Houston has been garnering its fair share of (well-deserved) attention in recent years as an essential destination for people who love to eat. And it’s no wonder why, what with a growing and globally inspired culinary landscape that’s as diverse in its offerings as the people who call the Bayou City home. These days, the city is hailed as much for its garlicky, buttery Viet-Cajun crawfish as it is for its tender, perfectly smoked Texas barbecue beef brisket and fresh seafood from the Gulf. And with several award-winning chefs at the helm of some of Houston’s most popular kitchens, you know you’re going to be in good hands.
While there are just too many excellent restaurants and too many delectable dishes to put every single one on this list, we’ve compiled a cross-section of picks we think showcase the city’s myriad cultures. Here are 15 noteworthy dishes you must try in Houston.