No one knows Houston restaurants better than the people who run them, own them, and work in the kitchens. In this continuing series, CultureMap is asking our favorite foodie personalities around town where they go for great eats when they're not working.
Scott Tycer has been a larger than life presence on the Houston restaurant scene since opening the late, avant garde Aries on Montrose in 2000. In addition to running Gravitas and Kraftsmen Baking, Tycer just opened his latest restaurant, a new Kraftsmen Cafe in the former Textile space in the Heights.
While on a quick break from his triple duty — a wine-buying excursion — Tycer told CultureMap about his Taco Nazi fave and his brunch strategy (hint: it involves a delicious dumpling overload).
Restaurant to take out-of-towners to: I hate to sound boring, but Goode Company Barbecue is a lot of fun to bring guests to.
Restaurant for a special occasion: In the last year I've been to Mark's for a special occasion — he and I go back, and I like to support him. A lot of it is about support.
Favorite meal: Laredo Taqueria. I get the carne asada with onions and cilantro and lime on cornmeal tortillas — about 50 of them, you can't ever get just one. I've been going for years, since i moved back to Houston, I live in the Heights and they've been there for so long.
Its kinda a Soup Nazi thing — you know what you want, you have cash and you're good. Kinda Seinfeld-ian.
Dessert: I like Amy's Ice Cream quite a bit, they have solid recipes, we go and they always are trying new things.
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