Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 81

Dishing on Houston's best and worst meals of 2018, plus 2019's most exciting openings

Houston's best and worst meals of 2018, plus 2019's exciting openings

La Lucha fried chicken and biscuits
La Lucha is one of the panel's top new restaurants. Photo by Jessica Matos
Superica interior
Superica earns praise for its plated dishes and service.  Photo by Ralph Smith
Riel restuarnat steak and pierogies
Riel's steak and pierogies are a new Houston classic. Photo by Eric Sandler
La Lucha fried chicken and biscuits
Superica interior
Riel restuarnat steak and pierogies

On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler is joined by five of his regular cohosts for a freewheeling look back at the best and worst of Houston dining in 2018.  Six people means some crosstalk, but overall it's a fun look back at the year in dining. 

The group — beverage specialist Linda Salinas, local dining enthusiast Matt Harris, Avondale Food & Wine owner Mary Clarkson, Urban Swank blogger Felice Sloan, and Fluff Bake Bar chef-owner Rebecca Masson — begin their conversation by sharing their favorite restaurants of 2018. A consensus builds around La Lucha, Superica, and Eunice.

From there, the conversation moves to favorite dishes, including the crispy rice salad at UB Preserv, the bone-in ribeye at Indianola, the butter cake at Mastro's, and the creative spin on bar food at Holman Draft Hall. 

Other topics include the shuttered restaurants the panel will miss the most, their worst meals of 2018, and which upcoming openings they're most looking forward to in 2019. The show will take a one-week break and then return in January.

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