Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

Categories: Leftovers

Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Houston Entree: If you're still hungry for follow-up about the Houston Restaurant Week vs. Houston Restaurant Month debacle, new-kid-in-town Houston Entree has more dish straight from Cleverely Stone and Mark Hanna themselves.

Robb Walsh: The halal taco truck may be gone now, but a halal pizzeria with -- get this -- halal pepperoni has stepped in to take its place, Robb Walsh reports. Crespo is a little further out, but if you're already going to Cafe Pita + or Phoenicia or The Burger Guys anyway...

29-95: After a whole month without a restaurant review, Alison Cook is back in fine form discussing the new Gulf oyster appellations, several of which she recently tried at Goode Co. Seafood. So far, the 29-95 commenters have been...let's say more receptive to the new oysters than our own commenters were.

Jack Tyler Dines: Every food blog in town has swarmed Robb Walsh's restaurant, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, but that was to be expected, no? I really enjoyed the latest post from Jack Tyler, who compares the food at El Real to "the way entire families in South Texas ate their meals." Bonus points for having eaten at the old El Fenix back in Dallas, too.

CultureMap: Sarah Rufca, on the other hand, has an entirely different perspective on the food at El Real. Namely, that while some dishes are wonderful, others are frustratingly neglected and that the grease-laden cuisine is out of context with the sleek, modern space, producing a kind of culinary cognitive dissonance.



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11 comments
Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

Actually, i agree with both Jack Tyler Dines & Culture Map. Cheese Enchiladas were fantastic. Fajitas were very good, but not the best I've had. Puffy tacos were a new experience altogether, and the guacamole was very well prepared. But.... The nachos? I'm sorry, but it doesn't get less authentic to me than 8 dressed up chips surrounding guac, pico and sour cream. Authentic nachos mean everything and the kitchen sink are piled on top. I haven't had the entire menu yet, but the cheese enchiladas are reason alone to stop and try this place out.

Reveile
Reveile

Walsh writes about a pizza place whose other business is a funeral home: Crespo.Sorta creepy.

Clumsy Plumsy
Clumsy Plumsy

To be fair, I think Alison's oyster article did a better job of explaining how appellated oysters differ from generic oysters - it's more than just a name at a higher price.

Goudagirl
Goudagirl

Good golly miss molly! Someone at Culture Map actually being critical and criticizing something...Will wonders never cease?!

Puffinfish
Puffinfish

why would tyler do his blog in reverse?any ad person worth his salt knows that white text on black is harder to read, and therefore gets less readership

Lucinda3
Lucinda3

They serve puffy tacos over on Telephone Rd at Loma Linda. You and Jack need to get out a little more.

Cancanman
Cancanman

Agree, reverse is functionally goofy. Albert does his blog in reverse also, and ought to know better. It retards reading almost as much as writing in all caps.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Actually, white on black is easier on the eyes.

ThurstonH3
ThurstonH3

See the research: type that is set in reverse is harder to read. And gets less readership. Can you imagine a novel set in reverse? A newspaper? No.

H_e_x
H_e_x

What is that supposed to mean? I read it, and thought it was easy to read. How is it difficult to read? The eyes absorb less light when the background in black. That makes it easier on the eyes.

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