Houston is getting quite a bit of attention for its culinary scene. The trifecta of excellent farming, ranching and fishing in the area is a major contributor, and there are a slew of new restaurants, bars and markets that are worth checking out. Here’s what’s hot in Houston right now:
Chef Chris Shepherd opened Underbelly in April 2012 after having trouble finding a restaurant that truly celebrated Houston. His “American Creole” cuisine recognizes the city’s ethnic diversity, and his dedication to “only buy from friends” ensures that ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced. This casual restaurant takes food seriously; from the “Korean Braised Goat & Dumplings” ($14) to the “Vinegar Pie” ($9) to the list of jams that guests can take home with them, no detail has been overlooked.
This progressive restaurant in Houston’s Warehouse District has got Houston buzzing. With limited seating and a casual atmosphere, reservations are a must. The focus is entirely on the food, which is overseen by Chef Justin Yu, and guests can choose from three set menus nightly (from $49 for four courses).
Here’s a look at some highly-anticipated upcoming Houston restaurant and bar openings:
- Houston’s beer scene will grow with the addition of City Acre Brewing, with an on-site garden. Early 2013.
- The team behind Revival Market is opening a rustic Italian restaurant, Coltivare. Spring 2013.
- A group of independent restaurant and bar owners are collaborating on a bar where 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity, OKRA Charity Saloon. Early 2013.
- The Pass is the space adjacent to Provisions, with the same chefs but a more upscale experience and only 36 seats. Fall 2012.