From casual to classic or upscale, here’s where to dine, what to order, and what’s new in culinary diverse H-town. Now you’re in the loop!
By Robin Barr Sussman
B&B Butchers & Steakhouse 1814 Washington Ave., (713.862.1814, bbbutchers.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. This combo steakhouse and butcher shop offers an approachable steakhouse experience complete with a rooftop terrace and skyline view. Start with fried oysters on thick-cut bacon before consulting the list of prime beef including Japanese A5 Kobe. Open 11 am – 8 pm. Call in, pick up. Delivery with Favor and other apps
Coltivare 3320 White Oak Drive, 713.637.4095, agricolehospitality.com/coltivare). Dinner $$. This bustling farm-to-table favorite boasts its own sprawling garden. The wood-fired pizza with greens and Revival Market pepperoni (a nearby spot from the same owners) is outstanding and the salads are fresh-picked. Anticipate expertly crafted cocktails and a nightly wait for a table. Open 5 pm – 10 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5 pm – 1 pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed Tuesday. Takeout orders only
Verdine 449 W. 19th St. (713-876-4768, verdine.com). Lunch, dinner $. Nutritionist Stephanie Hoban’s new shrine to vegetables is a breath of fresh air. The roomy space painted in pale blues and whites has floor to ceiling windows lending a clean vibe, much like the all vegan menu. Try the impressive Magic Miso Mushroom soup or the Bistro Burger with crispy sweet potato fries. Open 11 am – 7:45 pm. Delivery with Favor, Uber Eats. Call in, pick up
Hopdoddy Burger Bar 449 W. 19th St. and multiple locations (346-250-2100, hopdoddy.com). Lunch, dinner $. Known for myriad juicy burgers with inventive toppings, addictive Kennibec hand-cut fries, milkshakes and local craft beer, this Austin brand draws obsessed fans and long lines. Open 11:30 – 8 pm. Delivery by Door Dash. Call in, order online, curbside pickup available
La Lucha 1801 N. Shepherd Dr., (713-955-4765, laluchatx.com). Lunch, dinner $$.
Chef Ford Fry’s homage to the San Jacinto Inn showcases Gulf seafood and fried chicken dinners in a smart setting with an inviting bar and patio. Don’t miss the buttermilk biscuits and spicy shrimp remoulade.
Ritual 602 Studewood St., #1729 (832.203.5180, ritualhouston.com). $.
Southern comfort food. Daily delivery specials on the Roovy app., hours have changed to 3-8pm
Superica 1801 N. Shepherd Dr., (713-955-3215, superica.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$. Atlanta chef-restaurateur Ford Fry’s happening spot features quality Tex-Mex with upscale twists. Expect pollo con mole enchiladas, retro puffy tostados, and grilled fajitas with shrimp. Icing on the cake: signature desserts and a large shaded patio. Pick-up Hours: 11am – 9pm, Sunday-Thursday, 11am – 10pm, Friday-Saturday
Maison Pucha 1001 Studewood St., Ste. A, (713-637-4976, maisonpucha.com), Lunch, dinner $$$. The Pucha brothers are showcasing Ecuadorian and French fusion with signature dishes including luxe seafood and a brunch flatbread with duck confit, egg, sausage and pesto that gets raves. Its exquisite three-course dinner represents their vision of true hospitality. The dessert soufflé is très magnifique!
The Classic 5922 Washington Ave., (713-868-1131, theclassichouston.com). Breakfast, lunch, brunch $$. Owner Benjy Levit of Benjy’s in Rice Village, scores another hit with this neighborhood all-day diner. The menu features elevated American favorites peppered with immigrant culinary influences. Savory lamb meatballs in spicy tomato sauce and grilled bread is a great starter; for mains, we love casarecci pasta, a rich combo of mushrooms, chevre, spinach, pancetta and herbs. Now part of the Local Foods pop-up inside the Local Foods, Rice Village location. Find items from The Classic, Benjy’s, Local Foods, as well as beer, wine and groceries.
B.B. Lemon 4319 Montrose Blvd. and other location (713-804-4319, bblemon.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$. The cozy, neighborhood spot offers a selection of fresh seafood from the raw bar accompanied by elevated, pub-style dishes and several burgers. CLOSED
Hugo’s 1600 Westheimer Rd. (713-524-7744). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$$. Lofty interiors and lovely patio make Hugo’s an enchanting spot for visitors, special occasions or a lavish Mexican brunch. Interior of Mexico specialties like the short rib with mole pasilla, tiny lobster tacos, and chocolate desserts are a treat. 9-11 breakfast, 11-8 p.m. curbside M-Sat, personal deliveries to limited area, no charge $50 and over, $7 for $25 and up, also use ubereats, postmates and grubhub, menu changed and online
Georgia James, Underbelly, Hay Merchant, One-Fifth 1100 Westheimer Rd. (832-241-5088, georgiajamessteak.com). Dinner $$$. Chef Chris Shepherd’s newest concept in his former Underbelly space showcases prime local steaks, chophouse specialties and raw bar indulgences. Dressed up sides include cornbread custard and bacon sausage hash browns. 11-8 pm pickup only, walk in or online, Favor delivery, collaboration: Underbelly/UB Preserv, Hay Merchant, and One-Fifth, all pickups at Georgia James
Backstreet Café 1103 S Shepherd Dr. (713-521-2239, backstreetcafe.net).
This Montrose standard offers American cuisine in a cozy converted bungalow, and the lush patio is a great place to enjoy their signature cocktails. Try the braised beef cheeks or pan-seared pistachio-pesto salmon. takeout and delivery, app and delivery $7 under 50, 50 up free, 9-11 breakfast, 11-8 lunch dinner. Menu online, family dinners now available.
Rosie Cannonball 1620 Westheimer Rd. (832-380-2471, rosiecannonball.com). Lunch, dinner $.
This newbie from Goodnight Hospitality is dishing inventive pizzas from its wood burning oven, along with house made desserts and breads. The wine list spotlights selections from Spain, France and Italy. CLOSED
Riel 1927 Fairview St. (832-831-9109, rielhtx.com). Dinner $$. Led by executive chef and Manitoba native Ryan Lachaine, the modern menu in an intimate space is inspired by the Gulf and local ingredients. Tempura cauliflower, barrel fish and juicy hangar steak are highlights. Curbside or call ahead, website delivery, same menu, online, also wine, 12 pm -8 pm – Saturday. Check the website for service changes.
UB Preserve 1609 Westheimer Rd. (346-406-5923, ubpreserv.com). Dinner $$. This tour de force by chef Chris Shepherd blends Vietnamese favorites with Houston palates for a winning menu. Nosh on tender dumplings and then move on to shareable plates like crispy rice salad and whole roasted snapper with salsa verde. Check the website for service changes.
Uchi 904 Westheimer Rd. (713-522-4808, uchirestaurants.com). Dinner $$$. Owner-chef Tyson Cole duplicated his first Austin original here years ago and fans are still flocking. The menu showcases some of the most inventive Japanese dishes in Houston including pristine sushi, sashimi, and intricate mains. Try it at Social Hour, but prepare for crowds. 3:30-8:30 m-Sun, doordash or favor. Curbside, online menu, lowered several prices. Check the website for service changes.
Caracol 2200 Post Oak Blvd., (713-622-9996, caracol.net ). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$$. Chef Hugo Ortega, beloved for his food of the Mexican interior at Hugo’s, really shines here with tastes of the sea. The wood-burning oven turns out oysters baked on the half shell with a drizzle of chipotle butter, grilled lobster, and other seafood and meat specialties. Treat yourself to dessert. Temporarily closed
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse 5061 Westheimer Rd., (713-355-2600, delfriscos.com) Lunch, dinner $$$. This grand seafood and prime beef house sports a soaring, two-tiered space with two bars. Try the Shanghai calamari with sweet chili glaze before digging into the signature porterhouse.New takeout and delivery only hours: 11 am – 8pm 7 days. Call in and pick up and delivery by Favor and Postmates
Kenny & Ziggy’s 2327 Post Oak Blvd., and other location (713-871-8883, kennyandziggys.com). Lunch, dinner $$. Get a taste of the Big Apple at this Jewish deli serving massive New York-style portions. Faves include the Reuben with tender, smoky house made pastrami, crunchy coleslaw and remoulade, and the matzo ball chicken soup. Open 11 am – 7 pm, every day. Call in and pick up, delivery by Favor and Postmates
Truluck’s 5350 Westheimer Rd. and other location (713-783-7270, trulucks.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. The chilled stone crabs with signature remoulade and the warm sourdough bread at this upscale seafood chain are hard to pass up, but both fish and steak are executed perfectly if you seek something new. Check the website for service changes.
Willie G’s Seafood 1640 W. Loop S., (713-840-7190 williegs.com). Lunch, dinner $$. Long time Willie G’s is all grown up in a new gorgeous space in Tilman Fertitta’s Post Oak Hotel. Hits on the expanded menu include Mexican street corn crowned with seared scallops and roasted salmon over quinoa. You will be living on the expansive covered patio during great weather days. Open Monday thru Friday,12 pm – 8 pm Saturday and Sunday, 3 pm – 8 pm. Call in, pick up, delivery by Waitr
Yauatcha 5045 Westheimer Rd., (713-357-7588, yauatcha.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. With an open dining room with theatrical views of the kitchen, this chic Chinese dim sum teahouse is a crowd favorite. Expect delicately crafted steamed shumai, pan-seared dumplings and mind-blowing desserts from the on-site patissserie. Permanently closed.
La Table 1800 Post Oak Blvd., (713-439-1000, latablehouston.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner $$$. This chic French spot offers a casual menu and lovely patio downstairs. French-American cuisine is the star of Chateaux, the second-floor dining room where roasted salmon with butternut squash risotto and mushroom-stuffed whole heritage chicken are popular. Open 11:30 am – 6:30 pm, call in, pick up
Nobu 5115 Westheimer Rd., Ste. C-3515 (832-987-2599, noburestaurant.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. World-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his iconic sushi empire to Houston at the Galleria. Order classic Nobu favorites like black cod with miso and cherry blossom-smoked Wagyu beef. Closed
North Italia 1700 Post Oak Blvd., (281-605-4030, northitaliarestaurant.com). Lunch, dinner $$. A bustling, noisy crowd of scenesters swarm this BLVD Place eatery for its rustic and affordable versions of Italian fare including stellar home made pasta. Great shaded sidewalk patio tucked off Post Oak Boulevard for sipping a classic Negroni cocktail. Open 11 am – 10 pm, Monday thru Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday, call in, pick up, delivery by Door Dash, Favor, Postmates
The Original Ninfa’s Uptown Houston 1700 Post Oak Blvd., (346-335-2404, ninfas.com). Lunch, dinner $$. Handsome and brand new, this updated version of the original on Navigation offers the same menu. Queso, frozen Ninfaritas, and sizzling fajitas are still favorites, but modern entrees like the roasted salmon over peppered cheesy grits impress. Open 11 am – 8 pm every day, call in, pick up, delivery by Door Dash and Grubhub
The Palm 6100 Westheimer Rd., (713-977-2544, thepalm.com). Lunch, dinner $$$.
Cozy up in one of the tufted leather booths for a wedge salad and prime steak or try the three-course power lunch. Open 11 am – 8 pm everyday, call in, pick up, delivery by Grub Hub
River Oaks District
Ouzo Bay 4444 Westheimer Rd., (832-430-6610, ouzobay.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. Foodies are flocking to this new Mediterranean hotspot for the glamorous surroundings, Greek wines and Greek-laced menu. A highlight is the fresh fish section of the menu with international selections flown in daily. The watermelon salad, signature Maryland crab cake, and garlic tiger shrimp are hits. Closed
Loch Bar 4444 Westheimer Rd., (832-430-6610, .com). Lunch, dinner $$. This lofty upscale seafood tavern owned by Atlas Restaurant Group, the sister restaurant to Ouzo Bay next door, features live music nightly and an impressive whiskey collection. On the menu, find everything from burgers to yellowfin tuna poke and seafood towers from the raw bar. Call for information
MAD 4444 Westheimer Rd., Ste., C-180, (281-888-2770, madhouston.com). Dinner $$$. From the owners of BCN Taste & Tradition, comes this over-the-top Spanish concept named after the Madrid airport code. The bar scene is hot, the décor is artfully imaginative and the menu offers modern tapas, homemade breads, and delightful wood-fired paellas, steaks and whole fish. Open 5 pm – 10 pm
Etoile Cuisine et Bar 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd., (832-668-5808, etoilecuisine.com). Lunch, dinner $$. The menu at Philippe Verpiand’s lively French restaurant takes a down-home approach to French cuisine. Try the duck a l’orange, and save room for the tarte fine aux pommes—warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream. Open 11 am – 7 pm, Monday -Saturday, call in, pick up, delivery available
Flower Child 1101-C6 Uptown Park Blvd. (713-730-4261, iamaflowerchild.com). Lunch, dinner $. This happy, fast-casual concept from California is useful for healthful fare like big salads, soups and customizable entrees including salmon and natural beef. We always start with the delicious tomato toast with goat cheese and pistachio pesto. Open 10:30 am – 8 pm every day, call in, pick up, go to website for delivery app, Door Dash delivery
Songkran Thai Kitchen 1101-08 Uptown Park Blvd. (713-993-9096, songkranthaikitchen.com). Lunch, dinner $$. Named for Thailand’s New Year festival, this spot features invigorating specialties like Bangkok Fish with wok chili filet, eggplant, green beans and prik-khing. Wok lobster and shrimp with dried yellow curry black bean is another exotic choice. Call for information
B.B. Italia and B.B. Pizza 14795 Memorial Dr. (281-531-0696, bbitaliakitchen.com). Lunch, dinner $$. Formerly Carmelo’s, this dual concept offers classic Italian fare and New York-style pizza for pick-up on the adjoining side. At B.B. Italia, expect a sophisticated bar and a full menu of hearty pastas, salads and entrees like Chicken Parmigiana. Kids menu available. Service Update: B.B. Pizza is currently the only of the two restaurants serving takeout. Open 4 pm – 8 pm, every day, delivery within a three mile radius, doordash delivery is also available
Dish Society 122525 Memorial Dr. and other location, (713-467-3474, dishsociety.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner $. Bright and breezy all-day cafe features local ingredients and convenient counter service. Build-your-own salads share menu space with brisket-stuffed sweet potatoes and citrus-glazed salmon with avocado-quinoa relish. Service Update: Now open 8 am – 9 pm every day for delivery, takeout, door dash, ubereats
Fratelli’s Ristorante 1330 Wirt Rd. (281-617-7997, fratellisristorantehou.com). Lunch, dinner $$. This Italian restaurant and bar in Spring Branch has a notable happy hour menu with crab cakes, flat breads and meatballs. Chef Mark Cox’s dinner standout is the red fish topped with lump crab over creamy risotto. Service Update: Open full hours, delivery by door dash and ubereats
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery 600 W. Sam Houston Parkway N. and other locations (713-470-4586, snoozeeatery.com). Breakfast, brunch $. This popular Austin transplant steps up the breakfast and brunch game with pancake flights, myriad eggs Benedict varieties and giant custom-made omelets with sinful hash browns. Service Update: Open normal business hours, 6:30 am – 2:30 pm every day, all in, take out, online ordering, delivery
Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou One Birdsall St. (713-868-4444, brennerssteakhouse.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$$. Romantic Brenner’s is known for its attentive service and striking setting on a wooded retreat. Start with the shrimp remoulade and fried green tomatoes before moving on to the 14-ounce New York strip and BLT wedge salad. Service Update: New hours are Monday thru Thursday, 5 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday, 5 m – 10:30 pm, Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm.
Carrabba’s Original 1399 S. Voss Rd. and other location (713-468-0868, carrabbasoriginal.com). Lunch, dinner $$. A Houston landmark since 1986, the original Italian restaurants in Memorial and on Kirby owned by Johnny Carrabba offer a contemporary menu of flavor-packed pastas and hearty dishes like chicken Bryan, veal scaloppini and weekly fish specials. Service Update: Open 11 am – 8 pm for takeout. Online ordering available. Open every day.
STQ 2231 S. Voss Rd. (713-586-0223, killensstq.com). Dinner $$$.
Chef Ronnie Killen heads this polished Briargrove kitchen serving up steaks and other wood-fired meats like smoked short-rib ravioli along with homey sides and diet-busting desserts. Service Update: Open for lunch, 11 am – 1:30 pm, dinner, 5 pm – 10 pm
Kuu 947 Gessner Rd. (713-461-1688, kuurestaurant.com). Lunch, dinner $$. Veteran chef Adison Lee, who built a following in his days at sushi places like Sushi Raku, has opened this sprawling setup of glass and stone offering contemporary Japanese fare. Expect inventive fresh sushi, artfully prepared rotating main dishes, and unique tapas. Awesome covered patio. Service Update: Open for lunch, Sunday through Friday, 11 am – 1:30 pm, dinner, 4:30 pm – 8 pm. Call in, pick up, delivery by doordash
Latin Bites 5709 Woodway Dr. (713-229-8369, latinbitescafe.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$. This Peruvian spot dishes out plates with Asian flare, as well as authentic fresh-fish ceviche and impressive empanadas. The lomo saltado, a savory beef tenderloin with a rich sauce, red-wine vinegar and home fries is a top seller. Service Update: Open 11 am – 8 pm, Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 9 p, Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. Delivery by door dash, grubhub, postdates, ubereats. Free delivery within two miles
Tribute at The Houstonian 111 North Post Oak Ln. (713-685-6713, houstonian.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner $$. Veteran chef Neal Cox crafts a menu of Southern classics with culinary influences from Texas, Louisiana and Mexico in sophisticated environs. Think Gulf Coast oysters, braised cabrito, and a monstrous smoked Wagyu beef rib. Service Service Update: Service every day. Dinner served for takeout from 5 pm – 9 pm, lunch served from 11 am – 3 pm, breakfast served from 6:30 am – 10 am. Check the website for service changes.
Kata Robata 3600 Kirby Dr. (713-526-8858, katarobata.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. This top-notch sushi bar serves fresh, innovative Japanese cuisine under the direction of exec-chef Manabu Horiuchi. The omakase multi-course meal is splurge-worthy and the spicy soy ramen is popular. Service Update: Open from 11 am – 9 pm every day, delivery within a five mile radius.
Kiran’s 2925 Richmond Ave. (713-960-8472, kiranshouston.com). Lunch, dinner, afternoon tea $$$. Chef Kiran Verma’s Indian classics (tikka masala, tandoori chicken, vindaloo) are world class, but her fusion dishes are also exciting. Expect a soaring upscale setting with a separate lounge and wine room. Service Update: Open Monday – Friday, 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday, 1 pm -8:30 pm. Call in, pick up, delivery nearby and by door dash and ubereats.
Pondicheri 2800 Kirby Dr. (713-522-2022, pondicheri.com). Breakfast, lunch dinner $$. This industrial chic spot offers vibrant India-inspired cuisine by chef-owner Anita Jaisinghani. The juicy lamb burger, samosas, and Thali sampler platters constantly fly out of the kitchen. Check the website for service changes.
Relish 2810 Westheimer Rd. (713-599-1960, relishhouston.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch $$. Quick counter-service is offered for lunch at this bright American café run by a husband and wife chef team, while evenings bring full-service dining with artful plates like Mediterranean salmon and grilled quail. Desserts are the bomb. Check the website for service changes.
State of Grace 3258 Westheimer Rd. (832-942-5080, stateofgracetx.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$$. Sophistication and scene meet the Deep South at Atlanta-based chef Ford Fry’s River Oaks hotspot. Twice-fried hot chicken, sticky-smoky beef rib and the charred Brussels sprouts are favorites. CLOSED
Tiny Boxwoods 3614 W. Alabama St. (713-622-4224, tinyboxwoods.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch $$. Gardening gurus mix fine food with flowers at Thompson+Hanson’s chic on-site eatery. Dig into fresh salads, wood-fired pizzas or buffalo burgers. Also try its West U sister spot, Tiny’s No. 5. Check the website for service changes.
Tony’s 3755 Richmond Ave. (713-622-6778, tonyshouston.com). Lunch, dinner $$$$. Still the crème de la crème of fine dining in Houston, Tony Vallone’s high-end restaurant serves sophisticated dishes in an equally impressive setting decorated with fine art. Opt for the multi-course tasting menu for the full culinary experience. Check the website for service changes.
Brennan’s 3300 Smith St. (713-522-9711, brennanshouston.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$$. New Orleans character and Creole cuisine shine at this polished eatery serving turtle soup, oysters, and grilled specialties. Jazz brunch on the lovely courtyard is mandatory in the fall. Call for service changes.
Community Bar 2703 Smith St. (713-526-1576 www.facebook.com/CommunityBar)
Venerable Midtown staple with a great music playlist and laid back atmosphere, Community Bar stands out as the cool calm in the hipster Midtown bar and restaurant district. Known for their Tuesday steak nights, as well as weekend pizzas and hotdogs, this small spot reminds us more of a Brooklyn (before it went hipster) artist hangout. Proprietor Karen Racine has a degree in Art History and that is reflected in her evolving art installations. Due to Covid-19 and Harris County’s Stay Home, Work Safe order, Community Bar is open for curbside pick up and takeout only. They are currently cooking up staples from their food menu such as Bangkok Ravioli, which are delicious Thai-inspired potstickers. Also on the takeout menu are pizzas named for famous artists from the 1800s and even their beloved Argentine steaks with house Chimichurri, homemade mashed potatoes and creamed corn.
Grotto 1001 Avenida de las Americas and other location (713-658-0752, grottorestaurants.com). Lunch, dinner $$$. The Downtown location offers a modern warehouse-style interior and communal seating. Chose from classic Italian entrees or shareable plates like mini meatballs, colossal shrimp with scampi gravy, and crispy artichokes with garlic-Parmesan aioli. Large grappa collection. Call for service changes.
Ninfa’s on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd. (713-228-1175, ninfas.com). Lunch, dinner, brunch $$. Although famous for Mama Ninfa’s tacos al carbon, fajitas, and green sauce, this mainstay continues to evolve. Anticipate a festive Sunday brunch and Ninfaritas are a must! Call for service changes.
Osso & Kristalla 1515 Texas St. (713-221-6666, ossoandkristalla.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner $$. With an open kitchen and counter facing the wood-fired oven, this chic Italian trattoria features homemade pastries, great salads, hearty pastas, pizzas and giant (delicious!) meatballs for dinner. Call for service changes.
Potente 1515 Texas Ave. (713-237-1515, web). Dinner $$$. Top toque Danny Trace and Astros owner-restaurateur Jim Crane have a hit on their hands with this elegant eatery featuring haute Italian cuisine. We suggest the handmade spaghetti al tartufo with shaved truffles, seared tuna or lamb chops. Temporarily Closed
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse 1200 McKinney St. and other location (713-658-1995, pappasbros.com). Dinner $$$$. Expect nothing short of perfection when dining at this award winning family-owned classic specializing in house dry-aged beef. Sides are decadent and the award-winning wine list boasts more than 3,000 choices. Temporarily Closed
The Dunlavy 3422 Allen Parkway, (713-360-6477, thedunlavy.com). Breakfast, brunch, dinner $$. Perched on buffalo Bayou, this cool glass enclosed “treehouse” near downtown is a must for out-of-town visitors. The avocado toast with poached eggs is stellar for breakfast and there’s a new dinner menu on tap. Service Update: Clark Cooper Concepts has temporarily combined Coppa Osteria, Brasserie 19, Punk’s Simple Southern Food and The Dunlavy to offer online-ordered family meals for curbside pick-up or delivery. Visit clarkcooperconcepts.com for more information.
Nancy’s Hustle 2704 Polk St. (346-571-7931, nancyshustle.com). Dinner $$.
This upbeat haunt always has a wait and has topped national lists of “Best New Restaurants” for good reason. Flawlessly executed shareable plates hit the right note between comfort food and exotic. We like the chicken liver mousse and grilled swordfish with charred cucumber and jalapeno yogurt, to name a few. Temporarily closed
West University Area
Bernie’s Burger Bus 5407 Bellaire Blvd. (713-349-9400, berniesburgerbus.com). Lunch, dinner $. Justin Turner’s school bus eatery serves serious burgers with high standards. House-ground Angus patties are cooked until still juicy and condiments are house-made. Hand-cut fries are exemplary and the sky-high Detention Burger is justly famous. Call for service updates.
Common Bond 2278 W Holcombe Blvd. and other locations (346-327-8393, commonbondcafe.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner $.
Here’s a cozier outpost of the hip Montrose original. It offers the same scrumptious menu of daily baked breads, pastries, desserts, smoked salmon and omelets. Beautiful salads and sandwiches for lunch. Call for service updates.
Goode Co. Seafood 2621 Westpark Dr. (713-523-7154, goodecompany.com/seafood). Lunch, dinner $$. Gumbo and zesty seafood campechana draw crowds to the silver train car dining room. The mesquite-grilled daily catch and seasonal oysters are hits with the neighborhood—and don’t miss Key lime pie for dessert. Goode Co. BBQ, Goode Co. Taqueria, and Armadillo Palace are all nearby. Temporarily Closed. Calls are being forwarded to Good Co. Taqueria, open every day from 11 am – 7:30 pm. Free delivery with orders over $60.
Tropicales 2132 Bissonnet St., Ste. 100 (832-649-7974, tropicalestx.com). Breakfast, lunch, dinner $. Gulf Coast and Latin flavors converge in this breezy spot with a tropical vibe and shaded patio. Expect breakfast tacos, taquitos de pollo, grilled salmon with mango pico and ambitious cocktails. Temporarily closed
Indigo 517 Berry Rd. (832-582-6388, htxindigo.com). Dinner $$$.
Counter seating and a nightly tasting menu are featured at this upscale neo-soul food spot garnering national attention. Affirmation of a Stereotype (chilled watermelon with fresh flowers) and smoked pastrami with pickled cauliflower are dishes worth trying. Service Update: Calls were not returned at press time.
Himalaya Restaurant 6652 Southwest Fwy. (713-532-2837, himalayarestauranthouston.com). Lunch, dinner $. Whatever you do, order the chicken hara masala green curry at this always-bustling Indian/Pakistani spot north of the main Asiatown strip. Spicy goat biryani and airy garlic naan are also excellent. Service Update: Open under regular business hours, call in and pick up or delivery by Favor and doordash