12. Because Houston’s becoming known as a game-changer
Borderline genius tasting menus at The Pass and Oxheart. Whole-hog butchery at Underbelly and progressive American shared plates at PAX Americana. A new king of BBQ at Killen’s Barbecue. And then there’s PESKA Seafood Culture, which, by the way, has a SEAFOOD SOMMELIER. The list of boundary-pushing, outside-the-box, next-level-type stuff here goes on and on and on.
13. We’ll just leave these accolades here
Not to brag, but we’re ranked higher on the Best US Cities for Food, have a ‘hood (yeah Montrose!) on the 18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America, and nabbed the top spot in Travel + Leisure's Best Cities List for three separate food categories: burgers, brunch, and specialty shops, earning Bayou City the No. 1 ranking overall by a poll that we can only assume to be extremely accurate. Not too shabby for an underrated city.
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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston writer who now wants a brisket donut. Follow her on Twitter at @BrookeViggiano.