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Hamachi tiradito at Chivos.
Dylan McEwan

The 18 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston, November 2021

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

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Hamachi tiradito at Chivos.
| Dylan McEwan

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 much-loved Jamaican cuisine 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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. Heartbeet

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14714 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079
(832) 617-8278
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The family behind Mediterranean fave Hungry’s has spun off the former’s vegetarian menu section into an entirely new plant-based restaurant, serving up meals like seitan gyros, gluten-free chickpea pasta, vegan Philly cheesesteaks, and fresh-pressed juices.

3. 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.

4. ReikiNa

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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 two months. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

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. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

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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. Heartbeet

14714 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

The family behind Mediterranean fave Hungry’s has spun off the former’s vegetarian menu section into an entirely new plant-based restaurant, serving up meals like seitan gyros, gluten-free chickpea pasta, vegan Philly cheesesteaks, and fresh-pressed juices.

14714 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079

3. 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

4. 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 two months. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

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. 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

17. 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

18. 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

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