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Raw oysters on the half shell at the new downtown Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.

Image: Megha Tejpal

Downtown just got a lot tastier. The much anticipated third location of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse opened its doors earlier this month to rave reviews and herds of excited diners. The award-winning restaurant, named one of the best steakhouses in the country by the Food Network, has long been a favorite among Houstonians for its enticing menu of dry-aged steaks and mouth-watering sides. Chef Michael Villardi's choice selections like the bone-in filet mignon, the crab macaroni and cheese and the roasted wild mushrooms along with the restaurant's timeless aura make it one which we can't get enough of.

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Pappas Bros. is known for their mouth-watering steaks.

Image: Megha Tejpal

As its flagship location on Westheimer Rd. near the Galleria celebrates its 20th year in business, the swanky new space on McKinney provides guests with the same superior dining experience in an exciting new locale.

“We opened the first Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Houston and we are thrilled to expand our successful concept with a second Houston location in the bustling, downtown area,” says Christina Pappas, director of marketing for Pappas Restaurants, Inc. “Our new space will serve as a convenient destination for business dinners as well as a premier date night destination."

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You're never too old for jumbo lump crab mac and cheese.

Image: Megha Tejpal

While a steak at Pappas Bros. is hard to resist, the plentiful seafood options are just as enticing. Raw and fried oysters make for an exciting shareable starter as do the lobster deviled eggs and decadent jumbo lump crab cakes. The broiled Atlantic salmon filet with jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp is a flavorful seafood selection and pairs wonderfully with a glass of bubbly.

Regardless of whether you choose land or sea, a selection from the dessert cart is mandatory. The creamy s'mores pie will have you reminiscing of your childhood, while the pecan pie with vanilla ice-cream is a phenomenal choice for the holiday season.

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Pecan pie is a natural choice for the holiday season.

Image: Megha Tejpal

In addition to the lounge and main dining room, the new Pappas Bros. location will offer intimate wine dinners in its wine cellar, a space that will also be available for private bookings. The wine program comprises over 1,500 selections from around the globe, headed up by advanced sommelier Bill Elsey as wine director. Skillfully crafted cocktails make up a hearty portion of the beverage menu alongside an extraordinary collection of single malts—the largest collection in the Southwest—and 350 bottles of unique spirits including vintage whiskeys.

Undoubtedly one of the best dining destinations downtown, the new Pappas Bros. Steakhouse promises guests a one-of-a-kind experience with its first-class service and stellar menu. We welcome this noteworthy new restaurant to the neighborhood.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 1200 McKinney St., 713-658-1995, pappasbros.com

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