B4ttlesong: "I was lecturing John Letoto about the virtues of getting completely wasted, every once in a while," begins sommelier Justin Vann in his latest philosophical post on B4ttlesong. "The minimum number I threw out was once a year." I'll just let you read on from there...
Eater Houston: If you didn't get a chance to drop into the brand-new Eleven XI when it opened its doors to the public last night, check out the photos and first look at chef Kevin Bryant's new restaurant at Eater.
29-95: In the most recent Whine & Dine column, The Vine Wine Room owner Joe Rippey admits that he made a mistake with a recent customer's experience and offers to treat them to dinner in return -- at his restaurant, Two Saints, or at his own home.
Gastronaut: One would think that a deep-fried cheeseburger would hold some allure inside all that batter. But as Houstonia food editor Robb Walsh found out at the Houston Texans Grille, even tempura can't improve a boring burger.
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Urban Swank: When food blogger Mary Scala, she found a "safe haven" in Montrose wine bar Boheme -- which has only gotten better over the years, especially with the introduction of new pizzas such as the Korean Belly. "It's topped with mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomatoes that chef Rishi Singh gets from local markets," writes Scala, plus "smoked pork belly, a gochujang BBQ sauce (a savory Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt--it's heaven y'all) and topped with toasted cashews."
Examiner: Finally this week, a smartly-named and thoughtful list from our buddy Mike Riccetti of the 10 best pizzas at non-pizza places. In amongst the standard Italian suspects are a few surprises: Cafe Pita + and Philippe.