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The 17 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston, September 2021

Find excellent Sichuan eats, tacos from James Beard Award winner Hugo Ortega, and so much more at these exciting newcomers

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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 summer, the onslaught of new establishments have continued. From much-loved Jamaican cuisines to Mexican street food from James Beard Award winner Hugo Ortega, these 17 hot new Houston restaurants offer a slew of seriously delicious ways to kick off the fall.

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1. Jamaica Pon Di Road

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2213 S Victory Dr
Houston, TX 77088
(832) 328-5220
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A former food truck, Jamaica Pon Di Road opened to a great deal of fanfare and lengthy lines of fans seeking its jerk sandwiches, braised oxtails, and fish fritters. Craving a burger? Try the “Insane Bolt,” which involves a jerk-spiced burger patty, cheese, and special sauce on a sweet bun.

2. Feges BBQ

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8217 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(346) 319-5339
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This barbecue spot, which got its start in the food court of Greenway Plaza, has expanded to Spring Branch, where pitmaster Patrick Feges and chef Erin Smith can now sell their expertly-smoked brisket and creative sides on evenings and weekends. This location is family-friendly — in the 1,800-square-foot outdoor patio includes a playground for the kiddos.

3. Fegen's

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1050 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 993-6427
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Chef Lance Fegen, who founded Liberty Kitchen at 1050 Studewood Street a decade ago, returns to the Heights — and the same address — with a brand new restaurant inspired by his Italian-American heritage. Find dishes like Neapolitan-style pizza, clam linguini, and meatballs alongside a late night bar menu and occasional raw oyster specials.

4. Da Gama

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600 N Shepherd Dr #520
Houston, TX 77007
(281) 888-7806
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Portuguese and Indian cuisine come together at this Shepherd Drive newcomer, where dishes like pani puri with guacamole, lamb rib mattar, and Goan fish curry await. Don’t forget to save room for dessert — options like sticky date cake and mango kulfi ice cream make for a seriously sweet finish.

5. Railway Heights Market (Food Hall)

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8200 Washington Ave Suite 100
Houston, TX 77007

This brand new food hall just kicked open its doors and boasts a bounty of exciting spots to eat. Score pierogi from League City favorite Pierogi Queen, spicy seafood boils at Heads and Tails, and noodle bowls at Drunken Pho. Japanese sandos, pizza, and a wine bar are also on-site, plus plenty of retail stalls to browse before or after eating.

6. ReikiNa

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799 Town and Country Blvd Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024
(281) 753-9256
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This chic CityCentre restaurant from former Uchi cook Thomas Stacy offers a seriously intimate dining experience — only 20 diners are served at each seating, and the menu changes every six weeks. For now, diners can look forward to plates like oysters with sake vinaigrette, smoked buttered eggplant with honey and char siu pork with cherry bao and pickled fennel.

7. 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 just 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.

8. Georgia James Tavern

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777 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 846-6938
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Described as a more casual offshoot of chef Chris Shepherd’s Montrose steakhouse Georgia James, Georgia James Tavern is still a solid spot to score a gorgeous hunk of meat. In addition to the indulgent Tavern burger and cast-iron-seared wagyu ribeye, find shareable snacks like baked pimento cheese dip and Viet-Cajun chicken wings, plus a killer line-up of desserts.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Concura

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4340 Westheimer Rd Suite 150
Houston, TX 77027
(832) 997-4220
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If a trip to Italy is out of the cards right now, consider a trip to Concura instead. Here, diners can sip Aperol spritzes and indulge in plates of seafood carbonara prepared by chef Angelo Cuppone, a native of Italy.

12. JOEY Uptown

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5045 Westheimer Rd Suite X-01
Houston, TX 77056
(346) 646-5639
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A Canadian export, Joey brings a sprawling patio and diverse menu to the “Jewel Box” at the Galleria. The lengthy menu boasts everything from dumplings and sushi to cauliflower tacos and lobster-shrimp ravioli, plus plenty of steak options for the carnivores in the group.

13. Hidden Omakase

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5353 W Alabama St #102
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 496-2633
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Luxe 12-course tasting menus await at this intimate Galleria-area restaurant, with only 14 seats at the sushi bar available. With only two seatings per night, reservations at Hidden Omakase are difficult to score via Resy, but it’s definitely worth a shot.

14. 93 Til

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1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 846-6405
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An innovative menu, lots of records, and laid-back vibes await at this Montrose newcomer, helmed by chefs Gary Ly and Lung Ly. Both bring unique culinary backgrounds to the restaurant, resulting in dishes like a PB&J with foie gras torchon and pork cheek shepherd’s pie with whipped potato and parsnip.

15. Le Jardinier

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5500 Main St Suite 122
Houston, TX 77004

One of two stunning new restaurants at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s new Kinder Building, Le Jardinier is a destination for chic cuisine with a ton of French influence. Start with grilled Spanish octopus served with hummus and chimichurri, then try plates like grilled bavette served with jus and charred eggplant mousse.

16. Agnes

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2132 Bissonnet St Suite 100
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 714-0078
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This Mediterranean-inspired cafe and grocery offers casual breakfast and lunch, and tableside dinner service, with dishes like lamb kofta, duckfat potatoes, breakfast mezze platters, and baklava granola, plus take-away dishes. On the retail side, Agnes sells local and imported goods, including cheese from Houston Dairymaids and infused olive oils.

17. Gratify

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5212 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-7865
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This chic new spot near Rice Village may very well be the city’s best new destination for super-fresh oysters. Also on the menu: mac and cheese loaded with crab and lobster, charcuterie, and hearty entrees like chicken Provencal and short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes.

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1. Jamaica Pon Di Road

2213 S Victory Dr, Houston, TX 77088

A former food truck, Jamaica Pon Di Road opened to a great deal of fanfare and lengthy lines of fans seeking its jerk sandwiches, braised oxtails, and fish fritters. Craving a burger? Try the “Insane Bolt,” which involves a jerk-spiced burger patty, cheese, and special sauce on a sweet bun.

2213 S Victory Dr
Houston, TX 77088

2. Feges BBQ

8217 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055

This barbecue spot, which got its start in the food court of Greenway Plaza, has expanded to Spring Branch, where pitmaster Patrick Feges and chef Erin Smith can now sell their expertly-smoked brisket and creative sides on evenings and weekends. This location is family-friendly — in the 1,800-square-foot outdoor patio includes a playground for the kiddos.

8217 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

3. Fegen's

1050 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008

Chef Lance Fegen, who founded Liberty Kitchen at 1050 Studewood Street a decade ago, returns to the Heights — and the same address — with a brand new restaurant inspired by his Italian-American heritage. Find dishes like Neapolitan-style pizza, clam linguini, and meatballs alongside a late night bar menu and occasional raw oyster specials.

1050 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008

4. Da Gama

600 N Shepherd Dr #520, Houston, TX 77007

Portuguese and Indian cuisine come together at this Shepherd Drive newcomer, where dishes like pani puri with guacamole, lamb rib mattar, and Goan fish curry await. Don’t forget to save room for dessert — options like sticky date cake and mango kulfi ice cream make for a seriously sweet finish.

600 N Shepherd Dr #520
Houston, TX 77007

5. Railway Heights Market (Food Hall)

8200 Washington Ave Suite 100, Houston, TX 77007

This brand new food hall just kicked open its doors and boasts a bounty of exciting spots to eat. Score pierogi from League City favorite Pierogi Queen, spicy seafood boils at Heads and Tails, and noodle bowls at Drunken Pho. Japanese sandos, pizza, and a wine bar are also on-site, plus plenty of retail stalls to browse before or after eating.

8200 Washington Ave Suite 100
Houston, TX 77007

6. ReikiNa

799 Town and Country Blvd Suite 200, Houston, TX 77024

This chic CityCentre restaurant from former Uchi cook Thomas Stacy offers a seriously intimate dining experience — only 20 diners are served at each seating, and the menu changes every six weeks. For now, diners can look forward to plates like oysters with sake vinaigrette, smoked buttered eggplant with honey and char siu pork with cherry bao and pickled fennel.

799 Town and Country Blvd Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024

7. 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 just 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

8. Georgia James Tavern

777 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002

Described as a more casual offshoot of chef Chris Shepherd’s Montrose steakhouse Georgia James, Georgia James Tavern is still a solid spot to score a gorgeous hunk of meat. In addition to the indulgent Tavern burger and cast-iron-seared wagyu ribeye, find shareable snacks like baked pimento cheese dip and Viet-Cajun chicken wings, plus a killer line-up of desserts.

777 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002

9. 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

10. 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

11. Concura

4340 Westheimer Rd Suite 150, Houston, TX 77027

If a trip to Italy is out of the cards right now, consider a trip to Concura instead. Here, diners can sip Aperol spritzes and indulge in plates of seafood carbonara prepared by chef Angelo Cuppone, a native of Italy.

4340 Westheimer Rd Suite 150
Houston, TX 77027

12. JOEY Uptown

5045 Westheimer Rd Suite X-01, Houston, TX 77056

A Canadian export, Joey brings a sprawling patio and diverse menu to the “Jewel Box” at the Galleria. The lengthy menu boasts everything from dumplings and sushi to cauliflower tacos and lobster-shrimp ravioli, plus plenty of steak options for the carnivores in the group.

5045 Westheimer Rd Suite X-01
Houston, TX 77056

13. Hidden Omakase

5353 W Alabama St #102, Houston, TX 77056

Luxe 12-course tasting menus await at this intimate Galleria-area restaurant, with only 14 seats at the sushi bar available. With only two seatings per night, reservations at Hidden Omakase are difficult to score via Resy, but it’s definitely worth a shot.

5353 W Alabama St #102
Houston, TX 77056

14. 93 Til

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006

An innovative menu, lots of records, and laid-back vibes await at this Montrose newcomer, helmed by chefs Gary Ly and Lung Ly. Both bring unique culinary backgrounds to the restaurant, resulting in dishes like a PB&J with foie gras torchon and pork cheek shepherd’s pie with whipped potato and parsnip.

1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

15. Le Jardinier

5500 Main St Suite 122, Houston, TX 77004

One of two stunning new restaurants at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s new Kinder Building, Le Jardinier is a destination for chic cuisine with a ton of French influence. Start with grilled Spanish octopus served with hummus and chimichurri, then try plates like grilled bavette served with jus and charred eggplant mousse.

5500 Main St Suite 122
Houston, TX 77004

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16. Agnes

2132 Bissonnet St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77005

This Mediterranean-inspired cafe and grocery offers casual breakfast and lunch, and tableside dinner service, with dishes like lamb kofta, duckfat potatoes, breakfast mezze platters, and baklava granola, plus take-away dishes. On the retail side, Agnes sells local and imported goods, including cheese from Houston Dairymaids and infused olive oils.

2132 Bissonnet St Suite 100
Houston, TX 77005

17. Gratify

5212 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

This chic new spot near Rice Village may very well be the city’s best new destination for super-fresh oysters. Also on the menu: mac and cheese loaded with crab and lobster, charcuterie, and hearty entrees like chicken Provencal and short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes.

5212 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

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