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Chef Changes Downtown

Downtown gastrocantina makes a change at the top — are fajitas on the way?

By Eric Sandler

El Big Bad has parted ways with executive chef Ben Rabbani, CultureMap has learned. The downtown gastro-cantina brought Rabbani in to execute the menu created by consulting chef Randy Rucker. ...


Best Houston Bars

The best Houston bars for winter: 7 happening spots that keep the drinks hot

By Marcy de Luna

So the proverb goes, “A toddy a day keeps the doctor away.” Or something like that. It’s prime time to order up the boozy, chill bustin’ drink, long considered a folk re ...


A Hot New Lunch Spot

New downtown Houston restaurant shows respect for historic building, promises a quick lunch

By Eric Sandler

After a six month build out, El Big Bad has opened its doors in the former Cabo/Pepper Jack's space on Market Square. The bigger, badder sibling to gastro-cantina El Gran Malo occupies 10, ...


A Big Bad Chef

He's back! Chef Randy Rucker's long-awaited return shows promise — new restaurant's no carbon copy

By Eric Sandler

El Big Bad, the bigger, badder version of Heights gastrocantina El Gran Malo, is set to open in early November in the former Cabo/Pepper Jack's space on Market Square. To give diners ...


Foodie News

New downtown Mexican restaurant brings in hot chef with sneak peek this weekend

By Eric Sandler

In August, members-only club The Marque announced it had hired Randy Rucker protege Ben Rabbani to transform its staid dining room into a destination for local, seasonal cuisine. Apparently, t ...


Foodie News

Houston bars face Facebook fire for their LGBT stand, Russian vodka ban: Trolls come out and attack

By Eric Sandler

A Houston bar ownership group is standing up for what it believes in — and banning Russian vodka to make a point. The ownership group behind Dirt Bar, El Gran Malo and the soon to op ...


Fourth Annual "Be Bold" Margarita Competition, benefiting Girls Inc. of Greater Houston

Guests will sample a variety of unique margaritas, alongside tasty appetizers, and vote for their favorite cocktail. KHOU's Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan will serve as emcee. Addin


Chef Power Downtown

New downtown Houston restaurant brings big chef power: Randy Rucker is back — and doing Tex-Mex

By Eric Sandler

El Gran Malo is moving full speed ahead on its second location off downtown's Market Square, bringing major chef clout. The new restaurant at 419 Travis will be called El Bi ...


San Antonio? Really?!

Esquire's Best Bars list completely snubs Houston: Bayou City's top bartenders are fighting . . .

By Tyler Rudick

Esquire magazine's 2013 Best Bars in America list lands on newsstands this week with plenty of love for Texas . . . with the glaring exception of Houston. That's right, H-Town has ...


Foodie News

Downtown restaurant scene continues comeback with new gastro-cantina planned at prime location

By Whitney Radley

News of Pepper Jack's Mexican Grill and Cantina's recent closure didn't come as much of a shock, especially considering that the landlords were apparently hoping to ride on the coa ...


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