Top 12 Houston restaurants of 2018

By Tanji Patton

Listed in alphabetical order:

 Avondale Food & Wine
240 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
‘Tis the season for butternut squash and you can’t go wrong with a dish of their handmade roasted butternut squash ravioli.

Eunice
3737 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77098
832-491-1717
This new Cajun-Creole spot is creating quite the buzz around town. What to try — the blue crab tartine with avocado, ravigote, and petite herbs is a winner! 

Feges BBQ
3 Greenway Plaza Suite C-210, Houston, TX 77046
832-409-6118
BBQ is truly a labor of love but this husband-and-wife operation have nailed down some winning recipes for their perfectly prepared meats and creative sides. 

Fig & Olive
5115 Westheimer Rd Suite C-2500, Houston, TX 77056
832-632-6632
Fig & Olive offers a bountiful menu centered around olive oils and ingredients carefully selected to showcase the cuisine of the French Riviera. Make sure to put this one on your list! 

Kulture
701 Avenida De Las Americas A, Houston, TX 77010
713-357-9697
Don’t leave without trying the “Fried Poussin” in the seafood cream sauce served with a crawfish popover and celery zucchini. 

Mona Fresh Food Italian
19355 Katy Fwy #500, Houston, TX 77094
832-321-4830
Transport yourself to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy where you can find Piadina stands around every corner. What to try — a Piadina of course!  

Nobu
5115 Westheimer Rd suite c-3515, Houston, TX 77056
832-987-2599
Looking for something light? Go for the Baby Spinach Salad laced with succulent sweet shrimp and dotted with dried miso. 

Phat Eatery
23119 Colonial Pkwy b2, Katy, TX 77449
832-913-6382
Scratch-made Malaysian street food can be found at this Katy hot spot. Try the charcoal-grilled beef or chicken satay — it’s the perfect meal to sit down with or to take on the go. Warning: the peanut sauce is highly addicting, eat with caution!  

Poitín Bar & Kitchen
2313 Edwards St Ste 100, Houston, TX 77007
713-470-6686
Four words: Crispy Fried Duck Legs. You can’t leave without trying their Crispy Fried Duck Legs drizzled with a pomegranate-molasses-ginger glaze, served with chili potatoes and a watercress/radish salad. 

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite H130, Katy, TX 77494
281-394-7156
Chef Mike Lim’s menu can be rather adventurous with menu items like flame-seared foie gras to savory bone marrow with pineapple soy, chives and tempura flakes. Whatever you decide eat, make sure to add a Tuna Poke Roll to your order — it’s the perfect sharable. 

TRIS
24 Waterway Ave Suite #125, The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-203-5641
Chef Austin Simmons’ Shrimp Tom Yum Soup is a beautifully balanced aromatic infusion of flavors, ingredients, and textures meshing together in harmony, all in a single bowl.   

UB Preserv
1609 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
346-406-5923
The NYC Style Snack Plate — This perfect plate is filled with smoked fish dip, creamed onions, hash brown, smoked trout and zesty firecrackers.