Longtime Houston Restaurateur Opens Waitstaff School

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Photo by Ralph Daily via Flickr Creative Commons
A longtime Houston restaurateur is starting classes for training waitstaff.

Manfred Jachmich has been involved in the Houston restaurant industry for a very long time. He grew up in Koblenz, Germany, and worked as a pastry chef there and in Switzerland before emigrating to Houston in 1963. He earned a degree in economics and management from Houston Baptist University.

In 1972, Jachmich opened the original Ruggles Grill on Westheimer near Montrose, and managed it during its peak years before selling it. (It's since been bulldozed, ostensibly to make way for a second, long-delayed concept called FM 903 led by chef Ryan Hildebrand of Triniti.)


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The 10 Best Crawfish Dishes in Houston

Crawfish season is back! And while, yes, we love the regular ol' Cajun crawfish boil, we ALSO love these spectacular crawfish loaded dishes. From a seriously creamy crawfish bisque to deep-fried crawfish mac and cheese (yes, your heard that right), check out our top picks for mudbugs this season:

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Deli Man Movie Examines an Endangered Dining Tradition

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Ziggy Gruber of Kenny & Ziggy's deli in Houston has a prominent role in the new documentary, Deli Man.

According to David Sax, author of Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen, in 1930, there were more than 3,000 Jewish delicatessens in New York City in 1930. In 2009, that number had dwindled to a few dozen.

The numbers haven't just been dwindling in New York. The new movie Deli Man says that there are now only a few hundred Jewish delis nationwide.

Ziggy Gruber, chef and co-owner of Kenny & Ziggy's in Houston, is one of the few "deli men" holding the line and ensuring these repositories of food, culture and tradition survive. He has a prominent role in Deli Man and his scenes with his dad, girlfriend (now wife), and brother are emotional focal points that give the film a whole lot of heart and soul.

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Where to Eat Seafood During Lent 2015 in Houston

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Photo courtesy of Berryhill Baja Grill
Head to select Berryhill locations for half-price fish tacos on Fridays throughout Lent.
With the all out decadence of "Fat Tuesday" behind us, the 40 days of Lent -- a time of prayer, atonement, and (most importantly for the purposes of this article) meat-free Fridays -- has begun. But just because you may sacrifice meat, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice deliciousness. From one of our favorite tuna melts to half-price fish tacos, check out the restaurants offering Lenten specials and delectable seafood dishes:

Berryhill Baja Grill, select locations

Great news. You can have your fish taco and eat it, too. Select Berryhill locations in the Greater Houston area are offering their internationally famous original or grilled fish tacos for $1.99 (regularly $3.99). The offer begins Wednesday, February 18 and is then offered every Friday through April 3 at the Berryhill stores near the Galleria, West U, The Woodlands, Memorial City Mall and the original on Revere.

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe, multiple locations

In addition to fire-roasted pizzas, soups, salads and more, this Italian market offers weekly lunch and dinner specials perfect for Lent. This Friday's seafood options includes salmon ravioli and tilapia D'Amico (Rice Village location).


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Try These 5 Seriously Outrageous Sushi Rolls in Houston

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We aren't kidding when we talk about Cheetos making an appearance.
Preparing sushi is an intricate form of art. Balancing flavors as to not overwhelm the impeccably fresh fish; Adding just the right subtle accouterments to form the perfect bite. It's all so beautiful.

But then there's the kind of sushi rolls that you load up with Cheetos and smother in queso. And those, well, those are pretty freaking awesome, too. Here are five of outrageously awesome rolls:

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Hay Merchant Third Anniversary Party Preview

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Photo courtesy Lindsey Brown of Clumsy Butcher
The taps at Hay Merchant are being cleared this week-- no new kegs will be mounted-- in anticipation for the bar's third-anniversary party, on Thursday.

Three years ago, half of the location of the old Chances bar was converted into the Hay Merchant (1100 Westheimer Road, 713-528-9805), which quickly became the go-to spot in Montrose for craft beer. Once again, the Hay Merchant is clearing out its tap lines in preparation for an anniversary party, where co-owner and beer guru Kevin Floyd will roll out some of his favorite rare beers and special finds to be tapped on Thursday, February 12.

I attended last year's party, and if it was any indicator, this'll be a must-attend for Houston beer fanatics.

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Try These 5 Outrageously Chocolaty Desserts in Houston

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Five times the chocolate makes this cupcake five times the winner.
They say life is like a box of chocolates. That's cool, but we prefer to think of life like a box of chocolate-chunk-loaded, ganache-filled, buttercream-iced chocolate cupcakes. We don't have an analogy for it -- we just really, really love chocolate.

If you do too, check out these 5 seriously good chocolate treats.

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Whole Foods Post Oak Kicks Off Its Beer Dinner Series in Style

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The barleywine, paired here with roasted bone marrow, was a highlight among the beers.

In November, Whole Foods Market opened a new location on Post Oak, and in this location also opened its first brewery, making and selling its own, original beers under the WFM Brewing label. You may recall that around this time, I attended a meet-and-greet beer pairing dinner with brewmaster Dave Ohmer. Fast-forward a few months later, and Whole Foods has decided to make the beer pairings a monthly event: On the first Thursday of each month, Whole Foods will host a dinner at the Post Oak location with a menu chosen and prepared in-house by Executive Chef Josh Shobe, paired with a series of beers from WFM Brewing or another local brewery. (With each course, Shobe and Ohmer explained their decision-making on each item and the process of cooking or brewing it.) I was able to attend the first such dinner on Thursday, and it was quite a treat, a five-course meal (not including the salad) with well-chosen pairings. More on the experience below.

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Burger Shot: House of Pies' Texas Cheeseburger

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Photo by Brooke Viggiano
Do yourself a favor and get reacquainted with House of Pies' burgers.
Get your burger with a side of nostalgia at the 24-hour Houston classic diner, House of Pies, 3112 Kirby.

Here we have the monster-size Texas Cheeseburger ($9.95).

But be warned: Whether you're going for a mid-afternoon lunch or a late-night snack, you'll likely need a long nap after devouring this beefy, overloaded grease bomb. And we say grease bomb in the nicest possible way...


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Try These 5 Seriously Awesome Hot Dogs in Houston

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Photo by Brooke Viggiano
Be prepared to get wild.
Everyone loves a good hot dog. And while of course a classic 'kraut and mustard topped weiner is good -- a dog loaded with chili and smashed into a bun along with potato salad is better. Here are five outrageous hot dogs that should definitely make it to your "must eat" bucket list.

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