In Hong Kong and parts of southern China where Cantonese is spoken, few people greet each other by asking “How are you?” Instead, the common phrase among family, friends, business associates, anyone at all, is this: “Have you eaten yet?” Sound familiar? In Houston, at least, and in English, it’s a question posed with as much frequency as that other favorite: “Where should we eat?” Well, we have quite a few thoughts on that—100 of them, in fact.

These are the essential restaurants where Houstonians should be eating right now, flung far and wide across nearly every Bayou City neighborhood, cuisine and price range. They’re the places you always meant to try and the places you’ll want to try this weekend, immediately, as soon as possible.

Below, you'll find an alphabetical of all 100 best restaurants, as well as of-the-moment categories grouping those 100 restaurants into quickly navigable lists, from New American favorites and Old Guard strongholds to our top picks in Chinatown and Little India. Along the way, check out the hottest dining blocks in the Heights and Montrose, see who won our kolache and taco battles, and seek out unique spots in the suburbs.

Now, have you eaten yet? No? Better get started: You’ve got 100 restaurants on your bucket list, and only 365 days in the year.

Start by downloading our new Gastronaut app. It’s the best way to work your way down the list—available for both Apple and Android devices!

In This Feature:

Houston's 100 Very Best Restaurants

For the diner on the go, we present our no-frills list of the city's top spots. Dig in.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

The Best of the Best: Our Top Restaurants, Chefs, Dishes and More of 2016

Including the best new restaurant in the 'burbs.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

At Your Service: 4 Restaurants Redefining Hospitality in Houston

Service hasn’t always been a selling point for Houston’s culinary scene. But in recent years, it’s seen a resurgence.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

The New Old Guard: 4 Restaurants Adapting to the Times

In the ruthless world of fine dining, evolution is key to survival.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Fairview and Taft: 4 Montrose Favorites, One Convenient Corner

Walk, bike or Uber to the busiest block in Neartown for excellent food, drink and people-watching.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

The 6 Spots to Try in the Heights Right Now

It's not just the corner of Shepherd and 19th that's heating up.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

7 Spots Defining New American Cuisine in Houston

No matter the New American experience you’re seeking, you’ll find it here.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Eye Candy: 4 Dining Rooms That Dazzle

At these restaurants, the decor is just as stunning as the dishes.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Food Fight: Who Makes Houston’s Best Pub Grub, Indian Sweets, Fancy Tacos and More

We tossed our favorite spots into the ring together to see whose cuisine reigns supreme.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Instant Classics and Must-Try Meals

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

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Go West, Young Man: 5 Unique Restaurants to Seek in the Suburbs

With interesting openings from Katy to Cypress, the west side is worth the drive.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Our 4 Freshest Favorites in Memorial

From Japanese and Vietnamese to Big Tex and Mex, the area around the Energy Corridor has it all.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Our 4 Favorite Feasts in Little India

From finger-licking chaat to filling fried chicken, the Mahatma Gandhi District will keep you coming back for more.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Our 3 Can't-Miss Meals in Midtown

It's not just nightlife that this neighborhood does right: Shipley Do-Nut bread pudding, anyone?

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

3 Hot Spots to Hit Right Now in the East End

There's only one place in town to get roasted guinea pig, and it's here.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

4 Favorite Spots to Hit Right Now in Chinatown

It should go without saying that there's much more than just Chinese food along Bellaire Boulevard.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

4 Can't-Miss Korean Classics

Whether in Koreatown or the Museum District, these four spots offer everything from mandu to soju.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Go Fish at These 4 Favorite Seafood Spots

From you-buy-we-fry joints to creative ceviches, these spots put the Gulf in Gulf Coast.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

3 Thai Spots You Simply Have to Try

Three favorite spots, three very different takes on Thai

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Destination Dining: 7 Restaurants Worth the Drive

These spots may be far outside your regular dining circles, but each is worth the drive—and, in that regard, innately Houstonian.

09/19/2016 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Why You Should Download Houstonia's Gastronaut Dining App Today

We'll do things for you other restaurant apps won't. Tasty things.

09/19/2016 By Houstonia Staff