Fine Dining in Houston

By Rob Bruce

RestaurantHouston should not be defined by BBQ joints on every block and bars with fried foods and bucking bronco machines at every corner.  These places are great when you’re in the mood, but quiet corners in  a classy décor surroundings with chefs that prepare award winning cuisine are easy to find in Houston.

Las Alamedas offers the authentic Mexican cuisine seen in finer restaurants in Acapulco or Mexico City.  Their food and bar menus have been sampled and  positively reviewed in many periodicals including Texas Good Eats, Houston Chronicle, Houston Post and Travel Host. When you walk into this restaurant you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a 19th century hacienda.  Besides a delicious roster of dishes on their regular menu, enjoy their Champagne Grilled Cuban sandwich Brunch every Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Café Piquet fills their menu with delicately spiced Cuban cuisine.  You will savor these authentic dishes as you delight in the tropical music that surrounds you.  Try some of their plantains or empanadas. But, be forewarned if you choose to order one of their Cuban sandwiches, don’t get the Super Cuban unless you are extremely hungry.

Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine in a romantic setting.  The wine list has an abundant selection and the valet service is quick and attentive.  You are liable to see Carmelo, or should I say hear Carmelo.  He speaks five languages including Spanish and Italian.  The Sicilian master chef also has a restaurant in Austin.  His specialty, Caribbean Lobster filled Ravioli, must be tried.  But, first start out your meal with his Crab Cakes Carmelo.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room does not only believe in quality cuisine made from fresh, fresh ingredients, but it prides itself on having the best service in town.  The ambiance is romantic, yet comfortable.  They even have private rooms for business meetings, weddings or any special occasion.

The Palm is a Houston tradition that offers out of this world USDA prime steaks and jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster.  What more could a person ask for?  If you aren’t tempted by the steak and lobster, but don’t know what to order, try one of their Italian specialties like Tuscan Broiled Split Chicken.   Although this is a very classy restaurant, it is also lively.  So come and have fun but don’t expect a quiet, romantic evening.

SushiArtista Restaurant offers inspired contemporary American food in a modern and elegant atmosphere with glass walls with views of Tranquility Park and the Houston downtown skyline.  Sit at the onyx wrap-around bar for a cocktail before dining and then make a choice to be seated in the outdoor terrace.  Order your entrée, sauce and side dishes separately or allow the rely on the chef to prepare you an extraordinary combination.

Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar-Rice Village has their fresh sushi and sashimi are flown in daily.  They also offer a fireside grill with choices of beef, chicken, shrimp, calamari or scallops.  Don’t know what to order?  Try the Hot Rock Beef, prepared right on a hot rock.  Between the dim lighting and paper lanterns there is a romantic atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on dessert with green tea ice cream and Banana Tempura.

Chez Nous exudes French romance as you walk in the door.  Winner of the best wine list 2006, it is second only to their cuisine.  In fact, Chez Nous has won many awards, among them are “America’s Top Restaurants” list 1994 to present, Gourmet Magazine’s “America’s Top Tables,” Wine Spectators, “Award of Excellence” and many more.  The rustic refurbished church it’s house in adds to its French countryside ambiance.  Although a few of the appetizers and entrees change every day, the menu is balanced with the constant choices of chateaubriand, foie gras, vichyssoise and escargot.

Indika fills their menu with modernized Indian cuisine.  It is recognized as the top restaurant in the America by Gourmet Magazine and as one of the Top 5 Destination Restaurants in Houston by Zagat’s.  Indika’s offers an exquisite Sunday brunch.  If you love the food and want to learn how to prepare it yourself, cooking classes are offered every fourth Sunday of the month.  Meanwhile, enjoy live music every Saturday night which adds to the already warm and inviting ambiance.

Sorrento Ristorante may be the best of everything you could want in a Houston restaurant.  They have great food, great service and great atmosphere.  This restaurant also offers a deluxe Sunday brunch.  This elegant and romantic restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.  Start your meal with the Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffed Mushrooms and had the Fresh Marine Lobster Bisque for your second course.  Choose Pan Seared Wild Salmon with Scampi Risotto for your entrée.  But, save room for dessert with a chocolate cannelloni.
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Julia’s Bistro prepares their foods with rich tangy spices and the freshest of ingredients.  The menu encompasses dishes from Latin America including South America, Central America, Mexico, and Spanish Mediterranean.  OMB, you have to try the Shrimp Quesadilla filled with grilled shrimp, gruyere cheese, roasted peppers, scallions and pumpkin seeds in a “homemade” fluffy tortilla.  It’s so original yet you wonder why someone else didn’t come up with this perfect combination.

Chabuca’s Steak and Rotisserie was named after the mother of two brothers, Charles and William White.  The boys loved the combination of their Peruvian mother and Texas grown father.  You can expect the finest black angus steaks and rotisserie, grilled over an open flame, in all of Houston when you visit this restaurant.  Their Sunday buffet is not to be missed with fluffy biscuits and creamy southern grits for a start.  They also feature fluffy omelets, Mexican hash browns with chorizo and jalapeños, quesadillas plus all the regular brunch fair.

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About the Author:

Rob Bruce Rob works out of the Dallas office for HotelsCheap. He has worked in the travel industry for 17 years, and has written articles for several travel publications. Rob is married with 5 kids. In his spare time he enjoys soccer, tennis and hiking. His favorite travel destination is Papua New Guinea. You can follow Rob on Google Plus +Rob Bruce.

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