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.

Culture Map: Sarah Rufca asks a question that anyone who deals with group dining runs into on a regular basis: Is it really that big of a deal for restaurants to split a check? At Caffe Bello one recent night, it apparently was.

29-95: Too much attention can definitely be a bad thing for a restaurant, especially if they're unprepared and understaffed for the kind of crowds that attention can bring in. Mike Cortez has a cautionary tale about the staggering amount of people that a good social media campaign can bring, and how not to handle them.

Blog of an Aspiring Foodie: Chris was one of the lucky few in Houston to get a reservation at the Just August Project -- a pop-up restaurant staffed by young, intensely talented chefs who aren't currently working in a "regular" kitchen -- before it served its last dinner last night. His tasting notes from the meal's nine courses make it seem like we were there.

Feeding Curiosity: Chef Randy Rucker keeps everyone up to date on the progress of the sister restaurant to Bootsie's Heritage Cafe that he's putting together in Tomball: restaurant connate. Those wishing to get a feel for the kind of food connate will be serving can still purchase seats at the joint Lazy Summer Repast dinner between Rucker, the chefs at Chez Roux and Seth Siegel-Gardener, the mastermind behind the Just August Project.

Confessions From a Gluttonous Chinaman: In case you hadn't heard (and how couldn't you?), it's Hatch chile season. Daniel reports back on the Hatch chile crabcakes at Central Market -- they're cheap, but are they good?

From the Gutt: With Houston Restaurant "Week" drawing to a close this Monday, September 6, Tom reflects on his favorite HRW meal so far at Mark's. Among those who've dined out during HRW, it appears that Mark's has been this year's favorite all around.

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