With assistance from James Beard Awards-winning chef Chris Shepherd, local food writer Mai Pham and CultureMap's marketing manager Emily Goetz, Food Network compiled a list of its top ten places to eat in Houston. The list is a beginner's guide to Houston's diverse culinary landscape, mapping key restaurants to try. On the list: Coltivare, Hugo's, Killen's Barbecue, MF Sushi (which reopened two weeks after closing for a second time), The Pass & Provisions, the original Pho Binh, Underbelly, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Common Bond Cafe & Bakery and Pondicheri.
While the picks are intended to open the door to Houston's dining scene, the guide is filled with restaurants that have received national attention time and time again. The repeated accolades are a testament to the great dishes served — each doing its part in providing a glimpse into the many cultures that make up Houston's unique food culture — but Tasting Table offers a similar guide for Houston with even more well-rounded suggestions (with the exception of Goro & Gun that's closed). Although this guide is pretty handy too.