While Heights is certainly gaining momentum, there are so many huge name restaurants in our No. 1 spot, it’s almost not even a fair fight. It seems like every restaurateur, sommelier, and chef that wants a James Beard nod comes here to stand ground, including neighborhood favorites like interior Mexican staple Hugo’s from Chef Hugo Ortega, Chef Chris Shepherd’s “love letter to Houston," Underbelly (and sister beer pub, The Hay Merchant), Chef Anita Jaisinghani’s inspired Indian eatery, Indika, Houston-kissed Austin import Uchi, and Pass & Provisions, the dual-concept beaut from Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan. Heavyweights like Da Marco and Mockingbird Bistro continue to keep locals well fed, while younger guns like Roost, Pax Americana, and BCN Taste + Tradition keep up the area’s well-deserved street cred. There are also burgers, barbecue, and tacos, because this is Houston and this is what's important to us.