Hank On Food: This past Saturday, Hank traveled to the Third Ward and visited with Myrtle Jackson of Not Jus' Donuts. Besides finding a mighty fine sweet potato pie, he gets a lesson in the trials of replicating the recipes of great Southern cooks, many of whom did not actually write them down. Along the way, Hank himself--whether he realized it or not--provides a bit of a lesson in how to be a good parent. Not Jus' Donuts struggled to get back to good working order after Hurricane Ike and, thanks to some help from TLC's "Bakery Boss," seems to be well on their way to a good future.
Eater Houston: Jakeisha Wilmore gives us a look at the wine bar that will be replacing The Tasting Room's River Oaks location in November. Wine lovers need not look elsewhere for their wine fix, as Beckrew Wine House will soon be taking over the space. Oh and by the way, Wilmore happens to be Eater Houston's new editor. She's been a frequent contributor to our Openings & Closings feature in the comments section, so we wish her all the best in her new role.
Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Chili Bob takes us to Myth Kafe (formerly Greek Myth Café), a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of place in the Communication Workers of America building at 1730 Jefferson. Inside, friendly owners are turning out beefy gyros, "Chicken Astragon" with penne, wine sauce and mushrooms and delectable-looking ekmek kantaife (a vermicelli dessert with custard, syrup and pistachios). While Chili Bob notes that service can get a little bogged down, it sure sounds like it's worth a visit if you're near downtown.
Houstonia Gastronaut: Russell van Kraayenburg goes in search of The Waffle Bus and doesn't find it. What he does find, though are mouthwateringly good doughnuts from the under-the-radar Doughmaker truck. With flavors like maple glazed with candied bacon, pumpkin spice with toasted pumpkin seeds on top and horchata with dusted cinnamon, we're betting that people will stumble upon this truck less and hungrily seek it out more.
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Culinary Houston: Jack Tyler went to a celebration of the 44th anniversary of Los Tios Mexican Restaurants, which in turn honored several long-term employees who have stayed with the company from 16 to 35 years. With employee loyalty like that, Los Tios must be doing more right than just colorful tortilla soup and melt-in-your-mouth Mexican pralines.
Zagat Houston: Looking for a new restaurant to try? You might check out Marcy de Luna's picks for "The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston Right Now." Among those that made the cut: Museum Park Café, the brand-new Main Kitchen at the JW Marriot downtown and, also downtown, café-bar combo The Honeymoon.