Stone's Throw
The Honeymoon
Pax Americana 
True Food Kitchen
Bourbon & Bacon
The Springbok
Bernie's Burger Bus
RED Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop
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1. Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006

With multiple dining rooms – including a more casual one with an oyster shucking station -- this Midtown eatery dishes out seafood done the Southern way. Chef Mark Holley is covering all the bases with crudo, ceviche, raw oysters, caviar service, and a bourbon program, too. The interior is sleek and modern, with dark wooden accents and big windows. The drinks produced through Holley's cocktail program are not to be missed either.

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2. Stone's Throw 1417 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

This moody speakeasy stirs up vintage libations and brews their own ginger beer, but there’s no need to put on your fancy pants -- it's as laidback as any other bar in Montrose. Hit it up for progressive happy hour, where the price of drinks match the time. That's $4 drinks at 4. $5 drinks at 5. Now keep doing math until you get to 7.

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3. The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar 300 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

The guys behind Boomtown Coffee teamed up with the dudes behind Lei Low, Bad News, and Grand Prize Bar to bring us this Main St hangout that’s part coffee house, part cocktail bar, and part awesome. The kitchen impresses with breakfast and lunch dishes like oyster BLTs and beignets, while the bar slings serious coffees and libations – all made with top flight ingredients, of course. It’s like living in NOLA, but without the stank of Bourbon.

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4. Pax Americana 4319 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Small plates and high-concept cocktails are the name of the game at this progressive, modern American restaurant in Montrose. The menu constantly changes, but expect a selection of shareables and large plates with a seasonal influence. Their all-American, small producer wine list represents many European varietals and the beer and cocktails lists are equally well-curated. The restaurant usually feels full but service is noticeably attentive.

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5. True Food Kitchen 1700 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

A haven for yogis, cross-fit addicts, and wellness gurus alike, this healthy-eating mecca is all about food that feels as good as it tastes. True Food Kitchen's menu is focused on vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free foods. Standout dishes include the quinoa burger topped with avocado, hummus, tomato, and feta, and the ancient grains bowl with miso-glazed sweet potato, turmeric, grilled portobello, and grass-fed steak. The entrees are as colorful as they are protein-packed, and the space is equally bright and lively. And because even the most wellness-minded folks need a drink every once in a while, the cocktail menu features concoctions like "farmers market sangria," topped with organic apples and pears.

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6. Julep 1919 Washington Ave Ste A, Houston, TX 77007

The bar has an old-school, punky Southern charm that we haven’t seen the likes of in Houston before (think big back porch and a copper-accented historic space). Come for masterfully crafted cocktails and cold seafood dishes from former Pass & Provisions Chef Adam Garcia.

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7. Bourbon & Bacon 5306 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

This whiskey-and-pig-centric spot serves things like bacon truffle mac n’ cheese and bacon funnel cake with maple-bourbon syrup.

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8. Glazed The Doughnut Café 1333 Old Spanish Trl, Houston, TX 77054

A 24/7 doughnut shop, just what the world’s largest med center needs. Come here for franken-treats like the maple-cream, bacon-topped “macon”, or one that’s basically a banana split on a doughnut.

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9. Bosta Wine & Coffee 1801 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

This light, contemporary space is open ‘til midnight, so get your fix of espressos, pinots, and lagers all day long. There’s delicious things like charcuterie, panini, and homemade biscuits, too. So seriously, you can stay there all day.

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10. The Springbok 711 Main St Unit 1, Houston, TX 77002

Plates at Springbok are as colorful and dynamic as the South African cuisine they represent, influenced by African, European, Dutch, Malaysian, and Indian culinary traditions. This sports bar is at once the spot for mielie pap (African grits), deviled eggs, vegetable curry, hanger steak, and roast chicken, and it ditches a dive aesthetic for a sleek one, with dark mahogany paneling, leather banquettes, and exposed ceiling beams. While you’re at Springbok throwing back a couple of beers, don’t miss out on watching futbol (both kinds), rugby, and cricket.

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11. Bernie’s Burger Bus Stop 5407 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77401

Some of Houston's best burgers and fries come straight out of a big yellow school bus, otherwise known as the kitchen of Bernie's Burger Bus. Bernie's still has waiters and seating though, not to mention milkshakes, wines, and beers on tap. The gourmet burgers, all of which have school-themed names like "The Principal" and "Homeroom," are constructed from a blend of house-ground black Angus beef and served on locally-baked buns. Add in homemade condiments and you've got the best school lunch ever.

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12. Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop 1045 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008

This funky bakery on E. 11th serves some seriously good baked treats (like beer and bacon bread) along with Boomtown coffee, craft brews, and wine. It also introduced us all to the “Debusker” – a chocolate fudge brownie with a crazy moist and chewy M&M cookie baked right on top.

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13. Dosi Restaurant & Soju Bar 2802 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098

Children aren’t “recommended” after 7 at this modern eatery. And we’re totally cool with that; because we plan on going “Gangnam Style” on some soju – the slightly sweet, rice-based spirit that is like the Korean version of vodka – all night long. Take it down with shareable plates of wagyu beef jerky, pork belly street dumplings, and hot and sweet gochujang-glazed fried chicken.