The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hidden Treasures

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Scallops and grits at our No. 1 pick.
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.

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Watch the sun set from Bohemeo's pleasant patio.
5. Bohemeo's

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.

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Walk in to Cafe TH and you're immediately welcomed.
4. Cafe TH

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.



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ec
ec

No thanks on the rubber scallops.

Mern721
Mern721

Oh damn, now the cat's out of the bag about TH.... hope it doesn't get too crowded!

WineLush
WineLush

I am so sorry those scallops & grits are covered in nasty burned butter. That's not brown butter by any stretch of the imagination. Ruin the scallops if you must must, but abusing grits like that is uncalled for.

Bodl
Bodl

The Plonk patio looked great, but it looks like a smokers haven based on the number of ashtrays in the photo. I'd love to see a Top 5 list of Houston's best smoke-free patios. Anyone have suggestions?

Culinary_Curmudgeon
Culinary_Curmudgeon

I thought I was the only one who enjoyed Trevisio; for the area it's exceptional, and truly upscale.

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

Legit list. I hit up Plonk for the guanciale burger, and Bohemeo's for my fish tacos, espresso, and feral cat fix.

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Those scallops would make even Gordon Ramsey proud. Damn they look good.TA

Frank Dragna
Frank Dragna

Big fan of Jonathan's. Jonathan and Jessica(his daughter) really take care of their guests and the food is excellent. BYOB nature of the place is a huge bonus. Live just across the freeway and go there often. Burger is to die for.

Mma
Mma

SJR Fusion Bistro in West Houston is divine. A little pricy until you see the portion size. This hard to find restaurant is weel worth the trip

William Philpot
William Philpot

Drive past Jonathan's every day for a year, and have yet to make it there. Need to correct that.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I haven't had trouble with smokers the times that I've gone, for what it's worth.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Very interesting! I will make sure to visit it soon. Thanks for the tip.  :)

Laurie
Laurie

Yes I believe I actually read about that here. Something about someone sending their steak back for being the wrong temp. I have eaten there and the food is good. I dont mind a little crazy in my chefs.

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