See, at Truffle Masters they put truffles on everything.

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Truffle Masters is one of the most anticipated events on the Houston food calendar. It's when foodies and media folks alike dress up a little and eat a lot of decadent cuisine with a dash (or sometimes dousing) of truffles, for good measure.

Because we're still in a pandemic, Truffle Masters in 2021 will look a little different.

This year's event will be held much like Houston Restaurant Weeks. Participating restaurants throughout Houston (and also Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas) will be featuring a special Truffle Masters menu item February 11–28, with a portion of sales going to the Texas Food & Wine Alliance to help hospitality workers impacted by Covid-19.

Restaurants taking part include the new 93 'Til and Hidden Omakase, plus a'Bouzy, Doris Metropolitan, Eculent, El Topo, Lucille's, MAD, Potente, Tony's, TRIS, Turner's, and more. You can vote for your favorite truffle dish among those tasted, with winners announced after the tasting period. Learn more about the event and find out the dishes on offer here.

Here's a tidbit that's just super fun to mention: LawnStarter, which concerns itself with lawn care, landscaping, and other lawn matters, led a study on which large American cities are best for people who like pizza. You're asking me why a website invested in lawns would do a study on pizza? I have no answers.

Anyway, the study found that Houston is 21st best city in America for pizza addicts. New York City is first, naturally, and Chicago is second. Makes sense. Houston being 21st makes sense, too, I guess. H-Town isn't a pizza hub by any means, but there is a good and growing culture of it here. The pies are improving, from established favorites like Pizaro's and Star, to hot newcomers like Angie's and Buffalo Bayou's pizza program. 

In case you want to know where our rivals landed, Dallas came in 15th place while Austin is back in the 39th spot, one behind Philadelphia, one of America's best pizza cities and all the proof I need that I can't trust LawnStarter for pizza content. (Like I needed proof.)

Al Quick Stop, the Mediterranean outpost that makes seriously delicious grub inside a Montrose convenience store, is adding to its legacy. Al will open a second location at 518 W 11th St, #300, in the same center as Hando, the new Kanpai Club, and the Bearded Baker. Look for Al in the Heights around July.

Bonfire Wings, a chicken wing chain of two restaurants a bit outside Metro Houston (one north of Aldine on the North Freeway, the other east of the city near Cloverleaf), has opened two ghost kitchens: one at the Blodgett Food Hall in the Third Ward, the other at Food Fair Co. in Uptown. Order here.