The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

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Wheelchair Jimmy says, "You fancy, huh?" If so, then you'll probably want to check out this list of fancy places.
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.

10. The Coronado Club

The days of oil company executives spending a grand on lunch are over. Thanks to big auto execs taking private jets to big-bank bailout meetings and the whole Enron fiasco, downtown offices are spending more time in the tunnels than at places like The Coronado. To step inside this place is like stepping onto the set of Mad Men. Started in '56, The Coronado Club is still serving bacon-wrapped filet mignons and Cobb salads. If the dress code doesn't keep you out, then not being a member will. But if you're an invited guest for, say, a Christmas party, then bask in the extravagant dining room and its elegant fireplaces. You'll be reminded that there was a day when the boss could take you out to lunch, drink three martinis and drop a bill just for a tip with -- that's right -- an expense account.

9. Up Restaurant

Although Up owner Haidar Barbouti claims to "fight back against trendy food," there are still plenty of "trendy" dishes to be found at this Highland Village aerie. Perched two stories above Westheimer, Up provides some of the most stunning 360-degree views in town as well as trendier dishes such as a snapper carpaccio in yuzu with a fennel and dill salad or a short rib pizza made with 00 flour and topped with arugula, fontina and Roquefort. The biggest bucks come into play with its USDA Prime steaks, however, which hover near the priciest end of the menu.

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Photo by Troy Fields
8. Brasserie 19

A playground for Houston's rich and famous, Brasserie 19 nevertheless has the food to match the crowds and the hype, turning out classic French and Belgian staples like steak frites and cassoulet and serving an impressive list of beers and wines to match. The sleek bar is the place to be if you're young and single, while the restaurant's main floor is a gathering point for socialites and food-lovers alike. The egalitarian patio is the most pleasant spot to dine, however, with far less noise and a pretty view of the brightly lit River Oaks Theatre marquee across West Gray.

Location Info

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The Coronado Club

919 Milam St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Up Restaurant

3995 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Da Marco

1520 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant

12848 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Up Restaurant

3995 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Tony's Restaurant

3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


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9 comments
John_coctoastin
John_coctoastin

how many on the list go belly up by next year???  cursed!!!

Wuwu
Wuwu

I'm too lazy and too negative to read this write up, canned stuff, but did you mention Masraff's....if not, please resign your position and I dead serious.....

just saying
just saying

All I have to say is the picture takes the cake.

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

I think pretty much any of the big steakhouses should be tied for #1.

$90 for Fransican Cab?  Sure man, expense that shit.

sbterry
sbterry

Oh, Katherine.  So disappointed that you had V&A as #1.  Yes, you did need an expense account to dine there typically, but a chain?  Really?  And a Ferttita one at that? 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I know, I know. But the food is just exceptional. And the executive chef, Carlos Rodriguez, heads up a really talented team that's about more than just Landry's this and Landry's that. And (maybe because it's a chain?) the service is always impeccable, which is something that so often lacks these days.

Corey
Corey

 Fertitta brings touristy crap, and brings down fine restaurants with mediocre crap. I wish he'd just fall off the earth, and stop his onslaught of taking over and ruining once good and respectable restaurants. I don't care how nice his facade is, he is ghetto.

Woodlands Mama
Woodlands Mama

V&A is a concept thoroughly researched and built ground up by Tilman. He and his team put in a tremendous amount of time to bring a world class steakhouse to downtown Houston. There is nothing "touristy" about V&A; so obviously this person has never been there. The waitstaff, management, and Chef are held to high standards in order to show Houston what a memorable, pleasing dining experience should be for a customer. Landry's has various concepts for different customers and they all work towards appeasing customers of different demographics. ...AND why is Houston Press SO DISGUSTED by Landry's??? It's a local company who's employees have built into a Worldwide brand. The restaurants are always busy, so obviously customers in Houston AND elsewhere aren't complaining as much as HP.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Sounds like Corey has had some bad experiences at V&A. Just kidding, we all know he's never been there.

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