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Every week, CultureMap 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 Tuesday and Thursday.

What's Eric Eating What's Eric Eating

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 67 Ratings

Every week, CultureMap 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 Tuesday and Thursday.

    Episode 384 - Haywire

    Episode 384 - Haywire

    On today's edition of the podcast Eric is joined by the Swanky Maven Felice Sloan to discuss the latest happenings from the Houston restaurant and bar scene. The pair discuss Houston's only James Beard Finalist Emmanuel Chavez of Tatemó not winning at this year's awards, the announcement of a 3rd location of The Taco Stand coming this time to Montrose, and Katami being named to the Robb Report's 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. In the Restaurants of the Week portion, Haywire is featured and it was an interesting experience to say the least.

    Follow Eric on Instagram/Threads @ericsandler. You can also reach Eric by emailing him at eric@culturemap.com. Check out some of his latest articles at Culturemap.com:


    Houston Chef Will Not Be City's Latest James Beard Award Winner
    Burger Joint Owners Roll Into Montrose with Street-Style Tacos
    Robb Report Names Buzzy Montrose Sushi Spot to Best New Restaurants List
    Houston Farmers Market Swaps Celeb Chef Taqueria for Family-Owned Tamales
    Houston Japanese Restaurant Crafts New, Premium Delivery Boxes

    • 39 min
    Episode 383 - Kevin Lee of Phat Eatery

    Episode 383 - Kevin Lee of Phat Eatery

    Today on the podcast Eric is joined by Kevin Lee of Phat Eatery. The pair discuss how things at Phat Eatery have been since Alex Au-Yeung's passing, maintaining a community focus, honoring Alex's legacy, Kevin's career, what brought him to Phat Eatery, when he knew they had something with Phat Eatery, how the restaurant has evolved over the years, how the Woodlands location is coming along, what the menu will look like at the new location, who's leading the culinary side of things now, how they want to grow Phat Eatery, and more!

    Follow Eric on Instagram/Threads @ericsandler. You can also reach Eric by emailing him at eric@culturemap.com. Check out some of his latest articles at Culturemap.com:


    Robb Report Names Buzzy Montrose Sushi Spot to Best New Restaurants List
    Kin Dee Owner Opens New Fast Casual Thai Restaurant in Montrose
    Award-Winning New Orleans Cocktail Bar Pops-Up at Houston Hotel's Speakeasy
    Houston Chef Will Not Be City's Latest James Beard Award Winner
    Burger Joint Owners Roll Into Montrose with Street-Style Tacos

    • 26 min
    Episode 382 - Bar Bludorn

    Episode 382 - Bar Bludorn

    This week on What's Eric Eating, Eric and this week's co-host Mary Clarkson, owner of Avondale Food & Wine, talk about all the big news, and goings on with the Houston restaurant scene!

    Including...


    The modern Vietnamese restaurant Xin Chao closing months after celebrity chef Christine Ha ("MasterChef" winner) left the restaurant.
    Veteran restaurateur Benjy Levit, the restaurateur behind Local Foods, will close his French restaurant Eau Tour and convert it to a new Italian restaurant named Milton’s.
    Comma Hospitality, the restaurant group known for its luxurious sushi restaurant Neo, will open Kira in Upper Kirby’s Shops at Arrive River Oaks development this July, a new sister concept with a more affordable price point.
    And their restaurant of the week is Bar Bludorn!

    Follow Eric on Instagram/Threads @ericsandler. You can also reach Eric by emailing him at eric@culturemap.com. Check out some of his latest articles at Culturemap.com:


    Beloved Houston bagel shop adds new location at Holocaust Museum
    Innovative inner loop Vietnamese restaurant will shutter after 4 years
    French-inspired cocktail bar raises the roof at Montrose development
    Veteran Houston pastry chef bakes up new biscuit-based ghost kitchen
    Award-winning Houston chefs roll into Upper Kirby with new Japanese restaurant

    • 31 min
    Episode 381 - Chris Williams of Lucille's Hospitality Group

    Episode 381 - Chris Williams of Lucille's Hospitality Group

    Chris Williams of Lucille's Hospitality Group returns to the podcast for the first in quite some time. Chris and Eric catch up on the latest happenings with the group. The pair speak about the development of Late August, how things are going with Late August so far, how Chris started working with chef Sergio Hidalgo, the signature elements on the Late August menu, the brilliance (and beauty) of Danny Davis, working with Gin Design Group, how things are going at The Rado MKT, the inspiration behind Rado MKT, the importance of the El Dorado Ballroom, Chris' involvement in farming, the continued success of Lucille's, and much much more! 

    Follow Eric on Instagram/Threads @ericsandler. You can also reach Eric by emailing him at eric@culturemap.com. Check out some of his latest articles at Culturemap.com:


    16 Exciting New Bars and Restaurants Opening in Houston This Summer
    Chinese Restaurant Known for Peking Duck and Dumplings Debuts in Rice Village
    Memorial Favorite Now Slinging Pizzas and Shaking Cocktails in the East End
    Doris Metropolitan Masterminds Serve Up New Montrose Mediterranean Eatery
    Bill Gates Shares Summer Reading Recs from Acclaimed Houston Barbecue Joint

    • 39 min
    Episode 380 - Októ Coming Soon, and 'The Fancy' in Galveston

    Episode 380 - Októ Coming Soon, and 'The Fancy' in Galveston

    On today's edition of What's Eric Eating, Eric is joined by Monica Danna to discuss some of the latest news from the Houston restaurant and bar scene. Monica and Eric discuss Doris Metropolitan owners' revealing new plans to open a new Mediterranean restaurant called Októ.

    Plus, The Clé Group opening an upscale cocktail lounge called Fancy's, that also serves a small food menu including shareables and sushi.

    Finally, their restaurant of the week is The Fancy in Galveston!

    Follow Eric on Instagram/Threads @ericsandler. You can also reach Eric by emailing him at eric@culturemap.com. Check out some of his latest articles at Culturemap.com:


    Doris Metropolitan masterminds serve up new Montrose Mediterranean eatery
    Bill Gates shares summer reading recs from acclaimed Houston barbecue joint
    These Houston restaurants have yet to reopen after losing power
    Montrose Pizzeria Known for '90's Vibes and Late Night Hours Suddenly Shutters

    • 28 min
    Episode 379 - Roberto Espinosa and Eric Wilkerson of Tacodeli

    Episode 379 - Roberto Espinosa and Eric Wilkerson of Tacodeli

    Today on the podcast, Eric is joined by Roberto Espinosa and Eric Wilkerson of Tacodeli. The guy speaks with Eric about how they began working together, why Roberto decided tacos was the right route to go, Eric going from Y2K consulting to tacos, the direction they took with their tacos with both traditional/non-traditional options, how they grew the business, why they decided to come to Houston, what made their new Houston location at Post Oak the right next spot in the city for Tacodeli, what customers can expect from the new location, how the new location differs from their location on Washington, expanding the brand into Dallas, how the Dallas and Houston markets compare, where their 3rd Houston location might be (or will be I should say), where new customers should start when it comes to their menu, and more!

    Follow Eric on Instagram/Threads @ericsandler. You can also reach Eric by emailing him at eric@culturemap.com. Check out some of his latest articles at Culturemap.com:


    Montrose Pizzeria Known for '90's Vibes and Late Night Hours Suddenly Shutters
    Houston Dynamo Star Brian Ching Scores Katy Outpost of his Smash Hit Soccer Bar
    Street-Style Taco Shop's Baybrook-Area Location Sets Opening Date
    Whataburger Perks Up Breakfast with South America-Sourced Iced Coffee
    Nightlife Veterans Grow Up with Opening of New River Oaks Cocktail Lounge

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Oz/Ozzie ,

Listen to your podcast

Please stop saying “ya know” It makes listening unbearable.

Pipez ,

It’s alright

It’s a decent podcast to get more in depth info on food news in Houston, but half the time the guest hosts are not great. Any episode with the guy who feels obligated to say “daddy” ironically 75 times is an instant skip. If a joke doesn’t work, don’t lean into it harder. You’re a food person not a comedian. Stick to food and let comedians do the jokes

ClayHou ,

Congrats on 200 episodes - great podcast

Massively good podcast to stay informed on restaurant and bar intel in Houston. Fun to listen to. I always have a few new places I want to try after listening to the beginning few minutes of each episode. Past episodes with the Canadian chef who cusses a lot are amazing.

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