29-95: Opening today is Brooklyn Athletic Club, the new restaurant from Shepard Ross and chef Jeff Axline that took over the spot where Zimm's Little Deck once stood. Greg Morago has a preview of the space, which features two spaces in one: "The Clubhouse, a 45-seat, diner-style, full-service restaurant, and the BAC Yard, the restaurant's expansive back yard that will feature a bar and a menu serviced by a Brooklyn Athletic Club food truck offering burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, brochettes, fish tacos, hand-cut French fries and sausage platters." And in case you're wondering about the name, Morago clears that up too: "The back yard also is a place for games like darts, horseshoe, croquet, bocce and badminton.
Eater Houston: Also opening today is Charity Bar, the OKRA-backed space on Congress that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to charity each month. The place has been significantly remodeled since its open house in August, and Gary R. Wise has some beautiful shots of the revamped space over at Eater Houston.
Robb Walsh: Ever wonder what a Walsh family roadtrip would be like? Guest blogger Katie Walsh -- Robb's daughter and a full-time food writer herself -- describes the trips of their childhood as well as a more recent trip along the road between Houston and New Orleans.
Battlesong: Finally, sommelier Justin Vann is back at the keyboard again. This time, he's anthropomorphizing a bottle of San Leonardo Gonzaga 1999, a wine "meant for greatness," according to Vann. "He was always shy, quiet, introverted. But when he got a guitar in his hands, he bent the world to his will in the garages of Jackson, Mississippi."
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