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Standing Up For Radical Eats; Backstreet Renovating

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RANTS— Eating Our Words contributor Joshua Justice takes issue with the Free Press writer who complained about vegan Mexican restaurant Radical Eats. Justice points out that most Mexican food, even items like beans or tortillas, are made with butter or lard, and that a restaurant that creates vegan versions of those dishes should be celebrated. [Eating Our Words]

HOT CHOCOLATE— Here's a guide to various options for grown up takes on hot chocolate. Mexican restaurant Hugo's probably serves the most well-known version, but the Four Seasons hotel also offers it during their Thursday happy hour. [CultureMap]

BOOZEWIRE— This post offers suggestions for 11 Houston bars to visit. It ranges from the hipster dive Big Star Bar to stylish Midtown spot Mongoose versus Cobra. []

RIVER OAKSBackstreet Cafe will close from January 14 until January 23 for renovations that include a new wine storage room, kitchen remodel and foundation repairs. Sister restaurants Hugo's and Prego will remain open. [EaterWire]

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