This Week in Food Blogs: Upscale Burgers and New Barbecue for the Northwest

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Russell Weil at "Eat More Burgers" went to Vic & Anthony's on Friday (the only day they're open for lunch) to check out their burgers. They're an affordable luxury at this high-end steakhouse. Although the restaurant has been known to occasionally produce some wicked, over-the-top variants (ghost pepper burger, anyone?), the options available during Russell's visit were very approachable: The Vic, with bacon and cheddar and The Anthony, with blue cheese. Weil's dining partner felt there are a few flaws, but overall the visit sounds like it was a win.

Thanks to Eric Sandler at Culturemap for bringing the "A Girl Has To Eat" blog to our attention. The London-based blogger and food tourist just made a whirlwind trip through Houston and hit up new and established restaurants alike. The upshot: Eleven:Eleven was deemed hit-or-miss while BCN Taste & Tradition and the brand-spanking new Radio Milano both received high marks from the sophisticated foodie.

The Texas BBQ Ranger finds a trailer serving worthy smoked meats off in the " barbecue desert of North-West-No-Where." (That's a pretty accurate description, unless you count Brooks BBQ in Cypress.) The trailer is called D-Luxe BBQ and Catering and the Ranger really like its brisket, sausage and unique dipping sauce with wine, ginger and herbs.

Brunch & Conversation visits Backstreet Café and really enjoys the place, calling the 31-year-old restaurant a "city gem." The Red Corn Chicken Enchiladas were a hit, as was the red pear tart, especially with a glass of Malbec alongside. There's a linked video if you'd like to see the patio and hear a bit about the history of this Houston establishment.

The latest post of Tag Sale Tastes has a bit of everything. First off, let's have a moment of silence for the end of the Lucky Dog rescue benefit dinners coordinated by Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson. The final one was epic, complete with a mid-dinner, multicourse Thanksgiving feast by chefs Brandi Key and Patrick Feges, multiple drink pairings, desserts and more awesomeness than I can relate here. Tag Sale Tastes has a good photo gallery of the stunning farewell dinner. Other aspects of the post include a recipe for Black Cherry "Halloween" cookies that look like they'd be good during the entirety of the fall season as well as some opining about not being a smartass when a potential customer is considering buying your product.

Another thank you goes out to Sandler for pointing out the CocoDijon blog. The format is interesting; less written than a series of adjectival phrases like "popular one," "full-flavored" and "toasted/crunchy." If you're short on time, it's a quick scan. Recent entries include a not entirely awesome experience at Catalina Coffee and a satisfactory visit to Relish Fine Foods.

Speaking of pointing out food blogs: there's a distressing number that no longer get updated. (I understand, truly. I haven't updated mine in about a year.) If you come across some that are actively being kept up-to-date, send them my way so I can include them in the rotation.

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