GQ: In the first of a few national spotlights on Houston this week (did you see the James Beard Award nominations yesterday? hot damn!), GQ's head food writer Alan Richman lists the 12 most outstanding restaurants of 2013 (early in the year though it may be.) and gives two of the spots to Houston restaurants: Oxheart and Uchi. In addition to these two spots, writes Richman, "Houston is becoming the most electrifying food destination in America."
Virtual Gourmet: Echoing his sentiments in our recent feature, "30 Essential Texas Restaurants," Esquire's own John Mariani devotes a large chunk of his weekly newsletter to Houston's increasingly interesting food scene. He writes:
The not-always-friendly competition between Houston and Dallas of course includes bragging rights over which has the better food scene, and, despite some world-class restaurants like Stephen Pyles and Fearings, Dallas has been a slacker for a few years. But now Big D is nudging upwards with new exciting restaurants. For the moment, though, Houston can readily claim to have the broader, deeper food scene throughout the city.
Eater Houston: "Bobby F***ing Heugel, in his role as head of restaurant activist group OKRA (as opposed to his role as co-owner of five establishments or managing partner of Ninfa's on Navigation), spent a few minutes talking to Fox and Friends about The Original OKRA Charity Saloon," reports Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler. Watch the morning anchors on Fox News try to wrap their very capitalism-minded brains around how a business could give away all its profits to charity. "Bobby," gapes one anchor, "what's wrong with you?" It's good, clean fun.
Delicious Mischief: In openings news, radio host John DeMers visits the new Reginelli's Pizza near Memorial City Mall, "a family-friendly pizza place" that "might seem an odd choice for the Brennans, a legendary restaurant family best known for fine dining."
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Commercial Free Cocktail: No longer the bar manager at The Pass & Provisions, barman Alex Gregg now has a bit more spare time -- and he's using some of it to catch up on his blog. In his latest post, Gregg provides some common sense-based comments on the recent kerfuffle over the Maker's Mark announcement that the brand's bourbon would be lowering its proof by 3 percent to meet customer demand.
Bayou City Bites: Last but not least, Bevo has a short wrap-up of the recent Oyster Extravaganza at the Saint Arnold Brewery, which benefited Foodways Texas. His favorite of the different Gulf appellation oysters on offer that day? Resignation Reef in Galveston Bay and Champagne Bay in Grand Isle.