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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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New Downtown Coffee Shop

Downtown Houston gets a new coffee shop with Korean flair: Finally, a Starbucks alternative?

By Eric Sandler

Houston's coffee scene may be booming, but downtown pretty much belongs to Starbucks. Branches of Seattle's most popular export are scattered throughout office buildings and the downtown Tunnels ...


World's Best Tex-Mex

The world's best Tex-Mex? New upscale restaurant opens with lofty vision — and no fear of the doubters

By Eric Sandler

Ever since the Lasco Group revealed its plans to open an upscale Tex-Mex restaurant called Anejo in the space previously occupied by Arturo's Uptown Italiano, skeptics have questioned whether ...


Foodie News

Chef-beloved Thai restaurant shutters as owners plan next move, but grocery store lives on

By Eric Sandler

Fans of Asia Market, take note. The Heights-area restaurant and grocery store known for serving high-quality, authentic Thai cuisine announced Saturday morning that it will cease restaurant operations in its ...


Foodie News

Liberty Kitchen owners mulling "little" plans for prime Rice Village location

By Eric Sandler

The sign announcing that Ruggles Cafe & Bakery had closed for renovations is correct, but the renovations mentioned in a note on the door now appear to be part of a ...


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New barbecue joint breaks from tradition with cocktails, all-female servers and a new take on Southern cooking

By Eric Sandler

The quest to establish a destination barbecue joint inside the loop has begun, and Midtown is the first beneficiary. The Republic Smokehouse & Saloon has quietly begun its soft-opening phase. The ...


The Fajitas Price Index

The Fajitas Price Index: The most expensive and cheapest meat at Houston's top Tex-Mex restaurants

By Eric Sandler

Houston's rising culinary scene means that the city is no longer perceived solely as a place for steaks and Tex-Mex, but, make no mistake, Houstonians still eat a lot ...


Restaurant Sneak Peek

A sneak peek at Houston's most buzzed over new restaurant: Seafood sommelier's cooler than you think

By Eric Sandler

Houston's newest seafood restaurant is almost ready to make its public debut. Peska Seafood Culture, The Galleria-area restaurant that will be the first American concept from the Mexico-based Ysita ...


James Beard Stars & Snubs

Food Oscars bring pride and pain to Houston: James Beard finalists show city's star power, but snubs sting

By Eric Sandler

Could a Houston chef follow up Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd's historic James Beard Award win for Best Chef Southwest with another victory? Two men will have that opportunity ...


Hyped New Pizza Spot

Dallas' best pizza restaurant is coming to Houston's hottest neighborhood: Guy Fieri blessed spot brings plenty of buzz

By Eric Sandler

An announcement today may squash any further debate about whether The Heights is Houston's hottest dining neighborhood of 2015. Cane Rosso — the Dallas-based, critically acclaimed, Neapolitan pizza restaurant — is ...


Houston's Best Barista

Houston's best barista: Meet the coffee master who is recognized as one of the best in the world

By Eric Sandler

At Montrose coffee shop Blacksmith, John Letoto's title is simply "Coffee." Letoto, the always well-dressed, jack-of-all-trades, contributes to all aspects of the business by being equally adept at roasting ...


Top 10 Crawfish Restaurants 2015

Houston's Best Crawfish Restaurants: New guide ranges from Cajun spicy to new-school Vietnamese style

By Eric Sandler

At the risk of stating the obvious, Houstonians love crawfish. Whether traditional Cajun or new-school Vietnamese, the residents of the Bayou City peel tails and suck heads as fast as ...


Passionate Pitmaster

Passionate 26-year old pitmaster aims to bring high quality barbecue to River Oaks

By Eric Sandler

Among a certain segment of Houston's culinary community, it's an axiom of faith that the first person to open a high-quality, central-Texas style barbecue joint inside the loop ...


Grocery Wars

Whole Foods takes grocery wars to The Woodlands with wine bar, concierge and taco station

By Eric Sandler

Grocery shoppers west of the Galleria have been the most recent beneficiaries of Houston's grocery wars thanks to the arrival of a new Whole Foods on Post Oak and ...


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First look video: California-based ramen shop brings late night noodles to Midtown

By Eric Sandler

After all the hype about ramen being the next big culinary trend, central Houston is finally getting some decent options. California-based Jinya Ramen Bar opened its Midtown location to the ...


Foodie News

Does Washington Avenue need another Tex-Mex restaurant? Newcomer replaces Italian favorite

By Eric Sandler

A Washington Avenue newcomer looks poised to test whether Houstonians have as limitless an appetite for Tex-Mex as they seem to. Ula's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina announced Monday that it ...


Foodie News

Ambitious Sugar Land seafood restaurant suddenly closes; plans to relocate to Midtown

By Eric Sandler

When sushi chef Jason Liao first announced he would be opening Preview: Modern Seafood Cuisine, a non-sushi, seafood-centric restaurant in a Sugar Land strip center, the obvious question was whether ...


Rice Bakery Closes

Ex-hubby tweets news that popular Rice Village cafe bakery has abruptly closed

By Eric Sandler

The news that Rice Village staple Ruggles Café Bakery had closed came from an unlikely source Friday night. Ruggles Black chef Bruce Molzan, who ceded control of the restaurant to ...


Foodie News

New upscale Tex-Mex restaurant from Max's Wine Dive team speeds ahead — and adds a key player from rival

By Eric Sandler

Typically, a restaurant's plans to turn a space around quickly for a new opening are met with some hitch that pushes back the schedule. Not so for Anejo. The ...


Zac Brown Band Shocker

Zac Brown Band grows up? Saturday Night Live clearly changes Rodeo hipsters — what's with that hat?

By Eric Sandler

As they walked onto the stage for their fifth Houston Rodeo performance, fans pretty much knew what to expect from Zac Brown Band. iPhones will sway in the air during ...


Restaurant Takeover

Shuttered restaurant's supposedly construction cursed space taken over: Chili's pioneer thinks big with new grill

By Eric Sandler

60 Degrees Mastercrafted may have closed last week, but the restaurant's legacy of serving Akaushi beef to Houstonians will live on through its successor. Set to open in April ...


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