Field & Tides keeps things local.

Image: Alice Levitt

Two things are certain: There’s never been a better time to dine in this historic neighborhood, and by the time you read this list of its newest restaurants, a handful of others will have already opened their doors.

Field & Tides

This tidy little restaurant in a converted bungalow boasts an equally smart menu, wherein chef Travis Lenig puts his own spin on the surf-and-turf tradition. (Get it? Field and Tides?) For an appetizer, pair fresh Gulf oysters with roasted Texas quail; for supper, look for Southern favorites such as pork chops with hoppin’ john and pecan-crusted trout with succotash.

Better Luck Tomorrow

This is definitely not the place to soothe any cravings for the long-gone Oxheart. Instead, BLT is where chef Justin Yu and partner/cocktail slinger Bobby Heugel let loose in their interpretation of pub grub. Dishes such as chilled octopus slices in a Tunisian hot sauce are best enjoyed on the casual patio, along with a seasonal Pimm’s Cup in a tall, icy glass.

BCK's sticky apple bun

BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

A giant sheet of butcher paper by the kitchen pass encourages guests to submit their own favorite childhood dishes for menu consideration, the first hint that this boisterous bistro specializes in the nostalgic comfort food of your youth. The second hint is the menu itself, filled with everything from Salisbury steak with butter mashed potatoes to a side of, yes, “Pasghettio’s” complete with chopped-up 44 Farms hot dog.

Cloud 10 Creamery

Not your average ice cream slinger, this dessert shop offers a taste of Houston in a waffle cone with varieties like cafe sua da; lime and Ceylon cinnamon; mango sorbet; and toasted rice. Chef Chris Leung’s famous banana split continues to captivate, too, in this second location.

Golden Bagels & Coffee

For a city that loves its breakfast foods, Houston has always had a dearth of good bagel shops. This new destination joins stalwarts like New York Bagels in Meyerland and Hot Bagel Shop in Montrose as the town’s newest purveyor of plain, poppyseed, and everything-in-between bagels. And because this is the new millennium, you can get yours topped with nova lox or turned into avocado toast.

Image: Alice Levitt

Helen in the Heights

This casual, taverna-style cousin to the original Helen Greek Food & Wine in the Village offers a shareable selection of small and large plates, including all the favorites: gyro, moussaka, avgolemono soup, and flaming halloumi cheese.

Melange Creperie

There really is something for everyone here. Master crêpe-maker Sean Carroll offers vegan and gluten-free options as well as salads, sandwiches, and a variety of other desserts. But let’s be honest: You’re here to try a Szechuan chicken crêpe followed by another one stuffed with Brie and homemade jalapeño jam.

Local Foods

Just try to pass this inviting patio on your way down the Heights Hike & Bike Trail without resolving to come back for, what was that? Ricotta French toast with strawberries? Vegan chili con queso? Whatever it was, you know owner Benjy Levit sourced the ingredients from the closest purveyors possible.

Street Food Thai Market

The former Asia Market has a new Thai tenant, and the food has enjoyed a makeover to match the spiffy new interior. You’ll want to order one of everything, but we recommend starting with the esarn sausage, spicy larb, and eye-opening tom yum goong.

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Better Luck Tomorrow

Cocktails, Happy Hour, Outdoor Patio, Pub Grub 544 Yale St.

The latest project from Houston cocktail impresario Bobby Heugel (Anvil Bar & Refuge) and James Beard award-winning chef Justin Yu (Oxheart), BLT serves ...

Street Food Thai Market

$$ Pan-Asian, Thai 1010 W. Calvacade St. #D

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Local Foods

$ Sandwiches Multiple Locations

Local Foods is part of the Benjy’s family of restaurants (it’s right next door in Rice Village). The modern deli is especially famous for its huge sandwiches...

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Melange Creperie

$ American/New American, French 711 Heights Blvd. #B

Helen in the Heights

$$ Greek 1111 Studewood St.

Just because it's the little sister to James Beard Foundation award-nominated Helen Greek Food & Wine doesn't mean the cuisine is any less serious at thi...

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Golden Bagels & Coffee

$$ Bakeries, Café 3119 White Oak Drive

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Cloud 10 Creamery

$ Dessert 5216 Morningside Dr.

Acclaimed pastry chef Chris Leung creates such inventive ice cream flavors as buttermilk chai, prickly pear with balsamic vinegar, or red currant mascarpone,...

BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

$$ American/New American 933 Studewood St.

Field & Tides

$$ American/New American 705 E. 11th St.

The heirloom vegetables that fill plates at this friendly restaurant come from chef Travis Lenig's in-laws. The menu is just as welcoming to other families—d...