An offshoot of what is arguably the most popular restaurant in Austin, Houston's Uchi is a place where, like the original, diners come to worship at the altar of sushi and rarely leave disappointed. The dark, intimate, upscale Montrose hot spot is always packed—reservations are hard to come by—and service is impeccable. The focus here is inventive ways to approach traditional Japanese cuisine; flavor combinations are unexpected and dishes are works of art. The menu offers hot and cool sections, tempura, sushi, sashimi, makimono, and yakimono. Insider tip: Arrive early to snag a spot at the sushi bar during Sake Social Hour from 5-6:30 p.m. daily for a meal of sushi, sashimi, sake, beer, and wine at reasonable happy hour prices.