100 Best Restaurants 2016

Instant Classics and Must-Try Meals

New and old, these 9 restaurants define dining in the Bayou City.

By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt September 19, 2016 Published in the October 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Sumac-dusted fried chicken at Al Aseel Grill & Cafe

Al Aseel Grill & Cafe

This is the city’s destination for a Palestinian feast of sumac-dusted fried chicken and intensely flavored kebabs.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

Only nine restaurants in the United States serve true Kobe beef. B&B became Houston’s first purveyor this year.

Giacomo's Cibo E Vino

Exceptional homemade pasta is the draw at this restaurant, which welcomes pets on its patio and donates to animal charities. Our furry friends are sold, and so are we.

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Helen Greed Food & Wine

Helen Greek Food & Wine

The James Beard Foundation and Eater National both agree with us that this is one of the country’s best restaurants to open in 2015. Try the greens-and-cheese pie to see why.

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill

There’s no question that chef Manabu Horiuchi is having fun with his menu of ultra-modern raw creations and grilled small plates. You will, too.

Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

Strange but true: Houston is home to one of the nation’s best Jewish delis. The proof is in the house corned beef and pastrami, piled high as they should be.

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Killen's BBQ

Image: Kate LeSueur

Killen's BBQ

Ribs and brisket may get national attention, but we swear by the Sunday-only fried chicken with mac ‘n’ cheese.

La Crawfish

Crawfish pho. Need we say more? Fine. How about crawfish empanadas? No one fuses Gulf flavors with Vietnam cuisine quite like this.

Rainbow Lodge

The game burgers served on Fridays are some of the best in town, but the upscale Southern fare—and the view—are both spectacular every day of the week.

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