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Best Chef Awards

Three H-Town chefs are James Beard Award finalists: Is this Houston's year?

By Eric Sandler

Houston hasn't had a James Beard-award-winning chef in more than 20 years when Robert del Grande took the top honor in 1992, but that could soon change. Three out of the five chefs in the B ...


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 ...


New Brunch Option

Creators of Houston's best brunch hope for another success with seafood twist

By Eric Sandler

Two months into its life, Caracol is ready to join sister restaurant Hugo's as a top-tier destination for Sunday brunches. Owners Tracy Vaught and chef Hugo Ortega have spent the ...


Ultimate Foodie Gift Guide

The ultimate foodie gift guide: Keep it local and hipster friendly

By Elizabeth Rhodes, Eric Sandler

With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to wrap up your holiday shopping. CultureMap is here to give you the scoop on the best gifts for the foodie in your life, whether it's a loca ...


New Seafood Restaurant

New seafood restaurant brings major buzz: One of Houston's best chefs is all aboard

By Eric Sandler

According to co-owner Tracy Vaught, Caracol, the seafood restaurant she and her husband chef Hugo Ortega will open soon in the BBVA Compass Plaza next to Osteria Mazzantini, has been on their minds ...


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A Houston restaurant love story: Unlikely busboy romance builds an icon — 30 years and counting

By Eric Sandler

Thirty years ago, the energy industry lost a geologist, but Houston gained an iconic restaurant. That's when Tracy Vaught decided to open Backstreet Cafe. "Traveling to remote well sit ...


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Inventive cocktails liven up Houston Restaurant Weeks menu at Backstreet Cafe

By Marcy de Luna

Houston Restaurant Weeks isn't only about getting a great deal on good eats. Some restaurants, like Backstreet Café, are enticing foodies with wine, beer and cocktail pair ...


Foodie News

Gourmet hot dogs get a shot of Eatsie Boys' attitude: And this bargain includes an ice cream bonus

By Eric Sandler

Eatsie Boys chef Matt Marcus is the latest participant in James Coney Island's Chefs And Show Dogs series. As part of the company's 90th anniversary, the hot dog chain invites high-profile ...


Top Chef Hurt In Accident

One of Houston's top chefs hurt in a serious bike accident: Fans of his cooking offer support

By Julia Davila

The culinary genius behind Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe took a serious spill while riding his bike at Terry Hershey Park. Chef Hugo Ortega broke two ribs and his clavicle (col ...


Special Summer Dishes

Houston's best restaurants for summer: Bringing the wow to light and wild dining

By Layne Lynch

As the temperatures rise, Houstonians are taking to backyard burgers, cool ceviches, frosty cocktails and al fresco dining to make it through the blistering hot summer season. Lucky for us, an ...


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