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Dine Out in Midland on Houston DM

With Carmine Scarcelli of Venezia in Midland

HOUSTON Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods 

SATURDAY: Did you ever wonder if you eat to travel, or perhaps travel to eat? If the latter mioght be true of you, then you really need to know about Texas Toast. It’s a new company in Texas (of course) that organizes food-heavy trips within the Lone Star State and even sometimes beyond. We caught up with the principals of Texas Toast recently and sat down to discuss their Grand Vision. Also, speaking of travel and food, we take a trip down Memory Lane in this show to a place called Lea’s in the tiny town of Lecompte, La. Why, you ask. Because Lea’s is the first-ever restaurant we remember loving from childhood visits to our grandparents in the country. The restaurant is still there, even though old Mr. Lea is not. We chat with his daughter about keeping the legend alive. 

SUNDAY: Whenever you’re sitting up nights thinking of places you want to travel in order to get great food, it’s unlikely that Midland, Texas, is the first place you think of. But in addition to giving Texas its Bush family political dynasty, Midland also gives Texas a healthy percentage of its oil. The Permian Basin and all that. That means there are more than a a few people there willing (and very able) to afford a good meal. Meals in Midland tend to have stories attached, as we learn from the BBQ joint that Laura’s Bush’s dad used to frequent, not to mention from a lunch place named – you guessed it – Wall Street.


About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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