What to Order at Houston’s 10 Best Restaurants

Sweet-corn ravioli with lobster, roasted duck with crawfish, grilled veal porterhouse & more
October 6, 2014
by Marcy de Luna

The 10 best restaurants in Houston — according to voters in our last survey — offer some of the tastiest dishes in town. Below is our guide on what to order the next time you go.

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Da Marco Cucina E Vino

Zagat Food Rating: 29

Must-Order Dish: Picking one favorite at the Italian mecca in Montrose is no easy task, so we chose two: the sweet-corn ravioli with lobster and the Colorado lamb chops scottadito (Italian for "burned fingers," since they're so tasty you can’t resist eating them scorching hot) with cumin yogurt.

Chez Nous

Zagat Food Rating: 28

Must-Order Dish: Try the seared Atlantic salmon with wilted spinach and lemon-caper butter at the upscale French gem located in an old church in Humble.

Mark's American Cuisine

Zagat Food Rating: 28

Must-Order Dish: The menu of New American dishes includes a must-try grilled veal porterhouse with porcini mushroom risotto, Trumpet Royal mushroom marmalade and spinach flan.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Zagat Food Rating: 28

Must-Order Dish: Excellent cuts of classic dry-aged steaks stand above the rest at the ritzy chophouse near the Galleria. That includes the colossal 40-oz. porterhouse (large enough for two) carved tableside. The lobster deviled eggs with honey-pepper bacon are also a knockout.


Zagat Food Rating: 27

Must-Order Dish: The Snapper Nino, a house favorite at the family-owned Montrose-area Italian eatery, is served sautéed with lump crabmeat, mushroom, lemon butter and spinach.

Brasserie Max & Julie

Zagat Food Rating: 27

Must-Order Dish: The authentic French fare — including the fabulous steak tartar with frites — and charming vibe at the Montrose brasserie are a little slice of Paris in Houston.


Zagat Food Rating: 27

Must-Order Dish: Dining at the high-end Midtown staple should start with the turtle soup au sherry and end with the bananas Foster. In between, our entree of choice is the cast-iron-roasted duck and crawfish: Peking duck breast, duck sausage egg roll, duck egg and crawfish fried rice with caramelized plum duck sauce.

Del Frisco's Steakhouse

Zagat Food Rating: 27

Must-Order Dish: In addition to buttery steaks, the elegant two-story space in the Galleria shopping center offers a little something extra with its New Orleans-inspired Lagniappe menu, including tasty beef medallions with Chateau potatoes and a red wine demi-glace.


Zagat Food Rating: 27

Must-Order Dish: Dine like a king at the elegant Galleria-area venue with Indian-fusion cuisine. We can't get enough of the seafood curry (shrimp or sea scallops in a peanut, sesame seed and coconut sauce) with saffron rice and seasonal vegetables.

Brenner's Steakhouse

Zagat Food Rating: 27

Must-Order Dish: The Landry's-owned restaurant with two locations is known for its impressive cuts of beef (such as the 14-oz. center-cut, bone-in filet mignon), stellar sides (go for the German potatoes) and decadent desserts like apple strudel.

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