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Owners Of Hugo’s & Caracol Reveal New Details Of Forthcoming Restaurant Xochi

Posted: December 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm   /   News

A press release yesterday reveals some details on what husband and wife team Tracy Vaught and chef Hugo Ortega have planned for Xochi, their forthcoming restaurant on the ground floor of the new Marriott Marquis hotel. It will be located at 1777 Walker in downtown Houston. The opening is currently slated for January 2017, so […]

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Max Gonzalez at Platypus Brewing

Houston-Aussie Brewery Teams Up With Local Roaster For New Coffee Beer

Posted: December 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm   /   Breweries

It’s so important to have good relationships with the neighbors. Platypus Brewing just opened last September and was founded by Houstonian Rachna Hanrahan, her husband, Sean Hanrahan, who is from Australia and his friend and countryman Morgan Hughes. The Hanrahans could have built a brewery in Sean’s native land but Fate led them back to […]

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Sarah Cuneo at Anvil blind tasting test

Do You Have The Palate Of A Highly Trained Bartender? Find Out In Anvil’s Blind Tasting Competition

Posted: December 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm   /   Bars

Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston is known as one of the nation’s best cocktail bars, and that kind of reputation is not acquired through luck. An important aspect to its success is the rigorous, 12-stage bartender training program. The final test is correctly identifying a minimum of 47 spirits from a blind tasting of 50. […]

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Fried chicken at Hearsay

Former Rainbow Lodge Chef Is Making Southern Magic At Hearsay Gastro Lounge

Posted: December 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm   /   Food Finds, Southern

This past spring, Hearsay Gastro Lounge at 218 Travis landed chef Kelly Boyd—and many Houston diners are already familiar with his cooking. Boyd served as the executive chef of Rainbow Lodge for nearly two years. (Chef Mark Schmidt quickly reclaimed that position last February after the closing of his restaurant Blackbird & Henry in Austin.) […]

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Columbia River Fizz at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

The High-Quality Cocktails At Pappa Bros. Steakhouse Are Reason Enough To Visit

Posted: December 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm   /   Bars, Cocktails

When concept beverage manager Matt Tanner of Pappas Restaurants set about designing the winter cocktail list for the two Pappas Bros. Steakhouse locations (5839 Westheimer and 1200 McKinney in the Houston Center downtown), he realized that, as far as ingredients go, some of the most valuable assets were in the award-winning wine collection. Take, for example, the […]

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