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. 

Goode Company Seafood

The Story: The family-owned and operated, Goode Company Seafood, has been serving up seafood for more than three decades. The Goode family originally started with BBQ and eventually branched out to Cajun and Creole inspired seafood dishes. Levi Goode, the son of founder Jim Goode, has recently become the new head of this Houston institution. 

What to Eat: Our Experts swear by the Campechana Extra: Shrimp and Crab with Pico De Gallo, Fire-Roasted Anaheim Chiles, Avocado and Tortilla Chips. When in season, the Crawfish Tamales are a must, as is the Seafood Gumbo, and the Whole Stuffed Flounder with Creole Cream Sauce served on a bed of Fried Onion Strings.  

What to Drink: Try a Mexican Martini– Tequila Blanco, Dry Curacao, Lime and Olive Brine. Or the Luckenbach Mule– Vodka, Ancho Reyes, Watermelon, Ginger, Lime & Soda. They also feature a great selection of wine and microbrews. 

The Vibe: Located in a converted Amtrak Dining Car that’s attached to their wholesale business, with retro 1950’s diner stools and a flecked granite bar, Goode Company Seafood does “upscale cozy” properly.

When To Go: They’re open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner, with daily Happy Hour specials like $7 cocktails and small plates, like Redfish Beignets and Mesquite Grilled Oysters ranging from $7-$14.

Fu Fu Café

The Story: Fu Fu Café, not to be mistaken with Fu Fu restaurant, is a small, bare-bones Chinese eatery known for their soup dumplings. Located in a giant shopping center on Bellaire, Fu Fu is one of Chinatown’s finest places for authentic Szechuan cooking.

What to Eat: The Soup Dumplings, Pan Fried Pork Buns, Clams with Spicy Basil Sauce, and Orange Peel Beef all get high marks from our experts. This place gets high marks across the boards, so go for a mix of your tried and true go-tos as well as new-to-you dishes. 

What to Drink: Chinese and domestic beer and wine. 

The Vibe: A no-frills Chinese restaurant whose gorgeously prepared and presented food more than makes up for the lack of décor. 

When To Go: They’re open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. making this the proper spot to go after a late arrival into Houston, or a night on the town with friends.

Fu Fu Cafe
Spot
Chinatown, Houston
$$, Chinese, Asian
3 Recommendations

Asia Market

The Story: Asia Market has been around since the 1980s serving Thai, Laos and Cambodian communities with imported food products, fresh local vegetables and authentic Thai food. Run by a mother and daughter team, this half-market, half-café is a beloved Houston institution. What to Eat: The Spicy Beef with Mint, Green Curry with Eggplant, and Lump Crab Fried Rice all get high marks from our Experts. 

What to Drink: Asian and domestic beer and wine. 

The Vibe: A friendly, family-run, casual restaurant serving authentic Thai food with plenty of love.  

When To Go: Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with daily lunch specials and combos, and a Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. with drink and appetizer specials, you’ve got to squeeze a visit to Asia Market into your Houston itinerary.

Asia Market
Spot
Northside, Houston
$, Thai
3 Recommendations
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