Where to eat and drink in Houston

Frequent readers of the Fifth Ring blog are accustomed to reading our views on marketing communications and life here at Fifth Ring. But, with clients and friends descending upon Houston in the next week for the Offshore Technology Conference, the Houston team wanted to provide its recommendations for the best places in Houston to get a bite to eat or enjoy a nice libation or two.

Below, you will find our recommendations on several great Houston locations and the best things to eat and drink there. If you happen to go to one of fantastic establishments, let us know about your experience by posting a comment to this blog.

Bars

CRU – A Wine Bar

2800 Kirby Drive

Houston, TX 77098

(713) 528-9463

FR Recommends: You can’t go wrong choosing from any of their 12 nightly wine flights and noshing on pear and gorgonzola pizza or lamb lollipops.

Okra Charity Saloon

924 Congress Street

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 237-8828

FR Recommends: Drinking in moderation always makes you feel good but Okra gives you another reason. For each drink purchased, guests receive one vote  they may cast that night for one of four local charities. The charity with the most votes at the end of the month receives the next month's proceeds. Since opening in January of 2013, Okra has donated more than $260,000 to local charities. Try the Pimm’s Cup for a bit of sophistication or a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon to drink like a dad from the 1960s.

Anvil Bar and Refuge

1424 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX 77006

(713) 523-1622

FR Recommends: Recalling the elegant simplicity of a past era when cocktails were fashioned with pride and bartending was a respected profession, Anvil is a bar of a bygone era, including making their own bitters, sodas, infusions and liqueurs. If you happen into this historic establishment do yourself a favor and try a French 75 or a Cuba Libre.

The State Bar & Lounge

909 Texas Street

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 229-8888

FR Recommends: Located at the historic Rice Lofts in Downtown Houston, The State Bar’s balcony is a great place to sit and watch time go by. Serving old-school drinks, you won’t go wrong with a Perfect Manhattan but we recommend you take a chance on the Vanilla Manhattan or the Gold Rush.

The Richmond Arms Pub

5920 Richmond Avenue

Houston, TX 77057

(713) 784-7722

FR Recommends: If you are looking to catch a football or rugby match, this is the place for you. With more than 70 beers on tap or in bottles, you are sure to find your favorite suds, but we recommend a bottle of Moose Drool or Shiner Bock.

The West End

5320 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX 77056

(713) 590-0616

FR Recommends: With a patio that can accommodate more than 400 people, The West End is one of the most happening spots in The Galleria. We promise you will find a beer to suit your palate, but wait until Wednesday night and go have a shot: Chocolate Cake if you like your shots sweet or Three Wise Men if you want to demonstrate your machismo.

Had too good a time trying our recommendations? Call a cab at 713.236.1111.

Casual Bites

Jenni’s Noodle House (Multiple Locations)

2027 Post Oak Blvd

Houston, TX

(713) 621-4200

FR Recommends: A great place to stop for a quick bite to eat, Jenni’s is full of Vietnamese-inspired fare. Our go-to meal is the Salt & Pepper Shrimp over Jasmine Rice.

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd Drive

Houston, TX 77007

(713) 861-2233

FR Recommends: Serving a small but fantastic menu of pub-style comfort food, BRC is what a neighborhood restaurant should be: casual, friendly and chock-full of local beer and wine selections. The best things to pair with your drink choice? Cheddar Biscuits and Bacon Jam, the Burger Bowl, or the Dixie Fried Chicken Platter.

Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Avenue

Houston, TX 77006

(713) 527-4440

FR Recommends: Designed to be an upscale gathering place for those seeking fun and games while having a cool drink, the Pork Rillette and the Clubhouse Burger are not to be missed should you choose to spend a Spring evening just west of Downtown Houston at this up-and-coming establishment.

Haven

2502 Algerian Way

Houston, TX 77098

(713) 581-6101

FR Recommends: From its organic garden to the honey-bee hives outside its backdoor, what Haven doesn’t produce itself is sourced from local farmers, boatmen, ranchers and food artisans. Diners rave about the Shrimp Corn Dogs and Tare Glazed Akaushi Flat Iron Steak, but the real show-stopper is the Chocolate Ice Box Pie.

Breakfast Klub

3711 Travis Street

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 528-8561

FR Recommends: Known the world over for its down-home fare, The Breakfast Klub is a Houston cultural and food institution. Get there early because most days there is a line out the door for the culinary stars of the show: Wings and Waffles, and Katfish and Grits.

Texas Eats

Armadillo Palace

5015 Kirby Drive

Houston, TX 77098

(713) 526-9700

FR Recommends: The giant, shiny, chrome armadillo fronting Kirby Drive just south of US59 has long been a beacon for Houstonians seeking a night out at a genuine honkytonk, but it's the menu full of comfort food which keeps people coming back time and again. The Chicken Fried Steak is legendary and the Smoked Chicken and Cheese Flautas are the perfect accompaniment for your margarita or Lone Star beer.

Gatlin’s BBQ

1221 W 19th Street

Houston, TX 77008

(713) 869-4227

FR Recommends: Looking to experience real, Texas BBQ?  Then venture to The Heights and see what all the fuss is about with a shack of a restaurant quickly making a name for itself in a state full of BBQ legends. The recommendation is simple here: anything smoked.

Torchy’s Tacos (Multiple Locations)

350 W 19th Street

Houston, TX 77008

(713) 595-8229

FR Recommends: An import from Austin, Torchy’s is quickly gaining a loyal following here in Houston. All of the items on the menu are simple, homemade and delicious, but the standouts are the Democrat, the Maine Root Beer and the Salty Dog Brownies.

Upscale Dining

Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 160

Houston, TX 77056

(713) 622-9996

FR Recommends: The newest restaurant on our list, Caracol, has quickly made a name for itself for its Coastal Mexican cuisine. The Empanadas de Saragalla (spicy hashed fish turnovers) and Ceviche de Caracol (conch ceviche) are a great way to start your meal, but the Huachinango Zarandeado (butterflied snapper) is not to be missed.

Tony Mandola’s

1212 Waugh Drive

Houston, TX 77019

(713) 528-3474

FR Recommends: Long considered one of Houston’s best chefs, Tony Mandola continues to excite palates with this culinary tribute to his familial roots. While you could eat here every night for a month--not eat the same thing twice and have great meals each time--the Stuffed Shrimp with crabmeat and mozzarella on angel-hair pasta in a sage butter sauce is a dish you are not likely to forget anytime soon.

Uchi

904 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX 77006

(713) 522-4808

FR Recommends: Uchi has been one of the most fascinating dining experiences in Houston for a couple years now and you will never go wrong letting your server bring you choices from their creative chefs. For the less adventurous, go for the Ham and Egg Roll.

Azuma Sushi & Robata Grill (Multiple Locations)

5600 Kirby Drive

Houston, TX 77005

(713) 432-9649

FR Recommends: While some may remember Azuma as a relic of Houston sushi bars past, they recently hired a new head chef to reinvigorate the menu by staying true to their roots. New additions, such as Live Lobster Sashimi and Wasabi Braised Wagyu Kobe Beef Shortribs, are true showstoppers, but the Crazy Irishman Roll and Hot Rock Beef are on what Azuma built its well-regarded status.

Ed Davis
Ed Davis
General Manager

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