The saying goes that one can travel the world without ever leaving Houston just by dining out. The sheer diversity of the city, which is home to some of the largest immigrant populations in the country, means its culinary scene is a true smorgasbord of cuisines and flavors, and ensuring that you experience it all can be a daunting task.
That’s where Eater 38 comes in. This guide is intended to answer the eternal question of where you should dine when in Clutch City and highlights the vital restaurants that represent the beating culinary heart of the most diverse city in America. But with a dining scene that’s ever-evolving, that also means this list can’t just stay the same.
Every quarter, Eater Houston updates the 38 to stay true to what matters in this dynamic city. This summer, the Houston 38 bids farewell to J-Bar-M Barbecue and Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino, and rotates in Candente and Traveler’s Table.
Without further ado, go forth and explore Houston’s tastiest tacos, juiciest brisket, and most classic Viet-Cajun cuisine.
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