A glimpse of a clicking meals corridor in addition to the scrumptious particulars of Publish Houston
This week’s episode of What’s Eric Eating, Head Chef Gabriel Medina discussed with Eric Sandler, editor of CultureMap Food Click Virtual Food Hall. Medina begins the conversation with a report on the career path that led him from the Houston Country Club to Kata Robata, Soma Sushi, and the renowned Narisawa restaurant in Tokyo.
Together with his business partner Steven Salazar, Medina Click opened in 2019. The venue operates over a dozen concepts that serve pizza, tacos, poke, Japanese curry bowls, Filipino food and more from one kitchen and one ordering platform. Recently, by partnering with two existing restaurants, Burger-Chan and Ninja Ramen, it was expanded to serve their dishes as well. Sandler asks the chef why he chose to partner with these two companies.
“I think it’s important for us as chefs to do everything together,” says Medina. “In the end, we’re kind of alone. There’s no one who’s going to try to get you out except your friends or colleagues or you, Eric Sandler. [laughs] Besides our great customers, there won’t be too many people in your corner. “
Before the interview, Swanky Maven’s blogger Felice Sloan meets with Sandler to discuss the week’s news. Her topics include: the first six vendors coming to Post Houston; Armando’s plans to bring his Italian concept Lulu’s to River Oaks; Postino’s third location to open in Town & Country; and a new downtown location for The Palm Steakhouse.
In the restaurants of the weekly section, Sandler and Sloan discuss their recent visit to the Acadian Coast, the newly opened seafood restaurant in the second district. They rave about the spacious terrace, the delicious cocktails and the creative cuisine. They also discuss former Poitín boss Dominick Lee, who sells gumbo via a weekly pop-up.
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