Houston restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Houston


Chef Hugo Ortega elevates regional Mexican cooking and street food to high art in this much-celebrated Montrose bodega. You can sample Oaxacan-style dishes and some well-spiced meats. Although many of the items seem…
Top Choice Burgers in Houston

Lankford Grocery

Don't expect to be buying a jar of Tang at this old grocery store that is now dedicated to serving some of Houston's best burgers. Thick, juicy and loaded with your choice of condiments, what more could you want? Th…
Top Choice Cajun in Houston

Brennan’s of Houston

The most famous name in New Orleans cooking runs this refined restaurant in Midtown. It's no mere offshoot but is a culinary temple all of its own. New Orleans flavors are blended with Texas, ingredients are uberfre…
Top Choice Steak in Houston

Taste of Texas

Welcome to Houston's favorite steakhouse. While other beef palaces start perusing Las Vegas leases at the first sign of success, this long-running gem stays true to its one location. Go to the butcher shop out back …
Top Choice Burgers in Houston

Stanton’s City Bites

In a town where the competition for best burger is tough, Stanton's is always on the A-list, with big, stacked juicy burgers. The chipotle option has spicy zing. Besides beer and wine, there's a range of interesting…
Top Choice Mexican in Houston

Original Ninfas

Generations of Houstonians have come here since the 1970s for shrimp diablo, tacos al carbon (beef cooked over charcoal) and handmade tamales crafted with pride. Great service, seats outside and very fine salsas.
Italian in Houston

Dolce Vita

Excellent Italian fare at great prices makes the name Dolce Vita (Sweet Life) highly appropriate! Find a romantic corner on one of two floors of this old house, or choose a table under twinkling lights on the patio.…
Barbecue in Houston

Burns Original BBQ

Head north up past I-45, past the I-610 beltway and then drive into an unassuming neighborhood. Pass some modest homes and look for a jammed parking lot. You've found one of the best BBQ joints in Texas. Beef spare …
Vietnamese in Houston

Crawfish & Noodles

Pairing Vietnamese seafood and noodles with Cajun flavors was inevitable after Vietnamese immigrants became an important part of the fishing economy along the Gulf. Out here west of the center, there are dozens of s…
Modern American in Houston


Chef Chris Shepherd set out to fuse Houston's multicultural influences. He succeeds with dishes like cornbread-crusted oysters in kimchi butter and Vietnamese meatballs with gravy. Everything is sourced directly fro…