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Houston Chef's Table: Kraftsmen Cafe's Scott Tycer hungers for the Taco Nazi's tortillas

Houston Chef's Table: Kraftsmen Cafe's Scott Tycer hungers for the Taco Nazi's tortillas

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Chef Scott Tycer debuted his new Krasftsman Cafe last week.

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.

Breakfast/Brunch favorite: I like to go to Gigi's for brunch, take the whole family and wipe 'em out on dumplings. And I hit 59 Diner for breakfast frequently.

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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Lee Ellis loves Les Givral

Sugar hooker Rebecca Masson can't get enough of Catalan's Cake

Beachy L.J. Wiley digs the special occasion simple flavors at Dos Brisas

David Grossman goes for Vic & Anthony's crab cake, Yelapa late nights & some Bootsie

Jeramie Robison appreciates Kata Robata's sushi, Beaver's bangin' meatloaf & foodie chicks

Tony Mandola finds breakfast magic at Sunrise Taquitos

Philippe Schmit craves a Picnic romance & Stella Sola's French toast

Benjy Levit is torn between Indika's salads and Hank's Ice Cream

Flora & Muse's David Luna likes to hang with his fishing buddy and hit the Blue Nile

Asian Bistro's Gigi Huang seeks out spicy fried chicken at a Dive

Hugo Ortega believes in a Goode tradition

Soma Sushi's Jason Hauck is anti-brunch, pro-Feast

Jenni Tran-Weaver can't get enough hot pot

Bistro Alex's Juan Carlos Gonzalez finds a great $1.50 meal & giant key lime pie

Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely treasures homemade Mexican & cool Connie's Seafood

Elizabeth Abraham dishes on her secret Royal Restaurant

Fleming's Jason Cole finds Texas' best barbecue, surf secrets