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National magazine's overblown restaurant critic snubs Houston: Here's why you shouldn't care

By Eric Sandler

Houston got snubbed, and I don't care. As soon as I saw that Esquire restaurant critic John Mariani didn't include any Houston spots on his list of 2013's best new restaurants, ...


Foodie News

Truth telling: National food writer says Houston's food scene is far superior to "slacker" Dallas

By Tyler Rudick

Now those are some fightin' words. Food critic John Mariani has drawn a line in the sand this week, boldly claiming that Houston has a better food scene than Dallas. He even goes so far as ...


Foodie News

Where to eat right now: 10 hot, must-try restaurants for November

By Ruthie Miller

November is here, so let the Eating Season begin. Need a lunch or dinner recommendation? Here’s where you should eat right now in Houston. Cove Haven is the latest place in town to unve ...


Foodie News

Esquire names one Houston spot a best new restaurant in America, snubs another

By Sarah Rufca

According to Esquire's roving food guru John Mariani, new restaurants have either a "rakish, comfortable, spectacular" Brooklyn feel, or a soaring space with a "splashy," gr ...


Food for Thought

Can Brio Tuscan Grille make waves in Houston's perfect storm of great Italian restaurants?

By Marene Gustin

Like so many foodies, I was sad when Pesce closed, even though, like so many, I really hadn’t been there in awhile. But I was kinda skeptical when I heard that a national Italian chain, b ...


Foodie News

Esquire critic admits Houston is underrated as a food city, places it above Dallas

By Sarah Rufca

Every city argues that its food scene is unique, its chefs are the best and that its local specialties are more delicious than anyone else's. But lately Houston's foodies have argued that t ...


Foodie News

Tony's tuxedo cake makes Esquire's list of best restaurant desserts in America

By Sarah Rufca

John Mariani, Esquire's roving food explorer, has a long-established love for Houston — and for Tony's. So it's exciting, if not exactly surprising, that a Tony's dessert ...


Food for Thought

The Frank Sinatra tie behind Houston's Italian food fetish: Fever dates back to a secret romance

By Marene Gustin

Despite its buzz worthiness, fusion isn’t always a good thing in food. “The first few years I was in America, the food really confused me,” says Giancarlo Ferrara, the executi ...


Hometown Glory

Worth a trip: Esquire names Tony's one of America's 10 best destination restaurants

By Sarah Rufca

Aspen, the Breakers, New Orleans — The country has plenty of spaces that mix historic luxury with modern taste. And according to Esquire's John Mariani, Tony's is one of them. ...


Foodie News

Esquire admits Houston is a Top 10 restaurant city, the only one in Texas

By Sarah Rufca

It's a fact universally acknowledged by every Houston resident: This city is an amazing place to eat. But it's a reality only beginning to be acknowledged by the rest of the country. Bu ...


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