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Where to Eat and Drink in Midtown Houston

Excellent desserts, pizza, and so much more await

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Just a stone’s throw away from Downtown Houston, Midtown is positively packed with an excellent array of restaurants and bars. The dining options here cover a variety of price points, cuisines, and vibes, ranging from a low-key taco spot to a few of Houston’s favorite restaurants for celebrating a special occasion.

But where does one find the best food and drink in Midtown? Use this map of the neighborhood’s best tacos, finest cocktails, and so much more as a guide.

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Brennan's of Houston

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A New Orleans export and stalwart of Houston’s dining scene for more than 40 years, Brennan’s is many Houstonians’ favorite special occasion restaurant. The iconic turtle soup is a must-try, as is the shrimp Chippewa, a take on shrimp and grits that’s set ablaze tableside with a splash of cognac.

The Maple Leaf Pub

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Perhaps Houston’s best-known Canadian pub, Maple Leaf is the place to watch hockey playoffs while also eating classic poutine, beer-battered fried cheese curds, or steak and eggs during the weekend brunch. The specialty cocktail menu includes creative takes on drinks like the bloody mary and negroni, and yes, the serve Molson on tap.

The Breakfast Klub

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This Beyonce-endorsed breakfast spot is known for its lengthy lines, but the chicken and waffles (and catfish, and pretty much everything else on the menu) are absolutely worth the wait.

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Oporto Fooding House & Wine (midtown)

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Just barely in Midtown, Oporto brings bright Portuguese fare to the neighborhood in a chic setting. Dozens of small plates, including squid fried rice with linguica and wood-grilled sardines, are on offer, along with a bounty of charcuterie, cheese, and conservas.

Tacos A Go Go

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Tacos A Go Go’s customizable breakfast tacos (which include vegetarian options, too) are arguably one of the best ways to start a day in Midtown. When it isn’t morning, go for the classic street tacos (especially the pork and chicken guisado) and a pile of totchos.

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JINYA Ramen Bar - Houston Mid Town

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Jinya takes a slow approach to its ramen, with broth that’s simmer for 20-plus hours. The menu includes vegetarian, began and gluten-free options, plus non-ramen items like mini poke tacos, rice bowls, and tempura vegetables.

Mai's Restaurant

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Serving up bowls of pho and its piquant garlic beef since the 1970s, Mai’s Restaurant is a Houston institution. Cure a hangover with one of those bowls of broth, or dig into vermicelli bowls for an affordable lunch.

Damian's Cucina Italiana

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A Midtown fixture for more than 30 years, Damian’s serves up Italian American favorites like eggplant parm, veal marsala, and Mama Mandola’s meatballs and spaghetti. Go for the nostalgia, and stay for the stick-to-the-ribs fare paired with plenty of wine.

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Gen Korean BBQ House

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This California-based chain is know for its all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, with dishes like short rib, garlic shrimp and pork bulgogi all cooked on the table. The vibe is clubby — neon lights and white leather boots — and there is often a line out the door, so be sure to get there early.

Wooster's Garden

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Cocktail enthusiasts will appreciate the inventive drinks and laid-back vibe at this Midtown bar, arguably one of Houston’s best. Tiki cocktails, a lengthy list of boilermaker options beyond the traditional beer-whiskey combo, and highballs made with fresh-squeezed juice provide enough variety to satisfy everyone in the squad’s thirst.

The Community Bar

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This dark little bar, set away from the bustle of other sections of Midtown, has a more of a Montrose-y neighborhood feel, with tons of regulars, super-friendly bartenders, and ‘80s dance music on the speakers. In addition to a specialty drink menu, the Gaucho Fries, topped with chorizo, chimichurri, and a fried egg, are a must-order.

Izakaya

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This Japanese restaurant, a sibling to Upper Kirby’s Kata Robata, serves up everything from poke bowls to ramen and grilled bacon-wrapped mochi on skewers. Definitely get the bonito-topped Izakaya fries, served with Japanese curry sauce and a poached egg.

13 celsius

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A favorite destination for Houston wine enthusiasts, 13 Celsius serves a lengthy list of vermouths, sherries, ports, and more amongst the usual reds, sparkling wines, and whites. Soak up all that wine with salumi or a selection of cheeses served with bread and accoutrements.

Red Dwarf

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This hybrid venue offers coffee by day, and turns into a laid-back lounge-y bar in the evenings, complete with live music and DJs. Bites include shakshouka and goat cheese-topped flatbread and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Don’t skip on the draft cocktails, like the Thai Me Down, made with bourbon, nitro Thai tea, and bitters.

Weights + Measures

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It’s technically possible to eat three meals a day at this Midtown bakery-restaurant hybrid. Start off the day with pastry and coffee from the bakeshop, then head over to the restaurant for lunch (or dinner) and enjoy pizzas, pastas, and shareable plates like wood-grilled octopus and ribeye meatballs.

The Gypsy Poet

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This artisan pizza restaurant serves up rustic wood-fired pies with super-fresh toppings like fior de latte cheese, basil, cherry tomatoes, and green onions, all in a casual backpacker-style cafe environment.

Brennan's of Houston

A New Orleans export and stalwart of Houston’s dining scene for more than 40 years, Brennan’s is many Houstonians’ favorite special occasion restaurant. The iconic turtle soup is a must-try, as is the shrimp Chippewa, a take on shrimp and grits that’s set ablaze tableside with a splash of cognac.

The Maple Leaf Pub

Perhaps Houston’s best-known Canadian pub, Maple Leaf is the place to watch hockey playoffs while also eating classic poutine, beer-battered fried cheese curds, or steak and eggs during the weekend brunch. The specialty cocktail menu includes creative takes on drinks like the bloody mary and negroni, and yes, the serve Molson on tap.

The Breakfast Klub

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This Beyonce-endorsed breakfast spot is known for its lengthy lines, but the chicken and waffles (and catfish, and pretty much everything else on the menu) are absolutely worth the wait.

The Breakfast Klub/Facebook

Oporto Fooding House & Wine (midtown)

Just barely in Midtown, Oporto brings bright Portuguese fare to the neighborhood in a chic setting. Dozens of small plates, including squid fried rice with linguica and wood-grilled sardines, are on offer, along with a bounty of charcuterie, cheese, and conservas.

Tacos A Go Go

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Tacos A Go Go’s customizable breakfast tacos (which include vegetarian options, too) are arguably one of the best ways to start a day in Midtown. When it isn’t morning, go for the classic street tacos (especially the pork and chicken guisado) and a pile of totchos.

Tacos a Go Go/Facebook

JINYA Ramen Bar - Houston Mid Town

Jinya takes a slow approach to its ramen, with broth that’s simmer for 20-plus hours. The menu includes vegetarian, began and gluten-free options, plus non-ramen items like mini poke tacos, rice bowls, and tempura vegetables.

Mai's Restaurant

Serving up bowls of pho and its piquant garlic beef since the 1970s, Mai’s Restaurant is a Houston institution. Cure a hangover with one of those bowls of broth, or dig into vermicelli bowls for an affordable lunch.

Damian's Cucina Italiana

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A Midtown fixture for more than 30 years, Damian’s serves up Italian American favorites like eggplant parm, veal marsala, and Mama Mandola’s meatballs and spaghetti. Go for the nostalgia, and stay for the stick-to-the-ribs fare paired with plenty of wine.

Damian's Official Facebook Damian’s

Gen Korean BBQ House

This California-based chain is know for its all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, with dishes like short rib, garlic shrimp and pork bulgogi all cooked on the table. The vibe is clubby — neon lights and white leather boots — and there is often a line out the door, so be sure to get there early.

Wooster's Garden

Cocktail enthusiasts will appreciate the inventive drinks and laid-back vibe at this Midtown bar, arguably one of Houston’s best. Tiki cocktails, a lengthy list of boilermaker options beyond the traditional beer-whiskey combo, and highballs made with fresh-squeezed juice provide enough variety to satisfy everyone in the squad’s thirst.

The Community Bar

This dark little bar, set away from the bustle of other sections of Midtown, has a more of a Montrose-y neighborhood feel, with tons of regulars, super-friendly bartenders, and ‘80s dance music on the speakers. In addition to a specialty drink menu, the Gaucho Fries, topped with chorizo, chimichurri, and a fried egg, are a must-order.

Izakaya

This Japanese restaurant, a sibling to Upper Kirby’s Kata Robata, serves up everything from poke bowls to ramen and grilled bacon-wrapped mochi on skewers. Definitely get the bonito-topped Izakaya fries, served with Japanese curry sauce and a poached egg.

13 celsius

A favorite destination for Houston wine enthusiasts, 13 Celsius serves a lengthy list of vermouths, sherries, ports, and more amongst the usual reds, sparkling wines, and whites. Soak up all that wine with salumi or a selection of cheeses served with bread and accoutrements.

Red Dwarf

This hybrid venue offers coffee by day, and turns into a laid-back lounge-y bar in the evenings, complete with live music and DJs. Bites include shakshouka and goat cheese-topped flatbread and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Don’t skip on the draft cocktails, like the Thai Me Down, made with bourbon, nitro Thai tea, and bitters.

Weights + Measures

It’s technically possible to eat three meals a day at this Midtown bakery-restaurant hybrid. Start off the day with pastry and coffee from the bakeshop, then head over to the restaurant for lunch (or dinner) and enjoy pizzas, pastas, and shareable plates like wood-grilled octopus and ribeye meatballs.

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The Gypsy Poet

This artisan pizza restaurant serves up rustic wood-fired pies with super-fresh toppings like fior de latte cheese, basil, cherry tomatoes, and green onions, all in a casual backpacker-style cafe environment.

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