Last Friday, Eater readers provided their suggestions for Houston's best chain restaurants; the results are enshrined in the map below. Two observations. First, no one voted for Whataburger, which is odd considering the vigor with which people defend it when food writers are critical of the orange and white Texas institution. Second, Eater readers are entirely comfortable buying their Tex-Mex from restaurants with multiple locations. No idea what that says about the people who responded to the open thread or Tex-Mex, but perhaps someone else is willing to speculate in the comments.
Finally, Coal Vines in Sugar Land isn't on the map, but, according to this blog post, chef Steve Marques has brought the same skills he displayed at both the Burger Guy and The Tasting Room. It's definitely a restaurant to watch.