Oporto Midtown
VJ Arizpe
Table 57 Dining & Drinks
Big Eyed Fish
Wooster’s Garden
Samurai Noodle
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1. Il Mascalzone 12126 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77077

The eatery has already garnered some well-deserved praise thanks to its impeccable eats, including a pizza-calzone hybrid dubbed the "mascalzone." Your inner fat-kid never has to choose between a pizza and a calzone again.

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2. Oporto Fooding House & Wine 125 West Gray Ave. Suite 500, Houston, TX 77019

An offshoot of Greenway’s Oporto Wine Café, this food and wine bar in Midtown is like the café’s younger, cooler brother. The fun, chic space creates a welcoming atmosphere where guests can munch and mingle over Portuguese and Indian-influenced tapas while peering into the beautiful open kitchen. It also has a thoughtful roster of over 50 boutique wines, including the largest Portuguese wine collection in the city.

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3. Weights + Measures 2808 Caroline St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77004

Weights + Measures in Montrose is a restaurant, bakery, and bar triple threat that delivers exceptional and inventive takes on meals and drinks. The 70s-esque decor contrasts with the industrial exterior, and the huge space can accommodate bar-goers and diners all in one open space. Stop by in the morning for daily-baked breads, pastries and coffee, or swing by at night for a more relaxed meal.

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4. Table 57 Dining & Drinks 5898 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77057

Table 57 is a New American restaurant located inside the San Felipe HEB, offering up delicious fare like pork belly BLTs and Korean BBQ pork sliders.

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5. North Italia 1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190, Houston, TX 77056

Uptown’s BLVD Place is now home to this modern restaurant boasting scratch-made Italian foodstuffs that are well worth a visit. Its self-proclaimed love letter to Italy -- which includes light and airy pizzas, scamorza-studded arancini, and heavenly ribbons of house-made tagliatelle -- had us at "hello." No wait, it had us at "ciao" -- because that’s cleverer and stuff.

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6. Big Eyed Fish 908 Henderson St, Houston, TX 77007

American Southern comfort foods get revamped at Big Eyed Fish. Dishes including crab beignets and coconut tuna will have you wishing the homey Houston spot was your actual home.

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7. Wooster's Garden 3315 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006

This totally chill craft cocktail and beer garden is rocking 49 brews on tap. It also comes fully loaded with an incredible lineup of fancified cocktails featuring touches like fresh-squeezed juices, infusions of fruit smoked with wood chips from repurposed whiskey barrels. The barkeeps pull out all the stops here, with showy concoctions that range from the bittersweet and robust to the tropical and Tiki.

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8. Samurai Noodle 1801 Durham Dr Ste 2, Houston, TX 77007

This Houston outpost of the much-beloved Seattle-based noodle shop is serious about its noodles, serving three different types freshly made for your slurping pleasure. Get the noodles in everything from an outrageously porky tonkotsu to the Tetsu Hellfire, a tongue-tingling spicy dipping ramen.

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9. Commonwealth 4601 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Commonwealth on Washington Ave boasts seasonal, elevated comfort food. Scotch quail eggs are made better with Texas sausage and rich gravy. Char-grilled oysters get coated with things like kimchi and Gochujang butter. And chicken? The whole thing gets deep-fried and plated with cauliflower gratin. Just make sure you save room for the milk & cookie service.

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10. Woodbar 3939 Montrose Blvd Ste K, Houston, TX 77006

An adjacent but separate entity to sister restaurant Canopy, this coffee house dishes out house-made pastries and impressively good small bites -- think five-spice calamari, lil’ chicken fried steaks, and an empanada trio -- alongside expertly crafted cocktails and coffee. And they do it ALL. DAY. LONG (i.e. from 6am to midnight).