The Heights is an upscale Houston neighborhood with a lot of history and culinary tradition. Texas flavors and hospitality mix with international sophistication to provide unforgettable dining experiences. See for yourself at these top 10 spots.
A refined choice for elegant dinners, Arturo Boada brings intense Spanish flavor to an area in desperate need of it. Fresh seafood, savory sauces and perfect seasonings characterize the menu. The menu is actually relatively simple: several cuts of meats, a handful of seafood plates, a few pizzas and a varied selection of tapas. The tapas are the main reason to visit the establishment, which makes it a great choice for a quick snack and cocktails. Try the beef blue tapas, with blue cheese, or the ceviche tapas for a traditional Spanish treat. The restaurant is intimate and elegant; servers know their dishes and wine list very well.
Urban Eats is a mixed concept that seeks to offer quality local eats for the busy Houstonian who mostly eats out. Their main goal is to attain culinary excellence in even the simplest dishes using sustainably farmed ingredients from farms as close to the city as possible. Their menu is mostly composed of Texas classics like sliders, slow-cooked meats, fried green tomatoes and monkey bread, but each of the dishes has a surprising gourmet twist. The space is equally cool, with industrial-looking exposed ceilings and a modern, functional service area that shares space with their market, where you can buy locally sourced food items to take home and experiment with.
Del Frisco’s is a place of indulgence – whether that means steak, seafood or cocktails. It’s easily accessible in the Galleria for a quick lunch or dinner, and parking is not overly complicated. Service is courteous and professional, and the environment is lavishly beautiful, making this a great restaurant for an impressive date. The steaks are perfectly cooked and paired with classic comfort sides like potatoes au gratin, crab gnocchi or sautéed mushrooms. Flaky salmon and a delicious cheeseburger share space on the lunch menu, while delectable signature cocktails offer a fun twist on your favorite standbys.
The name says it all: it’s southern, and it’s really good. Lovers of authentic Texan delicacies will enjoy this restaurant, which takes pride in its quality food and imaginative cocktails with the motto ‘good food shared, good drinks served, good music played.’ Classics like grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and cornbread are given an upscale twist with fresh ingredients and amazing presentation. You’ll want to return and try everything else on the menu. The pork chops are juicy and delicious, served with cabbage mashed potatoes, and the beef belly burnt ends leave everyone talking about how delicious and crispy they are. The environment is rustic and there is a spacious patio where you can enjoy one of their carefully selected beers.
Hunky Dory is relatively new addition to the dining scene in The Heights, but it’s one to watch. Excellent service, a whimsical ambience and downright adorable food offerings mix to create an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant is hospitable and generous; rabbit-shaped cookies accompany the bill to your table. Come on your birthday and you get chocolate mice to celebrate with. Dishes are traditional British fare like hog cavatelli, snapper tartare and onion black pudding, and their wine list is abundant and varied.
Love Indian food? If you’re ever in Houston, make sure to stop by Kiran’s. This restaurant is the brainchild of Kiran Verma, an exemplary self-taught chef with an inspiring career. She is, after all, considered the creator of fine Indian dining. This restaurant is sophisticated, decadent but also friendly and approachable – a wonderful representation of its inspirations and passion. It’s passion you can feel in every mouthful of their pani poori, tandoori and tikka masala. Try the mouthwatering lamb shank or chicken vindaloo, or go for a lentil soup as a lighter choice. Vegetable, nut and cheese-stuffed bread makes a good choice for group snacks.
Breakfast and loaded hot dogs – that’s mostly what Happy Fatz delivers, and it’s all delicious. This is an unpretentious cafeteria that takes common ingredients and elevates them through sheer creativity, extraordinary presentation and kind service, all at a great price. Don’t worry about leaving hungry, as their hot dogs really deserve the “loaded” moniker. The Clucker is a customer favorite for its crunchy hash browns, juicy bacon, savory onions and fresh egg toppings. You can also choose to build your own dog; you get to choose everything from the bun to the sauce. The space is cozy and the patio area is dog-friendly.
Grotto serves some of the best Italian fare in Houston, cooked with authenticity and dedication to the craft. Pretty much every item on the menu is handmade, and it shows in the flavor and textures. The quality is consistent, which makes this a place with lots of regulars and a favorite for events or private parties. As a appetizer, have the frite di melanzane, breaded eggplant slices served with marinara sauce. The lobster bisque soup is a refreshing indulgence, while the pollo tre pomodore is a wonderful sampling of three different styles of tomatoes on a crispy chicken breast. Finish the meal with a mezzanotte – three layers of rich chocolate cake that will delight your taste buds.
Feel like you’re relaxing on the Mediterranean coast with genuine Greek food and an inviting atmosphere. At Alexander the Great, you’re encouraged to let go and immerse yourself in the flavors, sounds and smells of Greece without having to pack any luggage. Traditional avgolemono soup, perfectly braised lamb chops, asparagus-stuffed chicken and sweet tiramisu are the standouts of this restaurant’s menu. The chicken gyro does not fall far behind, and it makes a wonderful choice for a light and fast lunch. The staff is attentive and generous with food and drink, particularly when serving large groups.
This is the place to satisfy all of your seafood cravings. The fish is delivered daily from local boats, and ingredients are locally gathered to ensure freshness, which makes food quality impeccable. Their applewood-burning grill gives every dish a distinctive taste, too. Ask for their mac and cheese special, which is off the menu and changes upon availability, or get the gumbo with rice; both are great starters. The Dixie fried chicken is stellar – tender, crispy, juicy, and the baked clams will have you ordering another serving. Cocktails are traditional and refreshing, and there’s both space and menu items for group dining.