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.

This week, we're spotlighting some national sites with local interest, as well as some local sites that haven't yet been featured on Eating Our Words. We hope you enjoy these new blogs as much as we do.

Almost Veggie Houston: On our post about the newly-opened Sorrel Urban Bistro, the restaurant took some flack in the comments section about its menu items not being quite as "local" as originally touted. Almost Veggie Houston's latest post refutes those claims, with pictures and descriptions of dishes she enjoyed there like ancho chili-spiked whole shrimp and Gulf snapper fried okra and tomato slaw.

Hank's Food and Restaurant Blog: Have we entered the "post-service era," as J.C. Reid eloquently put it yesterday? We've recently been ruminating on just that idea, sparked by the spotty service at Down House. Professor Hank has his own opinion on the matter, especially when it comes to the way that restaurants treat solo diners.

GQ: On that note, read the review that will hopefully instigate a massive tide change in the emphasis (or lack thereof) that restaurants, chefs and owners place on service. Alan Richman's takedown of critical darling M. Wells in Queens is brilliant, cutting and totally true.

Eatocracy: In its recent article on the many ways that Hurricane Katrina evacuees have forever changed the face of Houston, CNN spotlighted local Cajun restaurant Beaucoup Bar & Grill. I wasn't aware of the family story behind this favorite spot, and kind of love it a little more now.

Slate: Remember our post on the worst restaurant websites in Houston? Apparently, Slate was paying attention: They called out Cavatore for having one of the worst restaurant websites in the country in a recent article asking: "Why are restaurant websites so horrifically bad?" (p.s. Here are our picks for the five best restaurant websites in town.)

New York Times: Lastly, this piece is required reading for anyone who views food as more than art on a plate, anyone for whom eating is a communal act of bonding and shared love. At the risk of spoiling it, I'll simply ask: What would you choose to eat for your final meal with a functioning stomach?

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