This Week in Food Blogs: Maggie Rita's Meets Its Maker

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Houston Business Journal: In the first of this week's big news items, the HBJ reports that Maggie Rita's has closed its Galleria and Shepherd locations. No surprise, considering the overall quality of the food and the fact that the Kirby location was closed not too long ago. Maybe we'll finally get some Taco Towns now.

Eater Houston: Less than a week after we named Brasserie 19 as our favorite restaurant in River Oaks, executive chef Amanda McGraw parted ways with the swanky spot. McGraw had been with Brasserie 19 since the restaurant opened in summer 2011, and is the fourth executive chef to have departed since that time.

The Heights Leader: I am loving the newly invigorated Leader, especially because its food section is chock-full of interesting tidbits like these: D&T Drive-Inn has been purchased by the owners of Down House, who plan to "create a modern interpretation of the Texas ice house." Wonder how the residents in the quiet neighborhood off Cavalcade will respond to the flood of hipsters (myself included) which will surely follow...

CultureMap: In other bar news, Darla Guillen has more on Underdogs, the low-key craft beer bar that took over the old Lot space on Washington Avenue. Owners Steven Warren and Dustin Evans are committed to helping transform the street -- once the hottest spot in town for bars and clubs -- into something less flashy, more stable and enduringly popular.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Have you ever wondered why almost all pairing dinners at restaurants are wine-pairing dinners? While beer dinners are beginning to represent a small portion of beverage pairing dinners, Dr. Ricky wants to know why pairing dinners are limited to just alcoholic beverages -- and discusses a recent, successful non-alcoholic pairing dinner from Chef Steve Marques at Coal Vines in Sugar Land, where Marques highlighted his homemade phosphates and sodas.

Eater: Lastly, we turn again to Eater -- the national site this time around -- for your weekly dose of douche. Yelp extortionists have new competition, reports Amy McKeever: the ReviewerCard, "an identification card that purports to secure its holders better service by warning business owners, 'I write reviews.'" No, this is not an Onion article. Yes, it gets worse.

Follow Eating Our Words on Facebook and on Twitter @EatingOurWords

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.