by imneverfull - 0 Reviews - 7 List
The past decade has born a culinary renaissance in the Heights. This neighborhood inside the Houston loop has a diverse offering of cuisines from an authentic, modest Thai dive to creative, high profile, chef-driven restaurants. Here are our picks for the best restaurant in the Heights, which include an option at every price-point for any night of the week. (Photo: Stella Sola)
Updated: July 26, 2010
This latest venture by Bryan Caswell (Reef, Little Big's) has a Texas-Tuscan menu and a kitchen helmed by Justin Basye, known for his uber-talents with charcuterie. Try the roasted suckling pig, wild boar pasta, and shrimp and polenta, but do not pass on the meat market plate of exquisite, house-cured meats.
This Thai-Cambodian convenient store houses a small dining area where you can order some of the most satisfying and authentic Thai dishes in town. Flavorful curries include Thai eggplant, the pad kee mao noodles are incredible and the soups are top-notch.
The Heights seems to be attracting lots of chef-driven restaurants recently but Shade was the first in the 'hood. Chef Claire Smith dishes a seasonal menu of sophisticated, Southern-influenced dishes such as bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwich, chicken tortilla soup with guacamole, and fried shrimp and bacon cheese grits. Shade also serves a popular brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Neighborhood denizens refer to it as "The Pink Place" because the name can be hard to pronounce, but they keep coming back for excellent grilled meats or "parrilladas," cheap Mexican breakfast and combination plates. Be sure to ask about happy hour margarita prices too.
This charming, converted bungalow is named for chef Jamie Zelko, previously of Lancaster Bistro. Her menu boasts inspired American classics with playful twists using seasonal, local ingredients such as Saint Arnold root beer short ribs, fried chicken with shallot jam, and meatloaf cooked in a can.
Chef-owner Lance Fegen creates dishes such as potato chip chicken fried steak and avocado potato salad that keeps a loyal clientele coming back for more. This American bistro has a contemporary, industrial feel for an energetic evening out.
This seafood market and restaurant across from the Airline Farmer's Market is known for affordable, fresh seafood and caters mostly to the locals. Tuck into fried seafood over a bed of with fried rice and share a seafood cocktail. You'll love the prices even more.
Stepping into this diner will take you back several eras when microwaves were luxury items and everyone cooked slow food. Come for a cheap breakfast of egg plates, pan sausage, or biscuits and gravy. For lunch you'll choose from a rotating menu of home-style dishes like chicken and dumplings and chicken fried steak, and wonderful veggies from the Airline Farmers Market next door.
Chilosos is known for huge, fluffy, housemade flour tortillas. This gringo-fied, Tex-Mex taqueria serves enormous breakfast tacos until they close at 3pm. It's the kind of establishment where yellow cheese on your tacos is perfectly acceptable and perfectly delicioso.
BYOB and great burgers are why you should head to this casual eatery owned by the Onion Creek folks. The proprietors attempted to give it that "Keep Austin Weird" feel and succeed--minus the patchouli-reeking waiters (thank goodness!). It's a great spot to dine al fresco.