In this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating” Aaron Bludorn, Cook owner of Bludorn Montrose restaurant, speaks to CultureMap Food Editor Eric Sandler about his first year in business. Since its debut in August 2020, the restaurant has received huge acclaim, including five nominations for the 2021 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.
The chef looks back on some of the first year surprises – particularly how busy the restaurant has been since day one – as well as insights into how diners use the restaurant and adapt to the growing seasons in Texas. He also talks about the restaurant’s talented staff and the steps he is taking to help them advance their careers. Sandler asks the chef about his goals for the second year.
“We’re starting to think about who we are as a restaurant and what our place is in the Houston dining scene,” says Bludorn. “I think we are beginning to realize more and more that we want to reach the level of restaurants that have been here for years and have this consistency. The more we concentrate on this consistency, the better we do ourselves, the better we have the experience. “.”
Be sure to listen to the entire interview, because Bludorn offers a few insider tips on how to best get hold of a coveted reserve.
Before the interview, Mary Clarkson, owner of Avondale Food & Wine, speaks to Sandler about the week’s news. Her topics include: Post Houston’s announcement of 11 new vendors for its Post Market Food Hall; Concura Italian Bites, a new restaurant soon to open near the River Oaks District; Winnie’s, a new bar and restaurant from chefs Graham Laborde, Chris Roy and Benjy Mason; and Clarkson’s decision to move Avondale to Lower Westheimer after 10 years.
In the restaurants of the week, Clarkson and Sandler describe their meal at Gratify, the new bistro of Brasserie 19 owner Clark Cooper Concepts. They are built around an extensive raw food bar and praise the quality of the food at Gratify, the lively atmosphere, and the polished service. They also share first impressions of Night Shift, the highly anticipated new cocktail bar that recently opened in the East End.
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