The Pass & Provisions
No visit to Houston is complete without a stop at either The Pass & Provisions, a hip two-in-one concept that is one of the city's top destinations for gourmands. At reservations-only The Pass, there are worth-the-splurge, inventive five and eight-course New American tasting menus—one is entirely vegetarian—while the Provisions side offers a more relaxed bar setting with a full menu (pizza, oysters, bread and cheese plates). On the always-bustling casual side, low-slung ceilings and unusual industrial lighting sets the vibe; metal-and-wood tables are on tracks, so diners can slide them to accommodate large or small groups (this is an excellent first date spot). There's a large bar and the patio accommodates spillover crowds—some who come just to drink, others who come for the excellent fare, all are fashionably dressed.