Flora Mexican Kitchen
Yes, you can get a glimpse of nature without leaving the city, and you can do so at this newly opened bayou jewel, a shining glass treehouse on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou with a glitzy chandelier-lit dining room, an eye-popping bayouside patio, and some of the best Mexican food in the city. Go for Street Tacos al Pastor, Shrimp Mojo de Ajo, Spiced Barbacoa, and Green Mole plus some damn fine tequila-kissed cocktails.
Landing in the city early last month, this stunning, glass-walled Tex-Mex emporium has already found itself squarely within our good graces. Houston has such a soft spot for Mexican-inspired dishes, so Grant Cooper—the mastermind behind this new eatery—expanded on that obsession with some refreshing twists. Must-tries include Braised Lamb decked with spices and warm tortillas, Red Snapper and Yellowtail Ceviches partnered with housemade tostadas, Charred Octopus with chorizo, roasted sweet potatoes, and sour cream, various street tacos, enchilada platters, and more.
The Big Vibe Group (Coppa Osteria, Gratify Neighborhood Bistro) have transformed the former Dunlavy space into a contemporary Mexican kitchen that’s big on both flavor and ambiance. The gorgeous, chandelier-lit glass treehouse overlooking the bayou remains, but you’ll now find table service, a marble-top bar rife with tequila and mezcal, and a killer masa program to complement a showstopping menu exploring the small towns of Mexico. The Barbacoa de Borrego (braised and spiced lamb) is ridiculous, the Pulpo Tostada is a stunner, and you can get Parrilladas sporting the chef’s pick of seafood and meats alongside all the appropriate fixin’s.