The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Houston Right Now

By Marcy de Luna  |  July 15, 2014

From Bernie's new brick-and-mortar to a decked-out oyster bar, here are ten restaurants heating up the dining scene.

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    Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    Why It's Hot: The menu at Midtown's new restaurant, from chef/owner Mark Holley, features Pan-Asian flavors with Texas and Louisiana influences — and 22 varieties of bourbon.
    Must Order: Blackened grouper in ham hock stock with peas, kimchi and gold rice.
    Insider Tip: Sample the five bourbon infusions. Our favorite is cherry.

    3201 Louisiana; 832-426-4303

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    Bernie's Burger Bus Stop

    Why It's Hot: Justin Turner goes brick-and-mortar with his food truck business. You can now enjoy his tasty burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes at a 3000-square-foot Bellaire neighborhood restaurant.
    Must Order: The Exchange Student (lamb) burger and fluffernutter milkshake.
    Insider Tip: Do it up on the weekends with the lobster roll, available Friday-Sunday only.

    5407 Bellaire Blvd.; 713-349-9400

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    Sal y Pimienta Kitchen

    Why It's Hot: Located in CityCentre, the South American restaurant goes heavy on the meat, but also offers seafood, pizzas and homemade pastas.
    Must Order: The parrilla (six cuts of meat for $56; perfect for two to share).
    Insider Tip: Try the three-course executive lunch deal (available during weekday lunch).

    818 Town & Country Blvd., Ste 105; 832-849 -0097

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    Why It's Hot: Korean tapas, a communal bar and infused Korean soju (vodka-like rice liquor) make this casual place on Shepherd near West Alabama a must-try.
    Must Order: Black bean noodles.
    Insider Tip: Feast on the late-night menu, available Thursday through Saturday, 10 PM to midnight.

    2802 S Shepherd Dr.; 713-521-3674

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    The Republic Grille

    Why It's Hot: The rustic eatery brings reasonably priced Texas cuisine to the Woodlands.
    Must Order: Chicken Woodlands (grilled chicken topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and lemon basil sauce).
    Insider Tip: Large portions are shareable.

    4775 West Panther Creek Drive, Suite 490; 281-719-5895

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    Killen's Barbecue

    Why It's Hot: The best things are worth waiting for. Although the line can run upwards of an hour, the BBQ is a pure melt-in-your-mouth delight.
    Must Order: With options like tender brisket, ribs, housemade sausage, turkey and bone-in pork belly, get the biggest bang for your buck with the five meat plate with two sides.
    Insider Tip: Enjoy a cold beer, gratis, while you wait in line on Saturdays and Sundays.

    3613 E. Broadway St.; 281-485-2272

  • Common Bond

    Why It's Hot: Get addicted to the savory fare and sweet treats from a distinguished staff of chefs led by Roy Shvartzapel.
    Must Order: We want one of everything, but we'll settle for the Kugelhopf, chocolate croissant and soft (egg) scramble.
    Insider Tip: There's ample parking in the lot directly behind the restaurant. 

    1706 Westheimer; 713-529-3535

  • Table On Post Oak

    Why It's Hot: With years of experience, executive chef Manuel Pucha and his team have created a menu that reflects their refined classical training with a modern slant.
    Must Order: Plump, beautiful sea scallops covered in spicy chile sauce and served over fresh corn salsa.
    Insider Tip: Grab after-dinner drinks at the newly revamped, bustling bar downstairs.

    1800 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-439-1000

  • Kuu

    Why It's Hot: Chef Adison Lee hits a home run with his creative rolls and delicate yet flavorful raw-fish dishes.
    Must Order: A feast of favorites includes uni-crusted king crab, truffle Japanese sea bream and the Kuu makimono roll (Asian pear, yuzu, avocado, edamame purée).
    Insider Tip: Park for free in the garage in the rear of the Gateway Memorial City complex.

    947 N. Gessner Rd.; 713-461-1688

  • Lillo & Ella

    Why It's Hot: Chef and owner Kevin Naderi, also of Roost, gives us reasonably priced Pan-Asian dishes in street-food style. 
    Must Order: Don't miss the spicy Thai muu noodles — thin noodles tossed with ground pork, long beans and bean sprouts.
    Insider Tip: Unlike Roost, Lillo & Ella is open for lunch and accepts reservations.

    2307 Ella Blvd.; 281-888-5335