Mmmm, choices.

The Houston Barbecue Festival has launched a helpful tool for folks searching for top 'cue across the city. The Houston BBQ Guide is a data-driven website app with a sophisticated search engine meant for users to find the perfect barbecue spot for wherever they are and whatever mood they're in. 

"I like to think of it as a guide for everyday barbecue fans," says J.C. Reid, co-founder of the Houston Barbecue Festival, barbecue columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and primary developer and editor of the guide.

Twenty-eight area barbecue joints are listed right now, and Reid anticipates more to come. Go here to start searching.


The Texas Restaurant Association announced on Tuesday the finalists for its 2021 Texas Restaurant Awards. How did Houston fare? Eh. Masroor Fatany of The Halal Guys and Mike Dean of Yaga's Presents in Galveston are finalists for the Texas Restaurateur of the Year Award.

Other prizes given at the ceremony, set for July 11 at the Lone Star Bash at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, include the Deep in the Heart Award (given to chefs and restaurant owners outside of big cities), the Rising Star Award (highlighting up-and-coming brands), the Educator Excellence Award, the Carmelo Mauro Spirit of Generosity Award, and the Hall of Honor awards. For tickets and more, go here.


More details are out regarding the new cafe from Angelo Emiliani of Angie's Pizza. CultureMap reports that Emiliani and sister Lucianna will open Cafe Louie late this summer inside Giant Leap Coffee at The Plant at 3401 Harrisburg Blvd.

Cafe Louie, as Emiliani told Houstonia last month, will feature light fare in an all-day format. CultureMap's report reveals dishes like lemon chicken with vadouvan rice, poached egg, and cured carrot salad, plus croissant sandwiches, corn polenta, and fresh pastries.

“It’ll be a relaxed, all-day café,” Emiliani told Houstonia last month. “And I haven’t been here for long so, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that it’s something that Houston has a lot of.”

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