Scott Tycer

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: Kraftsmen Baking Keeps H-Town Fed Day and Night

    Every other week, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. There are always great smells coming out of the old Oriental Textile Mill, an ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 27, 2012

    Defining Triniti

    The casual, elegant, New American-with-a-twist restaurant isn't easy to pigeonhole, but it's good.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    7 Formerly Jinxed Houston Restaurant Locations That Have Reversed the Curse

    Late in 2009, Eating...Our Words took a look at the then-Top "jinxed locations" in Houston. The compiled addresses had such a long and storied history of failure they made the Astros look like the Yankees. Looking back at the list today, there may be hope for hometown baseball. Of the eight restau ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    Bread and Relaxation at Kraftsmen Cafe

    Scott Tycer finds his sweet spot serving simple, delicious food.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Scott Tycer Serves Comfort Food in a Comfy Setting at Kraftsmen Cafe

    New York Times food critic Pete Wells recently issued a warning against over-ambitious restaurants serving tasting menus that feature double-digit courses, comparing the experience of a marathon dinner served in 20 fussy courses to being "nibbled to death." In an interview just yesterday with Anthon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: Honey Badger Omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Lone Star Chefs: It's Not Always about Being Bigger, They're Just Better

    Our Texas chefs not only come from Texas but from all over the world and bring their culinary homes with them -- fortunately for us. Lone Star Chefs by John DeMers and Julie Soefer highlights 13 outstanding and diverse Texas masters. This book is part biography, part cookbook and part restaurant gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Eatsie Boys Moving Into Montrose; Kraftsmen Cafe to Close

    After much speculation as to the eventual the brick-and-mortar location of popular food truck Eatsie Boys, it was announced this morning that the food truck team will be moving into a space at 4100 Montrose. Fans of Kraftsmen Cafe will recognize that address as the bakery's ivy-covered location bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    UPDATED: Gravitas Closes Unexpectedly Over the Weekend

    UPDATE: Liquid Gold Hospitality emailed its response, which can be found at the end of this post. The building at 807 Taft once housed the original Antone's Famous Po' Boys & Deli. By 2005, it had closed and reopened as Gravitas, owned by talented chef-turned-restaurateur Scott Tycer and manned by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    A Preview of Triniti Restaurant

    Photos by Mai PhamThe Triniti logo on the frosted glass door entrance​For the past year, Chef Ryan Hildebrand has been without a kitchen. But the former Executive Chef of Scott Tycer's Textile Restaurant has had a new project in the works. And though the road has been long one, he's finally re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    R.I.P.: A Toast to the Restaurants We'll Miss the Most

    Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.​While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Tuna Salad Sandwich

    Kraftsmen on the left, Weslayan Cafe on the right. ​When it comes to tuna salad sandwiches, I'm with David Rosengarten: there is no better homemade sandwich. So simple - in its most basic form, comprising only canned tuna, mayonnaise, and bread - and so delicious. But there's also a dark side ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Sweet, Savory and Spirits: Ryan Hildebrand to Open Triniti Next Year

    Hildebrand in his former kitchen at the now-closed Textile.​"It's a name that I've been kicking around ever since I wanted to do my own place: sweet, savory and spirits, having all three elements," said Ryan Hildebrand over the phone yesterday afternoon, shortly after announcing his plans to o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    First Look at Kraftsmen Cafe

    Order at the broad front corner and eat on the patio or inside the cozy space.​From the board games in one corner to the giant, brightly hued chalk mural that decorates one wall to the "Effin' Good Sandwich" listed on the menu, the old Textile space at 611 West 22nd in the Heights is now nearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Jellies out for tasting at the new Kraftsmen Cafe in the Heights.​The biggest news of the week seems to be the revolving doors at some of Houston's more popular restaurants: BRC Gastropub, Caffe Bello and the Inn at Dos Brisas (which, okay, is up the road in Independence, but we still claim it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Gravitas Not Closing; The Twitter Rumor Mill Continues to Spin

    The blue plate fried chicken at Gravitas.​It started with a Twitter update from @jimbo126 this past Sunday, July 18: "Per waiter, Gravitas closing after today's bruch service. Sure felt like it - out of half the menu and no bread! Out of SALAD DRESSING." Before long, what was merely an out-of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Textile Takes a Summer Vacation

    Photo by Troy FieldsTextile's outstanding bacon tart with a poached quail egg on top was a favorite.​With the news that popular pastry chef Plinio Sandalio plans to move to Austin to work with David Bull, it didn't come as a huge surprise when I found out via text message late last night that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Dinner at Gravitas

    ​After many years of hearing about Scott Tycer's delicious eatery Gravitas, I finally made it in for dinner. With the recent boom of casual, but upscale eateries, Gravitas is not as talked about as it once was and thus I found it fairly empty on a late Wednesday evening. My dining companion an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Houston Needs a Brewpub

    robtrentIf Salmon Arm, BC has one, why can't we? ​I've never believed in the "if-another-city-in-Texas-is-doing-it-why-doesn't-Houston" train of thought. Even though Houston has lacked a distinct identity at times, we aren't followers here. Like everyone else, I cringed when I read a recent na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 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. Fork and Cork: Greg Morago reports on the rumors swirling around Textile lately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Jason Gould Tweaks the Menu at Cyclone Anaya's

    Photos by Margaret DowningJason Gould​It wasn't exactly jumping the shark, but the idea of Chef Jason Gould (formerly of Aries and Gravitas) coming in to help out at Cyclone Anaya's Mexican kitchen (even with its "Fine Mex" offerings) was, in fact, a little surprising. As Gould, who received ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Slow Dough Bakery

    ​The dough might be slow, but this little bakery is bustling. You know all that really good bread you've been eating at places like Anvil and Branchwater Tavern? It has been coming from Slow Dough Bakery (1314 Roy Street, 713-568-5674).

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Gravitas For Lunch; No Dinner Needed

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttVenison chili, made cuter merely by the tiny vessel in which it's served.​Gravitas seems to be doing its best to fly under the radar these days. With the high-profile departure of executive chef Jason Gould in August 2009, and owner Scott Tycer's recent decision to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Sous vide pork at Textile.​Creating a top ten list for the Heights is an intimidating process. At a basic level, it's difficult to even define the Heights. And with so many great restaurants to choose from, we've had to leave out popular spots Teotihuacan, Vietnam Restaurant, and Onion Creek f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Garlic Zeppole and Foie Gras Ice Cream: Challenging the Idea of Traditional Desserts

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​We entered through the back door into the labyrinthine kitchen of Textile. It was our third time at Scott Tycer's restaurant (although the first in its kitchen) and we were glad to be back: The desserts were the best part of our first two visits, and we were eager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Jinxed Restaurant Locations of the Decade

    ​Is there really such a thing as a jinxed restaurant location? Some say it is just a myth. But we beg to differ. In July, Eating Our Words featured its first list of jinxed restaurant locations. We are happy to see that some of these restaurants have beaten the curse. Feast even made it into B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Follow Friday for Houston Food Hounds

    Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2009
  • Dining

    March 12, 2009

    The Tastes of Textile

    When it's on, there's no place in town like Scott Tycer's new restaurant.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Showdown at the IPA Corral

    Houston's favorite brewery, Saint Arnold, held their sold-out Second Annual One Pot Showdown yesterday afternoon on the kind of overcast, slightly chilly day that was perfect chili (and gumbo and stew and curry) eating weather.  The rules for the One Pot Showdown were simple yet ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 6, 2008
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    July 1, 2008
  • Dining

    August 17, 2006

    A Simple Plan

    Scott Tycer may have downshifted, but diners will still find themselves in the gastronomic fast lane at Pic.

  • Dining

    June 22, 2006

    Into Thin Aries

    One of Houston's top restaurants does a disappearing act

  • Dining

    October 20, 2005

    Spy vs. Spy

    Our restaurant critic gets busted at Gravitas, so we send in our counterintelligence team

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Chefs Rule!

    If you can't stand the sight of lopped-off digits and the smell of your own flesh burning, get out of the kitchen

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Chef

    Scott Tycer

  • Dining

    July 10, 2003

    The In-Tycer

    National honors go to the chef at Aries

  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Bread Head

    Michael Zakowski's Krafts'men Bakery turns out hemp loaves and more

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    June 6, 2002
  • Dining

    April 18, 2002

    Continental Error-lines

    Scott Tycer tries to clear up the confusion over continental cuisine

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • Dining

    July 26, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Aries's Ernest Hemingway daiquiri

  • Dining

    May 10, 2001

    Salad Daze

    A chef and a produce grower get into a pissing match over ten pounds of greens

  • Dining

    March 15, 2001

    House of the Rising Sun

    The stars align at Scott Tycer's Aries

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