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The Best Restaurants in Houston

Eat like an in-the-know local

Brasserie 19
1962 West Gray Street
brasserie19.com
This airy French bistro offers daily specials from duck confit to handcut steaks. The wine list is expansive and best enjoyed on the outdoor patio.

Caracol
2200 Post Oak Boulevard
caracol.net
For the best in coastal Mexican cuisine, this uptown restaurant features a massive seafood bar with oysters shucked-to-order. We recommend the mouthwatering wood-roasted batch drizzled in chipotle butter.

Da Marco
1520 Westheimer Road
damarcohouston.com
This Montrose Italian restaurant specializes in homemade pasta dishes and a number of truffle-infused delights from black-truffle risotto to white-truffle ice cream.

Goode Company BBQ
5109 Kirby Drive
goodecompany.com
One thing you’ll never find here: an electric grill. Since 1977, Goode Company BBQ has been slow cooking its meats over mesquite Texas wood to keep with family tradition. Its pecan pies are also a draw, so make room for dessert.

Killen’s Barbeque

Killen’s Barbeque

Killen’s Barbeque
3613 East Broadway Street, Pearland
killensbarbecue.com
Chef Ronnie Killen, the Texas pit master behind his popular namesake steakhouse, has meat lovers queue up in Pearland for as long as two hours just to get a plate of his savory smoked ribs.

Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette
4224 San Felipe Street
libertykitchenoysterette.com
This American restaurant features fresh local seafood items like the 40- ounce Freedom Gumbo, which fills guests up with a generous portion of lobster, jumbo shrimp, oysters and lump crab—all in one delicious bite.

Oxheart Pass and Provisions
1302 Nance Street
oxhearthouston.com
A dual upscale-meets-casual restaurant concept from executive chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner serves dinner in a historic warehouse space. Menu items include 48-hour braised beef and for dessert, a pannacotta layered beet cake with yuzu sherbet, juniper, fresh cilantro and syrup.

Punk’s Simple Southern Food

Punk’s Simple Southern Food

Punk’s Simple Southern Food
5212 Morningside Drive
punkssimplesouthernfood.com
For classic Southern fare with a twist, come here for lunch and order Brandi Key’s buttermilk fried chicken served with horseradish mashed gravy and biscuits.

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
3701 Travis Street
sparrowhouston.com
Renowned chef Monica Pope’s restaurant is a retooled iteration of her 10-year success story t’afia. Housed in the same 1940s-era Midtown warehouse, Pope gets back to basics. Expect shiitake mushroom dumplings, pomegranate-marinated tofu and venison noisettes.

Tiny Boxwoods
3614 West Alabama Street
tinyboxwoods.com
Chef Baron Doke of Tiny Boxwoods offers his selection of cured meats, cheeses and seasonal pastries at his chic Highland Village hot spot, which also hosts Saturday night movies on the lawn.

Uchi
904 Westheimer Road
uchirestaurants.com/Houston
With Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas winner Paul Qui at the helm, this popular eatery has won over locals and was even named one of the Best New Sushi Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit. If you can’t get a dinner reservation, stop by the daily Sake Social at 5 P.M. for the small-plates menu and drinks specials.

Underbelly
1100 Westheimer Road
underbellyhouston.com
Chef Chris Shepherd takes visitors on a culinary journey with his own rendition of Creole cuisine. The local farm advocate prides himself in serving family-style dinner portions thanks to his restaurant’s whole animal program and in-house butcher shop.

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