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Sarah Rufca

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Dinner and a Show

    Houston's 10 best restaurants for pre-theater dining.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: More Americana, Headed Your Way

    Intercontinental Airport must have finally gotten the memo that its dining options were sorely limited considering Houston's rich culinary offerings, because it looks like something's finally being done about it. Earlier this month, there was the news that chef Johnny Hernandez is opening The Frute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    The 10 Best New Houston Restaurants of 2012

    If I had to pick one word to describe the mad, exciting rush of restaurant activity that's defined 2012, it would be this: exhilarating. Followed closely by: exhausting. Trying to keep up with every single new restaurant that's flung open its doors exuberance -- welcoming the city's burgeoning food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Are We There Yet? Restaurants We're Excited About for 2013

    Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Thanksgiving Breakfast Muffins and Elevated Burgers

    Robb Walsh: "Gustavo Arellano's oft-stated opinion that 'Tex-Mex is dying,' has been forwarded to me repeatedly by Tex-Mex enthusiasts," writes former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh. "They think I should challenge him to a debate - or a duel. Few people seem to realize that Gustavo and I are f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Masters of Meat and the Problem with Corn Smut

    Eater Houston: I love useful maps, and Eater Houston's recent "heat map" of the city's best brunch destinations is just that. Old favorites such as Fountain View Cafe and Hugo's mingle with newer hot spots like Boomtown Coffee. CultureMap: Equally useful is Sarah Rufca's map at CultureMap of the 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Where Does a Cameroonian Fish Restaurant Hide in Houston?

    Cookmundo: Former EOW contributor John Kiely has a blog of his own, Cookmundo, and it's our featured food blog this week. I love the tagline: "Simple awesome food for the new cook," which also means you know what to expect out of Kiely's posts. Amateur cooks, let Kiely be your friendly guide to cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Delightfully Crappy Chinese Food and Angry, Angry Birds

    Battlesong: Weapons Grade, one of our favorite local food blogs, has been given a new, more appropriate title: Battlesong. It's fitting for the types of war cries that Justin Vann issues on his blog, including the latest about the prevalence of Angry Birds everywhere you look. He even confronted the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Alternative Names for Eva Longoria and Tilman Fertitta's "Female-Oriented" Steakhouse

    This afternoon, CultureMap announced that Houston restaurant kingpin Tilman Fertitta would be teaming up with Eva Longoria and Morton's to create a Las Vegas steakhouse that will "create a feeling of empowerment, especially for female guests." SHe -- yes, that's the name; no, there's not a typo the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Everything's Coming Up Houston

    New York Times: Houston is getting all the national love this week. After being called "Texas's best and most diverse food city" by Andrew Knowlton in Bon App├ętit, it's getting a spotlight from none other than The Gray Lady herself. The New York Times noted our sprawling Chinatown over the weekend ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012

    Keep Cool and Caffeinated

    Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    July 2012 in Openings & Closings: t'afia Is Dead, Long Live t'afia

    It's true: t'afia is closed. But only until August 14. That's when -- as chef/owner Monica Pope told us on Wednesday -- the restaurant will be reopened with a revamped concept. It's also true that our beloved Nabi is on the chopping block, as owner Ji Kang confirmed to Eater Houston. However, just ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2012

    Like That Chain Restaurant?

    Try this local one instead.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    CultureMap Makes a Gaffe, Doesn't Think It's a Gaffe, But Quietly Changes Story

    The joke wasn't even that funny. New York celebrity chef David Chang, hearing that Jeremy Lin would likely come to Houston to play for the Rockets, at least for three years, tweeted yesterday, "@momofuku is looking to sign a three year lease in Houston, Texas." As Eater National reported today, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Happily Forced To Wipe My Brow: Curry Crawl Houston

    See more fiery photos from the Curry Crawl in our slideshow. It's summertime, Houston. And it ain't just the 98 degree heat that's sizzling hot. This past Sunday, ten local chefs set patrons on fire at the first annual Curry Crawl. Hosted by Straits Restaurant at CityCentre and benefiting PULS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Brand-New Beer Bars and Capri in Spring

    CultureMap: Craft beer fans have been waiting patiently for Mongoose versus Cobra to open since news of the Midtown beer bar broke earlier this year. Sarah Rufca has news on its impending opening -- any day now! -- and what you can expect in the newly renovated space. Home.: In an intimate, touchin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Woodlands Wine & Food Week to Take Place June 4 to 10

    Food and wine lovers, rejoice. Just a few short days away is a big-time celebration of gourmet cuisine and marvelous vino. The annual Woodlands festival, put on by the event-planning extraordinaires at Food and Vine Time Productions, and now in its eighth year, is slated to draw more than 10,000 att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Houston Burgers: This burger blog has been dormant for a few months, but a brand-new post popped up in my Google Reader today -- and just in time for baseball season. This week, Darrell reviewed the new deep-fried mac 'n' cheese burger at Minute Maid Park, which contains the same deep-fried mac 'n' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Anvil's Matt Tanner Wins the 2012 On the Rocks Bartending Contest

    I love judging bartending contests. I love watching bartending contests. The showmanship and passion that is on display at these events -- Miss Speed Rack Houston, for example, or the recent Don Q Rum competition (both of which are sending female Houston bartenders to national championships in New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Blue Jean Gourmet: Exciting news from last year's Houston Web Awards winner for Best Food Blog: Nishta and her partner, Jill, have applied to become adoptive parents. Until the baby arrives, they've taken to calling their future child "Peanut." In honor of Peanut, Nishta has assembled a few of her f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Urban Swank: We're leading off this week with a new [to us] local food blog, Urban Swank. And coincidentally, the latest post is on one of the 2012 Burger Bracket Final 4: Bernie's Burger Bus. Of the tried-and-true food truck, Urban Swank says: "You can pretty much guarantee that if you ask someone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Adieu, Chez Roux et Bonjour, L'Olivier

    When one French door closes, another opens. Case in point: L'Olivier, the much anticipated restaurant from former Tony's executive chef Olivier Ciesielski, had its soft opening last night. At the same time, news hit that Chez Roux -- the fine dining destination restaurant at La Toretta del Lago's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    New York Times: Rest assured that even if you have to travel outside the great state of Texas, there are at least a handful of places across the country that do Texas barbecue right -- even in Los Angeles and New York City. Writing for the New York Times, local foodie J.C. Reid tells us all about th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Adjectives on menus serve a much larger purpose than simply describing the food you're about to eat, says Dr. Ricky. Instead, he writes, they're "mostly a function of manipulating expectations" and driving up prices, which is exceptionally easy when you consider that ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Barcadia Burns Bridges

    Photo courtesy of FacebookThe Bushes and the Molinas: Texas legends.​As we slowly move out of the winter doldrums, restaurant news is getting much more exciting -- and coming at us much more quickly. On Tuesday, two big announcements got the food community all atwitter: The Burger Guys announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    J. C. Reid, Texas: Chicken fried steak is one of Chris's areas of expertise, which he puts to good use in this Food Fight-style battle between two of the great CFS joints in town: Barbecue Inn and Triple A. I was just happy to see that my favorite won. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: P.J. Stoops's Total ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Keep On Truckin': Ladybird

    Earlier this week, Sarah Rufca's article at CultureMap inspired me to get out and try several of the new food trucks that have hit the streets lately. I'm already currently obsessed with The Rice Box -- and that's having only eaten there twice -- so I headed out yesterday to try Ladybird. I don't k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Weapons Grade: Read this post even if you don't read any of the others this week. This one illustrates everything right with Houston's young culinary scene right now. "Houston is the city that taught me everything I know about wine and service," writes Justin Vann of his decision to leave Central Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Trouble and Tacos

    Photo by Chuck Cook​Blind Item of the Week: A Heights hotspot in a somewhat cursed location is rumored to be closing soon. Its intended replacement was said to have been a new Bruce Molzan restaurant, but the Ruggles owner's current legal troubles may prevent that from coming to fruition. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Openings & Closings: November 2011

    Photo by Amber AmbroseEl Rey closed this week -- but which one?​Remember how busy of a month October was for openings and closings? November was a little slower, but not by much. In upcoming restaurants, one of our favorite bloggers reports that Calliope's is opening a second location of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Eater: The big news of the week is that national food blog Eater, after many co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Trattoria Il Mulino, the New Kid on the Block, Takes the Meatball Invitational by Surprise

    Photos by GroovehouseThe winning meatball in all its glory. See more in our slideshow.​Although Trattoria Il Mulino might not have impressed in its initial opening days, the new restaurant more than made up for it at yesterday afternoon's Meatball Invitational at Damian's Cucina Italiana. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​Another quiet week around the city, as even B4-U-Eat had only two restaurant closures to report and not a single, solitary opening aside from the long-awaited grand re-opening of Mai's on April 9. Have you been back yet? The two closures reported by B4-U-Eat were Pete & Shorty's Kitchen & Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Houston Entree: If you're still hungry for follow-up about the Houston Restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Zelko Bistro, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Beaver's Take the Food Network

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttChef Jamie Zelko filmed while whipping up some potatoes. See more photos of the on-set action in our slideshow.​Local favorites Zelko Bistro, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Beaver's will be the first of three restaurants to represent Houston on the Food Network, as mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    The rendering is now real.​Two long-awaited Houston restaurants are finally ready for their close-ups. El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, which will open for dinner service tonight, and Mai's, which will open next month after a 14-month closure due to a devastating fire. All week long, the parking lot has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. CultureMap: In advance of Thursday night's Star Chefs gala, Sarah Rufca talks t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Steak and a BJ Day: The Male Valentine's Day

    ​Although one of America's newest holidays does not yet have its own Wikipedia page, it does have two separate Web sites as well as an entry on Urban Dictionary. And that's good enough for us. For the uninitiated, Steak and a BJ Day is the "creation" of Tom Birdsey, a radio talk show host ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Examiner: I wasn't the only one to be surprised by how good Hasta la Pasta's en ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010

    Pardon the DeLay

    Readers weigh in on politician's guilty verdict.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Culture Map: Sarah Rufca asks a question that anyone who deals with group dinin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    A Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Blogs

    Cartoon does not reflect reality (most of the time).​In a city as large as Houston and with as many culinary options as we're blessed with, it's no surprise that the food blogging community here is large and diverse. Say what you want about food bloggers: that we're arrogant, obtrusive know-i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Culture Map: Former Eating Our Words blogger Sarah Rufca dishes up a tasty scoo ... More >>

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