justin Yu with his former sommelier Justin Vann, opened for a very quiet soft opening Monday night in the ...


Fired Chef Makes Comeback

Montrose chef fired in bizarre burger flap quickly lands a new restaurant job with a burger focus

By Eric Sandler

Former Boheme chef Rishi Singh has accepted a new position. Singh will bring his signature "cultural collage" style to Heights staple Dry Creek Cafe, although he's leaving flatbread pizzas ...


Burned Down Restaurant Rebuilds

Out of the smoke: Burned down barbecue restaurant vows to rebuild after still unsolved fire

By Eric Sandler

In the barbecue game, getting the right amount of smoke is critical. Too little, and the meat tastes like pot roast. Too much, and it tastes like an ashtray. Of ...


Food Truck Robbery

Houston food truck robbed at gunpoint: Shot fired — and drink specials named after incident

By Eric Sandler

A pop-up Monday night dinner service for popular food truck H-Town StrEATs ended abruptly Monday night after two men robbed the truck. It happened shortly after 9 p.m. during ...


Big Barbecue Win

Houston's best barbecue makes a big impression at major festival after marathon, all-night cooking grind

By Eric Sandler

Only one Houston-area pitmaster served food at the fifth annual Texas Monthly BBQ festival in Austin on Sunday, but the Bayou City was still well represented.  After a 4.75 ...


Big Washington Ave Change

New steakhouse and butcher shop set for revitalized Washington Ave: Ready for rooftop dining?

By Eric Sandler

A veteran member of Houston's restaurant community is stepping out from the corporate shadows and setting out on his own with an intriguing new concept for the east end ...


Foodie News

A Montrose restaurant creates its own crazy music video, calls it "the stupidest thing" ever

By Eric Sandler

"Every restaurant needs a music video." That, in essence, is the explanation Omar Afra provides for the video above, in which his band Delicious Milk presents a rewritten parody of ...


New Mexican Restaurant

New Mexican restaurant opens with serious homeland cred — and free taxi service for margarita nights

By Eric Sandler

Houstonians should be well-accustomed to the idea of restaurateurs from Mexico opening locations in the Bayou City. La Casa del Caballo's original location is in Saltillo, and La Fisheria ...


Houston Chefs Cali Bound

Two big-time Houston chefs are headed to California to join a unique pop-up scene

By Eric Sandler

Austin restaurant Foreign & Domestic is taking its popular Indie Chefs Week pop-up on the road. From Oct. 16 to 18, more than 25 chefs from around the country will gather ...


Houston's Own Beach Restaurant

Houston's own Nikki Beach? New seafood restaurant brings big dreams — and major power players

By Eric Sandler

The former Brio/Pesce space at Kirby and West Alabama has a new tenant. Clark/Cooper Concepts revealed it plans to open a still unnamed seafood restaurant in the space ...


New Heights Restaurant

The Heights set to become a fried chicken capital with new restaurant from food truck duo

By Eric Sandler

Fall 2014 is turning into Houston's fried chicken season. Even as diners got their first taste of The Chicken Ranch at Tuesday night's CultureMap Social party at Boheme ...


Grocery Game Changer

Costco home delivery?! New Uber for groceries service adds the big box giant

By Eric Sandler

Instacart, the "Uber for groceries" delivery service that began operating in Houston two weeks ago, is already expanding the number of stores covered by the service and expanding its delivery ...


Members-Only Dinners

Exclusive members-only dinners hit the Houston food scene: Big-time chef meals available by subscription

By Eric Sandler

What separates hard core obsessive foodies from regular people who like to try new restaurants? Is trying a new menu from an unfamiliar chef important enough to justify paying an ...


Secrets of the TABC Reports

Secrets of the TABC Reports: Houston hates celebrity chefs, small bars rule and new restaurant surprises

By Eric Sandler

Every month the State Comptroller's Office publishes the Mixed Beverage sales of bars and restaurants across Texas. Known within service industry circles as the "TABC report," insiders use the ...


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