Houston Restaurant Bucket List

By Brooke Viggiano

Sadly, we’re all going to kick the bucket one day. But before we do, we may as well go out with a delicious bang, right? We’ve shared the 50 foods to eat in Houston before you die, but what about the restaurants that are so delicious or classic or just imbedded in the soul of our city that you have to grab a meal before you pass on from this artery-clogging world? These are those 20 spots, so you can start lining up the reservations now.

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Midtown

So many of Houston’s culinary elite have cut their teeth at this Commander’s Palace offshoot, it may as well be a damn teething ring. We’re talking Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd, Holley’s Seafood’s Mark Holley, Zelko Bistro’s Jamie Zelko, and Randy Evans of the former Haven, to name exactly four. Eating here is pretty much a sneak peek into the city’s gastronomic future, and you can get a glimpse at the crystal ball while dining on throwbacks and Bayou City-inspired eats -- think bananas Foster and shrimp-n-grits, alongside Texan pecan-crusted Gulf fish and the city’s most luxurious seafood tower.

Midtown

So many of Houston’s culinary elite have cut their teeth at this Commander’s Palace offshoot, it may as well be a damn teething ring. We’re talking Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd, Holley’s Seafood’s Mark Holley, Zelko Bistro’s Jamie Zelko, and Randy Evans of the former Haven, to name exactly four. Eating here is pretty much a sneak peek into the city’s gastronomic future, and you can get a glimpse at the crystal ball while dining on throwbacks and Bayou City-inspired eats -- think bananas Foster and shrimp-n-grits, alongside Texan pecan-crusted Gulf fish and the city’s most luxurious seafood tower.