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Dinette spread of egg rolls, wings, and Pandan fried okra.
Dinette in one of the Heights’ newest restaurants.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Houston’s Heights

From vegan burgers to Thai stir-fry to gin cocktails, this neighborhood has much to offer

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Dinette in one of the Heights’ newest restaurants.
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The Heights neighborhood was initially founded as a streetcar suburb in the 1890s for Houston-area residents that did not want to live in the density of the city proper. It was annexed by Houston in 1918 and has since been a haven for Houstonians looking for slightly bigger yards, vintage Victorian homes, and more of a tight-knit neighborhood feel.

But even over the last few decades, the Heights has continued to change and grow, with high rises popping up in rundown areas, new bike lanes creating connections to other parts of Houston, and an ever-growing food and drink scene. The result is a neighborhood with both old Houston charm and a modern, trendy vibe. That makes it the perfect spot for a lazy patio brunch or an afternoon drink with a relaxing view of stately century-old live oaks trees and charming craftsman bungalows.

While the now-closed Verdine and Revival Market has been removed from the list, Mico’s Hot Chicken and newcomers like Dinette are quickly becoming Heights dining destinations.

Put simply, there’s plenty to eat while hanging out in the Heights. Here’s where to start.

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Squable

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When it opened in 2019, Squable, from Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel, quickly made an impression on the neighborhood’s discerning diners. Find excellent dishes like the savory Dutch baby pancake with ricotta and the French cheeseburger showered in raclette, or consider an assortment of veggie-packed plates like roasted cauliflower or Greek-style gigante beans with fried feta.

Seven white plates with various dishes atop a wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Squable.
Jenn Duncan Photography

La Lucha

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Next door to his Tex-Mex restaurant Superica, chef Ford Fry’s La Lucha is an ode to Texas cuisine. The creative, sometimes cheeky menu boasts dishes like deviled eggs topped with popcorn shrimp and wood-roasted Gulf oysters, plus, a half or whole fried chicken that is considered some of Houston’s best.

Mico's Hot Chicken

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Mico’s relaxed approach to dishing out a delicious fried chicken sandwich is much welcomed. Head to its Heights outpost to order tenders or a “sammich” topped with pickles, slaw, and Mico’s sauce. Decide whether you want your fries loaded or not, and then sit down and stay awhile at its shaded patio, sipping peach tea or downing banana pudding to offset the spice.

Kin Dee

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This glitzy Thai restaurant focuses on noodle dishes from four regions of Thailand, offering meals like lump crab meat fried rice, ribbony pad see ew, and slow-cooked duck breast soup. Visit on weekend mornings and enjoy samplings from one of the only Thai brunches in town, featuring dishes like panang curry omelet and minced chicken stir-fry topped with sunny side up eggs and sweet Thai sausage.

Roti with egg and curry in a decorative dish.
Find roti guang gai on Kin Dee’s brunch menu.
Alex Montoya

Field & Tides

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Chef Travis Lenig’s eatery is the Heights destination for seafood enthusiasts, but that’s not all that’s on offer. If you’re not in the mood for crispy Alabama catfish or she-crab soup, go for the fried chicken piccata, presented with garlic mash, green beans, and lemon caper butter. Save room for dessert — Lenig’s chocolate Alabama stack cake is legendary.

Early birds and late risers alike are welcome at this Heights diner where breakfast is served all day, every day. The French toast, made with egg and cream custard-soaked challah topped with fresh berries, is hard to beat. But if you’re not in a breakfast mood, spring for a comfort classic like chicken fried steak or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.

With locations in Austin and Dallas, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole opened the third iteration of their popular Asian smokehouse on West 11th Street in February, and it is already a neighborhood favorite. Visitors can kick off a meal with a frozen cocktail or wine on tap, before indulging in hearty plates like chicken karaage, char siu pork belly, and the popular smoked beef brisket.

Trattoria Sofia

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At Ben Berg’s rustic Italian restaurant, careful attention is paid to sourcing quality ingredients directly from Italy, resulting in a menu of full-flavored pizzas and pastas, fragrant with fruity olive oil and rich cheese. Start strong with a bread basket loaded with ciabatta and semolina, then move on to refreshing crudo and a peppery serving of cacio e pepe.

Eight Row Flint

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Looking to enjoy an expansive outdoor patio, mini tacos, and tailored whiskey flights? Eight Row Flint is the locale for you. The canine-friendly Heights bar serves tacos, nachos, wings, and more snacks alongside excellent frozens and a variety of Ranch waters, including the Ranch Rosé, which combines tequila with rosé wine and Topo Chico.

A wood table setting with a variety of plates of food and drinks.
A food and drink spread at Eight Row Flint.
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The spotlight is on hand rolls at this intimate restaurant, where all its 22 seats wrap around a single sushi bar. Guests can take in the hand roll-making action while sipping on cocktails, like clarified milk punch, in whimsical glassware. For a post-dinner drink, there is a speakeasy-style bar attached called Kanpai Club.

Appetizers and cockail on the sushi bar.
Dishes from Hando.
Al Torres Photography

Dinette

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The colorful plates at this Vietnamese restaurant are intended to be sharable, but if you decide to hog a few to yourself, no judgment. Get the table started with the crispy fried egg rolls, Pandan fried okra, and the summer rolls, which are served with a sweet peanut butter and jelly sauce, and consider the Vietnamese grilled pizza or BX tacos — coconut crepes stuffed with calamari, shrimp, and pork belly. Don’t forget to compliment the experience with one of its cocktails, served in festive glasses with tropical garnishes.

Dinette’s crispy okra over spicy aioli on a colorful plate.
Try okra in a new way at Dinette.
Brittany Britto Garley

Maison Pucha Bistro

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The Pucha brothers are at the helm of this modern eatery where classic French cuisine is met with flavors inspired by the brothers’ Ecuadorian heritage. Find indulgences like burgundy escargots in espelette garlic butter and seafood-filled bouillabaisse, not to mention shrimp ceviche, wagyu beef empanadas, and the ultra-decadent baked Alaska with Ecuadorian coffee ice cream.

Melange Crêperie

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Formerly a roving crepe cart, Melange Creperie is thriving in its permanent home in the Heights. Here, sweet and savory fillings, ranging from chocolate chips and cheesecake to black beans and queso fresco, are tucked into tender crepes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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The charming restaurant churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh produce that’s grown in its very own garden. When the weather is nice, that lush patio makes for a great place to enjoy a few cocktails or glasses of wine alongside killer pasta dishes, pies, and freshly baked breads.

Better Luck Tomorrow

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This Heights bar, named after the 2002 Justin Lin movie of the same name, has rapidly become one of the city’s finest places to grab a casual drink and dinner. Swing by for one of Houston’s best weekend brunches, or dig into a party melt — chef Justin Yu’s riff on a patty melt that’s crusted with crispy cheese — during the week.

Be More Pacific

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This Austin transplant offers Filipino dishes and fusion bites like chicken adobo, lumpia, pork sisig, and even icy, fruity halo-halo, made with local favorite, Amy’s ice cream, served alongside a menu of creative cocktails in a hybrid indoor/outdoor space.

1751 Sea and Bar

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A haven for gin drinkers, 1751 Sea and Bar boasts one of the biggest selections of the spirit in town. Order from more than 100 different gins mixed into a martini or gin and tonic, and pair with entrees like a seared seasonal catch or steamed Alaskan king crab.

Killen’s

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Chef Ronnie Killen’s Southern comfort food restaurant opened on lower Heights Boulevard in 2020. The food is inspired by Killen’s grandmother's cooking and the Czech German heritage of the Hill Country, and the menu includes dishes like fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, creamed corn, and a warm peach bread pudding, plus the smoked meat Killen is known for.

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and a roll.
The quintessential fried chicken plate at Killen’s.
Megha McSwain

Truth BBQ

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The lengthy lines at Truth are proof that the second outpost of the Hill Country barbecue favorite is a welcome addition to Houston. A trifecta of succulent smoked brisket, killer sides, and towering slices of cake will send diners into a food coma every single time.

A neon sign  that says Moment of Truth inside Truth BBQ.
Interior of Truth BBQ.
Ben Sassini/Truth BBQ

Squable

When it opened in 2019, Squable, from Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel, quickly made an impression on the neighborhood’s discerning diners. Find excellent dishes like the savory Dutch baby pancake with ricotta and the French cheeseburger showered in raclette, or consider an assortment of veggie-packed plates like roasted cauliflower or Greek-style gigante beans with fried feta.

Seven white plates with various dishes atop a wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Squable.
Jenn Duncan Photography

La Lucha

Next door to his Tex-Mex restaurant Superica, chef Ford Fry’s La Lucha is an ode to Texas cuisine. The creative, sometimes cheeky menu boasts dishes like deviled eggs topped with popcorn shrimp and wood-roasted Gulf oysters, plus, a half or whole fried chicken that is considered some of Houston’s best.

Mico's Hot Chicken

Mico’s relaxed approach to dishing out a delicious fried chicken sandwich is much welcomed. Head to its Heights outpost to order tenders or a “sammich” topped with pickles, slaw, and Mico’s sauce. Decide whether you want your fries loaded or not, and then sit down and stay awhile at its shaded patio, sipping peach tea or downing banana pudding to offset the spice.

Kin Dee

This glitzy Thai restaurant focuses on noodle dishes from four regions of Thailand, offering meals like lump crab meat fried rice, ribbony pad see ew, and slow-cooked duck breast soup. Visit on weekend mornings and enjoy samplings from one of the only Thai brunches in town, featuring dishes like panang curry omelet and minced chicken stir-fry topped with sunny side up eggs and sweet Thai sausage.

Roti with egg and curry in a decorative dish.
Find roti guang gai on Kin Dee’s brunch menu.
Alex Montoya

Field & Tides

Chef Travis Lenig’s eatery is the Heights destination for seafood enthusiasts, but that’s not all that’s on offer. If you’re not in the mood for crispy Alabama catfish or she-crab soup, go for the fried chicken piccata, presented with garlic mash, green beans, and lemon caper butter. Save room for dessert — Lenig’s chocolate Alabama stack cake is legendary.

Lola

Early birds and late risers alike are welcome at this Heights diner where breakfast is served all day, every day. The French toast, made with egg and cream custard-soaked challah topped with fresh berries, is hard to beat. But if you’re not in a breakfast mood, spring for a comfort classic like chicken fried steak or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Loro

With locations in Austin and Dallas, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole opened the third iteration of their popular Asian smokehouse on West 11th Street in February, and it is already a neighborhood favorite. Visitors can kick off a meal with a frozen cocktail or wine on tap, before indulging in hearty plates like chicken karaage, char siu pork belly, and the popular smoked beef brisket.

Trattoria Sofia

At Ben Berg’s rustic Italian restaurant, careful attention is paid to sourcing quality ingredients directly from Italy, resulting in a menu of full-flavored pizzas and pastas, fragrant with fruity olive oil and rich cheese. Start strong with a bread basket loaded with ciabatta and semolina, then move on to refreshing crudo and a peppery serving of cacio e pepe.

Eight Row Flint

Looking to enjoy an expansive outdoor patio, mini tacos, and tailored whiskey flights? Eight Row Flint is the locale for you. The canine-friendly Heights bar serves tacos, nachos, wings, and more snacks alongside excellent frozens and a variety of Ranch waters, including the Ranch Rosé, which combines tequila with rosé wine and Topo Chico.

A wood table setting with a variety of plates of food and drinks.
A food and drink spread at Eight Row Flint.
Agricole Hospitality

Hando

The spotlight is on hand rolls at this intimate restaurant, where all its 22 seats wrap around a single sushi bar. Guests can take in the hand roll-making action while sipping on cocktails, like clarified milk punch, in whimsical glassware. For a post-dinner drink, there is a speakeasy-style bar attached called Kanpai Club.

Appetizers and cockail on the sushi bar.
Dishes from Hando.
Al Torres Photography

Dinette

The colorful plates at this Vietnamese restaurant are intended to be sharable, but if you decide to hog a few to yourself, no judgment. Get the table started with the crispy fried egg rolls, Pandan fried okra, and the summer rolls, which are served with a sweet peanut butter and jelly sauce, and consider the Vietnamese grilled pizza or BX tacos — coconut crepes stuffed with calamari, shrimp, and pork belly. Don’t forget to compliment the experience with one of its cocktails, served in festive glasses with tropical garnishes.

Dinette’s crispy okra over spicy aioli on a colorful plate.
Try okra in a new way at Dinette.
Brittany Britto Garley

Maison Pucha Bistro

The Pucha brothers are at the helm of this modern eatery where classic French cuisine is met with flavors inspired by the brothers’ Ecuadorian heritage. Find indulgences like burgundy escargots in espelette garlic butter and seafood-filled bouillabaisse, not to mention shrimp ceviche, wagyu beef empanadas, and the ultra-decadent baked Alaska with Ecuadorian coffee ice cream.

Melange Crêperie

Formerly a roving crepe cart, Melange Creperie is thriving in its permanent home in the Heights. Here, sweet and savory fillings, ranging from chocolate chips and cheesecake to black beans and queso fresco, are tucked into tender crepes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

The charming restaurant churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh produce that’s grown in its very own garden. When the weather is nice, that lush patio makes for a great place to enjoy a few cocktails or glasses of wine alongside killer pasta dishes, pies, and freshly baked breads.

Better Luck Tomorrow

This Heights bar, named after the 2002 Justin Lin movie of the same name, has rapidly become one of the city’s finest places to grab a casual drink and dinner. Swing by for one of Houston’s best weekend brunches, or dig into a party melt — chef Justin Yu’s riff on a patty melt that’s crusted with crispy cheese — during the week.

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Be More Pacific

This Austin transplant offers Filipino dishes and fusion bites like chicken adobo, lumpia, pork sisig, and even icy, fruity halo-halo, made with local favorite, Amy’s ice cream, served alongside a menu of creative cocktails in a hybrid indoor/outdoor space.

1751 Sea and Bar

A haven for gin drinkers, 1751 Sea and Bar boasts one of the biggest selections of the spirit in town. Order from more than 100 different gins mixed into a martini or gin and tonic, and pair with entrees like a seared seasonal catch or steamed Alaskan king crab.

Killen’s

Chef Ronnie Killen’s Southern comfort food restaurant opened on lower Heights Boulevard in 2020. The food is inspired by Killen’s grandmother's cooking and the Czech German heritage of the Hill Country, and the menu includes dishes like fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, creamed corn, and a warm peach bread pudding, plus the smoked meat Killen is known for.

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and a roll.
The quintessential fried chicken plate at Killen’s.
Megha McSwain

Truth BBQ

The lengthy lines at Truth are proof that the second outpost of the Hill Country barbecue favorite is a welcome addition to Houston. A trifecta of succulent smoked brisket, killer sides, and towering slices of cake will send diners into a food coma every single time.

A neon sign  that says Moment of Truth inside Truth BBQ.
Interior of Truth BBQ.
Ben Sassini/Truth BBQ

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