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Zelko Bistro, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Beaver's Take the Food Network

Local favorites Zelko Bistro, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Beaver's will be the first of three restaurants to represent Houston on the Food Network, as more Bayou City joints get spotlighted by the channel in upcoming shows.

Meat & Potatoes will feature the three restaurants in upcoming episodes that will air starting tonight with Little Bitty Burger Barn. Host Rahm Fama visited the burger spot back in January and sampled Charlie's Five Alarm Burger, purported to be one of Texas's hottest burgers (it's topped with jalapeño-habanero sauce). The LBBB segment will air at 9 p.m. CT in the "Meat with Heat" episode.

Next week, on March 28, the show will feature Beaver's in the "Pigging Out" episode. Fama tried Chef Jonathan Jones's Carolina vinegar pulled pork sandwich and its three-seed creamy coleslaw as CultureMap's Sarah Rufca caught a backstage look at the filming.

We got our own backstage look at Zelko Bistro, where the production team was filming Chef Jamie Zelko for the "Comfort Meats" episode, which will air April 18. It featured Fama sampling the bistro's Meatloaf in a Can served with (my personal favorite) house-made fried pickles.

But the photos we took on set that day were embargoed...until now. Check out our slideshow of the on-set action and remember to tune in tonight at 9 p.m. to cheer Houston on.

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Katharine Shilcutt