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Oxheart Is Still Chronicle Critic Alison Cook’s Pick For Best Houston Restaurant

Did she get it right?

Oxheart Restaurant Houston
Oxheart takes top honors...again
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Every year, Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook rounds up her list of the city’s top 100 restaurants. For much of the list’s history, Chef Justin Yu’s Oxheart has sat at the top, and it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon.

Released today online, Cook’s 2016 list of Houston’s Top 100 Restaurants features Oxheart in the top spot. This really shouldn’t be surprising considering that Yu just took home the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southwest earlier this year, and has had no small role in bringing national attention to Houston’s culinary scene.

Rounding out the top 5 are Hugo’s, The Pass & Provisions, BCN Taste & Tradition, and Killen’s Barbecue, respectively. The top 25 features the usual suspects, like Coltivare, Foreign Correspondents, Bernadine’s and Hunky Dory. The rankings were announced at last night’s Culinary Stars party held at the Chronicle’s Downtown offices.

What do you think about Cook’s picks? Sound off in the comments.

UPDATE: A previous version of this post asserted that Oxheart had been named #1 for the past six years. We regret the error.

Oxheart Restaurant

1302 Nance Street, Houston, TX 77002 832-830-8592