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Alison Cook
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My latest restaurant review: Fielding's Local in the Woodlands is full of engaging surprises. I'm a big fan.
The Texas citrus skittered around the herbal edge of chimichurri sauce and boosted the earthy beef, which had been simmered sous-vide for two days straight, so that it collapsed into melting shreds at the nudge of a fork. At this ambitious new Woodlands-area restaurant, a kolache snugged around coarse, spicy garlic sausage appears as a first course, set off by sweet Madeira-soaked figs and a tangle of deeply caramelized onion. Just as unusual i...
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My colleague Syd Kearney reports on an unexpected shakeup in Houston's booming BBQ universe:
Pitmaster plans to be cooking for downtown diners in six weeks
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Chef Randy Rucker's Bramble is this week's review, and these hen of the woods mushrooms in a simple  persillade, or parsley sauce, are an example of the seasonal, rustic Gulf Coast dishes you might find there.
Around them, under little white Christmas lights affixed to a salvaged wood ceiling, older diners from the upscale suburban neighborhood dined more circumspectly, as fans of the chef, Randy Rucker, filtered in from various corners of the city. Roasted oysters on the half shell sailed forth, a perfect winter starter clad in bacon cubes, pickled collard greens and melted butter, a grilled half-lemon at hand to squirt at will - even though the oyst...
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It's Burger Friday. Check out this tall double-double with pimento cheese and bacon at Pour Society, the new Bradley Ogden gastropub in Memorial Gateway.
A review of the signature burger at Pour Society, the new Bradley-Ogden-backed gastropub in Memorial Gateway
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My colleague Greg Morago reports on the soon-to-open 8 Row Flint:
The Heights neighborhood ice house is concentrating on a stellar bourbon selection and an excellent taco menu featuring house-made corn tortillas
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Meet the pig wing. I fell in love with it — and other entries — while judging the 1st annual Houston BBQ Throwdown at +Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Read all about it here: http://www.chron.com/entertainment/alison-cook/article/First-annual-BBQ-Throwdown-sells-out-stretches-6619884.php?cmpid=twitter-tablet
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How the late, great Jim Goode set the table for the current generation of Houston chefs.
Cajun/Creole, Deep Southern, Mexican, cowboy - all these core Houston culinary influences wove together on Goode's menu, breaking down the genre walls in a way that tasted both exuberant and inevitable.
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My colleague Greg Morago went to last night's black truffle throwdown, poor thing. His report:
Kata Robata chef wins 2016 Houston Truffle Chef Challenge; wins more than two pounds of fresh black truffles from Spain
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Bumper crop!
With its refined raw bar offerings, impeccable vegetables and salads, and fresh seafood from around the globe, this handsome and well-run place seems like the restaurant that much-loved chef Brandi Key was born to run. Unusual cuts such as shoulder clod (cañita de diezmillo) and sprawling ribeye cap for a group help to make the menu special; as do personality-plus dishes including the racy Mexican-style shrimp cocktail and delightful cushions of...
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You said bakers dozen, so I expected one more! Great list though. :)
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This week's review: Southern Goods in the Heights, a very Houston mashup of icehouse, diner, pub and bbq joint.
When the steel-gridded windows of this new-age Heights icehouse are flipped out to admit the mild Gulf Coast winter air, Houstonians belly up to the bar and fill the covered terrace picnic tables all the way out to the gravel-floored backyard. Think of it as a modern species of diner, where the hungry can converge to grab a burger or an ad-hoc plate lunch, a salad or a grilled cheese sandwich, even a more substantial meal. From charry, melting ...
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Here are three ways you can donate to help defray medical and living expenses for a much-loved stalwart of Houston's food community, Liz Fenton: http://www.chron.com/entertainment/alison-cook/article/All-star-chefs-will-cook-benefit-dinner-for-6635709.php?cmpid=gplus-desktop
Some of Houston's top chefs unite to cook a dinner benefiting dedicated food-scene volunteer Liz Fenton, who faces major surgery and the costs that come with it.
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A great piece of forgotten Houston BBQ lore from my colleague Chris Reid: 
The work was dangerous and dirty and, like many laborers of that time, Jesse made do with only four fingers on his right hand, having lost his index finger in an accident. After moving to Houston, Jesse worked as a machinist and later as a watchman (security guard) for the Texas Company (later Texaco) - jobs that were more stable and safer than his previous line of work. On Nov. 9, 1933, Jesse, Hubert and Albert were returning from a hunting tr...
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