This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Hatch Fest at Central Market

This week, we've got the scoop on Houston Restaurant Weeks, a review of SaltAir and some very attractive calzones. 

Zagat's Marcy de Luna put together a list of restaurants that are participating in HRW that you don't need a reservation to visit during this busy time of year. It includes the popular East End Andes Cafe at 2311 Canal, foodie favorite Roost at 1972 Fairview and many more. This list could be a lifesaver if you're trying to experience a Houston Restaurant Weeks menu at the last minute!

SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, 3029 Kirby, scored very high marks from CocoDijon; the only downside of the experience was a 30-minute wait despite a reservation. All the dishes they tried got at least four out of five, and the pulpo confit with grilled chimichurri, chilled corn soup with crab meat, halibut Alaska and whole Gulf snapper all earned perfect ratings. If you haven't gone yet, this review might give you good reason.

Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly BBQ, wrote a long post about barbecuing vegetables, which may sound boring, but his pictures and descriptions are not. If you're looking for side options for an upcoming cookout, maybe you should take his advice and just throw some eggplants right into the coals. Did we mention that he learned his carrot-cooking techniques from Chris Shepherd of Underbelly?

It's time for the annual Hatch Chili Festival at many places around town, and Central Market's edition is definitely one of the most popular. Joanna O'Leary has written this overview for Urban Swank with details on many of the interesting hatch flavor combinations that you can find at H-E-B's luxurious twin, including hatch chocolate chip ice cream and hatch meat loaf.

Leave it to Bev of Bev Cooks to use the phrase "sexy egg wash," but these Italian sausage and roasted red pepper calzones look as if they deserve it. She's got the recipe for you, and don't worry — it calls for pre-made pizza dough. It's another impressive but fairly easy dinner option that just might make its way into your standard repertoire.

Finally, Hank on Food went to Bollo Woodfired Pizza, 2202 West Alabama, where he was impressed by not only the Neapolitan-style pizza but also the full-service bar and authentic gelato offerings. He was entranced by the lobster ravioli, and, although he was temped by the Wagyu beef pizza (and who wouldn't be), he opted for a spicy and delicious Diavola instead. Everything earned A ratings at the eatery, and Hank's overall grade was a "Solid A."

That's it for This Week in Food Blogs! Know of a blog that you'd like to see featured? Leave us a comment or send us an email. We'll see you back here next week!
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Alexandra Doyle