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Brunch spread at Kin Dee.
Brunch at Kin Dee is a feast for the eyes.
Alex Montoya

Where to Eat and Drink in the Heights

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

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Brunch at Kin Dee is a feast for the eyes.
| Alex Montoya

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 Rainbow Lodge, Common Bond, and Mico’s Hot Chicken have been removed to make way for new additions, places like La Lucha, Revival Market, and Truth BBQ are standing strong on the list.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Verdine

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449 W 19th St Suite C-200
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 876-4768
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Located in the cluster of restaurants at the Heights Waterworks development, Verdine offers a completely plant-based menu by popular vegan chef Stephanie Hoban. The bistro burger, built with a lentil-walnut-mushroom patty, is a favorite from Hoban’s food truck days, and other dishes, like white cheddar mac made with oat milk white cheddar sauce and quesadillas stuffed with cauliflower chorizo, won’t have you missing meat.

2. Squable

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632 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 834-7362
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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.
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3. La Lucha

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1801 N Shepherd Dr #A
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 955-4765
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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, wood-roasted Gulf oysters, and po’ boy-style Louisiana crawfish bread.

4. Kin Dee

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1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 826-2655
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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.
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5. Field & Tides

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705 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-6143
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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, oyster Caesar salad, 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.

6. Lola

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1102 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 426-5652
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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.

7. Loro

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1001 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 930-2326
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With locations in Austin and Dallas, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole opened a 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 siew pork belly, and the popular smoked beef brisket.

8. Trattoria Sofia

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911 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 804-0429
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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.

9. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 880-8463
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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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10. Hando

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518 W 11th St Suite 500
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 393-7425
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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.
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11. Maison Pucha Bistro

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1001 Studewood St #A
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 637-4976
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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.

12. Melange Crêperie

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711 Heights Blvd Suite B
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 393-7578
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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.

13. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4095
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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.

14. Revival Market

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550 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8463
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Open for breakfast and lunch daily, this market and cafe is a food lover’s paradise. After fueling up on coffee and avocado toast, shop Revival’s selection of top notch meats, cheeses, and fancy pantry essentials to take home and experiment with.

A salad with greens and orange peppers on a dark grey plate set atop a black background.
A salad at Revival Market.
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15. Better Luck Tomorrow

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744 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007

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.

16. Be More Pacific

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506 Yale St Suite E
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 582-5264
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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.

17. 1751 Sea and Bar

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191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-9820
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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 flounder or steamed Alaskan king crab.

18. Killen’s

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101 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4664
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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 German chocolate cake, 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

19. Truth BBQ

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110 S Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 835-0001
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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

1. Verdine

449 W 19th St Suite C-200, Houston, TX 77008

Located in the cluster of restaurants at the Heights Waterworks development, Verdine offers a completely plant-based menu by popular vegan chef Stephanie Hoban. The bistro burger, built with a lentil-walnut-mushroom patty, is a favorite from Hoban’s food truck days, and other dishes, like white cheddar mac made with oat milk white cheddar sauce and quesadillas stuffed with cauliflower chorizo, won’t have you missing meat.

449 W 19th St Suite C-200
Houston, TX 77008

2. Squable

632 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
Seven white plates with various dishes atop a wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Squable.
Jenn Duncan Photography

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.

632 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

3. La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr #A, Houston, TX 77008

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, wood-roasted Gulf oysters, and po’ boy-style Louisiana crawfish bread.

1801 N Shepherd Dr #A
Houston, TX 77008

4. Kin Dee

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160, Houston, TX 77008
Roti with egg and curry in a decorative dish.
Find roti guang gai on Kin Dee’s brunch menu.
Alex Montoya

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.

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008

5. Field & Tides

705 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

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, oyster Caesar salad, 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.

705 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

6. Lola

1102 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

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.

1102 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

7. Loro

1001 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

With locations in Austin and Dallas, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole opened a 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 siew pork belly, and the popular smoked beef brisket.

1001 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

8. Trattoria Sofia

911 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

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.

911 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

9. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008
A wood table setting with a variety of plates of food and drinks.
A food and drink spread at Eight Row Flint.
Agricole Hospitality

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.

1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

10. Hando

518 W 11th St Suite 500, Houston, TX 77008
Appetizers and cockail on the sushi bar.
Dishes from Hando.
Al Torres Photography

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.

518 W 11th St Suite 500
Houston, TX 77008

11. Maison Pucha Bistro

1001 Studewood St #A, Houston, TX 77008

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.

1001 Studewood St #A
Houston, TX 77008

12. Melange Crêperie

711 Heights Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77007

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.

711 Heights Blvd Suite B
Houston, TX 77007

13. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

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.

3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

14. Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
A salad with greens and orange peppers on a dark grey plate set atop a black background.
A salad at Revival Market.
Morgan Weber/Revival Market

Open for breakfast and lunch daily, this market and cafe is a food lover’s paradise. After fueling up on coffee and avocado toast, shop Revival’s selection of top notch meats, cheeses, and fancy pantry essentials to take home and experiment with.

550 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

15. Better Luck Tomorrow

744 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007

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.

744 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007

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16. Be More Pacific

506 Yale St Suite E, Houston, TX 77007

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.

506 Yale St Suite E
Houston, TX 77007

17. 1751 Sea and Bar

191 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

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 flounder or steamed Alaskan king crab.

191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

18. Killen’s

101 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and a roll.
The quintessential fried chicken plate at Killen’s.
Megha McSwain

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 German chocolate cake, plus the smoked meat Killen is known for.

101 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

19. Truth BBQ

110 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
A neon sign  that says Moment of Truth inside Truth BBQ.
Interior of Truth BBQ.
Ben Sassini/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.

110 S Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

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