The word is already out on this perfect rendition of cacio e pepe, but just in case you had momentary amnesia, we’ll remind you about it. Swirls of sturdy, toothsome spaghetti, a heavy cracking of Tellicherry peppercorn, oodles of nutty parmesan, and a glug of extra virgin olive oil to bring it all together. It’s a people-pleaser, best split with a friend alongside another entree of choosing, some apps, and takeout cocktails and wine. There are date night to-go packs ($40) that take out the guesswork for you, too.
Cost: $15.50, call 713-637-4095 (check online for secondary numbers, because they stay busy) for pickup and in-hood delivery
Doris Metropolitan is easily one of the best steakhouses in the city… and in America, for that matter. The high-end Israeli operation dry ages its premium cuts in-house (why yes, there is a chandelier in the aging room) and serves ‘em up seared and pink along with sides ranging from truffle frites to chickpea salad. There are ribeyes, strips, filets, and that colossal 34-ounce porterhouse.
Cost: $106, call ahead to order at 713-485-0466 for curbside pickup
Bar director Alex Negranza is no joke. What seemed like seconds after bars and restaurants were ordered to shut down, he launched his to-go booze setups at neighborhood Italian joint, Rosie Cannonball. The cocktail packs come with everything you need to make your beverage of choice, with booze add-ins from Tullamore Dew to Macallan 12 Year Double Cask. Since you’ll probably need some food to go along with it, you can tack on things like Lambrusco meatballs, roasted eggplant, and speck & chili oil pizza.
Cost: $25+, place order online or call in at 832-380-2471 for curbside takeout and delivery to surrounding neighborhood