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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Houston

17 Restaurant at the Sam Houston Hotel

Texas-inspired entrees like venison chop share menu space with upscale comfort food (think macaroni and cheese with truffles) at 17. Located inside the Sam Houston Hotel, the décor is elegant, colorful, and modern.

1117 Prairie St., TX, 832-200-8800, http://www.thesamhoustonhotel.com/dining/*17
Tags: romance | expensive | smart splurge

59 Diner

Forget the diet and go for chicken-fried steak and a root beer float at this authentic 1950s soda fountain – there’s plenty of room to stretch out in the red vinyl booths.

3801 Farnham St., TX, 713-523-2333, www.59diner.com
Tags: family | budget | off the path

Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano

Diners are transported straight to the Mediterranean with Sardinian specialties like clam soup, wood-stove pizzas, and homemade spaghetti sautéed with oysters and white wine.

5000 Westheimer Rd. at Post Oak, TX, 713-621-6888, www.arcodoro.com
Tags: moderate | patio

Barnaby's Café, River Oaks

The original location is in Fairview, but this second version is bigger. Settle in for modern diner-style food like meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and organic chuck burgers. Pets allowed.

1701 S. Shepherd Dr., TX, 713-520-5131, www.barnabyscafes.com
Tags: budget | funky

Café Annie

After turning tamales into fine dining in the 1980s, chef Robert Del Grande upped the ante with seasonal specialties like black bean terrine with goat cheese and wood-grilled ribeye with green chile relleno.

1728 Post Oak Blvd., TX, 713-840-1111, www.cafe-annie.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge

Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurant

With adult-friendly margaritas and enchiladas and kid-friendly munchies like tacos and quesadillas (not to mention the giant sandbox), Lupe Tortilla is the perfect place to kick back after sightseeing.

318 Stafford St, TX, 281-496-7580, www.lupetortilla.com
Tags: family | budget

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