Houston’s top chefs are enjoying well-deserved national attention of late, finally being recognized for a vibrant restaurant culture that competes to... Read More
Houston’s top chefs are enjoying well-deserved national attention of late, finally being recognized for a vibrant restaurant culture that competes to serve the varied cultures represented in the city. Sure, regional dining styles abound (Southwestern, Cajun, Tex Mex), but the best restaurants in Houston offer a chef’s ability to meld traditional cooking styles with flavors that are reminiscent of other large segments here—the city’s Indochinese population is second in size only to Los Angeles’, for example.
In fact, Underbelly’s chef took home the James Beard Award for his menu that pays tribute to the variety of flavors that make up the city (Vietnamese, Southern, Indian, Thai, to name a few). Other places to eat in Houston that are newer to the scene are State of Grace, Coltivare, Oxheart and The Pass & Provisions—all the types of places Houstonians are proud to show off to visitors. Extremely popular for lunch or a daytime coffee break is Tiny Boxwood’s, housed within a provençal nursery.
There’s no denying that Texas is known for its barbeque, and Goode Company still gets consistent raves. There are now seven Goode Company locations in town, but the one on Kirby Drive is the original, having opened in 1977. If your tastes run more expensive, De Marco is one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. Located in an unassuming house in the Montrose neighborhood, the kitchen gives roasted Texas quail and Colorado lamb chops the Italian treatment, which satisfies their loyal guests.