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Major Restaurant Honors

Two Houston restaurants named among Top 10 in U.S. by national mag — city's called top three for food

By Eric Sandler

None of the outstanding restaurants that opened in Houston last year made the James Beard Awards semifinalist list, but a James Beard Award winning restaurant critic thinks the Bayou City has somet ...


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Darkhorse chef crowned Houston's "Prince of Pork," upsets favorites to take title

By Eric Sandler

Cochon 555, the nationwide 10-city pork festival that made its first ever stop in Houston Sunday night, has a simple premise: five pigs, five chefs, five wineries. Over 500 people turned out for Su ...


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 ...


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