Houston Chef's Table: Kraftsmen Cafe's Scott Tycer hungers for the Taco Nazi'stortillas
No one knows Houston restaurants better than the people who run them, own them, and work in the kitchens. In this continuing series, CultureMap is asking our favorite foodie personalities around town where they go for great eats when they're not working.
Scott Tycer has been a larger than life presence on the Houston restaurant scene since opening the late, avant garde Aries on Montrose in 2000. In addition to running Gravitas and Kraftsmen Baking, Tycer just opened his latest restaurant, a new Kraftsmen Cafe in the former Textile space in the Heights.
While on a quick break from his triple duty — a wine-buying excursion — Tycer told CultureMap about his Taco Nazi fave and his brunch strategy (hint: it involves a delicious dumpling overload).
Restaurant to take out-of-towners to: I hate to sound boring, but Goode Company Barbecue is a lot of fun to bring guests to.
Restaurant for a special occasion: In the last year I've been to Mark's for a special occasion — he and I go back, and I like to support him. A lot of it is about support.
Favorite meal: Laredo Taqueria. I get the carne asada with onions and cilantro and lime on cornmeal tortillas — about 50 of them, you can't ever get just one. I've been going for years, since i moved back to Houston, I live in the Heights and they've been there for so long.
Its kinda a Soup Nazi thing — you know what you want, you have cash and you're good. Kinda Seinfeld-ian.
Breakfast/Brunch favorite: I like to go to Gigi's for brunch, take the whole family and wipe 'em out on dumplings. And I hit 59 Diner for breakfast frequently.
Dessert: I like Amy's Ice Cream quite a bit, they have solid recipes, we go and they always are trying new things.
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Beachy L.J. Wiley digs the special occasion simple flavors at Dos Brisas
David Grossman goes for Vic & Anthony's crab cake, Yelapa late nights & some Bootsie
Jeramie Robison appreciates Kata Robata's sushi, Beaver's bangin' meatloaf & foodie chicks
Tony Mandola finds breakfast magic at Sunrise Taquitos
Philippe Schmit craves a Picnic romance & Stella Sola's French toast
Benjy Levit is torn between Indika's salads and Hank's Ice Cream
Flora & Muse's David Luna likes to hang with his fishing buddy and hit the Blue Nile
Asian Bistro's Gigi Huang seeks out spicy fried chicken at a Dive
Hugo Ortega believes in a Goode tradition
Soma Sushi's Jason Hauck is anti-brunch, pro-Feast
Jenni Tran-Weaver can't get enough hot pot
Bistro Alex's Juan Carlos Gonzalez finds a great $1.50 meal & giant key lime pie
Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely treasures homemade Mexican & cool Connie's Seafood
Elizabeth Abraham dishes on her secret Royal Restaurant
Fleming's Jason Cole finds Texas' best barbecue, surf secrets