Last night, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook revealed her 2014 choices for the Top 100 Houston Restaurants. It was the first time since the list was first released in 2012 that she did it in a public forum, in this case, a sold-out walk around dining event called the Houston Chronicle Culin ... More >>
Anyone who knew chef Grant Gordon, whether it was through a restaurant, eating his food or being his personal friend, knew what an incredible person he was and that he was a truly skilled chef. Gordon established a name for himself in Houston as one of the most talented chefs under 30. He received a ... More >>
Sometimes you just want something sweet and when you get that sugar craving, you have to satisfy it right then and there. Baking cookies or brownies takes too long and that small piece of chocolate you have in your pantry just won't do it for you. But, there are multiple places around town serving u ... More >>
It's buttery, flaky, a cavernous treat, the type of thing no one can help but eat when they see the whole tray piled high behind glass, beckoning diners who gather en masse. The puffy, crisp roll has a light outer shell that begs to be sliced to reveal each round cell created by yeast and what ... More >>
Check out the first part of our interview with Chef Roy Shvartzapel. At Common Bond, colorful desserts are lined up like painted soldiers behind a glass case. A big metal rack holds generously sized loaves of freshly baked bread. There's a selection of coffee drinks and you can even grab a light l ... More >>
His last name may be a little challenging to pronounce correctly, but chef Roy Shvartzapel of Common Bond is practically a Houston native. After traveling the world and working in some of the most renowned restaurants, he came back home to open the wildly successful, upper-crust bakery at Westheimer ... More >>
After nearly two decades of service, Crapitto's Cucina Italiana will close on Saturday, May 24, due to a construction project in River Oaks. The Italian restaurant shared the disappointing news on Facebook saying that the last supper will be held on May 24. Other establishments located around Crapit ... More >>
On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., there was already a line of people waiting to get in. It wasn't a rowdy crowd who'd been camped out all night like the folks who brave the elements and each other to get their grubby hands on flat screen TVs on Black Friday. There weren't any flat screen TVs for sale inside ... More >>
Settling the banh mi question once and for all.
It was quite an exciting week for many anticipated restaurant openings. Some are still in the soft opening stage, like Common Bond, but others have officially opened to the public, like Preview Modern Seafood Cuisine. This new Sugar Land restaurant at 4645 Highway 6, Unit C, was in the soft opening ... More >>
We hope to see these places open soon.
Many have said that 2013 was a disappointing year for restaurant openings in Houston. Writers and eaters alike lamented the fact that there was no Uchi this year, no Underbelly, no Oxheart. Plenty of great restaurants opened to be sure, but nothing with the immediate star power of some of 2012's bes ... More >>
Photo courtesy of annaliberaMake a cool and refrshing gazpacho like the recipe from Blue Jean Gourmet.CultureMap Houston: Houston will soon be graced with the presence of one of Dessert Professional's top 10 pastry chefs in America. Roy Shvartzapel is a Houston native and is opening a bakery, Common ... More >>
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There were lots of good scoops this week from around the city, so let's get straight to the action. Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler reports that pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel -- who's worked in kitchens from El Bulli to Bouchon -- plans to open an "avant garde and modern approach to the cafe experi ... More >>