Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

OC Weekly: In response to our response to his original post (how meta) on the five most influential American cities in Mexican cuisine, the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano admits that Houston has been influential in the development of Mexican cuisine. Just not in the ways that you're thinking.

Delicious Mischief: Rest easy, ceviche fans, says Delicious Mischief host John DeMers in his writeup of the new Latin Bites space: "If you were among "the few, the proud" to embrace the original Latin Bites Cafe in the tiny corner space that once was Dharma Cafe, then you're likely to find the new Woodway location bigger, better - and, happily, exactly the same."

Barley Vine: "Endeavor" is a fitting name for Saint Arnold's newest beer, a double IPA. Not only because of our city's connection with NASA's space program, but because it shows that the craft brewery -- now the Old Man in Houston's craft beer scene, to borrow from Battlestar Galactica parlance -- is still endeavoring to create new and exciting beers of their own. Ted puts the double IPA through its paces as he taste tests the newest brew.

Jack Around: Speaking of beer... If you enjoyed Nick Hall's recap of the New Belgium Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé Ale yesterday and want to seek out other porters in the same chocolate-chili realm, Jack has two additional suggestions for you.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: If you're scouting for excellent cochinita pibil, Bruce says to look no further for the Mexican specialty than the La Bala food truck at South Post Oak and Willow.

2 Dine For: Writing for 2 Dine For, our own Christina Uticone and her husband paid a visit to Thai Sticks only to find the old Montrose stalwart having -- shall we say -- a rough night.

Eater Houston: Finally, Amber Ambrose has a great interview with Houston native and country legend Lyle Lovett over at Eater Houston. Lovett shared his favorite local restaurants with Ambrose -- some you've definitely heard of, and some off-the-beaten-path places we'll be rushing out to try.

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