Best Thing We Ate

Best Things We Ate This Year (So Far) in Houston

By Marcy de Luna  |  June 30, 2014
Credit: Dragana Harris

All these dishes debuted in the past six months. Even with that strict criteria, whittling down the roster was tough. Without further ado, in no particular order, here are 10 of our favorite dishes so far this year.

  • Whole Fish at Coltivare

    The whole wood-roasted Gulf fish is steamed and accompanied by rotating ingredients like garlic and wild sorrel. If you can part with a bite, it’s large enough to share.


  • Credit: Kimberly Park

    Beef Ribs at Killen's Barbecue

    Have ribs, will follow. And we'd trail pitmaster Ronnie Killen anywhere. The tender meat is so smokin' good, there's no need to cover the flavor with sauce.

  • Credit: Dragana Harris

    Bao at Lillo & Ella

    The elusive bao only makes an appearance during lunch. The steamed buns come with your choice of filling, like Korean fried chicken with honey butter and anise pickles and braised bacon with candied apples and crispy onion.

  • Tuna Carpaccio Flatbread at Table on Post Oak

    Crème fraîche aïoli, green onion, Himalayan salt and capers give a boost to silky tuna on a thin crust.

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    Soft Scramble at Common Bond

    Perfectly cooked eggs, risottolike in consistency, come topped with a vibrant scoop of (seasonal) green English peas and tendril pesto. Stir it all together and enjoy. (For maximum pleasure, smear it on the toasted baguettes.)

  • Lomo Saltado at Andes Cafe

    The richly delicious, Peruvian-style stir-fry (beef tenderloin, red bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes and sauce) is served with crispy fries and white rice.

  • Credit: Kimberly Park

    Uni-Crusted King Crab at Kuu Restaurant

    Decadent uni-crusted king crab comes in the shell with uni custard, key lime and a side of oyster mushrooms.

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    Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich at Blacksmith

    Fire-roasted turkey, smoky bacon, tomatoes and cheesy mornay sauce top a slice of sturdy bread.

  • Canadian Lobster Bisque With Miso at Preview

    Why not indulge? Lobster bisque, salted with miso, comes with four lightly fried lobster tail nuggets that have been poached in butter, mixed with egg and Ritz crackers and coated in panko bread crumbs.

  • Korean-Style Pork Shank at Nara

    Fork-tender, braised Duroc pork shank is the star of the plate. The lightly fried tofu and spicy sautéed shin (sour) kimchi combine for a trio full of texture and explosive flavor.