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Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers spread of biscuits, Brussels sprouts, fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, and spicy miso wings.
Prepare for a spread of Southern favorites at Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers.
Becca Wright

The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston, August 2022

Find flavor-packed egg rolls, melt-in-your-mouth maki, contemporary Indian fare, and so much more at these exciting newcomers

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Prepare for a spread of Southern favorites at Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers.
| Becca Wright

To some, Houston is considered a culinary capital, offering an onslaught of cuisines and restaurants that keep local diners and visitors alike hungry for more. And with a nonstop list of new openings, the question remains each month: Where to dine now?

Fortunately, Eater Houston has you covered — publishing some of the hottest and buzziest new restaurants each month.

While Post Houston, Moon Rabbit, and Loro are still worthy picks, this list has been refreshed to include newer restaurants like Cafe Louie, Dinette, and Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Goode Co. Fish Camp

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Gorge on Gulf Coast fare at the latest Goode Company establishment, with starters like deviled and baked crab, gumbo, and fried oyster BLT sliders, and main events, like mesquite-frilled redfish on the half shell, roasted yellowfin tuna and striped bass, and seasonal dishes, like crawfish hand pies and Gulf crab and shrimp fettuccine alfredo.

Step into a fairytale at this Indian restaurant, and choose your adventure — whether dining at the quaint cocktail bar, the elegant dining room, or the tapas bar, where Indian street food classics, like golgappa, are bursting with flavor and can be requested with the honking of a horn. The pan-seared exotic mushrooms topped with truffles, the tender ostrich kebab, and jackfruit samosas are surefire standouts. End your meal like royalty with the cardamom chocolate mousse, which is topped with 24-carat gold kiss.

Gatlin's Fins & Feathers

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A dedication to the Independence Heights neighborhood, Gatlin’s BBQ pitmaster Greg Gatlin offers a Houston spin on Southern staples. Find some of the finest fried chicken and fried fish, with a variety of fix-ins; an Everything gumbo chock-full of chicken, shrimp, crab, and sausage; and the H-Town Hot Sandwich, with a hunk of fried fish or chicken dunked in a spicy Viet-Cajun sauce. Start light and refreshing with the charred Brussel sprouts salad, and end with the orange creamsicle doughnut, topped with vanilla ice cream and slivers of orange peel, for a treat.

Saigon Hustle

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This new Vietnamese drive-thru is drawing lots of attention to a Garden Oaks intersection, and for good reason. Boba tea, sizzling rice bowls made-to-order, and banh mi using freshly baked bread are all on-the-go options, but if in no hurry, the colorful, mural-covered outdoor patio invites diners to stay awhile.

Dinette

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From the owners of sushi restaurant Hando and cocktail bar Kanpai Club comes this charming modern Vietnamese restaurant, that serves up a sharable experience with can’t-miss tapas-style plates, family-style portions, and endearing drinks. You can’t go wrong with the bright summer rolls served with a sweet and salty peanut butter and jelly sauce; the Hanoi egg rolls stuffed with a combination of crab, pork, shrimp, mushroom, and veggies; or the Pandan sweet rice fried okra. Order lobster egg fried rice and the char siu chicken for the table.

The owners of Handies Douzo and Kokoro return with their first sit-down restaurant, dishing out a combination of nigiri, crudos, sashimi, and handrolls. Try delicious bites like the trumpet mushroom, foie gras, engawa, or smoked sawara (Spanish mackerel) nigiri, and take the thought out of the experience by ordering the well-crafted omakase. While you wait, choose from Aiko’s impressive selection of sake and sip while watching the art unfold behind the sushi bar.

Overlooking Buffalo Bayou Park, this elegant treehouse replaces The Dunlavy, offering a taste of small towns in Mexico with a Houston flair. Here, you’ll find slammin’ al pastor tacos, charred octopus and chorizo, an alluring yellowtail ceviche negro using squid ink, and their spin on tender fajitas, plus what might be the best margarita in the city, made with fresh juices and rimmed with an addicting cricket salt.

Georgia James

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The steakhouse by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd is back and better than ever, with a rooftop patio, an open kitchen, and an expansive dining room in Regent Square. Expect the staples, like top-tier, cast-iron seared steaks; roasted bone marrow served with a pecan pesto; the fried Brussels sprouts tossed in a creole vinaigrette; and smashed and fried potatoes served with aioli. Don’t leave without trying the Viet-Cajun oysters, a rich tribute to Houston’s diversity.

Cafe Louie

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East End’s newest coffee shop dishes out delicate pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and comforting coffee and teas, including an earthy black sesame latte and a cardamom mocha. Its recently-launched dinner service also does not disappoint, with a juicy, dry-aged smash burger with black garlic mayo on a brioche bun, and its Gulf shrimp and guanciale tortellini in brown butter.

Chef Tyson Cole’s Austin import combines the best of its predecessor Uchi with new smoking techniques. Here, you’ll find beloved bites like the Hama chili, crispy karaage, quality sushi, and the refreshing sunomono — a Japanese cucumber and seaweed salad, as well as the melt-in-your-mouth gyutoro maki, made with wagyu short rib that’s cooked for 72 hours, and the tantalizing koviche that’s loaded with lobster, fried slices of sunchoke, grapefruit, and tiger’s milk. Though the s’mores dish is an interactive dessert option, the sweet potato okashi, served with a ganache center, burnt honey ice cream, and black garlic caramel is certain to captivate your tastebuds in a new way.

With inviting decor and an expansive wine list, Marmo offers an exciting haven from a bustling Montrose, with classic pasta dishes and hand-cut dry-aged steaks. Start with the surprisingly juicy Tuscan chicken bites, served with fried artichokes and garlic aioli, and fill up on the creamy squid ink campanelle, served with fresh blue crab, uni cream sauce, basil, and a dash of chili and bread crumbs. Dessert calls for the light and heavenly tiramisu — you’ll want to finish it in one sitting.

The Warwick

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Housed at the former location of the Houston’s, chef Antoine Ware pays homage to the historic establishment with classics like the rich spinach dip, the Thai noodle salad, and the sweet and savory 16-ounce Hawaiian rib-eye that’s marinated for 48 hours in a pineapple, brown sugar, and ginger concoction. But the new restaurant, with its swanky decor, also holds its own with mouthwatering dishes like the chili-glazed Gulf shrimp, the grilled lamb chops, and a gooey, warm caramel bread pudding served with a side of vanilla ice cream — Ware’s family recipe.

burger-chan

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Craving a burger? Reopened in its new location on West Alabama, this burger joint is still dishing out its delicious 44 Farms patties, falafel, and hot dogs with punchy flavors and creative condiments like kimchi relish, sambal mayo, and scallion aioli. Don’t forget to pick a side, whether it be the fried cheese curds, taro root chips, tater tots, or fries, offered in French fry, curly, or sweet potato form.

From the restaurateurs behind Doris Metropolitan, this Israeli restaurant in Rice Village brings a taste of Tel Aviv with fresh pita, an assortment of creamy hummus, and creative entrees like lamb spare ribs, deconstructed shwarma, and a variety of skewers. With dishes like baba ganoush, carrot harissa, and pickled vegetables, guests can also partake in the tradition of salatim, or small cold plates — opting to try five, seven, or all of the 11 options.

III by Wolfgang Puck

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Puck’s newest Houston restaurant in the Texas Medical Center, proves perfect for lunch or staying awhile for dinner or happy hour. The lunch menu boasts braised short rib melts, a grilled salmon salad with an unagi glaze and ginger ponzu dressing, and a club sandwich topped with bacon and a fried egg. Meanwhile, dinner explores various cuisines and Puck signatures, like pork Wienerschnitzel, served with Austrian potatoes, and the “Hong Kong-style” Gulf snapper, served with bok choy and chili soy. Catch the weekday happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for bites like the crispy wing karaage, brisket sliders, and the Chinois chicken salad.

Goode Co. Fish Camp

Gorge on Gulf Coast fare at the latest Goode Company establishment, with starters like deviled and baked crab, gumbo, and fried oyster BLT sliders, and main events, like mesquite-frilled redfish on the half shell, roasted yellowfin tuna and striped bass, and seasonal dishes, like crawfish hand pies and Gulf crab and shrimp fettuccine alfredo.

Amrina

Step into a fairytale at this Indian restaurant, and choose your adventure — whether dining at the quaint cocktail bar, the elegant dining room, or the tapas bar, where Indian street food classics, like golgappa, are bursting with flavor and can be requested with the honking of a horn. The pan-seared exotic mushrooms topped with truffles, the tender ostrich kebab, and jackfruit samosas are surefire standouts. End your meal like royalty with the cardamom chocolate mousse, which is topped with 24-carat gold kiss.

Gatlin's Fins & Feathers

A dedication to the Independence Heights neighborhood, Gatlin’s BBQ pitmaster Greg Gatlin offers a Houston spin on Southern staples. Find some of the finest fried chicken and fried fish, with a variety of fix-ins; an Everything gumbo chock-full of chicken, shrimp, crab, and sausage; and the H-Town Hot Sandwich, with a hunk of fried fish or chicken dunked in a spicy Viet-Cajun sauce. Start light and refreshing with the charred Brussel sprouts salad, and end with the orange creamsicle doughnut, topped with vanilla ice cream and slivers of orange peel, for a treat.

Saigon Hustle

This new Vietnamese drive-thru is drawing lots of attention to a Garden Oaks intersection, and for good reason. Boba tea, sizzling rice bowls made-to-order, and banh mi using freshly baked bread are all on-the-go options, but if in no hurry, the colorful, mural-covered outdoor patio invites diners to stay awhile.

Dinette

From the owners of sushi restaurant Hando and cocktail bar Kanpai Club comes this charming modern Vietnamese restaurant, that serves up a sharable experience with can’t-miss tapas-style plates, family-style portions, and endearing drinks. You can’t go wrong with the bright summer rolls served with a sweet and salty peanut butter and jelly sauce; the Hanoi egg rolls stuffed with a combination of crab, pork, shrimp, mushroom, and veggies; or the Pandan sweet rice fried okra. Order lobster egg fried rice and the char siu chicken for the table.

Aiko

The owners of Handies Douzo and Kokoro return with their first sit-down restaurant, dishing out a combination of nigiri, crudos, sashimi, and handrolls. Try delicious bites like the trumpet mushroom, foie gras, engawa, or smoked sawara (Spanish mackerel) nigiri, and take the thought out of the experience by ordering the well-crafted omakase. While you wait, choose from Aiko’s impressive selection of sake and sip while watching the art unfold behind the sushi bar.

Flora

Overlooking Buffalo Bayou Park, this elegant treehouse replaces The Dunlavy, offering a taste of small towns in Mexico with a Houston flair. Here, you’ll find slammin’ al pastor tacos, charred octopus and chorizo, an alluring yellowtail ceviche negro using squid ink, and their spin on tender fajitas, plus what might be the best margarita in the city, made with fresh juices and rimmed with an addicting cricket salt.

Georgia James

The steakhouse by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd is back and better than ever, with a rooftop patio, an open kitchen, and an expansive dining room in Regent Square. Expect the staples, like top-tier, cast-iron seared steaks; roasted bone marrow served with a pecan pesto; the fried Brussels sprouts tossed in a creole vinaigrette; and smashed and fried potatoes served with aioli. Don’t leave without trying the Viet-Cajun oysters, a rich tribute to Houston’s diversity.

Cafe Louie

East End’s newest coffee shop dishes out delicate pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and comforting coffee and teas, including an earthy black sesame latte and a cardamom mocha. Its recently-launched dinner service also does not disappoint, with a juicy, dry-aged smash burger with black garlic mayo on a brioche bun, and its Gulf shrimp and guanciale tortellini in brown butter.

Uchiko

Chef Tyson Cole’s Austin import combines the best of its predecessor Uchi with new smoking techniques. Here, you’ll find beloved bites like the Hama chili, crispy karaage, quality sushi, and the refreshing sunomono — a Japanese cucumber and seaweed salad, as well as the melt-in-your-mouth gyutoro maki, made with wagyu short rib that’s cooked for 72 hours, and the tantalizing koviche that’s loaded with lobster, fried slices of sunchoke, grapefruit, and tiger’s milk. Though the s’mores dish is an interactive dessert option, the sweet potato okashi, served with a ganache center, burnt honey ice cream, and black garlic caramel is certain to captivate your tastebuds in a new way.

Marmo

With inviting decor and an expansive wine list, Marmo offers an exciting haven from a bustling Montrose, with classic pasta dishes and hand-cut dry-aged steaks. Start with the surprisingly juicy Tuscan chicken bites, served with fried artichokes and garlic aioli, and fill up on the creamy squid ink campanelle, served with fresh blue crab, uni cream sauce, basil, and a dash of chili and bread crumbs. Dessert calls for the light and heavenly tiramisu — you’ll want to finish it in one sitting.

The Warwick

Housed at the former location of the Houston’s, chef Antoine Ware pays homage to the historic establishment with classics like the rich spinach dip, the Thai noodle salad, and the sweet and savory 16-ounce Hawaiian rib-eye that’s marinated for 48 hours in a pineapple, brown sugar, and ginger concoction. But the new restaurant, with its swanky decor, also holds its own with mouthwatering dishes like the chili-glazed Gulf shrimp, the grilled lamb chops, and a gooey, warm caramel bread pudding served with a side of vanilla ice cream — Ware’s family recipe.

burger-chan

Craving a burger? Reopened in its new location on West Alabama, this burger joint is still dishing out its delicious 44 Farms patties, falafel, and hot dogs with punchy flavors and creative condiments like kimchi relish, sambal mayo, and scallion aioli. Don’t forget to pick a side, whether it be the fried cheese curds, taro root chips, tater tots, or fries, offered in French fry, curly, or sweet potato form.

Hamsa

From the restaurateurs behind Doris Metropolitan, this Israeli restaurant in Rice Village brings a taste of Tel Aviv with fresh pita, an assortment of creamy hummus, and creative entrees like lamb spare ribs, deconstructed shwarma, and a variety of skewers. With dishes like baba ganoush, carrot harissa, and pickled vegetables, guests can also partake in the tradition of salatim, or small cold plates — opting to try five, seven, or all of the 11 options.

III by Wolfgang Puck

Puck’s newest Houston restaurant in the Texas Medical Center, proves perfect for lunch or staying awhile for dinner or happy hour. The lunch menu boasts braised short rib melts, a grilled salmon salad with an unagi glaze and ginger ponzu dressing, and a club sandwich topped with bacon and a fried egg. Meanwhile, dinner explores various cuisines and Puck signatures, like pork Wienerschnitzel, served with Austrian potatoes, and the “Hong Kong-style” Gulf snapper, served with bok choy and chili soy. Catch the weekday happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for bites like the crispy wing karaage, brisket sliders, and the Chinois chicken salad.

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