B & B Butchers
SaltAir Seafood Kitchen
Biskit Junkie
Izakaya
Julie Soefer/Courtesy of Cureight by Hubbell & Hudson
Fluff Bake Bar
Karbach Brewing
Helen Greek Food and Wine
Flickr/T.Tseng
Mein Restaurant
The Moonshiners
Velvet Taco Houston
Bramble
MF Sushi
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1. B&B Butchers 1814 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 (Washington)

You can’t get more Texas than in-house dry-aged USDA Prime and Texas Wagyu served in cuts larger than your head. Or a chicken-fried pork chop with sausage. Or a Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, a filet with bacon, blue cheese, and a fried oyster on top, all housed in an oyster shell. Fill up on all this and a couple of superb cocktails, like the Blood Orange Sky or the French Diplomat at Houston’s B&B Butchers & Restaurants, a butcher shop-steakhouse hybrid in the Sixth Ward. While we suggest hunkering down at a table in the elegant, exposed brick dining room, the antsy among you will head to the deli counter, where you can grab the same delicious meats, either by the pound or stacked in a sandwich.

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2. SaltAir Seafood Kitchen 3029 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

SaltAir Seafood Kitchen is serving up global flavors and giving off a West Coast vibe. Don't miss their Moroccan-spiced redfish on-the-half-shell, or their PEI mussels with uni cream and hamachi crudo with foie gras.

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3. Biskit Junkie 2925 W. TC Jester , Houston, TX 77018

This place serves biscuits made from scratch and served with a whole lot of goodness. Favorites are the Daddy Warbucks (with CFS, raspberry preserves, and sawmill gravy) and the El Chapa (with scrambled eggs, chorizo, and habanero salsa).

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4. Izakaya 12665 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024 (Midtown)

This Japanese eatery is unique for its global inspiration. Menu items include katsu pork sandwiches and duck and shrimp shumai.

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5. Cureight by Hubbell & Hudson 24 Waterway Avenue Suite 125, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (The Woodlands)

Cureight is what happened when Chef Austin Simmons (of Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, where Cureight is located) let his imagination run wild. This intimate restaurant's menu, hand-picked by Simmons himself, changes weekly and revolves around tasting (that is, very small portions with very chic presentation) and always features fresh, sustainable fish, dry-aged meat and creative desserts. Despite its Woodlands location (a 30-minute drive from the city), it has no problem keepings it's 25-seat chef's table packed, so be sure to lock down a reservation before you show up.

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6. Fluff Bake Bar 314 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002 (Montrose)

Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson, affectionately known as the Sugar Fairy, presides over Fluff Bake Bar, a fairyland of sugary indulgences embraced as much by adults as children. Display cases are filled with Fluffernutters (peanut butter-oatmeal cookies sandwiched with peanut buttercream and marshmallow fluff), Star Crossed Lovers (rise krispie treats with salted caramel that are dipped in chocolate), and Couch Potatoes (potato chips, pretzels, cornflakes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips, all in a cookie). The commitment to whimsical sweets continues Fluff Bake Bar’s Cup|Cakes: a riff on the traditionally frosted, cakey, wrapped confections that preserves the dignity of cake by compressing a slice into a tiny cup.

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7. Karbach Brewing Co. 2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092

Though they’ve only been around since 2011, Karbach has already made a name for itself as one of Texas’ fastest-growing breweries. That’s thanks to a solid line up of monster brews, including the crisp and refreshing Sympathy for the Lager and rich and hoppy Rodeo Clown double IPA. Find them all over town or visit the sparkling facility for tours and tastings, movie nights, and good vibes.

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8. Houston Watch Co. 913 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston Watch Co. is a bar located in the historic old Southern Pacific Railroad Building, which housed the official timekeeping equipment that kept railroads operating on the same schedule in the 1900s. In the spirit of simpler times, the Houston Watch Co. declines to incorporate televisions in the bar -- but fear not, WiFi is very much available. Sip on classic cocktails like Hot Toddys and Old Fashioneds, or a selection from the bar’s excellent array of whiskeys, and kill a few hours in this cozy space.

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9. Helen Greek Food and Wine 2429 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Chef William Wright (of Philippe Restaurant & Lounge and Table on Post Oak) and respected sommelier Evan Turner assure this Rice Village spot isn’t your typical falafel-fueled Greek restaurant. Instead you’ll find refreshed Greek fare with a touch of Gulf Coast soul alongside a Greek wine list that is just as thoughtful as it is impressive (it’s the second largest Greek list in the US). Nosh on a dolma, sip on Hellenic wine, and let yourself feel godly for at least as long as the meal lasts. This intimate and romantic is great for small groups or dates.

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10. Pho Binh 12148 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072 (Montrose)

You'll find these pho joins dotted all over the city, but this location near Westchase is the only one open late, specifically until 3am on Friday and Saturday (the perfect landing spot after a bar crawl). The menu's full of standard pho options, but you won't even need to look at it, for there are only three little words that need be said here. Bone. Marrow. Pho. The flavorful broth and noodle soak the flavor of the baked bone marrow right up, and the Vietnamese spice gives it an edge you don't normally get in a pho bowl.

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11. Mein Restaurant Suite A13, 9630 Clarewood Dr, Houston, TX 77036

Mike Tran, of Tiger Den fame, brings you this Cantonese comfort food oasis. Tuck your napkin in your collar but try not to make a fool of yourself in the spacious art deco joint.

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12. Barringer 108 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Barringer quite literally takes your drinking experience to new heights: on the list of performances at this downtown speakeasy-style spot are aerialist shows. They also feature live music and DJs that contribute to the energy in the space, which is punctuated by antique furniture and light fixtures. Sip on a craft cocktail from their house or classic menu, like their signature drink, The Barringer, made with whiskey, Dry Curacao, simple syrup, and lemon.

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14. Velvet Taco 4819 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 (The Greater Heights)

Just because you call it a taco doesn't mean you need to stick with the classics. No one knows this better than Velvet Taco. What you'll find nestled inside the homemade tortillas is globally inspired, like crispy tikka chicken and Thai basil, or Cuban pig with gruyere cheese, shaved ham, peppered bacon, grain mustard, and house cured pickles.

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16. MF Sushi 5887 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Modern, woodsy interiors set a fresh scene for fine sushi consumption in the Museum District. It is the revival restaurant of Chef Chris Kinjo, affectionately known as “Magic Fingers", who shut down his former restaurant to come back with this badass version. If you're dining alone, reserve a seat at their 12-seat sushi bar where you can experience an umami-filled omakase alongside showy entertainment, course after impeccable course.