2800 Kirby Dr., Upper Kirby
Anita Jaisinghani's reverence for the healing power of Indian spices mixed with her creativity makes Pondicheri's menu both new and familiar.
5085 Westheimer Rd, Ste B2515, Uptown
Chef Paul Friedman represents South Africa well, merging Dutch, Portuguese, and Asian influences into perfectly seared meats and seafood, served with a side of lush chutneys and spices.
2555 Kirby Dr., River Oaks
Local Foods has been packed with lines out the door since it first opened in Rice Village in 2011. Perhaps the new downtown locations can disperse the crowds, but it's doubtful considering the love for this sandwich shop runs deep.
2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Utpown
The word "caracol" means "snail" in Spanish, an ode to chef Hugo Ortega's memories of ceviche de caracol served fresh in his brother's kitchen in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
904 Westheimer Rd., Montrose
James Beard Award–winning chef Tyson Cole serves small and inventive Japanese dishes using a mix of local ingredients and nonlocal seafood.
True Food Kitchen
1700 Post Oak Blvd., Uptown
Dr. Andrew Weil's bastion of healthy, balanced eating is a welcome change to the famously rich local cuisine.
The Pit Room
1201 Richmond Ave., Museum District
Ranking BBQ in Texas is ill-advised. The topic invites strong opinions and heated debates, and it can get personal. Nevertheless, it's easy to make a case for the Pit Room.
State of Grace
3258 Westheimer Rd., River Oaks
An ode to contemporary Houston, State of Grace has been appropriately established inside a refurbished shopping mall.
Mala Sichuan Bistro
9348 Bellaire Blvd., Chinatown
Mala Sichuan Bistro is the crown jewel of Houston's Chinatown, a neighborhood glittering with really good food.
La Calle Tacos
909 Franklin St., Downtown
Despite the wealth of taco options available in Houston, Ramon Soriano Tomka was still craving the tacos he knew from the streets of Mexico City.
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