The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hidden Treasures
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.
Photo by Troy Fields Scallops and grits at our No. 1 pick.
Photo by Dawn Simmons Watch the sun set from Bohemeo's pleasant patio.
A live music venue-cum-artist's compound that also serves great fish tacos and does pour-overs of Ethiopian coffees is the last thing you'd expect to find in the crumbling Tlaquepaque Market in the East End. But that only further enhances the sense that you've found something truly special and unique at this brightly hued restaurant. In the summers, the patio is the perfect spot to watch a Texas sunset, especially with a cool mochachino in hand.
4. Cafe TH
Photo by Troy Fields Walk in to Cafe TH and you're immediately welcomed.
Cafe TH is easy to pass on Pease if you're not looking for it -- especially at night, when the strip center looks like a prison block on lockdown -- but the instant you step inside Minh Nguyen's Vietnamese restaurant, it feels like coming home. Nguyen remembers every face, name and order at Cafe TH, and even names dishes after his more memorable customers. Go on a Thursday or Friday night (the only nights Cafe TH is open) for a three-course prix-fixe meal and a Vietnamese speakeasy experience that's further enhanced by the BYOB policy.