This week on foodie podcast extraordinaire “What’s Eric Eating,” host and CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler, along with guest co-host, restaurant consultant Nathan Ketcham, hit on hot topics from Amazon’s $14 billion deal to buy Whole Foods to news that Ascension Coffee, the popular Dallas based java shop, is set to open a Houston outpost.
Of course, the dynamic duo would be remiss not to discuss the headlines about Tilman Fertitta, entrepreneur and reality TV star, and top pitmaster Ronnie Killen. Fertitta's recent buy-in of New York based restaurant group EMM Group has the Houston culinary scene buzzing, and so does Killen’s colorful response to his barbecue restaurant's ranking in Texas Monthly’s list of "The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas." Spoiler Alert: Ronnie was not happy.
In the “Restaurants of the Week” segment, Sandler and Ketcham spill details on their recent outings to Alice Blue in the Heights and Dot Coffee Shop, East Houston. Hint: One trip went well and the other… well, not so much.
Ending the show with a bang, Sandler is joined in the studio by Mike Sammons of 13 Celsius, Mongoose Versus Cobra, and Weights + Measures for a discussion of success and failure in Houston's restaurant and bar industry, plus what it took to create the popular wine bar 13 Celsius and other Sammon ventures. The duo also discuss Houston's next hot bar and restaurant neighborhood.
And as an added bonus, Sandler puts Sammons through the “What's Eric Eating” lightning round of trivia.
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