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

Photo: Debora Smail


“The story of Houston food”—the motto of this restaurant—is apt. Having explored the kitchens of both fine-dining temples and hole-in-the-wall gems, chef Chris Shepherd shares his knowledge of the city in dishes like Korean rice dumplings, each a fiery missile burrowed in a pile of pulled goat, and the daily bycatch special, which on one recent trip was a fillet of mako shark with bone marrow vinaigrette and kabocha squash purée.
1100 Westheimer Rd.; UnderbellyHouston.com