Each week, I take a look at the food writing scene in Houston…and give my opinion on it.

Guess I better lead off with El Real and Katharine Shilcutt’s spotlight on the place.  In it, the word “evangelist” was used twice in less than a five-word span. That was a little weird.  Also, this article smells a little “conflicty of interest”. Maybe it should have been handed off. But no biggie…no matter what…coverage from HP on El Real will always draw a few snarls. But what really rubbed me the wrong way was a comment Ms. Shilcutt made in the box: “And although we have a lot of Tex-Mex in town, we have very few joints that I’d consider truly great — or truly vintage.” Umm, wrong.

Who doesn’t love a good list? Amber Ambrose does…and I like this one. Just a great topic and simple answers that probably took a shitload of emailing to collect. BTW…my guilty pleasure is Cool Ranch Doritos…hell, any Doritos for that matter.

Name these ribs!

If you have any interest in barbeque in Houston, J.C. Reid’s new pet project is a must follow. I am very intrigued on how this thing will play out. His take on health and environmental codes is a very interesting one. I truly encourage readers to check this out. Even if you don’t agree with J.C., I guarantee you’ll learn something along the way.

I enjoyed reading this piece by Marene Gustin. But it left me wanting just a tad more…maybe like a short career bio of the subject. Maeve O’Gorman Pesquera has a badass job, but it would have been interesting to read all the stops along the way.

A buddy of mine told me to check this site out. I’m intrigued. How have I not heard of this guy? I need to get my ass back in the loop. Even from afar.


Amber Ambrose September 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

In full disclosure – Hannah Siegel-Gardner is the author of that really fun Guilty Pleasures list…She did all the hard work there.

The Mighty Rib September 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

My apologies to you and Hannah. I should have looked closer at the author. Great work Hannah!

SirRon September 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

If there were a chip flavor hall of fame, Cool Ranch Doritos would be in it. Chili Cheese Fritos too. Just saying.

The Mighty Rib September 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

Agreed. But Chili Cheese Fritos make my breath smell like an armpit.

    SirRon September 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The Chip Flavor Hall of Fame does not take into account what happens after the chip leaves the lingual.

The Mighty Rib September 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

On that rationale, please add Funyuns to the list.

    SirRon September 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Funyuns were first ballot Chip Flavor HOF’ers.

The Mighty Rib September 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Nacho Flavored Tostitos…a chip that was gone by the 90’s, but certainly not forgotten.

Mike September 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Those look like the ribs from Burns.

    The Mighty Rib September 24, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Some people should have been excluded from answering:)

    You are correct.

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