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Bargain dining, H-Town home buying, and Degas are among week's most popular stories

Bargain dining, home buying, and Degas are among week's top stories

Il Mascalzone on Shepherd January 2015 Carpaccio di Polipo
At Mascalzone, Houston Restaurant Weeks first course options include chef Alberto Baffoni’s signature octopus carpaccio.  Photo by Chris Brown

It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week:

1. Buzzed-about chef Randy Rucker suddenly shutters 'neighborhood joint'.  The news came as a surprise to diners, who had grown to rely on Bramble for its carefully-sourced, classic Southern cuisine.

2. Blockbuster Degas exhibit makes only U.S. stop in Houston, with lots of extras. For the second week in a row, the Impressionist master made our most popular list.

3. Best $25 Houston Restaurant Weeks dinners are a bargain diner's delight. Everyone loves a good deal for a good cause.

4. Popular H-Town chef uses cabbage rolls to take down the star on Beat Bobby Flay. Another Houston chef has claimed reality TV victory. Congrats to Kevin Naderi!

5. Want to buy a house in Houston? Then you better move fast. The latest Zillow market report shows that U.S. homes are selling faster than at any time since 2010.