Where to Eat & Drink Now

A celebration of where to find the tastiest food and drink in Houston right now.

Benny Chows

Highly anticipated restaurant Benny Chows recently opened on Washing Ave. Rooted in Cantonese tradition, dishes are enhanced with local ingredients to create a delicious menu of American Chinese cuisine in a moody yet vibrant setting. Consulting Chef Doron Wong worked with Berg Hospitality's Hospitality's VP of Culinary, Brian Sutton, to develop the menu and then recruit the Chinese-born Executive Chef Shirong Mei, who brings nearly 30 years of culinary experience in Cantonese restaurants throughout Asia and the U.S. bennychows.com


Known for its seasonally rotating menu, March focuses on Sicily through December. Chef and partner Felipe Riccio's heritage and experiences drive his passion for March's first Italian menu. Guests will enjoy dishes like Peperunata, featuring a delicately roasted pepper stuffed with king crab, La Norma, an elegant play on the classic pasta with eggplant, and Buccularu Arrustutu, featuring slow braised and grilled guanciale during their six- or nine-course tasting menu. marchrestaurant.com


Located in Midtown, Josephine's serves ingredient-forward Gulf Coast fare. Snacks—think housemade biscuits or hushpuppies—are served alongside a selection of small plates meant to be shared. josephinesgulfcoasttradition.com

Little's Oyster Bar

Little's Oyster Bar, Pappas Restaurants' highly anticipated seafood restaurant hit the scene in May and has made quite a name for itself. The Houston Chronicle called it "the year's best new restaurant," for good reason. Chef Jason Ryczek focuses on seafood, seasonality, and simplicity. He harvests his caviar and sources seafood from Pappas fishermen or sustainably outside the Gulf. The thoughtfully curated wine and cocktail menus make the dining experience at the restaurant a delight from start to finish. littlesoysterbar.com


Underbelly Hospitality hotspot Pastore features a seafood-forward menu that includes rotating seasonal flavors, handmade pasta, and flatbreads. Executive chef Jeff Potts and Underbelly Hospitality culinary director Scott Muns have composed a menu to transport Houston diners to the Italian coast. pastorehouston.com

Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina 

Houston favorite Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina recently launched a delicious weekend brunch menu featuring Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros, Pancakes, Breakfast Margaritas, Bloody Marias, and Cantina Carajillos, to name a few. kitchenandcantina.com

Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken

Get a taste of Houston’s first South African barbecue restaurant at Nando’s on Post Oak. The outpost specializes in flame grilled chicken that is marinated for 24 hours and basted with housemade sauce. Guests can also enjoy great appetizers, sides, and a robust beverage menu. nandosperiperi.com

Burger Bodega 

Guests can choose a single, double, or triple patty at the popular Burger Bodega. What started as a pop-up restaurant by owner Abbas Dhanani is now a brick-and-mortar location on Washington Avenue. Diners can also enjoy a selection of fries, shakes, and the Chopped Cheese on a hero roll. burgerbodega.com


Chef Evelyn Garcia and Chef Henry Lu's restaurant Jūn is a culinary exploration of the different people, food, and culture that influenced them. junbykin.com

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