Houston Dining

Houston has more gold-medal award-winning restaurants than any other city in the United States. Houston has outstanding dining options, and is widely considered the most restaurant-oriented city in the United States, with a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, superb Tex-Mex, a great number of steakhouses, fine dining, as well as chains. For some of the best surprises, stop by any nondescript taqueria and order nearly anything at random.

Some of the best food experiences are to be found in one of the following places:

Star Pizza
2111 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098
+1 713 523 0800
If you've got a hankering for a great pizza, Star hits the spot! Funky and fun, the smorgasbord of satisfying slices this hometown favorite has to offer will blow you away. Toppings, toppings, toppings - you couldn't run out here. The wheat crust is yummy enough to eat alone; and salads here are taken very seriously.

Brasil
2606 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006
+1 713 528 1993
Brasil started out as a dessert and coffee shop with cutting-edge artworks on the walls, and while still funky and eclectic, it now serves beer and wine, as well as terrific pizzas. The patio faces the busy intersection of Westheimer and Dunlavy, always bustling with a hip crowd of young shoppers and artists-in-the-making.

Istanbul Grill & Deli
5613 Morningside, Houston, TX 77005
+1 713 526 2800
Traditional Turkish fare makes a cozy home in Rice Village. The cozy spot serves known dishes such as hummus, as well as more exotic items like ali nazik, similar to queso flameado with chorizo sausage, broiled with mashed eggplant and chopped stir-fried lamb in yogurt sauce.

Brennan's Houston
3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006
+1 713 522 9711
We tried the Louisiana pecan-crusted fish and the Brennan's fish Pontchartrain with jumbo lump crab meat. Always wonderful is the rainbow trout and crab meat - pan seared trout topped with jumbo lump crab meat in vermouth cream. And don't skip the flaming cafe brulot, prepared tableside by dousing an orange peel with brandy, Triple sec, cinnamon and cloves and setting it on fire.

Ruggles Grill
903 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
+1 713 524 3839
Ruggles Grill gives customers a taste of America from California to the Southwest. Guests love the white chocolate bread pudding. This restaurant has set a high standard for future Ruggles restaurants.