So much can happen in a short time. Blink, and you might miss the additions to this city’s food scene—whether the game-changers that are remaking our gustatory landscape, or the hip neighborhood spots elevating comfort classics so well, they’re jammed on Tuesday nights. At, like, five. The 39 restaurants featured here represent the best of the best to arrive in Bayou City over the past year. Each demands attention despite having entered a packed field of purveyors of good things to eat, in a town that knows its food. Taken together, these newcomers show that there’s never been a better time to eat in Houston than at this very moment.

In This Feature:

Houston's Food Scene Has Never Been Better

Okay, we were denied James Beard Awards in 2019. But as the incredible new restaurants we've featured this year attest, we’re writing our own history, and lucky Houston diners are the better for it.

09/25/2019 By Timothy Malcolm

The 20 Best Things We Ate in Houston This Year

These dishes from 20 new restaurants are already Houston classics.

09/25/2019 By Timothy Malcolm, Gwendolyn Knapp, and Alice Levitt

The Perfect Heights Food Crawl

Four new restaurants in one night? Oh, it can be done.

09/25/2019 By Timothy Malcolm

The 6 Best New Breakfast and Dessert Spots

Wake up and wind down at these eateries.

09/25/2019 By Timothy Malcolm and Gwendolyn Knapp

4 Houston Chefs to Watch Out For

These culinary stars share their thoughts on their awesome year—and what they've planned for year two.

09/25/2019 By Timothy Malcolm