Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

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Free Press Houston: Hate Yelp? Then you'll love Jay's screed against the restaurant review website over at Free Press Houston. In his essay, Jay -- who's better known as the blogger behind Guns & Tacos -- says that biggest problem with Yelp that its "platform is dependent on malicious activity, which explains why nefarious reviews are not reviled or expunged- they are tacitly encouraged. The Yelp platform is a nutrient-rich environment for optimum troll growth and reproduction. It is a portal to chaos, a toxic cesspool of evil."

Yelp: As you might imagine, Yelp users took issue with Jay's article -- especially the Yelp users right here in Houston. They started their own thread on the topic (at Yelp, of course) to defend themselves and their preferred site, which proceeded to get trolled pretty hard itself in short order.

Houston Chronicle: One of my favorite cafes at the moment is The Eat Gallery, where owner Marlon Hall gives up-and-coming chefs and bakers room to make and sell their food. Hall calls The Eat Gallery a "food incubator" in an interview with the Chronicle, offering services here in the Third Ward much in the same fashion as Cafe Luz/Kitchen Incubator does downtown. You can even get Kickin Kombucha, the Houston-made fermented beverage, at both places.

Delicious Mischief: Filming on the show Aquiles en Houston has wrapped, and now La Fisheria is fully open to the public for both lunch and dinner. Although the reviews trickling in on places like Yelp are lukewarm, John DeMers visited recently and fell in love with the vacation-like spot.

CultureMap: In the first of two wholly useful lists in this week's Sampler Plate, Sarah Rufca at CultureMap has compiled an updated list of the 10 best places in town to BYOB. She left off Pampa Grill, but that's okay -- I still want it to be my little secret for now.

Eater Houston: Last but not least, crawfish season continues full-steam ahead as Amber Ambrose demonstrated this week in Eater Houston's map of 17 different mudbug places all around town where you can get your fix.

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