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Even Your Belly is Bigger in Texas: Discover Houston’s Tastiest Grub

As Houston grows, so does its excellent dining scene, thanks to restaurants like Underbelly. (Photo: Courtesy of Underbelly’s)

In a city where over 80 languages are spoken, it should come as no surprise that Houston has one of the most diverse culinary scenes in the United States, fusing cuisines from around the world. The city’s restaurants cater to every type of diner. Loosen your belt as you discover some of Houston’s most beloved dining experiences.

The Ultimate Brunch

Hugo's
Start the day off with a bang thanks to brunch at Hugo’s. (Photo: Eric Sauseda)

Weekends are special at Hugo’s, an authentic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. On Saturdays, diners can select a dish from Hugo’s a la carte brunch menu, like the over-the-top Huevos Rancheros made with crisp corn tortillas topped with refried beans, grilled hanger steak, fried eggs, salsa de tomate, herbs and cotija cheese.

On Sundays, indulge in a huge brunch buffet with regional Mexican dishes, desserts and creative cocktails like the Arma Letal, which combines prosecco, Gran Centenario Blanco, St Germaine, lemon, and guava simple syrup. Sunday’s brunch also features music by the house band, Viento.

Houston’s Pride

Underbelly
You know you want to eat at the most “dynamic culinary destination in the country. (Photo: Courtesy of Underbelly)

Chef Chris Shepard sees Houston as “the most secretive and dynamic culinary destination in the country.” His restaurant, Underbelly, features food that tells the story of Houston’s culinary history with a variety of small and large plates. There are no appetizers or entrees here, just get a few plates to share and enjoy. Recently, Shepard was awarded the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, winning the title of Best Chef in the Southwest, and is Houston’s first chef to achieve this.

Give Kolaches a Try

Locally owned donut shop Christy’s Donuts features donuts, breakfast sandwiches and a unique specialty – kolaches. Originating as a semi-sweet wedding dessert in Central Europe, kolaches at Christy’s include savory favorites like cheese, jalapeno and sausage nestled within sweet dough. The great thing about Christy’s Donuts is they stay open until 7 p.m. on weeknights and 3 p.m. on the weekends.

A Top Spot for Sushi

Kata Robata
You’ll find incredible sushi in land-locked Houston. (Photo: Courtesy of Kata Robata)

Kata Robata’s incredibly talented Executive Chef, Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi, honed his craft by studying at the famed Tsuji Culinary Institute and under famed sushi masters in Japan. The sushi menu at Kata Robata is a blend of traditional and modern tastes, making this restaurant one of Houston’s best spots for sushi.

Chocolate-Lover’s Paradise

At The Chocolate Bar, visitors can truly indulge their sweet tooth with everything chocolate. From traditional gourmet chocolates to dipped cookies and even treats for dogs, this chocolate haven can’t be missed. Buy some to bring back to your hotel, or as a souvenir — perfect to munch on with a glass of wine.