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Big Barbecue Fight

Ronnie Killen fires back at uppity Austin pitmaster; plans to prove that Houston BBQ is great

By Eric Sandler

Ronnie Killen is fed up. The chef/owner of Killen's Barbecue is tired of seeing Houstonians fawn over Austin-based pitmasters like John Lewis of La Barbecue and John Mueller. On November 1 ...


Best Dishes In Texas

National mag taps famous Texans to pick the state's 20 best dishes — and Houston scores big

By Eric Sandler

As part of the magazine's November 2014 issue, Food & Wine magazine devotes attention to featuring the 20 best dishes in Texas. Rather than send some clueless Yankee to tour the state with ...


Big Steakhouse Change

Restaurateur hires top chef to return steakhouse to former glory as Houston's best

By Eric Sandler

Ronnie Killen is different from most chefs. Whereas most restaurant owners would be happy to have placed two establishments in the top 25 of Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook's top 100 Ho ...


Big Barbecue Win

Houston's best barbecue makes a big impression at major festival after marathon, all-night cooking grind

By Eric Sandler

Only one Houston-area pitmaster served food at the fifth annual Texas Monthly BBQ festival in Austin on Sunday, but the Bayou City was still well represented.  After a 4.75 star revie ...


Buzzed Over Steakhouse Dead

Steakhouse from Houston meat masters fizzles: Chef plans New Orleans-style cafe instead

By Eric Sandler

Looks like another vaporware restaurant has gone up in smoke. With a series of tweets Thursday night, Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig put the final nail in the coffin of CK's Steakhouse, his pla ...


Ballpark Food Gets Worse

Up in smoke: Killen's barbecue pulls out of Minute Maid Park amid tales of barbecue no-no's

By Eric Sandler

Bad news, barbecue fans. No more skipping the line at Killen's Barbecue by getting brisket at the Minute Maid Park concession called Texas Smoke, which offered a preview of the barbecue re ...


Tastermaker Award Winners

Meet the winners of the 2014 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards: Best restaurant, best chef & more

By Eric Sandler

Over the last month or so, we have been introducing you to the nominees in our first CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards, which celebrates the best of Houston's dining scene. We asked a panel ...


Houston's Best Chefs

Houston's best chefs give Tastemakers real star power: The 11 difference makers who make foodies swoon

By Eric Sandler

It's time for a look at one last category for the 2014 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards: Best Chef. Our nominees are the men and women who develop the menus, train the staffs and work the lines at ...


Best Restaurants Final Four

Houston's best new restaurants: Barbecue, hot dogs, a celeb chef and a surprise power Tastemakers Final Four

By Eric Sandler

After two rounds of voting, CultureMap readers have determined the final four in the Tastemakers Best New Restaurant bracket. Unlike round one, the semifinals only produced one major upset, as ...


Restaurant Secrets

Restaurant secrets: Houston's top chefs open up on what drove them into the kitchen

By Marene Gustin

“For me cooking started as a necessity, grew to a core and developed into passion,” says Shannen Tune, executive chef at Hotel Derek. “I come from a family of great cooks and ever ...


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