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Though Houston has never been famous for its hip dining scene, our Forbes Travel Guide team believes it’s on the rise. Over the last couple of years, the city has seen an influx of hot restaurants that were popular dining hotspots during the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend. Now that you won't have to worry about competing with star athletes and their fans for reservations, you should have no trouble snagging a table at one of these top eateries next time you're in Houston.
When Tyson Cole brought Uchi to town in 2011, plenty of Houstonians were thrilled to have the Austin transplant — and innovative Japanese cuisine to boot. It’s in the eccentric Montrose neighborhood, about 10 minutes from the Toyota Center.
Another restaurant that has been pulling in praise is Oxheart, which is on the other side of downtown in the historic Warehouse District. Try snagging one of the 30 seats to indulge in a tasting menu of chef Justin Yu’s creative spin on regional vegetables.
And as you’d expect in just about any sports town — and especially in Texas — there are plenty of steakhouses to go around. Downtown, you’ll find fan favorite Vic & Anthony’s less than a mile from the arena. But Houstonians flock to the flagship Pappas Bros. Steakhouse for juicy filets.