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An Utterly Bizarre List of The Galleria Area's Top Restaurants from Yelp and the Houston Business Journal

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Anytime someone compiles a list of best restaurants there are always going to be people who disagree with its contents. Part of the fun of the internet is arguing about why some places are ranked ahead of others or left off a list entirely. In other words, it's important not to take lists too seriously. Except when they're horribly, horribly wrong.

Consider this list of best Galleria/Uptown area restaurants compiled by the Houston Business Journal that used Yelp rankings as the basis for the list. Instead of the usual answers such as RDG, Philippe or even Kenny & Ziggy's, the list is a mess of churrascarias, sandwich shops and restaurants that aren't actually near the Galleria. Even a national chain like Del Friscos would bring some substance to this train wreck of a ranking.

Although one would think one place serving an all you can eat meat buffet would be sufficient for a list like this one, the first two positions are occupied by two Brazilian steakhouses: Chama Gaucha and Fogo de Chao. As for restaurants that aren't near the Galleria, consider third place entry Fajitas Pete's (Southside Place) or Blue Fish sushi (Rice Military). That's right, a takeout oriented, counter service TexMex restaurant with locations in Dallas at Bellaire and Stella Link is the third best restaurant in the "Galleria/Uptown" area. Good to know, isn't it?

To sum up, the list consists of odd choices, restaurants that are not actually in the assigned geographic area and includes none of the restaurants anyone actually thinks of when assessing the best choices in the area. Good job, Yelp.

· What are the Uptown/Galleria area's top restaurants on Yelp? [Houston Business Journal]

Fajitas Pete's, the third best restaurant in the Galleria area [Carl H./Yelp]