As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, bloggers and readers. Yesterday, we published responses about Houston's best new restaurants, most reliable standbys and one word descriptions. To kick things off today, we're asking about the city's best neighborhood for dining. Readers, please add your thoughts in the comments.
Paulie's, one of the restaurants that made Montrose the popular pick for Houston's best dining neighborhood [Paulie's/Facebook]
Sarah Tressler, freelance writer and writing instructor: The Heights! It's got Down House, El Gran Malo, Liberty Kitchen and DaCapo's Bakery & Cafe. You can detox, retox, see a pig get butchered, and pick up a beautiful birthday cake all while tooling around the neighborhood on your bicycle. Just make sure you wear a helmet, kids.
Catherine Martin, Arbitrary Criticism: I spent a lot of 2012 eating in the Montrose area. I'm sorry. I'm a hipster.
Teresa Byrne-Dodge, My Table magazine publisher: The best and most diverse dining neighborhood in Houston remains Montrose. Besides Underbelly, Uchi, L'Olivier, Triniti and Mockingbird Bistro, Montrose is also home to Hugo's, Mark's American Cuisine, DaMarco, BB's Cafe, Feast (to close in 2013, alas), Sorrento, Roost, Canopy, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen, Brasserie Max & Julie, Indika, Paulie's and Osaka. I'm a fan of all of them!
Amber Ambrose, former Eater Houston editor, freelance food writer: As always, it was Montrose.
Katherine Whaley, KHOU Anchor and reporter: Lower Westheimer is still hot right now, but I'll give a shout out to the Galleria area. The lovely new lounge and by-the-glass menu at Philippe, 1252 Tapas, and Etoile are new stars to me. I predict we'll see more redevelopment of the Galleria restaurant scene in the next couple of years.
Misha Govshteyn, food enthusiast: Chinatown
Taylor Byrne-Dodge, My Table Sidedish editor: Lower Westheimer
Joshua Justice, Eating Our Words contributor: Montrose, no contest
Albert Nurick, H-Town Chow Down: Inner Westheimer
Rachel Brill, Eater Houston contributor: Montrose
Danny Vara, Southbound Food co-host: Lower Westheimer
Zerin Dube, Speed:Sport:Life editor: Upper Kirby
Gary R Wise, Eater Houston photographer: Chinatown West
Phaedra Cook, My Table magazine contributor: Is there someone who's not going to say "The Montrose"?
Steph Stradley, Texans blogger: Can't choose. Too many good ones.
Eric Sandler, Eater Houston editor: It's Montrose for me, since I like to eat close to where I live, but I intend to spend more time on Hillcroft and along the "B" streets west of Bellaire in 2013.