What is Houston’s restaurant scene like?

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Houston’s restaurant scene represents a mix of classic Lone-Star state traditions with upscale destinations and eateries from a variety of cultures. Of course, you can’t come to the Houston without sampling its world-famous barbecue. Plenty of establishments promise to dish out the best in town, but there are a few good places that live up to this promise: Goode Company Barbecue, Gabby’s Ribs & BarB-Q and Luling City Market Bar-B-Q. But we’ll be honest, the best barbecue you can get is at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which comes to town each February and runs through March.

Texas’ border location means you can get excellent authentic Mexican food in Houston, as well as it’s American counterpart Tex-Mex, We suggest Lupe Tortilla’s or El Tiempo Cantina to get your fix. You’ll also find great Indian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in Houston’s Montrose area.

Mai Pham

With more than 8,000 restaurants in Houston, the restaurant scene here is a bustling, eclectic mix of everything from fast-casual to high-end fine dining. You'll marvel at the number of Tex-Mex options available throughout the city, ponder the steakhouse choices, drive endlessly along Bellaire Boulevard to encounter Asian scene, find Greek and Mediterranean staples long Montrose, take a bite out of Korean kim chi along Longpoint in the Spring Branch area, and then come back around to find award-winning restaurants on Westheimer Road in the lower Westheimer area. Then there are the burger joints -- from gourmet to hole-in-the-wall, and pizzas ranging from the thick crust to thin, along with barbecue created by craftsman who have spent their lives learning the art of smoke. Houston is a restaurant city, and we're proud of it.

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