When Bravo TV announced plans to film Season 19 of Top Chef in Houston, nobody around Texas was surprised—nor was anyone who’s planned a trip to the nation’s fourth-largest city just to eat.
Unquestionably a food destination, H-town boasts a deep restaurant roster that’s as rich as any city on either coast, serving everything from down-home Southern to cuisine from around the world.
“After 12 years covering restaurants in Houston, I remain awestruck by the talent and diversity of the city’s restaurant community. And its great resolve. The industry’s great struggle during the ongoing pandemic proved its resiliency, creativity, ability to adapt, and knowledge of the people they serve—how and what they eat,” says Greg Morago, food editor at the Houston Chronicle. “Houston eats well and will continue to do so.”
Here, we cast a spotlight on 8 great choices that reflect the food scene’s diversity and energy, places where you can taste the cooking passion on every plate.