Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Bon Appetit: A reader wrote in to let us know that we'd overlooked the recent feature national food mag Bon Appetit did on Houston. We didn't miss it; we just didn't link to it here, but it makes me happy to know that people are reading Sampler Plate! On to the feature...

Food writer Andrew Knowlton was, let's say, more than impressed with his recent visit to Houston. And he wasn't shy about saying so: "Killer banh mi, crawfish boils, and a Tex-Mex revival are all part of what makes Houston the best food city in Texas. If you go, bring chopsticks--and your stretch pants."

He even got the Houston Culinary Tour treatment, visiting some of the city's best and most off-the-radar spots courtesy of Chef Chris Shepherd. Well done, gentlemen.

Houston Entree: I don't know where Ruthie Johnson finds the time to scope out as many delicious dishes each week as she does, but here are her top three for the week, including a summery sashimi and an Indian breakfast that has Houston written all over it.

29-95: I love J.C. Reid's roundup of Houston's classic Tex-Mex joints into handy categories such as Party Tex-Mex, Zombie Tex-Mex and Indie Tex-Mex. Where does your favorite place fall? Missing a category somewhere? Add your two cents about Texas's own homegrown regional cuisine.

My Table: Writing for My Table, EOW blogger Mai Pham (who also writes for the Examiner -- give the busy lady a hand!) gives tips and tricks for making the most out of the offerings at HK Dim Sum.

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Katharine Shilcutt