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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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Barbecue Game Changer

Downtown Houston is finally getting a top barbecue restaurant: Star-studded team plans big

By Eric Sandler

Houston is undeniably in the middle of a barbecue renaissance. Places like CorkScrew BBQ in Spring and Killen's Barbecue in Pearland can hold their own with the best pitmasters ...


Innovators in Food

A nutty idea: Houston duo touts tasty gluten-free products made from acorn seeds

By Eric Sandler

For a certain segment of the dining public, foods that are both vegan and gluten free are necessary for medically-necessary dietary reasons. Many more people are trying to minimize their ...


James Harden Commercial

Rockets superstar refuses to get defensive in new commercial filmed at Houston coffee house

By Eric Sandler

The Foot Locker commercial that Rockets superstar James Harden filmed less than two weeks ago at Siphon Coffee in Montrose has just been released and it's pretty funny — although ...


Foodie News

New restaurant serves up Southern cooking with an Asian twist in emerging foodie neighborhood

By Eric Sandler

The Second Ward may not be a culinary destination on the level of Montrose or the Heights, but the neighborhood is rapidly becoming known for more than fajitas (Ninfa's ...


Foodie News

Celebrity chef looks for a fresh start with plans for a hot new "rustic chic" restaurant

By Eric Sandler

The area around Richmond and Montrose has been a hot one for openings in 2014. Revelry on Richmond brought a sports bar with craft beer to the area, BCN: Taste ...


Foodie News

French Cowboy chef returns to the kitchen with special plans for Highland Village restaurant

By Eric Sandler

Philippe Schmit, the well-regarded Houston chef whose abrupt departure from his eponymous Galleria-area restaurant led to its being remodeled and renamed, has returned to the kitchen at Drexel House in ...


Austin Bar Heads To H-Town

First look: Beloved Austin bar aims to be the next great Montrose neighborhood hangout

By Eric Sandler

Another Austin-import is set to open in Houston. Doc's Motorworks will join Torchy's, Uchi, Pluckers and more when it opens its first location outside of the Austin area ...


A New 1970s Bar

Houston gets its own 1970s bar: Funky music and drink deals hit Main Street as Bobby Heugel looks on

By Eric Sandler

The time has come to bring a little more fun to the "Moving Sidewalk" that is the 300 block of Main. Already established as a bar-hopping hot spot thanks to ...


Best Steakhouses In Texas

The best steakhouses in Texas: New restaurant rankings include some Houston hits and some major misses

By Eric Sandler

If there's one single food item Texans are most passionate about, it's steak. Or barbecue brisket. Or tacos. But, for today's purpose, let's just agree on ...


Dog Bar Departs

Another popular Washington Ave spot shutters — Do all dog park bars go to heaven?

By Eric Sandler

The recent wave of shutterings on Washington has claimed another victim. While recent closings like Polovina, TQLA and Coppa Ristorante have been located on the part of the street known ...


Foodie News

New restaurant joins Houston's fried chicken craze: Are you ready for the Korean New York version?

By Eric Sandler

Oh sure, the Heights is absolutely drowning in fried chicken these days thanks to restaurants like The Bird House, The Chicken Ranch and even Funky Chicken, but what about the ...


Foodie News

Actor turned restaurateur to bring a buzzy new restaurant to Tanglewood: A better Barnaby's?

By Eric Sandler

"It's gonna be a cool little spot." That's how Shepard Ross, the former actor turned restaurateur describes The Del. Set to open in next spring, The Del is ...


Foodie News

Houston's whiskey restaurant offers rare $38,000 bottle of Scotch: Drinking your dinner never sounded so good

By Eric Sandler

Seven-year old Cullen's American Grille has emerged as one of the most popular restaurants in Clear Lake and the surrounding suburbs. At a massive 38,000 square feet, the ...


Celeb Spotting

Behind the scenes at James Harden's new commercial: Coffee shop becomes pizza palace for one day

By Eric Sandler

Closing a popular coffee shop on a beautiful Sunday requires a pretty special occasion. Something unlikely, like Foot Locker deciding it's the perfect venue to film a new commercial ...


Hot New Bar Wows

Hot new bar debuts on Houston's Restaurant Row: Fine dining haven suddenly has fun drinks

By Eric Sandler

As CultureMap first reported back in September, River Oaks restaurant Triniti has remodeled its bar and given it a new name, Sanctuari. The new space officially opened Thursday night with ...


Drink Up

Cutting edge sommelier leaves the Houston restaurant world behind for the country club life

By Eric Sandler

Talented sommelier Vanessa Trevino Boyd is leaving the world of restaurants behind. Trevino Boyd revealed on Facebook that Friday was her last day at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, because she's ...


Heights Restaurant's Police Drama

State police show up at beloved Heights restaurant, go to cash drawer: Owner insists it's no big deal

By Eric Sandler

Diners were treated to more than well-executed comfort food when they visited Heights restaurant Zelko Bistro for lunch Friday afternoon. They also got to witness a little government in action ...


Foodie News

Hot chef with Houston ties bolts Uchi to join a budding Dallas restaurant empire

By Eric Sandler

Change has come to Uchi's placid Austin bungalow on South Lamar Boulevard. Chef de cuisine Jeramie Robison, widely considered an up-and-coming star in the culinary world with Houston ties ...


New Montrose Burgers

Montrose mogul to open a new Houston burger spot that vows to stick to the classics: No trendy meat!

By Eric Sandler

Although it's only been a week since Reef chef/owner Bryan Caswell's slider joint Little Bigs made a move down Montrose to a not so little space in ...


Where to Eat Right Now

Where to Eat Right Now: 10 sizzling, must-try restaurants for November

By Eric Sandler

Halloween has come and gone. Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away. The days are shorter. None of those seasonal changes have anything to do with this monthly list of ...


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