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Houston's Best Restaurants: These 7 eateries lead city's dining scene to greatness

By Eric Sandler

The final category reveal in the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards 2015 is the most prestigious of all: Restaurant of the Year. As selected by our panel of industry insiders, these are the seven ...


Tastemakers 2015

Houston's top chefs: Meet 7 kitchen masters who make dining out in the Bayou City special

By Eric Sandler

Time now to consider the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards Chef of the Year nominees. These are the men and women who lead some of the city's most dynamic kitchens. Collectively, they've ...


Restaurant Feud Puzzles

Foodie feud: New Sugar Land restaurant copies Kata Robata's menu, claims it's a weird "accident"

By Eric Sandler

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi ought to feel very flattered indeed. At least, that certainly seems to be what's going on with Mochi S ...


Food Events

You'll squeal over this event: Top chefs vie to create best dish from a whole suckling pig

By Eric Sandler

Go Pig! or Go Home! returns for its third year Sunday at Kata Robata. While ranking Houston's various chef competitions is always tricky, Go Pig is one of the best, thanks to the sheer quantity ...


Midtown Japanese Boom

Growing Houston restaurant empire stakes Japanese claim to Midtown with "drink first" concept

By Eric Sandler

Ever since Farrago World Cuisine suddenly closed in July, restaurant industry insiders and diners have speculated about what would replace it. Last week, the Azuma Group, owners of Japanese restaur ...


"Go Pig! Or Go Home!" Suckling Pig Throwdown benefiting Last Organic Outpost

Kata Robata

Bringing back an elite cast of Texas top chefs, "Go Pig! Or Go Home!" is a team-driven competition in which chefs prepare a whole suckling pig in hopes of being named Houston's Pig Th


Blacksmith By Night with Manabu Horiuchi of Kata Robata

Blacksmith hosts another installment of its pop-up dinner series. This month, the Montrose coffee shop features Kata Robata's sushi master Manabu Horiuchi in a seasonally inspire


CultureMap Video

The ultimate $3 gourmet food challenge: Hot Houston restaurant chefs battle ramen style

By Eric Sandler

Sous chefs from six of Houston's hottest restaurants gathered at IKEA for the first ever Great Ramen Challenge Thursday night. Their mission: Demonstrate fun riffs on ramen using a limited set ...


Houston's Best Young Chef

The best chef you've never heard of? Rising star grabs the respect of big-name Houston restaurant peers

By Jodie Eisenhardt

Houston certainly has its share of celebrity chefs who receive national recognition and accolades for their work. Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, one of Food & Wine Magazine’s best &qu ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — with the Golden Pig Trophy

By Joel Luks

On the itinerary this week are stylish homes, international festivals, an al fresco bash and a hot hog competition. Try this: Click on the links below each event to find a page teeming with hel ...


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