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The first time I visited Houston, I was blown away by the broad selection and quality of the Vietnamese and Mexican cuisine. Combine this with its BBQ scene and you have one of the most fascinating dining destinations in the country. And now, chefs like Justin Yu of Oxheart are pushing Houstonian cuisine even further with vegetable-driven menus, showcasing the produce of Texas. With Negra Modelo as my guide, here are five incredible restaurants that offer dishes that pair exceptionally well with Negra.

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RDG + Bar Annie

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Robert Del Grande, one of the fathers of Southwest cuisine, serves contemporary Mexican fare at his Houston restaurant. Have a Negra Modelo with the Mexican grilled chicken, the smokiness from the fire accompanying the subtle caramel malts in the lager.

Oxheart Restaurant

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In a state known for its barbecue, Chef Justin Yu puts vegetables front and center at Oxheart. For an unexpected pairing, be sure to try the smoked carrots with a Negra Modelo.

Pier Eight Seafood Restaurant

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At this seaside oasis 30 minutes from Houston’s center, pick a fish, choose how you want it cooked, and grab a bench by the Gulf of Mexico. A Negra Modelo was essential with the fried fish.

Hoàng My

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This is the best bo tai chanh in Houston. Stop by for ultra-thin slices of rare beef lightly cured in lime covered in ngo om, a Vietnamese herb with notes of cumin and lemon. Try the bo tai chanh with a Negra Modelo, and see how the fermented pineapple sauce brings out the caramel notes in the beer.

Blacksmith

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The best specialty coffee in Houston also serves an excellent steak and eggs. You can start your day with great food and coffee in a friendly place — and on Sunday morning, accompany the steak and eggs with a Negra Modelo.

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RDG + Bar Annie

Robert Del Grande, one of the fathers of Southwest cuisine, serves contemporary Mexican fare at his Houston restaurant. Have a Negra Modelo with the Mexican grilled chicken, the smokiness from the fire accompanying the subtle caramel malts in the lager.

Oxheart Restaurant

In a state known for its barbecue, Chef Justin Yu puts vegetables front and center at Oxheart. For an unexpected pairing, be sure to try the smoked carrots with a Negra Modelo.

Pier Eight Seafood Restaurant

At this seaside oasis 30 minutes from Houston’s center, pick a fish, choose how you want it cooked, and grab a bench by the Gulf of Mexico. A Negra Modelo was essential with the fried fish.

Hoàng My

This is the best bo tai chanh in Houston. Stop by for ultra-thin slices of rare beef lightly cured in lime covered in ngo om, a Vietnamese herb with notes of cumin and lemon. Try the bo tai chanh with a Negra Modelo, and see how the fermented pineapple sauce brings out the caramel notes in the beer.

Blacksmith

The best specialty coffee in Houston also serves an excellent steak and eggs. You can start your day with great food and coffee in a friendly place — and on Sunday morning, accompany the steak and eggs with a Negra Modelo.

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