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The best restaurants in Houston

26 Aug 2014 4:27 PM
The best restaurants in Houston

If you don't live in any of the luxury real estate located throughout Houston, then you probably have a skewed vision of what life is like in the area. You might think, for example, that if you want to go out and eat, most - if not all - of your options will be steakhouses.

Indeed, Houston - and the other major cities in Texas - all have some top-shelf steakhouses. However, the city also plays host to a number of other world-class restaurants, many of them serving extremely different and varied menus. We've listed five of Houston's finest eateries below. Some serve Italian food, some serve Asian food, some serve classic southern-style barbeque and steaks - but they're all exceptional restaurants. 

Oxheart
?Cited extremely often as the single finest restaurant in town, the Oxheart - headed by chef and owner Justin Yu - has been a "classic since day one," according to the Houston Eater. This may not be the place for you to get a giant steak, though. It's best known for creative vegetable dishes and somewhat conservative meals, but the critics are in agreement: OxHeart is about as good as it gets.

Paulie's
?Texas may not be well known for its Italian food, but that doesn't mean that you can't get some top-shelf pasta dishes in the Houston area. For such a treat, you should head over to Paulie's, which makes its pasta in-house and, therefore, can provide you with the home-cooked-meal feeling that we all desire so regularly. This is one of the more casual eateries on the list, as well, so if you're ever looking for some tasty eats in a low-key atmosphere, then Paulie's Restaurant is the place for your next meal. 

Killen's
?We've mentioned the long tradition of Texas steakhouses a few times already over the course of this article. If you want to immerse yourself in that tradition while you're in Houston, then you're not going to do better than Killen's, which is widely regarded as one of the best steakhouses anywhere in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle even recently ranked Killen's in the top 10 restaurants for the whole city, which the news outlet noted was exceptionally rare for a steakhouse. "Chef Ron Killen has brought his latest vocation as exacting barbecue pitmaster into play on his menu with spectacular results," the Chronicle reported - and we couldn't agree more. 

Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca
?How about those days when you're looking for something a bit lighter, or for lunch - and the urge for pizza is calling your name? If you're in Houston, then there's really only one option worth mentioning: The Dolve Vita Pizzeria Enoteca, which serves up pies and slices to satisfied customers all day long. 

The Neopolitan-style pies will have the perfectly crispy textures that you grew up loving, and all the other dishes on offer here will have you coming back again and again. For a quick slice or a big dinner, Dolce Vita is the place. 

Uchi Houston
Uchi was originally an Austin restaurant, but now a Houston location has opened up - and it has been delighting residents ever since. The Houston Chronicle ranked it in the top three in their aforementioned list of the best eateries in Houston, and when you have one of the meals at this Japanese restaurant, you'll know why.

However - like some of the other restaurants on this list - the food at Uchi Houston so good that tables can book up incredibly quickly. So do yourself a favor, and decide which of these you'll be eating at tonight as soon as possible. You're going to need reservations!