This Week in Food Blogs: Upscale Burgers and New Barbecue for the Northwest

A well-traveled blogger from London visits BCN Taste & Tradition. Does it hold up to expectations?
A well-traveled blogger from London visits BCN Taste & Tradition. Does it hold up to expectations?
Photo by Photo by Chelsea Smith

Russell Weil at "Eat More Burgers" went to Vic & Anthony's on Friday (the only day they're open for lunch) to check out their burgers. They're an affordable luxury at this high-end steakhouse. Although the restaurant has been known to occasionally produce some wicked, over-the-top variants (ghost pepper burger, anyone?), the options available during Russell's visit were very approachable: The Vic, with bacon and cheddar and The Anthony, with blue cheese. Weil's dining partner felt there are a few flaws, but overall the visit sounds like it was a win.

Thanks to Eric Sandler at Culturemap for bringing the "A Girl Has To Eat" blog to our attention. The London-based blogger and food tourist just made a whirlwind trip through Houston and hit up new and established restaurants alike. The upshot: Eleven:Eleven was deemed hit-or-miss while BCN Taste & Tradition and the brand-spanking new Radio Milano both received high marks from the sophisticated foodie.

The Texas BBQ Ranger finds a trailer serving worthy smoked meats off in the " barbecue desert of North-West-No-Where." (That's a pretty accurate description, unless you count Brooks BBQ in Cypress.) The trailer is called D-Luxe BBQ and Catering and the Ranger really like its brisket, sausage and unique dipping sauce with wine, ginger and herbs.

Backstreet Cafe finds favor with the ladies from Brunch & Conversation
Backstreet Cafe finds favor with the ladies from Brunch & Conversation
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

Brunch & Conversation visits Backstreet Café and really enjoys the place, calling the 31-year-old restaurant a "city gem." The Red Corn Chicken Enchiladas were a hit, as was the red pear tart, especially with a glass of Malbec alongside. There's a linked video if you'd like to see the patio and hear a bit about the history of this Houston establishment.

The latest post of Tag Sale Tastes has a bit of everything. First off, let's have a moment of silence for the end of the Lucky Dog rescue benefit dinners coordinated by Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson. The final one was epic, complete with a mid-dinner, multicourse Thanksgiving feast by chefs Brandi Key and Patrick Feges, multiple drink pairings, desserts and more awesomeness than I can relate here. Tag Sale Tastes has a good photo gallery of the stunning farewell dinner. Other aspects of the post include a recipe for Black Cherry "Halloween" cookies that look like they'd be good during the entirety of the fall season as well as some opining about not being a smartass when a potential customer is considering buying your product.

Another thank you goes out to Sandler for pointing out the CocoDijon blog. The format is interesting; less written than a series of adjectival phrases like "popular one," "full-flavored" and "toasted/crunchy." If you're short on time, it's a quick scan. Recent entries include a not entirely awesome experience at Catalina Coffee and a satisfactory visit to Relish Fine Foods.

Speaking of pointing out food blogs: there's a distressing number that no longer get updated. (I understand, truly. I haven't updated mine in about a year.) If you come across some that are actively being kept up-to-date, send them my way so I can include them in the rotation.

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Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St.
Houston, TX 77002


Eleven:Eleven Restaurant & Bar - Closed

607 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019


BCN Taste and Tradition

4210 Roseland St
Houston, TX 77006


Radio Milano

800 Sorella Court
Houston, TX 77024


Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77019


Catalina Coffee
Relish Fine Foods

3951 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77027


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