As the fourth largest city in America, Houston boasts a culinary scene to rival any of its bigger brothers and sisters. From homestyle ethnic food that represents the communities that make up Houston, to storied steakhouses and top-flight chefs, the food of Houston offers something for everyone.

Houston is one of if not the most diverse cities in America, and the variety of restaurants in the city reflect this fact. At least 28 ethnic cuisines can be found in Houston, according to Houston’s Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines in particular are renowned across the country. You can find Bánh mìs for less than five dollars for a mind-blowing lunch you’ll never forget, or seek out Dim Sum and enjoy a variety of Chinese traditional delights.

The Mexican food in Houston is some of the best in Texas, representing a wide variety of culinary techniques and regional specialties. Tex-Mex, the rich and delicious fare that is a Texas specialty, can be found all over the city , too, at places such as The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, La Mexicana, and more. Don’t forget to try queso during your stay, or the breakfast taco, an import from Austin that will help get your morning started.

Top Flight Restaurants

Houston boasts restaurants from some of America’s most cutting edge chefs. Chef Monica Pope, James Beard Award semifinalist and Top Chef Masters contestant, holds down the fort at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop in Midtown. Chef Hugo Ortega, James Beard Award finalist, creates seasonal American food at Backstreet Cafe. Bryan Caswell at Reef serves up some of the best seafood on the Gulf Coast with a distinct combination of Asian and Mediterranean influences.

Justin Yu’s Oxheart is, despite its name, a veggie-heavy haven in Houston, and there are a number of other strictly vegan and vegetarian restaurants in town. Uchi, the Japanese restaurant that made national waves in Austin, has a location in Houston that serves the same fare from the team that brought Uchi to life. For the foodie, Houston is an utter paradise.


When it comes to Texas, it’s hard to think about food and not think about steak. Houston has plenty of great steakhouses that will satisfy your cravings. Brenner’s on the Bayou has great steaks and a fantastic patio on Buffalo Bayou. Morton’s has delicious steak, lobster, and even brussell sprouts. Killen’s Steakhouse in Pearland offers a more laid back dining experience with top meats sourced from the Allen Brothers in Chicago. There is also a Del Frisco’s, of New York fame, in the Galleria, offering amazing service and steaks that cost nearly $100 – and are worth every penny. Then there’s Vic & Anthony’s downtown, one of the best restaurants in Houston, offering traditional service, a piano lounge, and some of the best steaks in the nation. These steakhouses are great places to celebrate huge business deals and great life milestones.

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