For those who enjoy Italian delicacies, Giacomo's Cibo e Vino is a must-visit offbeat culinary destination in Houston. This quirky, neighborhood eatery doles out an array of scrumptious Italian small plates. Here one can choose from myriad hot and cold antipasti or even mix and match to devour a sublime meal. The restaurant takes pride in its use of the best local and imported ingredients, which add to the authentic flavor of the meals. When visiting, do ask the courteous staff for wine pairings to go with your meal.
Tucked away amongst the many historic buildings of Westminster Street and surrounded by the intriguing stories of those who shaped the city, The Hay Merchant proudly proclaims itself a purveyor of some of the finest beers around. Catering to beer connoisseurs and adventurous explorers alike, the bar serves up an impressive variety of carefully-curated beers. Each beer is treated with respect and is served exactly as it is meant to be, allowing its unique characteristics and flavors to shine through. Paired with delicious eats like Mango Habanero BBQ Pork Buns, Miso Glazed Salmon, Chicken Pot Pie and House Made Wagyu Beef Jerky, a meal at the Hay Merchant is sure to be one that will satiate your appetite and entice your tongue. In case you find yourself unable to decide, don't hesitate to ask the friendly staff for suggestions and advice.
Though specializing in oyster delicacies, Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette has a wide menu of Gulf Coast seafood, Texan beef and more to satisfy almost any palate. From thee Hawaiian poke to shared plates, grilled delights, specialties and burgers, their dishes are beautifully presented and are packed with flavour. Don't miss their happy hours as they are considered to be among the best in town. Private events like parties or formal dinners can also be hosted at the restaurant, while catering to outdoor events also remains available.
For all those who appreciate the authentic taste of an Italian Pizza, this place is just for you. Located in Upper Kirby, this quaint little pizzeria has a casual and laid-back ambiance, which is perfect for a relaxed meal with friends or family. Pizzeria Solario prides itself on serving pizza, that tastes like, its just arrived from Naples. Juicy vegetables, fresh dough, and supreme quality of cheeses are used in all their preparations. Quatro Formagi, Pizze Bianche Filetti and Alla Benno are some of their pizzas, which are absolutely loved by all their patrons. A decent list of wines and other beverages are also available to accompany the pizzas of your choice.
If you are in downtown Houston, and feel like relaxing over some tapas and beer, then Batanga is the place to go. Located in close proximity to the Market Square Park, this cool and casual restaurant serves up some fantastic cocktails and bites, in a laid-back ambiance. With a huge patio of 3600 square feet (334.45 square meter), Batanga seems to attract many hungry tourists and locals. With happy hours being available on drinks, this place remains choc-a-bloc during evenings. Grilled Panela Cheese, Duck Confit Arepas, Cuban Mojo Chicken Skewers and Grilled Hangar Steak remain to be popular dishes among most of their customers. A good range of cocktails accompany the delicious food, while Thai Me Up, One Beat Samba and Patio Cooler remain to be the crowd-pleasers.
J-Bar-M Barbecue is a popular neighborhood jaunt that attracts huge crowds every weekend. Tap your feet to catchy beats or dance the night away at the outdoor patio where live events are often hosted. You can even host an event here since the patio can accommodate up to 350 people at a particular point in time. Treat your palate to authentic Texan fare whilst you dig into a plate of turkey, pork spareribs or Texan style brisket. The barbeque delights are reasonable too and do not put much weight on your pocket.
A "fooding house" by definition, Oporto Midtown offers more than just good food and drinks. The rustic design and warm, welcoming vibes of the restaurant make it perfect for a casual and enjoyable dinning experience with your friend and family. Specialists in Portuguese cuisine, you can expect an authentic, traditional meal, that showcases the rich culinary culture of the European nation. Choose from the varying, delectable helpings of pesticos, burgers and sandwiches and prepare to be blown away as you dig into it. Complete your meal with Portuguese desserts.
Weights + Measures is a restaurant, bakery and bar that was conceptualized by four locals from different fields of expertise coming together to set up a unique eatery. The interiors are spacious and have a simplistic decor that is reminiscent of the former warehouse. Freshly baked dishes are made every morning that form a part of the breakfast menu. Lunch consists of vegetable specialties, wood-fired meats and pizzas and the bar is in operation throughout the evening, serving a range of craft beers, cocktails and spirits. With a friendly staff and comforting decor, the place is ideal for enjoying a stress-free evening with conversations and a great food experience.
The downtown-adjacent location, robust cuisine and unobtrusive service have made Damian's Cucina Italiana extremely popular with the business class and Italian food lovers. Start with a zesty Caesar salad prepared table side before moving on to the mushroom lasagna with tomato cream sauce. The menu includes an impressive wine list that is perfect when you want to treat yourself or someone special to a fabulous meal. The sumptuous fare is well worth the money paid.