Houston is one of the best markets to test tequila consumption. Houstonians love it in all forms -- margaritas, infused, straight up. You can find it all around the city, but we've got the low down on the best places for that special taste of agave.
If you are looking for tex-mex and want tex-mex prices, don't go to Hugo's. However, if you are looking for excellent service, flavorful regional Mexican dishes, and a superb dining experience, visit Hugo Ortega's eponymous restaurant. Seasonal dishes that include squash blossoms are a must, the lobster taquito addictive, the whole snapper a la veracruzana stunning, the costillas (ribs) just delicious. Fantastic beverage program overseen by Sommelier Sean Beck. Mojitos and sangria are $5 during happy hour with food specials like ceviche. Sunday brunch is hands-down the best in town.
Molina's just celebrated their 70 year anniversary. Authentic texmex doesn't get better than this. Love Jose's dip and the Williams special
Best cocktail bar in Houston, bar none. Don't go here for vodka, go here for carefully constructed cocktail spirits. You'll have to wait for them to be made, but what you'll drink is delish. Weekends will be crowded. Chefs have been known to make an appearance here.
This is THE restaurant industry after-work hangout. This means it's a place you'll find chefs, bartenders, servers and other industry folk after hours. Cocktails are excellent. I love The Repair. The new food truck rotation in the kitchen (food truck owners will go inside the kitchen and make food for you) means you can get grub AND drinks.
TQLA is the premier spot for tequila tasting in Houston. With more than 400 types of tequila in stock, they've cleverly used the bottles as decor, packing the entire wall from counter to ceiling with bottles of tequila, lit up in a way that makes you want to imbibe. Do so responsibly, y'all.
One of the coolest, most eclectic, most original bar/lounges to hit the Houston scene, period. Luv the tequila infusions straight up
Wonderful modern coastal Mexican food like ceviche, octopus, sous vide ribeye and more by celebrity Mexican Chef Aquilas Chavez
Gorgeous murals are the centerpiece of this modern, artsy, Mexican neighborhood bistro. Get the mula de nopal and the mixiotes de camaron. Drinks are fab, get the Paloma.
The flagship Americas is like otherworldly and provocative, playground for the River Oaks set and a treat for anyone who dines there. Though the churrasco steak is easily the must-order standard, playful lamb lollipops with yucca, inventive ceviches, and a fantastic new cocktail program headed by beverage guru and somm James Watkins are other reasons to visit this stunning restaurant.
The newest, coolest, hippest spot in lower Westheimer, Pistolero's is the place to get gourmet tacos and tequila. They do tequila straight up, in cocktails. They infuse them, they use the infusions to make more cocktails. Margaritas are killer. And the gourmet tacos go with just about everything on the drinks menu.