HOU Love
Downtown
Angel Share

Just a feel-good kind of bar. Buy a drink, and know it goes to a good cause.  This bar has donated more than $1.3 million to local charities, and it's still going strong. 

924 Congress
Houston, TX 77002

angelsharehtx.com 

Angel Share
Huynh

Huynh is one of the most delicious spots on the East side of downtown. It’s a small, casual restaurant that produces some of the best Vietnamese food out there. Friendly service, good technique, bold flavors. Try the grilled short rib and the goi vit. 

912 Saint Emanuel Street
Houston, TX 77003

HuynhRestaurantHouston.com 

Huynh
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold is just one of our really cool breweries doing really cool things. Take a tour of any one of our local breweries, and get some knowledge. (a.k.a. beer)

2000 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020

Saintarnold.com 

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Montrose/Midtown
Aladdin

Houston’s version of a meat and three. It’s walking distance from our restaurants, so it’s a staff favorite for a quick, delicious, affordable lunch.

912 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

AladdinsHouston.com 

Aladdin
Anvil Bar and Refuge

Where it all began. Sit at the bar and talk to your bartender. Learn something. Little known fact: Underbelly was conceived on a bev nap at Anvil.

1424 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

AnvilHouston.com 

Anvil Bar and Refuge
Blacksmith

David Buehrer changed the coffee culture in Houston. He was the first to go out to restaurants and explain why coffee is so important. You will find me at Blacksmith several times a day.

1018 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

BlacksmithHouston.com 

Blacksmith
Bludorn

To see Aaron and his team come into their own right when they came to the city was really exciting. He broke in and really made a statement. ‘I’m gonna be here. I’m gonna be a part of it. I’m gonna be a part of the community.’

807 Taft
Houston, TX 77019

BludornRestaurant.com  

Bludorn
Brennan's of Houston

This is classic Houston. Opened in 1967, this is where I learned about family in the restaurant business. I worked nine years there. It’s the place that started to shape me, where I started to learn creative freedom.

3300 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77006

BrennansHouston.com 

Brennan's of Houston
Cali Sandwich

What all other sandwich shops strive to be—perfect. They’ve been rocking banh mi sandwiches since the ‘80s. Order the cha gio (Vietnamese egg rolls), and don’t forget to add a fried egg to your banh mi.

2900 Travis
Houston, TX 77006 

Cali Sandwich
Hugo's

It’s inspiring to see someone tell their own amazing story through their food—where they’re from, who they are. Hugo is a good man. And I love to eat his food. 

1600 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

HugosRestaurant.net 

Hugo's
milk + sugar creamery

This is my favorite ice cream shop in the city. It's so good that I risk my lactose intolerance every time I go. - Chef Nick

1848 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

milkandsugarcreamery.com

milk + sugar creamery
Pho Saigon

The OG pho spot in Houston with locations across the city, but the one in Midtown is my favorite. The Tran family is always willing to share stories with me and help me with ideas along the way.

2808 Milam Street, Suite D
Houston, TX 77006

PhoSaigonNoodleHouse.com

Pho Saigon
Poison Girl

Small, slightly hidden spot right in the center of Montrose that has arguably the best bourbon selection in the city. 

1641 Westheimer Rd B
Houston, TX 77006 

Poison Girl
Rosie Cannonball

Our neighbors across the street have become part of the family. Check out their killer wine list and delicious pizzas. Make sure to visit Montrose Cheese & Wine next door. 

1620 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

RosieCannonball.com 

Rosie Cannonball
Heights
Coltivare

One of the best restaurants in Houston.  Small, quaint, precise.  Ryan Pera is a great chef and dear friend.  I call him “The Oracle.” Try the chicken wings. Arguably the best cacio e pepe ever.

3320 White Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77007

AgricoleHospitality.com 

Coltivare
Gatlin's BBQ

Fantastic ribs and an even better family. Mama makes the sides—they’re the best around.

3510 Ella Boulevard
Houston, TX 77018

GatlinsBBQ.com 

Gatlin's BBQ
Houston Farmers Market

This is one of the first places I visited when I moved to Houston. It's been a market since 1942, and it's iconic to this city. Visit R-C Ranch Butcher Shop and all the vendors. 

2520 Airline Drive
Houston, TX 77009

Thehoustonfarmersmarket.com 

Houston Farmers Market
Julep

Alba Huerta is one of the smartest spirits people I know. Her drinks are great, the space is gorgeous, and the back bar is plentiful. Order the Bottled in Bond. 

1919 Washington
Houston, TX 77007

Julephouston.com 

Julep
The Galleria/Upper Kirby
burger-chan

burger-chan is a counter-service gourmet burger concept led by husband and wife duo, Diane and Willet Feng, that draws inspiration from Asian flavors. A focus on good ingredients, hard work and not taking shortcuts.

5353 W Alabama Street, STE 110
Houston, TX 77056

burgerchanhtx.com

burger-chan
Hamilton Shirts

The Hamilton family has been making custom shirts in Houston since 1883. Nothing feels better than a Hamilton Shirt—the fit, the experience, the service. Ask for David.

5700 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057

HamiltonShirts.com 

Hamilton Shirts
Kata Robata

A guiding light for Japanese cuisine. Chef Manabu (Hori) Horiuchi shows honor and integrity when handling his fish.  Just sit at the counter and dine omakase, and you’ll understand.

3600 Kirby Drive, Suite H
Houston, TX 77098

KataRobata.com 

Kata Robata
Longpoint Road
El Hidalguense

You have to go during the weekend to see it in all its glory.  Spit-roasted goat and live music. Don’t expect Tex-Mex. It’s the real deal.

6917 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

El Hidalguense
Feges BBQ

Patrick and Erin met and fell in love at Underbelly. Now they run Feges BBQ, and they're killing it at the BBQ game! Ask Erin for a wine recommendation. 

8217 Long Point Road
Houston TX 77055

FegesBBQ.com 

Feges BBQ
H Mart

One of the nicest grocery stores I’ve ever visited.  It has the best food court around.

1302 Blalock
Houston, TX 77055

HMart.com 

H Mart
Kong Ju

Makers of Korean rice specialties and Houston’s best kimchi.  These are the guys that make the rice sticks for our goat and dumplings.

10082 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

Kong Ju
Korea Garden

One of the best places for a mix of traditional dishes and barbecue. The staff is always so helpful and will walk you through your experience.

9501 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

KoreaGardenHouston.com

Korea Garden
Vieng Thai

The place that started it all for me.  They told me “no” when I ordered the Yum Nhean, which made me want to explore my city and learn more about other cultures and cuisines.

6929 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

ViengThai.com

Vieng Thai
Southwest Houston
Al Aseel

They serve arguably one of the best baba ghanoush that I’ve tasted, along with their fire-roasted breads. The standout dishes: anything grilled over live fire. 

8619 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77063

Al Aseel
Crawfish and Noodles

A true measure of what Houston is all about—cultures blending. Take a Southern crawfish boil and blend it with Vietnamese flavor.  Add stir-fried blue crabs and braised turkey necks, and you have one hell of a meal.

11360 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77072

CrawfishAndNoodles.com 

Crawfish and Noodles
Hai Cang

This is my favorite restaurant for live seafood and delicious treats. Don’t miss the tamarind Dungeness crab, shrimp and scrambled eggs and the spicy green beans. 

11768 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

HaiCangRestaurant.net

Hai Cang
HK Dim Dum

Best dim sum around. Don’t expect traditional cart service.  All dishes are made to order.  My favorites? Pork spare ribs and shrimp dumplings.

9889 Bellaire Boulevard #110
Houston, TX 77072

HKDimSumCity.com 

HK Dim Dum
London Sizzler

My Indian family.  This restaurant is one of my favorite places to eat, and the masala bhindi might be my favorite dish in the city.

6690 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074

LondonSizzler.com

London Sizzler
Mala Sichuan

Amazing young couple doing amazing things by staying true to their style of cuisine. Try the red oil dumplings or the mapo tofu and cool off with the cucumber sticks. I'm also stoked that they chose to open their second location in Montrose at 1201 Westheimer.

9348 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036

MalaSichuan.com 

Mala Sichuan
Pho Binh by Night

Best broth around. There are a few locations around Houston, but this one is open late. Ask for the bone marrow on the side.

12148 Bellaire Blvd #101
Houston, TX 77072

PhoBinh.com/By-Night

Pho Binh by Night
Saigon Pagolac

One of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in the city.  Go for an interactive, family-style experience. Order the Seven Courses of Beef.

9600 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036

SaigonPagolac.com 

Saigon Pagolac
Outliers
44 Farms

Know your rancher—these are the words that the folks at 44 Farms live by. We get the majority of our beef for all of our restaurants here. We have a personal relationship, and I know they’re raising their cows right. 

963 PR 44
Cameron, Texas 76520

44Farms.com

44 Farms
Atkinson Farms

The largest supplier of our local produce. Always at our local markets and have a stand at their farm. Check them out.

3217 Spring Cypress Road
Spring, Texas 77388

AtkinsonFarm.com

Atkinson Farms
Blue Heron Farm

Find them at the farmers market or take a tour of their farm. They make amazing goat cheese, but don’t miss the feta.

BlueHeronTexas.com

Blue Heron Farm
Goodthyme Farm

As a cook, Jack Jones wanted to do more for our industry, so he started learning about farming. Watching him grow into who he is today—farmer at Good Thyme Farm—has made me so proud. You can find his produce at our restaurants and all Goodnight Hospitality restaurants. 

Belville, TX 

Goodthyme Farm
R-C Ranch

Incredible Texas Wagyu and even better people. Ryan, Blake and their families take such care of their cows, and you can taste it in the product. Visit them at their butcher shop at the Houston Farmers Market

129 North Front Street
Angleton, Texas 77515

r-cranch.com

R-C Ranch
Near and Dear
Antonio Gianola

One of the smartest wine guys I know.  He can be found waltzing the aisles at Houston Wine Merchant. Go see him.  Now.

Antonio Gianola
Jim Gossen

One of the most influential people for Gulf seafood. A true believer of all things Southern.  

Jim Gossen
Kellie Karavias

It’s not often that you meet people who are destined to make change. She’s teaching the next generation of cooks in her Cultivated Classroom. She’s teaching inner-city kids about fresh vegetables and knife skills and to think big. She’s making the world a better place. 

Kellie Karavias
Liz Fenton

I don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t met Liz. She taught me Korean food. She took the time to teach me. Liz didn’t just change my life—she changed a lot of people’s lives. The world is a better place because she was in it for a while. I miss you. 

Liz Fenton
Mark Holley

My mentor and teacher. He taught me seasonality and how it reflects on a changing menu. He made me understand customer relations, and he made me be a presence in the dining room. He's doing great things over at Davis Street

Mark Holley
Randy Evans

My brother. My longtime best friend. We learned together and have grown together. He moved to San Antonio to run the restaurants at HEB, and I miss him. 

Randy Evans
Robert Del Grande

Robert del Grande is an icon in this city. He was one of the first to break out into regional cuisine.  He actually started the Southwestern cuisine movement. He's such an inspiration to me. 

Robert Del Grande
Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan

Seth and Terrence are smart, amazing chefs. They have a brilliant perspective on food that’s different from anyone else in the city.

Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan