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 Food Adventures: Phaedra is back and blogging, and just in time to helpfully host a list of many of the silent auction items that have been donated to help out Linda Salinas. (Read more about Salinas's accident and the Houston food community's response in yesterday's EOW post.)

Eat 4 Sport: Houston has a new food blog, and it's one I'm really looking forward to reading on a regular basis after a discussion with new blogger Eric Sandler yesterday about "the useful restaurant" that doesn't get accolades for its food but is nevertheless comfortable, serviceable and, well, useful. For now, check out his thoughts on judging the 2011 Burger Bracket.

Houston Entree: Strike that. Houston has two new food blogs. Houston Entree is a Groupon-style site specifically for our city that also has a blog component, headed up by EOW blogger Amber Ambrose. A few other familiar faces -- current blogger Nicholas L. Hall and former EOW blogger Ruthie Johnson -- round out the blogging team, which has its own take on the opening of the new Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Bruce and I share the same frustrations when it comes to falafel and kibbeh. Both are often over-fried and either soggy or hard. But not at Mo's Knockout Grill, which Bruce recently discovered does both items well...among many others.

Robb Walsh: Robb has a prediction for 2011 and -- yes, of course -- it involves oysters: "I predict you will see some major stories in national food magazines about the rediscovery of Galveston Bay's oyster reefs this coming fall. A few famous old Galveston Bay oyster reefs like Pepper Grove and Ladies' Pass have already captured the attention of Rowan Jacobsen's Oyster Guide."

College Confidential: Finally, in funny news of the day, the sports blogger for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Mac Engel -- discovered what he thinks is the best burger in Texas while he was in town for the NCAA Final Four series: Bellaire Broiler Burger. "The burger is worth the drive. From anywhere," he wrote. He liked Pasha and Alfreda's Soul Food, too, while he was here, so while I don't agree with his burger assessment I have to admit his palate seems properly calibrated at least.

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