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.

Houston Entree: If you're still hungry for follow-up about the Houston Restaurant Week vs. Houston Restaurant Month debacle, new-kid-in-town Houston Entree has more dish straight from Cleverely Stone and Mark Hanna themselves.

Robb Walsh: The halal taco truck may be gone now, but a halal pizzeria with -- get this -- halal pepperoni has stepped in to take its place, Robb Walsh reports. Crespo is a little further out, but if you're already going to Cafe Pita + or Phoenicia or The Burger Guys anyway...

29-95: After a whole month without a restaurant review, Alison Cook is back in fine form discussing the new Gulf oyster appellations, several of which she recently tried at Goode Co. Seafood. So far, the 29-95 commenters have been...let's say more receptive to the new oysters than our own commenters were.

Jack Tyler Dines: Every food blog in town has swarmed Robb Walsh's restaurant, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, but that was to be expected, no? I really enjoyed the latest post from Jack Tyler, who compares the food at El Real to "the way entire families in South Texas ate their meals." Bonus points for having eaten at the old El Fenix back in Dallas, too.

CultureMap: Sarah Rufca, on the other hand, has an entirely different perspective on the food at El Real. Namely, that while some dishes are wonderful, others are frustratingly neglected and that the grease-laden cuisine is out of context with the sleek, modern space, producing a kind of culinary cognitive dissonance.

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Katharine Shilcutt