Georgia James Tavern
Where to Eat in Houston Right Now
The gist: This casual little sibling to Underbelly Hospitality’s Georgia James opened at the end of July, bringing Old Hollywood vibes and GJ’s beloved cast-iron steaks to the ground floor of Market Square Tower. Chef de cuisine Matthew “Tally” Coburn (an Underbelly alum) runs the kitchen while pastry director Victoria Dearmond crafts crave-worthy desserts.
The food: Gorgeous hunks of perfectly seared beef ride alongside classy everyday fare driven by high-quality ingredients and technique. Expect hearth-roasted oysters dripping in green garlic-chili butter, confit chicken wings with candied peanuts, and a Tavern Burger made with 44 Farms beef, house pickles, and smoked onion fancy sauce. Finish with Dearmond’s wood-fired apple crumble a la mode—topped with bourbon ice cream, obviously.
The cost: Starters and small plates $14 - $25, sandwiches $18 - $25, mains $36 - $85, desserts $6 - $12, beer and wine by the glass $5 - $20, cocktails $10 - $18.
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When you want the full steakhouse experience, head to big sibling establishment Georgia James (see above). But if you’re looking for a badass steak in a more casual (but equally as sexy) atmosphere, it’s all about the GJ Tavern. Opened in the fall, this young gun is led by Matthew “Tally” Coburn, former sous chef at Georgia James. You’re in good hands with Tally and crew, who put out game-changing dishes like Hearth-roasted Oysters, Viet-Cajun Confit Wings, and a seriously good Tavern Burger alongside perfectly seared Cast-iron Steaks.