Devouring Houston

Devouring Houston

Houston CityBook – Winter 2018

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Every H-Town foodie knows that the Westheimer Curve in Montrose has risen to national notoriety for its superstar chefs, cool coffeeshops, bustling bakeries and trendy bar-next-door vibe. But the edible enclave is by no means the city’s only district vying for gastronomic greatness. As new and reimagined restaurants and nightspots tantalize tastebuds and tempt tipplers all over town, here’s your neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to the best of Houston dining now. 

The signature Potente Gold cocktail, with whiskey, Cointreau, Kahlua and orange bitters

The signature Potente Gold cocktail, with whiskey, Cointreau, Kahlua and orange bitters


The hoopla may be dying down at Minute Maid Park after the Astros’ historic World Series win, but things are just getting started at team owner Jim Crane’s dual-concept restaurants helmed by localebrity chef Danny Trace across the street. At Potente (1515 Texas Ave.), plates like the handmade pappardelle pasta with roasted wild boar come with the option of tableside truffle service, and baguettes and pastries are made in house by pastry chef David Berg. A supremely sexy cocktail lounge serves as a festive gathering area with a happy hour to boot. Next door, Osso & Kristalla boasts a less formal approach to Italian cuisine with its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus featuring wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches and shared plates in a sceney but casual indoor and outdoor setting.