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1 B & B Butchers

Benjamin Berg's anticipated dual-concept butcher and upscale steakhouse, B&B Butchers and Restaurant, opened late May in the historic Dittman Bakery (circa 1924) on Washington Avenue. The two-story brick structure merges the design of part old New York steakhouse, part modernist hangout: all dark wood, plush chairs, exposed brick and period lighting. Upstairs you'll find a white table cloth dining area — complete with an expansive downtown view — and a huge rooftop patio.

B and B Butchers. [Photo: Lee Bond]

 

1814 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-1814
Steakhouse

2 Beckrew Wine House

Beckrew Wine House celebrated their grand opening this past April and since then has been gaining critical applause from both local and national critics. Wine Enthusiast recently named the wine, coffee and speciality pizza spot one of the top 50 best wine bars in the country, not surprising given the concept is from the brains of childhood friends Chris David and Paul Choi. Definitely a seen and be seen sort of place, with deliciously hip interior design and a killer wine list.

Beckrew Wine House. [Photo: Facebook/Beckrew Wine House]

 

2409 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098
Wine Bar

3 Bernadine's

Treadsack's latest concept, Bernadine's, is the adjoined restaurant next to Hunky Dory in the Heights. Gulfcoast seafood and creole cooking pair well with the British inspired steakhouse.

1801 N Shepherd Dr Ste B
Houston, TX 77008
Seafood Restaurant

4 Black & White

The dual concept restaurant in the former Stella Sola space is a coastal seafood focused restaurant with influences from Spain, Mexico and the Mediterranean. Still in the initial opening stages expect swift changes, but standouts presently on the menu include the octopus and tuna tostados.

Black and White. [Photo: Instagram/@jenroohi]

 

1001 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008
Mediterranean Restaurant

5 Bramble

Chef Randy Rucker's latest Southern and New American concept offers a daily-changing menu and features Third Coast produce and cuisine. The menu is balanced with Southern classics with modern techniques inspired by nearby surroundings and foraged ingredients by the chef each day. The restaurant's design reflects the conscious and sustainable efforts of the menu with pieces of salvaged raw materials from each of the restaurant's partner's barns, plantations, ranches and farms intermixed into the warm space.

Bramble. [Photo: Bramble Facebook]

 

2231 S Voss Rd
Houston, TX 77057
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant

6 Cureight by Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

Texas-born and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Austin Simmons launched his latest culinary concept Cureight by Hubbell and Hudson this past mid-June. The Woodlands space is set in an intimate venue only open Thursday to Saturday, and as the name suggests features eight course meals, along with wine pairings. The concept feels hidden behind the Bistro lounge, like a secret dinner party/cooking school with only 25 seats and an interactive chef’s table.

Cureight. [Photo: Cureight/Facebook]

 

24 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 203-5641
American Restaurant


7
Flo Paris Bakery Cafe

French couple Florelle and Rabih Salibi opened an authentic Parisian bakery less than two months ago, that's well worth the Galleria traffic. The chic aesthetic inside the space offers ample room for handling bags of baguettes to go and ogling the impressive pastry counter. Flo's recipes have the extra benefit of Houston chef Philippe Schmit, dubbed the French Cowboy, menu consultation on all things savory and sweet. Try the roast beef sandwich on freshly baked a baguette with thick dollops of sharp mustard, and don't leave without an assortment of the perfect macaroons.

Flo Paris. [Photo: Yelp/Ly N.]

 

5757 Westheimer Rd #105
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 706-4442
Bakery

8 Foreign Correspondents

Chef PJ Stoops brings farm to table regional Northern Thai to the heights. If you've never been to Thailand you probably have never tasted any Thai food like this. Pop in now for lunch or dinner.

4721 N Main St Ste A
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 864-2408
Thai Restaurant

9 Helen Greek Food and Wine

Helen is a must-visit in Rice Village. The taverna's menu from chef William Wright features traditional Greek dishes with a twist, such as a hand-packed pork gyro (it becomes a build-your-own gyro at dinner), stuffed zucchini and squash blossoms and a trio of Mediterranean dips. Save room for the baklava ice-cream in a to-go cup or the feta mousse.

Helen Greek Food and Wine. [Photo: Holly Beretto]

 

Houston, TX
Greek Restaurant

10 Hunky Dory Tavern

Richard Knight, formerly of Feast, has opened Hunky Dory a steakhouse with a not to England, centered around a stunning wood-burning hearth oven. The bar next door has a massive Scotch and whiskey collection as well.

1819 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 864-2408
English Restaurant

11 Izakaya

With the pedigree and direction of Kata Robata's Manabu Horiuchi and former Cove chef Jean-Philippe Gaston, this Japanese gastro-pub in Midtown has already wowed over the Houston scene, earning several nominations in the 2015 Eater Awards and taking home the Chef of the Year prize.

318 Gray St
Houston, TX 77002
Japanese Restaurant

12 Ka Sushi

Chef Pak Tsuisushi's latest concept, Ka Sushi just opened in the North Heights and is abuzz thanks to creative menu selections such as the hamachi pops and the kush roll.

Photo Credit: Facebook Ka Sushi
1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 1
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 879-2118
Sushi Restaurant

13 Karbach Brewing Co.

Karbach brewery offers so much more than just damn fine pints. Head to this Heights spot for elevated pub-fare standouts like their Korean fried chicken and Wiesse Versa battered fish and chips. The back patio is dog-friendly too.

Karbach Brewing Co. [Photo: Yelp/Chase P.]

 

2032 Karbach St
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-2739
Brewery, $$$$

14 Killen's Steakhouse

Killen's steakhouse, while not a new restaurant, has moved locations only a couple of miles from the original Pearland post. With an updated and larger dining room, diners can stop in for the legendary master of beef's best cuts.

6425 Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-0844
Steakhouse

15 Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

The folks behind Liberty Kitchen and BRC bring us Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts in an old Churches Chicken drive through in the Heights. This chicken, however is done right - a 3-day process starting with a buttermilk bath and ending in juicy goodness.

601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 426-5840
Fried Chicken Joint

16 Mein Restaurant

Anyone following Mai Pham's drool-worthy instagram could tell you one of her favorite restaurant's at the moment is Mein. And aside from the selfie-snapping worthy interior design, Mein is a stellar new spot for Cantonese cuisine. According to their website, the cuisine is meant to be reflective of the immigrant Cantonese food experience, and what the Cantonese consider humble “everyday food," except the taste is anything but humble.

Mein Restaurant. [Photo: Mein Facebook]

 

9630 Clarewood Dr Ste A-131
Houston, TX 77036
Chinese Restaurant

17 MF Sushi

Almost a year ago beloved sushi restaurant, MF Sushi caught fire and burned down, forcing chef and owner Chris Kinjo to close the restaurant. Luckily, Houstonians have been given another chance to enjoy MF Sushi, having recently re-opened in a new Museum District location. Chef Kinjo was lauded by Houston critics for his culinary and sushi genius, and nothing seems to have slowed his chops. MF is still top-notch, and the new space is an impressive project from local design firm MC2 Architects (Triniti), and like SaltAir it's best to make a reservation.

MF Sushi. [Photo: MF Sushi Facebook]

 

1401 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 637-4587
Sushi Restaurant

18 Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

The Pappas Restaurant Group opened the second location to their acclaimed and award-winning steakhouse in downtown Houston last fall. The selection of dry aged steaks, raw bar and seafood is only rivaled by their wine selection. They've expanded the former Striphouse location for event space and private meeting/event spaces as well.

1200 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 658-1995
Steakhouse

19 PESKA Seafood Culture

Joining the ranks of Galleria's fine dining options, the seafood-focused restaurant highlights cuisines around the world while offering an in-house fish market. Look for sea urchin, oysters and a host of seafood selections on the raw bar menu, plus tiraditos, ceviches and seafood served grilled, fried or any preparation of your liking.

[Photo: PESKA Seafood Culture]

1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 961-9229
Seafood Restaurant

20 Pho Binh

Local Vietnamese soup mini-chain, Pho Binh opened their inner-loop Heights location June 10. Daniel Nguyen, owner of the original popular and critically acclaimed Pho Binh trailer, took over the former Sale-Sucre space on White Oak Drive, continues to set the standard for Vietnamese soup in Houston. Pho Binh was recently recognized by Food Repubulic as one of Houston’s Best 12 Restaurants. They are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pho Binh Interior. [Photo: Yelp/DH N.]

 

2916 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
Vietnamese Restaurant

21 Pour Society

The anticipated gastropub from James Beard-Award winning chef Bradley Ogden, Pour Society, opened September 1. Chef Greg Lowry's (The Rockwood Room, The Voice at Hotel Icon, Triniti) and chef de cuisine Matt Lovelace's (Paul's Kitchen) menu focuses on reimagined Southern favorites, blending Houston's plethora of cultural ingredients with Texas-style cuisine. Try the severn layered dip and Texas-styled bahn mi with chicken live mousse.

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947 Gessner Rd Ste B190
Houston, TX 77024
Gastropub

22 Revival Market

Formally known primarily as a butcher and market store of local foods and provisions, owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Pera (Coltivare and upcoming 8-Row Flint Icehouse) Revival Market has since expanded into an all-day service restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The slightly renovated space still sells provisional goods, but has made more room for a casual dining experience. Get the kolaches in the morning before they sell out, and come back for dinner for dishes like the Summer Squash (heirloom tomato, pole beans, pecans, country ham and tamarind) or one of the locally sourced sirloins.

Revival Market. [Photo: Revival Market/Facebook]

 

550 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8463
Gourmet Shop

23 SaltAir Seafood Kitchen

Almost instantly upon opening SaltAir became a media darling, which is no surprise the coastal cuisine and decor is fresh with a modern flare. SaltAir also includes an impressive raw bar, along with Chef Brandi Key (Punks, Coppa Osteria) at the helm making this a must on your new restaurant hit list. Seems like the ghost of Pesce still looms at the Upper Kirby spot, meaning expect to people watch the posh set and reservations are highly recommended.

SaltAir Seafood Kitchen. [Photo: Ellie Sharp]

 

3029 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
Seafood Restaurant

24 Songkran Thai Kitchen

Following a successful first year Songkran Thai Kitchen has opened a second location in Sugar Land. Chef Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan, along with Songkran’s resident pastry chef, Jira Hurapan (chef Jett’s wife) built a menu of robust flavors with traditional Thai recipes reminiscent of their mutual birthplace of Bangkok.

Songkran Thai Kitchen - Sugarland. [Photo: Songkran]

 

Sugar Land Town Square Plaza
2258 Texas Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479
281-670-8525

25 Southern Goods

The Southern concept from former Underbelly chef Lyle Bento and former Cottonwood and Liberty Station partner Charles Bishop opened with a cheesy biscuit bang in August. Expect whimsical takes on classic Southern dishes, like the beef belly burnt ends (charred pork belly, best paired with the grits), and the likely seasonal peaches and cream salad with triple creamed brie. The atmosphere is cozy and rustic with a minimalist bent.

Southern Goods. [Photo: Facebook/Southern Goods]

 

623 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 409-4888
BBQ Joint

26 State of Grace

Ford Fry's homecoming restaurant, State of Grace in River Oaks wows with the interior design, wine selection and southern classic-driven menu. Make reservations fast this will be the new hot spot for River Oaks.

3256 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 942-5080
New American Restaurant

27 Sud Italia Ristorante

This new Southern Italian charmer is quickly winning over the neighbors who have been missing predecessor Bistro Des Amis. Get the fritto misto (pictured), the gorgeous pesto over rough-hewn strozzapreti, and the whole fish. Then angle for a patio seat. Pure warm weather bliss.

2347 University Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 664-7571
Italian Restaurant

28 Tarakaan

Enter the speakeasy style side door to Tarakaan, Midtown's latest and hottest asian-inspired lounge serving chili-infused cocktails, sushi rolls and lamb curries to name a few. A tucked away lounge in the back is stocked with it's own fully functioning bar for private parties, events or holiday parties.

Photo Credit: Eater
2301 Main St Ste 200
Houston, TX 77002
Asian Restaurant
   

29 The Burger Joint

Opening it's first brick and mortar location on a corner of prime real estate at Montrose and Westheimer the Burger Joint delivers top notch burgers, beers and shakes. With a remodeled and redesigned kitchen, interior and patio with heaters the space doubles as a place to eat as well as a place to lounge and hang out at any time of day.

2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 974-2889
Burger Joint

30 The Durham House

The Durham House breathes new life into the former Woodrow's Heights space on Durham Drive in the Heights with a dressed up take on creole and cajun fare. The restaurant has completely upgraded the interior, added a wine cellar for vintage bottles and beers and the menu abounds with savory selections like duck, aged steaks and scallops. Keep an eye out for special ticketed wine and beer pairing dinners.

Photo Credit: Wes Griffin
1200 Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-5600
New American Restaurant

31 Vinoteca Poscol

Vinoteca Poscól has officially moved into their new location down Westheimer, next to Katz's. Marco and Gloria Wiles (Da Marco and Dolce Vita) haven't made any major shifts on the menu, so fans of the original location need not worry. Parking is still tricky, but the fresh made pasta is still on point.

Vinoteca Poscol. [Photo: Emily Bond]

 

1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-2798
Italian Restaurant, $$$$

Article by Wes Griffin via Houston Eater




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