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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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Downtown Ramen Joint Closes

Ramen joint closes; will return as new bar in emerging downtown entertainment district

By Eric Sandler

Downtown izakaya Goro & Gun served its final meal Tuesday night. Rising star chef J.D. Woodward has resigned his position as Goro's executive chef. On Wednesday night, Goro's ...


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Veggie alternative isn't so radical for Houston Restaurant Weeks diners: Go vegan — or not

By Eric Sandler

Houston Restaurant Weeks is heading towards its final weekend, which means diners are running out of time to eat meals that raise money for the Houston Food Bank. In our ...


Grocery Delivery Launched

New grocery delivery service promises relief for young professionals and busy moms

By Eric Sandler

"It's been called Uber for groceries." That's how Matt O'Connor refers to Instacart, the grocery store delivery service that made Houston its 14th market by launching in ...


Young Chef Mourned

Houston food community mourns unexpected death of talented young chef

By Eric Sandler

Update (Aug 29): The Harris County Medical Examiner's office has ruled that suicide is Grant Gordon's cause of death. At his funeral on August 28, rabbi David Lyon ...


Bar News

Buzzed-over Montrose bar hires an ex-Anvil bartender to up its cocktail game as it moves on from chef drama

By Eric Sandler

Over the last year and a half, Montrose bar Boheme has become known for its sprawling patio and innovative food created by recently fired chef Rishi Singh. The drinks kept ...


Downtown Bar Drama

Downtown cocktail bar locked out of its space by another bar: It's a speakeasy drama

By Eric Sandler

Something has clearly gone wrong with the relationship between Clutch City Squire and Barringer Bar. When Barringer opened in March, it brought an upscale atmosphere to what had been Clutch ...


Houston's Best New Restaurant

The race for Houston's best new restaurant of 2016 is already on: New Westheimer project making waves

By Eric Sandler

As summer turns to fall, it's only natural for a certain segment of obsessed foodies to contemplate the biggest openings of the fall. From Prohibition to Main Kitchen & 806 ...


Restaurant Scene Shakeup

Powerhouse duo shakes up the Houston restaurant scene by creating a new pop-up heaven

By Eric Sandler

Only a couple of years ago, Houston's dining scene maintained several high-profile pop-ups with names like: the Just August Project, Money Cat, Tenacity and Pilot Light. One of the ...


Naked Twister Controversy

Downtown brewpub loses its lease over "Naked Twister" controversy; plans big farewell party

By Eric Sandler

Downtown's bar and restaurant scene may be booming thanks to the growth in and around the 300 block of Main, but one area building will soon lose the neighborhood ...


Foodie News

Late-night sandwich shop departs Montrose bar to concentrate on pizzas

By Eric Sandler

Houston's late night dining scene got a little less interesting Thursday morning when Sandy Witch Sandwich Company, the sandwich shop located inside the Grand Prize bar kitchen started by ...


Best Made-In-Texas Products

H-E-B contest picks a winner: The best made-in-Texas product is.......

By Eric Sandler

The 25 finalists at grocery giant H-E-B's quest to find the best made-in-Texas products for its Primo Picks contest gathered at the Houston Food Bank Wednesday afternoon to learn ...


Burlesque Bar Twist

Downtown burlesque bar unveils latest twist in plans for "decadent" experience

By Eric Sandler

As it draws closer to opening next month, Prohibition, the downtown burlesque bar, restaurant and supper club, continues to attract top talent to bring plans for a "nostalgic and decadent ...


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Chefs tout farm-to-table brunch (and a Moscow Mule) during Houston Restaurant Weeks

By Eric Sandler

In this week's Houston Restaurant Weeks video, we pay a visit to Sorrel Urban Bistro, a farm-to-table restaurant in the Upper Kirby area, to check out the restaurant's ...


Food Trucks Set Free

Houston food trucks could finally be set free by new rules — for once, no restaurant opposition expected

By Eric Sandler

Food truck fans are well acquainted with the sometimes arcane regulations that govern the way mobile food units operate in the Houston. Trucks are required to visit a commissary every ...


Foodie News

Houston completely snubbed on Best New Restaurants list, but a downtown bar wins big

By Eric Sandler

Well, so much for Houston restaurants earning a three-peat on Bon Appetit editor Andrew Knowlton's "Hot 10" list of America's best new restaurants. Coltivare, the Italian-inspired restaurant in ...


A New Chicken Ranch

A new Chicken Ranch crops up on North Main, aims to become a Houston institution: This ain't no fad

By Eric Sandler

A veteran of Houston's restaurant scene has partnered with a longtime dining enthusiast and talented home cook to bring Houston really good fried chicken. Joshua Martinez, recently of Goro ...


Stone Stands Strong

Restaurant Weeks drama escalates: Kicked out restaurant fires back at organizer, cries charity foul

By Eric Sandler

Chef Olivier Ciesielski did not respond to CultureMap's request for comment about his restaurant L'Olivier's removal from Houston Restaurant Weeks before the article that broke the news ...


Restaurant Weeks Scandal

Scandalous! Restaurant kicked out of Houston Restaurant Weeks for rules breaking & deceiving diners

By Eric Sandler

As they say, rules are rules. But, rules are meant to be broken. What happens when two cliches come into conflict?  One Houston restaurant found out this weekend that no ...


The Need For Speed

Road trip heaven: A Texas hotel gives guests a BMW for free when they check in

By Eric Sandler

Summer road trip season may be racing toward an end, but one of Texas' most posh resorts wants to keep the fun going with an intriguing freebie. Head to the ...


Houston Restaurant Shakeup

Shakeup: Beloved Houston restaurant empire makes a bold move into a completely new direction

By Eric Sandler

Never accuse the Pappas family of resting on its laurels. Sure, they could continue to open Pappasito's and Pappadeaux restaurants across the Houston area and count the riches, but ...


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