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Horrid Restaurant Trend

New York restaurant trend of charging for bread absolutely stinks: Houston's best free bread rocks

By Marene Gustin

So, this is happening. At least in New York. According to this New York Times article, free bread and water are becoming a thing of the past at some New York City restaurants that serve tasting ...


Restaurant Horror Stories

Restaurant service horror stories and how one West Ave hot spot makes up for a bad waiter

By Marene Gustin

In all my years of eating out, thousands of times, hundreds of restaurants, the single worst experience was one I had at a Houston restaurant last year. And no, I’m not going to say which ...


Food for Thought

Don't be the restaurant jerk: Commandments every waiter, waitress and diner should know

By Marene Gustin

So I'm sitting in this little cafe in San Marcos, Texas one afternoon reading the want ads in the local paper when a fairly young guy approaches me and asks if he can sit. Sure. Then he ...


All over $6.29

No God tip Applebee's fallout intensifies: No winners in snarky pastor-waitress check collision

By Tyler Rudick

A St. Louis religious leader was not "Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood" after her snarky, tip-less receipt from Applebee's was posted on Reddit . . . and then the Smoking Gun, ...


Put up your dukes

Houston waiter denies he challenged no-tip customer to a fight: Restaurant gets global backlash

By Tyler Rudick

A heated Reddit post has unleashed a barrage of prank phone calls and angry emails upon the proprietors of TQLA, the Washington Avenue restaurant known for its unique take on Southwe ...


Serving Up Love

From an engagement ring in the lobster bisque to getting chased out by an ex: This waiter's seen it all in 42 years of Valentine's Days

By Sarah Rufca

Valentine's Day dinner can feel like being in your own perfect world. But to those on the other side of the table — the servers and other restaurant employees — the holiday means a ...


Foodie News

A sizzling sneak preview of Uchi: Hot waiters and hotter food deliver on all the hype

By Sarah Rufca

It doesn't officially open until Thursday, but on Monday night Uchi Houston opened its doors to media for a sneak peek at the space and the menu, and both are pretty spectacular. I never ma ...


Food for Thought

Being a waiter is a better job than you think: Average salary of $49,000 a year in Houston

By Marene Gustin

I eat in restaurants. I write about them. And I actually worked at one during college. One day I was sitting in a coffee house in San Marcos, circling want adds, when this young guy came up to ...


Foodie News

Houston Restaurant Week Diary: Mockingbird Bistro's appetizers underwhelm & the perfect meal stays elusive

By Sarah Rufca

Editor's note: During the now month-long extravaganza that Houston Restaurant Week has become, CultureMap's resident foodie — associate editor Sarah Rufca — is writing a diary o ...


foodie news

Houston Restaurant Week speed dating: Molé mania at Cielo & illicit chit Chaat at Indika

By Steven Thomson

Dear Restaurant Week Diary, I'm beginning to think that participating in Houston Restaurant Week is the new speed dating: The quick judgments, the merry-go-round of seats, the frugal feast ...


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