PaperCity: Houston’s 10 Best New Restaurants — the Hotspots of the Season

Editor’s note: The Houston restaurant scene is constantly changing, with new hotspots, must-try places and major food events coming along on a daily basis. Even the most dedicated foodie can have trouble keeping up. Don’t worry, PaperCity has you covered.

We may not have much of a fall in Texas, but the seasons are certainly changing — and with it, the Houston restaurant scene. Just look at the last cold snap. It may have caught you off guard, but don’t worry. There are plenty of hot new restaurants in Houston to warm you right up. And the craft cocktails at some of these locales definitely won’t hurt.

This isn’t just a month for daring, soulful newcomers specializing in Italian, tacos and beyond. You’ll also find reimagined icons, barbecue experts branching out and even inspiring new restaurants opening up in the space of shuttered legends.

The Annie Cafe & Bar

Meat master and restaurateur Benjamin Berg has completely reimagined the iconic Cafe Annie. Robert Del Grande’s baby has fully bloomed into an unrecognizable work of art, designed in the vein of New York City, plus some Texas for good measure.

Not convinced? Look no further than the Ralph Lauren Polo-inspired bar.

Looking out over the hustle and bustle of Post Oak Boulevard, the The Annie Cafe & Bar‘s digs are playful and refined, with palm trees, birds of paradise, steel-clad windows and white-washed brick walls.

The food is as eye-opening as the ambience. American-Southwestern food is on full display, from the lobster BLT to bacon-wrapped quail and hearty rabbit pot pie. Don’t forget the jalapeno cheddar grits. Read More.