The Required: Houston

The Required: Houston

A definitive guide to Houston's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

July 27, 2020
The Required: Houston

The Required: Houston

A definitive guide to Houston's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

July 27, 2020

Houston, We've Landed.

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more–no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip—or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Pho Binh by Night

The Story: Houston was one of the first U.S. cities to welcome Vietnamese refugees in the 1970’s after the end of the Vietnam War. It is arguably still the best city in the U.S. in which to experience vibrant Vietnamese culture and cuisine. Phō Binh is the oldest phō restaurant in Houston and has been voted best phō in the country many times over since opening in 1983. Phō Binh by Night, Phō Binh's trendier location in Westheimer, is open until midnight on weekdays and 3 a.m. on the weekends, making it a beloved joint for our Experts to eat and unwind at after a busy night of service in their own restaurants. 

What to Eat: Get whatsoever bowl of phō most speaks to your heart, and don’t forget to add roasted bone marrow for added unctuous goodness.  

What to Drink: Treat yourself to a Vietnamese milk tea or iced coffee. 

The Vibe: A tidy, unpretentious and inexpensive house of phō. 

When To Go: Any night of the week but Monday. This is the perfect spot to go after a long night at work, drinking with friends, or a late arrival into Houston.

Pho Binh
Spot
Alief, Houston
$, Vietnamese, Noodles
5 Recommendations

Kata Robata

The Story: Expert/Chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi is a 3x James Beard Award nominee for good reason. His restaurant, Kata Robata, comes highly recommended by our Experts for having some of the best sushi in town. The menu consists of a variety of sushi and sashimi selections complemented with hot dishes, grilled meats cooked on the restaurant's namesake Robata

What to Eat: The ultimate Kata Robata experience: make a reservation for Omakase, get cozy and enjoy a beautiful combo of daily specials and Kata Robata classics. 

What to Drink: All of their craft beers and cocktails are delicious, but we’re big fans of the Shishito Mojito, in part because it is super fun to say.  

The Vibe: An upscale sushi restaurant with warm wood accents, table and bar seating. 

When To Go: They’re open for lunch and dinner daily, with Happy Hour specials on the weekdays from 5-6:30 and from 12-5pm on Sundays.

Kata Robata
Spot
Southwest Houston, Houston
$$$, Happy Hour, Sushi, Japanese, Reservations, Full Bar, Noodles
5 Recommendations

Nobu

The Story: The internationally famous and prolific Japanese restaurant chain by chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened their Houston location in 2018. Their highly stylized Nikkei cuisine offers hot and cold dishes, fresh sushi and sashimi selections. 

What to Eat: Splurge on Omakase style dining or simply go with your heart’s desire, at Nobu if something on the menu sounds good, you can bet that it is good. Our Experts give high marks to the Lobster and Shiitake Mushroom Salad as well as the contemporary classic Broiled Black Cod with Miso. 

What to Drink: Their Green Tea Old Fashioned with Maker’s Mark, Green Tea Simple Syrup, and Green Tea Angostura Bitters has us ready to hop on the next flight to Houston. They also have a huge variety of Sake, imported and domestic beer and wines. 

The Vibe: With more 10,000 square feet of stunning indoor-outdoor space, including an outdoor covered terrace, dynamic bar and lounge, and exquisite special event space, Nobu Houston is the right spot for business dinners, dates, and friendly gatherings. 

When To Go: Hit up their Tanoshi Hour deals from 5-7 p.m. in the bar/lounge area, or make reservations for a more formal affair.

Nobu
Spot
Uptown, Houston
$$, Sushi, Japanese, Peruvian
4 Recommendations
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