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Houston Restaurant Weeks, 100 great bars and TV star's engagement lead this week's top stories

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Editor’s note: It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week:  1. Houston Restaurant Weeks lineup: 11 newcomers definitely worth a try. With ...


100 Houston Bars

Anvil's head guy creates list of 100 great Houston bars to try in 10 days

By Eric Sandler

Never let it be said that Bobby Heugel doesn't care about his customers. With Anvil Bar & Refuge closed for approximately 10 days to undergo some much needed renovations to its bathroom ...


Best Cocktail Bar

Houston's best cocktail bar gets major national love with Spirited selection

By Eric Sandler

Once again, Anvil Bar & Refuge has been recognized by its peers as one of the best bars in the country. On Tuesday, the bar on Westheimer that's widely credited with launching the craft coc ...


James Beard Stars & Snubs

Food Oscars bring pride and pain to Houston: James Beard finalists show city's star power, but snubs sting

By Eric Sandler

Could a Houston chef follow up Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd's historic James Beard Award win for Best Chef Southwest with another victory? Two men will have that opportunity, as th ...


Food for Thought

Look Better Naked on National Margarita Day — that's just one of many ways to celebrate classic drink

By Marene Gustin

Let us all raise a glass of tequila on Sunday for that is National Margarita Day. A day to celebrate the classic drink of Tex-Mex and Mexican food, a concoction made with tequila and … w ...


The Food Oscars

Houston chefs score big in the James Beard Awards: The semifinalists for the restaurant Oscars are . . .

By Eric Sandler

The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2015 Awards — and Houston chefs are once again in the running. The awards are considered the Oscars of the culinary ...


Secrets of the TABC Reports

Secrets of the TABC Reports: Houston hates celebrity chefs, small bars rule and new restaurant surprises

By Eric Sandler

Every month the State Comptroller's Office publishes the Mixed Beverage sales of bars and restaurants across Texas. Known within service industry circles as the "TABC report," insider ...


Charity Power

Drink power: Houston's hottest bars push a forgotten craft cocktail

By Ellen Goodacre

Sixteen of Houston's hottest bars and restaurants are promoting the classic Negroni cocktail and donating a portion of the proceeds to charity until Sunday as a part of Imbibe magazine's Na ...


Hometown Glory

A Houston bar stands up to New York and Los Angeles' best in national awards — thanks to a star bartender

By Eric Sandler

Anvil Bar & Refuge has earned two semi-finalist nominations in the Eighth Annual Spirited Awards, which recognize ""the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts and more.& ...


Best Chef Awards

Is Houston's James Beard Award drought finally about to end? New best chef nominees offer real hope

By Eric Sandler

The James Beard Foundation unveiled the list of semifinalists for its 2014 awards today. Unlike last year, when Houston restaurants represented in a diverse array of categories including Best ...


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