Houston, Texas, is one of the best cities to visit if you’re a food lover, especially in the downtown area. Just about every cuisine is available, ranging from the much-loved smoked brisket and pulled pork to authentic Mexican food and savory Asian fare. Here are some of the best restaurants in downtown Houston to kick-start your foodie adventure in a city ignited with one-of-a-kind flavors.
If you’re craving some delicious pasta, then make sure to drop by Potente. Located at 1515 Texas Ave., Potente is well known for serving delicious and luxurious Italian fare. The restaurant uses local ingredients and offers a wide array of specialties. Aside from staple pastas and risottos, explore the spaghetti al tartufo nero, a black pepper pasta topped with shaved truffles. The polipetti arrostiti also is an excellent choice — black squid ink pasta with charred octopus.
You can’t visit Houston without going on the hunt for a top-notch steak. In downtown Houston, that means Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse needs to be on your list. You’ll find this gem just a couple blocks away from Potente, and this much-loved mainstay offers all kinds of steakhouse goodness, seafood, and more. This world-class restaurant’s menu serves prime beef cuts such as porterhouses, rib-eyes, and dry-aged strip steak, accompanied with an impressive 1,000-plus wine list for the perfect pairing (or ask a server to recommend one for you).
Located in the historic Lancaster Hotel, Cultivated F+B has withstood the test of time thanks mouthwatering dishes. The restaurant recently revamped both its interiors and menu to offer exquisite dining in an elevated atmosphere with all the right classic and luxurious vibes. You’ll find whimsical takes on several classics and Southern favorites, including a four-flavor deviled egg collection and lobster Wellington. This place also is a hit among the brunch crowd, especially because of their bananas Foster waffle in the shape of the state of Texas.
When you’re traveling with a large group of friends or family, agreeing on what or where to eat can be a big challenge. However, swing by POST Market to find fantastic food options that will appease everyone. 401 Franklin St. is where you’ll find Houston’s newest live music and entertainment venue that features a massive food hall with local to international fare. From comforting Thai to spicy Cajun to a full bar, grab your crew and have a blast exploring this foodie playground.