February 2019 - Houston Food Finder
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February 2019
Rigatoni at Mascalzone

Mascalzone Prepares to Pack Up & Leave Houston

Posted: February 27, 2019 at 1:14 pm   /   News, Restaurant Closings

The original and only remaining location of Mascalzone in Houston at 12126 Westheimer announced on social media that after five years of business, it is closing. The restaurant was originally founded in London by former Italian Olympic boxer Andrea Magi. The features at the Houston location included a big, state-of-the-art Marana-Forni pizza oven. The name […]

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Chris Shepherd

Houston Makes Strong Showing in 2019 James Beard Semifinalist List

Posted: February 27, 2019 at 10:13 am   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

The 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalist list was announced this morning and eleven nominees are in the greater Houston area. In recent history, Houston chefs, restaurateurs and bars have gained the city a great deal of culinary credibility by way of the awards. The city had a big presence on the semifinalist list in 2018, […]

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The Union Kitchen On Bellaire Gets a Hometown Chef and Revitalized Menu

Posted: February 26, 2019 at 8:54 am   /   Bistro, Brunch!, Food Finds

The Union Kitchen, restaurateur Paul Miller’s five-location Houston chain, recently welcomed a new executive chef to its original Bellaire location. Jesse Esquivel, formerly of Perry’s Steakhouse and Grand Lux Cafe, grew up in Meyerland and is revamping the classic bistro menu while rekindling the relationship with the neighborhood. Esquivel and Miller updated nearly half of the […]

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Chris Shepherd with Southern Smoke smoker

Pitmaker Replaces Stolen Pit Just in Time for Southern Smoke Spring Events in Houston — Updated

Posted: February 25, 2019 at 5:24 pm   /   Feed The Need, News

A week after New Year’s Day, thieves stole a big, expensive barbecue pit used to raise money for charity. Specifically, it was the big Pitmaker pit enveloped in a turquoise wrapper use for the annual Southern Smoke Foundation festival. The mobile pit was parked as usual at executive chef Chris Shepherd’s restaurant, One Fifth, when […]

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Essential Dishes: Where to Eat the Best Poke in Houston

Posted: February 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm   /   Food Finds, Houston's Best, Poke

We continue our weekly series on the dishes that define Houston’s dining scene with a more recent addition to the city’s culinary landscape — poke. Though these Hawaiian bowls of raw tuna and salmon did not grace our city’s restaurant scene until around 2016, the popularity has spread like wildfire, leading to poke shops sprouting all […]

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