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Star chef's return, swanky Italian steakhouse and top BBQ spots lead the week's top stories

Star chef's return, swanky new steakhouse lead the week's top stories

Foreign Correspondents mural
A psychedellc mural lines the wall at the new Foreign Correspondents.  Photo by Leslie Ross
Hillary Clinton at Houston fundraiser
Hillary Clinton impressed Houston supporters at a fundraiser at the home of Amber and Steve Mostyn. Courtesy photo
State of Grace restaurant exterior
Ford Fry's new River Oaks restaurant, State of Grace, is finally open. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Pappa Charlies Barbeque meat
Texas Monthly has named Pappa Charlies Barbeque as one of Texas's Top 25 New and Improved Barbecue Joints. Photo by Eric Sandler
Bistecca Ristorante
The bright, airy interior of Bistecca sets it apart from other Houston steakhouses. Photo by Eric Sandler
Foreign Correspondents mural
Hillary Clinton at Houston fundraiser
State of Grace restaurant exterior
Pappa Charlies Barbeque meat
Bistecca Ristorante

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

1. Great expectations: Sneak peek at new River Oaks restaurant from Hotlanta chef who's coming home. Get the inside scoop on State of Grace, the hotly-anticipated restaurant from Houston native Ford Fry.

2. Familiar faces bring under-the-radar Italian steakhouse to Houston's top dining neighborhood. With a Northern Italian menu featuring massive porterhouse steaks and handmade pastas, this new Lower Westheimer restaurant deserves your attention.

3. Houston lands four spots in list of Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in TexasTexas Monthly's barbecue editor named four Houston-area restaurants on the magazine's latest BBQ list.

4. Intriguing new restaurant offers fresh take on traditional Thai food with homegrown Texas ingredients. Led by celebrity fishmonger/chef PJ Stoops and his wife, Foreign Correspondents brings a farm-to-table ethos to the traditional foods of northern and northeastern Thailand.

5. Hillary Clinton rouses enthusiastic Houston supporters at top-dollar fundraiser. The Democratic presidential frontrunner was the star attraction and insiders tell CultureMap what went on.

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