With the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards less than a week away, the time has come to examine the nominees for Restaurant of the Year. As selected by our panel of local restaurant industry experts, these nine nominees are leading Houston’s culinary scene.
They’re a diverse lot, covering everything from a tiny restaurant that shares a building with a gas station to a fine dining staple featured on this week’s episode of Top Chef. Serving delicious food that’s consistently well-executed is one requirement for consideration, but it goes beyond that. Warm, hospitable service and thoughtful beverage programs are components,