Houston's Food Awakening


By Kaitlyn Goalen

The leaders of the restaurant scene have transformed the country's fourth-largest city into a food haven

As the center of booming oil and gas industries, the common perception of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country, has been one of convention centers, steakhouses, and freeways. Recently, its local voice has started to drown out the noise of big business, thanks in large part to the leaders of its restaurant scene. From seafood programs that focus on local bycatch -- fish caught unintentionally in nets -- to a trendy nonprofit saloon, Houston is producing not only some of the most delicious, but also the most thought-provoking meals in the country. Here, a gastronomic hit list.