Every week, CultureMap Food Editor Eric Sandler examines the Houston culinary landscape, giving you the latest news, restaurant reviews, and interviews with some of the most interesting people in the scene. New episodes of the What's Eric Eating? podcast drop every Thursday morning, just in time to plan your weekend.
Episode 188 - Greg Perez and Lyle Bento of Night Moves Hospitality
Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Michael Fulmer to discuss this week's latest happenings in the Houston restaurant and bar scene including Ritual transforming into a new concept, Fusion Eats opening a 3rd location, and Layne's Chicken Fingers is coming to the Houston area. In the Restaurants of the Week section King Ranch Texas Kitchen and a new pop up in the area.
In the Guest of the Week section, Eric is joined by Greg Perez and Lyle Bento of Night Moves Hospitality. Eric speaks with the guys about a multitude of things including how Greg got into the restaurant business, all the places Lyle has been, how Night Moves came together, what about this opportunity appealed to Lyle, what to expect from their new concept Space Cowboy, whether Space Cowboy is a tiki bar (spoiler no), what type of food to expect, having fun at the pool, their other concept Trash Panda Drinking Club, why the love for racoons, type of food at Trash Panda, whether more are coming, and much more!
Episode 187 - Warren Luckett of Black Restaurant Week
Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Linda Salinas to discuss the latest batch of new restaurants announced that are on the way to the Houston area and in one case the Las Vegas area... and let's say it's a lot of new restaurants on the way. In the Restaurants of the Week portion Tiny Champions is featured.
In the Guest of the Week section Eric is joined by Warren Luckett of Black Restaurant Week. Warren speaks with Eric about how he started Black Restaurant Week, how does Black Restaurant work for the different restaurants that partcipate, how many are partcipating this year, the diverse spots that Black Restaurant Week highlights, taking Black Restaurant Week not only nationally but internationally, how they responded during the pandemic, offering business support, sponsor relationships, the culinary education compenet, the current state of black owned restaurants, where Houston ranks in terms of black owned restaurants, and much much more!
Episode 186 - Linda Nguyen of Roostar Vietnamese Grill
Today on the podcast Eric is joined by the Swanky Maven herself Felice Sloan of Swanky Beauty Bar to discuss some of the latest news from the Houston bar and restaurant scene including famed Burt's Meat Market closing, Omar Pereney's new culinary consulting company, and Vanessa Lomeli bringing some El Paso to The Heights with her new restaurant The 915. In the Restaurants of the Week section Killen's in The Heights (or inside the loop) is featured as well as a discussion regarding places for a good steak night.
In the Guest of the Week portion of the podcast, Eric is joined by Linda Nguyen of Roostar Vietnamese Grill. Linda speaks with Eric about how she became interested in the restaurant business, developing the idea for Roostar Vietnamese Grill, utilizing family recipes for some of the different dishes, items that they've adapted after getting customer feedback, embracing the moniker of Boss Lady, creating a culture with their employees, deciding on whether to expand, and more!
Episode 185 - Michael Neff of The Cottonmouth Club
Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Matt Harris to discuss the latest happenings in the Houston food scene including Crawfish & Noodles opening a 2nd location, Lance Fegen's return, and the closing of Original O.K.R.A. Charity Saloon. In the Restaurants of the Week section Kanau Sushi is featured.
In the Guest of the Week portion Eric is joined by Michael Neff of The Cottonmouth Club. Eric and Michael have an extended conversation regarding Governor Greg Abbott's decision to lift all restrictions in Texas. Michael speaks with Eric about the position that bars are in now due to this ruling, why he didn't make The Cottonmouth Club, his efforts in advocating for the bar community during the pandemic, what it would take to reopen The Cottonmouth Club safely, concerns about downtown, the types of customers they dealt with early on in the pandemic, and appearing in John Oliver's opening segment recently.
What's Eric Eating - Episode 184 - Adan Medrano of Truly Texas Mexican, The Movie
Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Mary Clarkson of Avondale Food & Wine to discuss some of the latest news from the Houston bar and restaurant scene including the Governor's mask mandate being lifted, a new concept from the owners of Doris Metropolitan, and two new locations for La Calle Tacos. In the Restaurants of the Week portion Messina Hof's Harvest Green Winery and Kitchen is featured. In the Guest of the Week section Eric is joined by Adan Medrano, executive producer and writer of Truly Texas Mexican, The Movie. Eric and Adan discuss how he got started writing, why he decided to turn his book into and movie, some of his favorite dishes from his research for the movie, and much more!
Episode 183 - Scott Hudler of Torchy's Tacos
Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Michael Fulmer to discuss some of the latest news from the Houston bar and restaurant scene including 8 Houston restaurants being featured in Texas Monthly's best new restaurants list, the closure of Down House, and Berg Hospitality's latest endeavors. In the Restaurants of the Week portion The Taco Stand and Bludorn are featured.
In the Guest of the Week section Eric is joined by Scott Hudler of Torchy's Tacos. Scott speaks with Eric about how one becomes chief marketing officer of Torchy's Tacos, his day to day responsibilities, keeping their menu lean, the process to developing their monthly specials, the passionate customer base, why the queso isn't changing, expanding in Houston, educating new out of state locations about queso & Torchy's, the big investment made into the company, the idea of craft casual, goals for their tortilla offerings, operating during these Covid times, and much more!
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Eric and his co-hosts provide the best info about new and exciting restaurants and bars in Houston. I find myself going to his “restaurants of the week” every week after I listen. His interviews with chefs and owners are so insightful and inspiring. I eat out almost every meal so I love hearing what his recommendations are around town. Keep up the great work!
This pod is yet another reason to look forward to Thursdays. I love the format and interviews.
However, I agree on the audio. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Eric actually say the word “cookbook” in the lightening round, because his elocution trails off at the end of sentences. Also, I can do without the caustic co-host who can’t bear the thought of leaving her beloved loop, and seems oblivious to the fact that the consuming audience is not so agoraphobic.
That’s it! That’s all the criticism! Keep up the good work and stay healthy! This is my number 1 podcast.
PLEASE, Speak into the microphone!!!
I LOVE this pod cast! I listen EVERY week it is uploaded. The ONLY criticism I have is MUCH of the time I have difficulty hearing what is being said. I have perfect hearing (I have recently had a hearing test) & when I have to have the volume all the way up to try to hear what is being said, there is a problem. Maybe I am just expecting too much considering you record in an actual studio. I really do appreciate all the work done on the podcast and really enjoy listening to it, when I can hear what is being said.