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Eric Sandler

In his role as CultureMap's food editor, Eric keeps his finger on the pulse of Houston's dining world. From obscure taco trucks to elevated tasting menus, if a restaurant is serving tasty food, Eric will find it and share the news with CultureMap's readers. 

Eric is a native Houstonian. He lives in Montrose with his two dogs, Matzah and Muffin.

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Best Summer Cocktails

Best new summer cocktails: Houston bars create innovative ways to beat the heat with cool drinks

By Eric Sandler

Houston's recent wave of heat, humidity and spontaneous afternoon thunderstorms isn't the only evidence of summer's arrival. Some of Houston's newest bars are greeting the season ...


Another Montrose Closing

Jinxed location? Radical restaurant joins sudden Montrose-area closings as owner plans surf vacation

By Eric Sandler

The curse of 507 Westheimer strikes again. Less than two years after moving from cramped quarters on the near northside to a substantial location in Montrose, vegetarian-oriented, Tex-Mex restaurant Radical ...


New Restaurants

Houston's most-anticipated summer restaurant openings: 17 new must-try eateries

By Eric Sandler

Having spent the last few weeks examining the best of Houston's bar and restaurant scene as part of our Tastemaker Awards coverage, the time has come to look at ...


Foodie News

First look: Coastal Mexican cantina with two-story patio set to replace landmark Montrose gay bar

By Eric Sandler

Just as Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, it also looks to be kicking off the summer restaurant and bar opening season. Several long-awaited projects look poised to ...


New Steakhouse Arrives

Washington Ave gets an upscale steakhouse and butcher shop in historic building with big patio

By Eric Sandler

This year has been a busy one for new restaurant openings on Washington Avenue thanks to newcomers like Grafitti's, Commonwealth and Mascalzone, but the area could benefit from a ...


McDonald's Better Burger

Taste test: McDonald's aims to create a better burger with new toppings — and the results are in

By Eric Sandler

The news surrounding fast food giant McDonald's is bad. CEO Don Thompson suddenly departed in January in the face of a declining stock price and slumping sales. Although almost ...


Foodie News

Heights Tex-Mex joint stands on its own as restaurant group ends partnership

By Eric Sandler

One of 2015's biggest restaurant surprises has been the revival of The El Cantina Superior under the direction of local restaurant group F.E.E.D. TX (Liberty Kitchen ...


Surprising Restaurant Closing

Surprise restaurant closing: Southern-inspired Montrose eatery shutters

By Eric Sandler

Throughout the last year, the already crowded Montrose dining scene has some seen plenty of high-profile new additions like Common Bond, Pax Americana, BCN: Taste & Tradition and, most recently Pizaro ...


Mala Montrose Arrives

The wait is over: Chinatown's best restaurant has opened in Montrose — and it's really good

By Eric Sandler

Calling adventurous diners who live inside the loop. The wait is over. Mala Sichuan has opened in Montrose.  As CultureMap reported in January, Mala, widely considered to be the best ...


Foodie News

Not just another ramen shop: New Art Deco noodle house from Tiger Den chef goes back to basics

By Eric Sandler

Mike Tran is back; for months, the chef/owner of Chinatown izakaya Tiger Den has been teasing his Instagram followers with pictures from a new concept called Mein (pronounced "min ...


Tastemakers Winners

Tastemaker Awards winners revealed: Best restaurants, chefs, bar, service and more

By Eric Sandler

After a month-long build up, the time has come to announce the winners of the 2015 CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards. These are the establishments and individuals who have been selected ...


Tastemakers Best Restaurants

Houston's Best Restaurants: These 7 eateries lead city's dining scene to greatness

By Eric Sandler

The final category reveal in the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards 2015 is the most prestigious of all: Restaurant of the Year. As selected by our panel of industry insiders, these ...


Foodie News

What's for dinner? Hot Heights market launches nighttime menu, with intriguing items and more seating

By Eric Sandler

The months-long wait for Revival Market to introduce dinner service will come to an end on Friday. After reconfiguring the market to add seating and developing a series of new ...


Tastemakers 2015

Houston's top chefs: Meet 7 kitchen masters who make dining out in the Bayou City special

By Eric Sandler

Time now to consider the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards Chef of the Year nominees. These are the men and women who lead some of the city's most dynamic kitchens ...


BBQ Comes to Montrose

Montrose makeover continues: Acclaimed BBQ pitmaster plans new restaurant in former porn shop

By Eric Sandler

Montrose may be the heart of Houston's dining scene. People travel from across the Houston area to find everything from fine-dining restaurants like Mark's and Da Marco to ...


Houston's Best Bars

Best Bar of the Year: Tastemaker Awards highlight 7 special Houston watering holes and hangouts

By Eric Sandler

Bars are special places. They're the places people go to celebrate a special occasion or ruminate after a bad day. Clumsy Butcher head Bobby Heugel offered an almost philosophical ...


Best New Restaurant Final Round

Which of these two finalists is Houston's Best New Restaurant? Vote now

By Eric Sandler

After three rounds of voting in the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant bracket, it's time for the matchup everyone predicted from the start to determine a winner ...


Bar Shutters

Adios bitches: Legendary Houston DJ shutters Washington Ave bar

By Eric Sandler

The western end of Washington got a little less cool Wednesday night. Legendary Houston DJ Outlaw Dave announced on Facebook that he had closed his biker bar, Outlaw Dave's ...


Tastemakers 2015

Houston's best new restaurants: Big surprises in Tastemakers Final Four

By Eric Sandler

Just as it did in the process of winnowing 16 to eight, the second round of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant bracket produced some surprising results. Mark Holley ...


Where to Eat Right Now

Where to Eat Right Now: 10 must-try restaurants for May, including Kemah food lab and burger newbies

By Eric Sandler

The number of new restaurants in Houston slowed a bit in May, but the city's fervid dining scene still continues to produce a crop of intriguing newcomers. Even in ...


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