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Houston is Home to Culinary Heavy Hitters


For a city whose cuisine was until recently known mostly for its steakhouses and Tex-Mex restaurants, Houston has in recent years become one of the top food scenes in the US. With the strong growth of the Houston economy and large influx of new residents from across the country and the world, the local restaurant industry has been booming. From the affordable to the truly upscale, and from pizza to pho (and everything in between), a large number of new, highly-acclaimed restaurants have opened their kitchens during the past few years.

While Pappas Bros. Steakhouse has been recognized at the national level for many years and the famed Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is credited with inventing fajitas back in 1973, the Houston restaurant scene has been infused with lots of fresh blood, so to speak. Dozens of great, new restaurants have opened up during the past few years. The Pass & Provisions and Oxheart, both new arrivals to the Houston dining scene in the past couple of years, have claimed top spots in the Houston Chronicle Top 100 Restaurants Ranking. Along with the likes of Underbelly and Pax Americana, these restaurateurs have shown their ambition to reimagine New American and make Houston a true food destination. Combining great ingredients, many of which are locally sourced, with creativity and skill, the chefs at these restaurants have been turning out mouth-watering dishes and pairing them with well-curated wine, beer, and cocktail menus.

While most people associate Texas BBQ with Austin and East Texas, some talented pitmasters have put Houston on the map of BBQ aficionados. New additions like Killen’s Barbecue and Gatlin’s BBQ are seeing long lines form on a regular basis for a taste of their savory smoked meats, sausages, and more.

Houston’s greatest restaurants span the gamut of world cuisines. With its inventive twist on sushi and fusion dishes, Uchi has become the city’s standard-bearer of upscale Asian cuisine. Coltivare serves up savory wood-fired pizza and other Italian-influenced dishes. Caracol provides upscale Mexican coastal cuisine. Pho Binh, a local favorite that has been serving Vietnamese pho since 1983 at bargain rates, recently opened a location on White Oak Drive in the Heights. You get the point—the list of great options goes on and on.

We previously wrote about Houston Restaurant Weeks and the great things it is doing to help feed the city’s disadvantaged—this year it set another record by raising $1.9 million for the Houston Food Bank. It also gives Houstonians an affordable way to enjoy dining at many of the city’s best restaurants.

Houston’s blossoming food scene is but one of many aspects that make the Bayou City so vibrant. Kozi Corporate Housing is proud to offer beautiful furnished apartments at incredible properties with modern furnishings throughout the Greater Houston area. You’re bound to be within short walking or driving distance of not only great restaurants, but also shopping, nightlife, and entertainment. If you’re coming to town for a short visit or even for several months, we provide a home-away-from-home experience that simply can’t be beat! Contact us today to learn more and make your reservation.

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