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Becca Wright

The 18 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston, November 2021

Find excellent modern barbecue, Mexican-American cuisine, a newly-reopened Italian spot, and so much more at these exciting newcomers

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Blue crab and shrimp campechana from d’Alba
| Becca Wright

Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues on, brand new restaurants are still debuting on a near-daily basis in Houston. Considering the circumstances, these restaurants have proved themselves as masters of adaptation, and are truly shining in this brave new world of dining.

This fall, the onslaught of new establishments has continued. From a buzzy new barbecue joint to a neighborhood hangout in the GOOF to Mexican street food from James Beard Award winner Hugo Ortega, these 18 hot new Houston restaurants offer a slew of seriously delicious ways to kick off the fall.

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1. Lao Sze Chuan

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510 Mason Rd Suite H
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 665-3668
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A Chicago export considered one of that city’s best Chinese restaurants, Lao Sze Chuan has quietly opened its doors in Katy. Juicy soup dumplings and entrees like perfectly lacquered Peking duck await, plus a dim sum selection perfect for snacking.

2. Dave's Hot Chicken

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12161 Westheimer Rd Suite 100
Houston, TX 77082
(832) 975-0244
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This Nashville-style hot chicken joint, founded in Los Angeles, and now transported to Houston, is widely credited with bringing the hot chicken trend to the West Coast. Often imitated, one thing that sets Dave’s apart from other hot chicken joints is the restaurant’s large, sharable trays of fries and tenders drizzled with a zig-zag of sauce.

3. New York Eatery

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5422 Bellaire Blvd Suite A
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 692-2435
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The minds behind beloved bagel shop New York Deli have opened their first full-service restaurant and bar, New York Eatery, in Bellaire. In addition to challah, bagels, and other baked goods, New York deli also serves smoked salmon that’s carved tableside, a massive Cobb salad, slow-braised beef ribs with mashed potatoes and seasonal greens; plus a selection of burgers, Coney Island-style hot dogs, and even more breakfast dishes.

4. Urbe

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1101 Uptown Park Blvd Suite 12
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 726-8273
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Chef Hugo Ortega’s newest eatery is now celebrating the street foods of Mexico in Uptown Park. At this fast-casual spot, Ortega’s famed tlayudas and gorditas are topped with slow-braised meats like birria de res, plus there’s an extensive selection of pan dulce and breakfast tacos in the morning.

5. Sunday Press

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3315 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 532-9885
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This ultra-chic new cafe in Garden Oaks serves up honey sea salt lattes, açaí bowls, and avocado toast in an Insta-worthy, inviting space. Sunday Press also functions as a boutique, featuring jewelry, plants, and flowers from local vendors, as well as skincare and other giftable items.

6. d'Alba

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3715 Alba Rd
Houston, TX 77018
(346) 319-5790
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This new neighborhood eatery brings a much-needed hangout spot to the GOOF, offering dishes like hand-made pasta; grilled Texas quail with cherry olive tapenade and quinoa; and sharables like balloon bread with a selection of sauces, plus an extensive cocktail and wine list.

7. Duck N Bao

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5535 Memorial Dr O
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 849-1783
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This Cypress fave just opened an in-the-loop location near Memorial Park, where diners can find the same juicy soup dumplings crispy Peking duck, and Sichuan cuisine that made its suburban location a hit.

8. Casa Nomad

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600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 499
Houston, TX 77007

This intimate spot in the M-K-T development in the Heights is modeled after the tropical seaside cafes and fresh cuisine of Tulum, Mexico. Dishes include tuna crudo tostadas, elote corn “ribs”, roasted bone marrow with guajillo marmalade, and drinks like the Cenote, made with green chartreuse, elote liqueur, and pineapple juice.

9. Trattoria Sofia

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911 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 804-0429
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Ben Berg’s romantic new Italian hideaway is meant to evoke the side street restaurants of Rome or Florence, with rustic dishes like shrimp bruschetta, pan-seared swordfish, lamb ragù, and cacio e pepe.

10. AL Quick Stop

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518 W 11th St Suite 300
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 393-7066
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Long a late-night Montrose favorite for mezze, loaded shawarma fries, gyro quesadillas and more, Al’s long-awaited second location, in the Heights, is now open.

11. Chivos

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222 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

Executive chef Thomas Bille brings Mexican-American cuisine to the space formerly occupied by Calle Onze, with dishes like pozole dumplings, duck in fig mole, and truffle butter and salmon roe, and traditional techniques like nixtamalization for making tortillas.

12. Idle Hands

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910 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

This Austin import brings tropical vibes and a rooftop terrace to Montrose with dishes like Cubano sandwiches, mini empenadas, pulled pork birria, and plantain chips and guac. Drinks include frozen mojitos and piña coladas, plus palomas, spritzes and a Blue Hawaiian.

13. Rosalie

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400 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 351-5790
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This critically-acclaimed Downtown restaurant has reopened after a year-long pandemic closure, during which time its head chef, Sasha Grumman, left to compete on reality cooking competition Top Chef. Jacob Coronado, formerly the chef de cuisine at Nobie’s, has taken over the kitchen, serving Texas takes on Italian dishes like blue crab manicotti, Texas wild boar ragu, and red snapper with wild mushrooms and arugula.

14. POST Houston

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401 Franklin St
Houston, TX 77201
(713) 999-2550
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The long-awaited revamp of Downtown’s Barbara Jordan Post Office is finally complete, including a massive food hall with two bars and several stalls. Find raw oysters at Golfstrømmen, Southeast Asian street food at Hawkers, meat-stuffed paratha wrap at Rollin Phatties, and much, much more.

15. Common Bond Brasserie & Bakery

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800 Capitol St Suite P1-01
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 343-2255
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Common Bond has gone all-in with its on-the-go concept in the past year, but the beloved Montrose bakery has recently switched gears, opening its first full-service restaurant, Brasserie, downtown. At the chic new spot, diners can look forward to dishes like french onion soup, wild mushroom and goat cheese flatbread, a croque madame sandwich, coq au vin, smoked duck rillettes, raw oysters, seafood towers, and more.

16. Toro Toro

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1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 650-1300
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The self-proclaimed “father of modern Mexican cuisine” Richard Sandolval has opened a new Latin-influenced steakhouse at downtown’s Four Seasons Hotel. Expect dishes like a giant, 52-ounce mezcal-flambéed prime tomahawk steak, Spanish cotopus, and antelope, sourced from Texas’ Broken Arrow Ranch. There’s also a ceviche bar, and every steak is served with both chimichurri and barbecue sauce.

17. Ixím

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409 Travis St Suite A
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 653-6767

This new spot for regional Mexican cuisine just made its debut inside Downtown’s Bravery Chef Hall. Helmed by chef Tim Reading, the kitchen turns out stunning dishes like fideo de mariscos, shrimp aguachile, and albondigas fritas, or fried lamb and pork meatballs with chipotle, avocado, queso fresco, and cumin.

18. J-Bar-M Barbecue

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2201 Leeland St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 534-1024
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EaDo’s buzzy new barbecue joint comes from Willow Villareal, who ran the popular but short-lived Willow’s Texas BBQ food truck. At J-Bar-M, find barky brisket, slow-smoked turkey breast, housemade jalapeno-cheese sausage, and contemporary sides like marinated cherry tomatoes, and cauliflower au gratin. Just get there early — it’s been selling out regularly.

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1. Lao Sze Chuan

510 Mason Rd Suite H, Katy, TX 77450

A Chicago export considered one of that city’s best Chinese restaurants, Lao Sze Chuan has quietly opened its doors in Katy. Juicy soup dumplings and entrees like perfectly lacquered Peking duck await, plus a dim sum selection perfect for snacking.

510 Mason Rd Suite H
Katy, TX 77450

2. Dave's Hot Chicken

12161 Westheimer Rd Suite 100, Houston, TX 77082

This Nashville-style hot chicken joint, founded in Los Angeles, and now transported to Houston, is widely credited with bringing the hot chicken trend to the West Coast. Often imitated, one thing that sets Dave’s apart from other hot chicken joints is the restaurant’s large, sharable trays of fries and tenders drizzled with a zig-zag of sauce.

12161 Westheimer Rd Suite 100
Houston, TX 77082

3. New York Eatery

5422 Bellaire Blvd Suite A, Bellaire, TX 77401

The minds behind beloved bagel shop New York Deli have opened their first full-service restaurant and bar, New York Eatery, in Bellaire. In addition to challah, bagels, and other baked goods, New York deli also serves smoked salmon that’s carved tableside, a massive Cobb salad, slow-braised beef ribs with mashed potatoes and seasonal greens; plus a selection of burgers, Coney Island-style hot dogs, and even more breakfast dishes.

5422 Bellaire Blvd Suite A
Bellaire, TX 77401

4. Urbe

1101 Uptown Park Blvd Suite 12, Houston, TX 77056

Chef Hugo Ortega’s newest eatery is now celebrating the street foods of Mexico in Uptown Park. At this fast-casual spot, Ortega’s famed tlayudas and gorditas are topped with slow-braised meats like birria de res, plus there’s an extensive selection of pan dulce and breakfast tacos in the morning.

1101 Uptown Park Blvd Suite 12
Houston, TX 77056

5. Sunday Press

3315 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018

This ultra-chic new cafe in Garden Oaks serves up honey sea salt lattes, açaí bowls, and avocado toast in an Insta-worthy, inviting space. Sunday Press also functions as a boutique, featuring jewelry, plants, and flowers from local vendors, as well as skincare and other giftable items.

3315 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77018

6. d'Alba

3715 Alba Rd, Houston, TX 77018

This new neighborhood eatery brings a much-needed hangout spot to the GOOF, offering dishes like hand-made pasta; grilled Texas quail with cherry olive tapenade and quinoa; and sharables like balloon bread with a selection of sauces, plus an extensive cocktail and wine list.

3715 Alba Rd
Houston, TX 77018

7. Duck N Bao

5535 Memorial Dr O, Houston, TX 77007

This Cypress fave just opened an in-the-loop location near Memorial Park, where diners can find the same juicy soup dumplings crispy Peking duck, and Sichuan cuisine that made its suburban location a hit.

5535 Memorial Dr O
Houston, TX 77007

8. Casa Nomad

600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 499, Houston, TX 77007

This intimate spot in the M-K-T development in the Heights is modeled after the tropical seaside cafes and fresh cuisine of Tulum, Mexico. Dishes include tuna crudo tostadas, elote corn “ribs”, roasted bone marrow with guajillo marmalade, and drinks like the Cenote, made with green chartreuse, elote liqueur, and pineapple juice.

600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 499
Houston, TX 77007

9. Trattoria Sofia

911 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

Ben Berg’s romantic new Italian hideaway is meant to evoke the side street restaurants of Rome or Florence, with rustic dishes like shrimp bruschetta, pan-seared swordfish, lamb ragù, and cacio e pepe.

911 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

10. AL Quick Stop

518 W 11th St Suite 300, Houston, TX 77008

Long a late-night Montrose favorite for mezze, loaded shawarma fries, gyro quesadillas and more, Al’s long-awaited second location, in the Heights, is now open.

518 W 11th St Suite 300
Houston, TX 77008

11. Chivos

222 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

Executive chef Thomas Bille brings Mexican-American cuisine to the space formerly occupied by Calle Onze, with dishes like pozole dumplings, duck in fig mole, and truffle butter and salmon roe, and traditional techniques like nixtamalization for making tortillas.

222 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

12. Idle Hands

910 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

This Austin import brings tropical vibes and a rooftop terrace to Montrose with dishes like Cubano sandwiches, mini empenadas, pulled pork birria, and plantain chips and guac. Drinks include frozen mojitos and piña coladas, plus palomas, spritzes and a Blue Hawaiian.

910 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

13. Rosalie

400 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002

This critically-acclaimed Downtown restaurant has reopened after a year-long pandemic closure, during which time its head chef, Sasha Grumman, left to compete on reality cooking competition Top Chef. Jacob Coronado, formerly the chef de cuisine at Nobie’s, has taken over the kitchen, serving Texas takes on Italian dishes like blue crab manicotti, Texas wild boar ragu, and red snapper with wild mushrooms and arugula.

400 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77002

14. POST Houston

401 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77201

The long-awaited revamp of Downtown’s Barbara Jordan Post Office is finally complete, including a massive food hall with two bars and several stalls. Find raw oysters at Golfstrømmen, Southeast Asian street food at Hawkers, meat-stuffed paratha wrap at Rollin Phatties, and much, much more.

401 Franklin St
Houston, TX 77201

15. Common Bond Brasserie & Bakery

800 Capitol St Suite P1-01, Houston, TX 77002

Common Bond has gone all-in with its on-the-go concept in the past year, but the beloved Montrose bakery has recently switched gears, opening its first full-service restaurant, Brasserie, downtown. At the chic new spot, diners can look forward to dishes like french onion soup, wild mushroom and goat cheese flatbread, a croque madame sandwich, coq au vin, smoked duck rillettes, raw oysters, seafood towers, and more.

800 Capitol St Suite P1-01
Houston, TX 77002

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16. Toro Toro

1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

The self-proclaimed “father of modern Mexican cuisine” Richard Sandolval has opened a new Latin-influenced steakhouse at downtown’s Four Seasons Hotel. Expect dishes like a giant, 52-ounce mezcal-flambéed prime tomahawk steak, Spanish cotopus, and antelope, sourced from Texas’ Broken Arrow Ranch. There’s also a ceviche bar, and every steak is served with both chimichurri and barbecue sauce.

1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010

17. Ixím

409 Travis St Suite A, Houston, TX 77002

This new spot for regional Mexican cuisine just made its debut inside Downtown’s Bravery Chef Hall. Helmed by chef Tim Reading, the kitchen turns out stunning dishes like fideo de mariscos, shrimp aguachile, and albondigas fritas, or fried lamb and pork meatballs with chipotle, avocado, queso fresco, and cumin.

409 Travis St Suite A
Houston, TX 77002

18. J-Bar-M Barbecue

2201 Leeland St, Houston, TX 77003

EaDo’s buzzy new barbecue joint comes from Willow Villareal, who ran the popular but short-lived Willow’s Texas BBQ food truck. At J-Bar-M, find barky brisket, slow-smoked turkey breast, housemade jalapeno-cheese sausage, and contemporary sides like marinated cherry tomatoes, and cauliflower au gratin. Just get there early — it’s been selling out regularly.

2201 Leeland St
Houston, TX 77003

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