This Week In Food Blogs: Should Food Trucks Get a Fair Shake?
A black bean burger and a can of Karbach at Gratifi Kitchen + Bar.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
29-95: Montrose mainstay Gratifi -- the newly rebranded Ziggy's -- received some much-deserved love from Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook for its extensive burger menu, in particular the Gaucho burger. "The Argentinian-themed El Gaucho is one of those specialty burgers that succeeds beautifully on a sandwich level," she writes, "with all the parts coming together to make a vibrant whole."
Houstonia: The much loved, always busy French Rivieria Bakery recently moved to a new, larger location. Robb Walsh reports that the move was a welcome one, and that the "pain chocolat, chocolate eclairs, and cream puffs here are among the best in the city."
CultureMap: Writing for CultureMap, Ruthie Johnson Miller -- who's known for her helpful monthly lists of Houston's hot spots, "Where To Eat Right Now" -- runs down the retinue of new sweet shops in town. Most of the new spots, such as Teacake Factory, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Mighty Sweet Mini Pies focus on one single treat, often to their benefit. "Specialty shops allow owners to concentrate on that one thing they love most," writes Miller. "They can hone textures and flavors and processes, all to offer a more perfect treat."
Eater Houston: Brooklyn Athletic Club owner Shepard Ross has been promising a food truck since the restaurant opened last winter, and now it's here. Writes editor Eric Sandler at Eater Houston: "[T]he truck formerly known as Zilla Streets Eats will, according to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, begin serving this weekend." Look for it to serve burgers, hot dogs and more outdoorsy food perfect for the spring weather.
Blue Jean Gourmet: New mother Nishta has been taking baby steps while figuring out the best way to introduce new foods into the diet of her adopted baby boy, Shiv -- and her results speak for themselves. "Our little boy loves to eat," she writes. "He hasn't rejected a single thing we've given him, though he does show preferences." Bonus: Cute baby photos ahead.
KHOU: Last but not least, KHOU ran a rather insulting report Monday evening on the food quality and safety of food trucks. "The Houston's chief sanitarian says most of the trucks are doing great when it comes to food safety," the report states. And then: "But food inspection reports show some of the trucks have shut down temporarily and we wanted to know why."
Food trucks are no different than restaurants -- many of which get shut down temporarily week after week, as you can read in our Friday Health Department Roundup reports -- yet KHOU isn't running a report on the food quality and safety in restaurant kitchens. Two more important facts to consider: Food trucks must visit a commissary every day, while restaurants wait for a health inspector to pay a visit. And there are actually more City of Houston health inspectors per food truck than there are health inspectors per restaurant: The ratio is 313 to 1 for food trucks and 413 to 1 for restaurants.
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