Restaurant round-up: National cred and new spaces
Feb 11, 2010 | 2:04 pm
- Pizza experts Adam Kuban and Ed Levine (who run phenom food blog Slice) have created a March Madness-style bracket for the the 64 top pizzerias in America for the March issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. Two Houston establishments made it into the tourney—Dolce Vita and Russo's NY Coal-Fired Pizza, which was ousted by eventual southwest bracket champion, Phoenix's Pizzeria Bianco. Russo's Anthony Russo will also be competing March 2-4 at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas.
- This weekend (Friday through Sunday) is The Chocolate Festival at Central Market, where they'll be "dipping just about everything we can in chocolate, baking chocolate into breads, showing off our darks and milks from around the globe and getting saucy with our favorite chocolate-infused sauces."
- After losing Japan-trained talent Hori-san to Kata Robata last year, Kubo's Sushi is bringing in another big gun at executive chef—Kiyoko Ita, who has trained and worked throughout Japan, Spain and the United States, including at Kyoto's 200-year-old Hiragi-ya, known for its perfectionist service and attention to detail. Look for his innovative touch in all Kubo's dishes, or try the multi-course chef-chosen kaiseki.
- Gayot and MSN have chosen their ten favorite new restaurants in America—and our own RDG + Bar Annie made the list. Speaking of RDG, chef Del Grande will be introducing his favorite film, the classic 1978's murder mystery Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, as part of the MFAH's Meals on Reels series on Monday, Feb. 22.
- Bootsie's Heritage Cafe, Randy Rucker's new project with his mom in Tomball, is set to open on February 15.
- Anyone's ever ever wondered why the food options in the medical center are so, ahem, unhealthy will be happy at the addition of Salata, a local create-your-own-salad concept, which will debut at the corner of Fannin and Dryden in late February.