Cheryl Gibbs, Mixologist at Republic National Distributing Company:
The Hofbrau for sure! Mangola's and Lucky's
Iris Allen, former Cork Soakers Wine Bar and Champagne & Wine Bar sommelier:
Steak & Ale...not sure if it will qualify as "Houston" restaurant but their Hawaiian Chicken with the hot loaf of bread served with the honey butter will always be missed...oh yeah and they had a great salad bar too! Also Bill Bennett's Steakhouse, Sizzler, Bonanza, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour.
Joshua Martinez, The Chicken Ranch co-owner and chef:
Kaplans [and also] Fiama on 45 south. Only because as a kid I heard the servers (ladies) all wore lingerie and served steaks. This may have been urban legend but I always wanted to know for sure.
Leslie Ross, mixologist for forthcoming Johnny's Gold Brick:
PoBoy, that place that had aaaallll the coca cola memorabilia , and was almost patchworked with colored tiles
Van Pham, chef, former Phamily Bites food truck owner:
Ole San Francisco steak house on Westheimer