Top 10 Restaurants in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest
3. Little Bitty Burger Barn
Photo by Batli Joselevitz Little Bitty Burger Barn's burgers are anything but little bitty.
The name doesn't lie -- the place itself truly is little bitty, but the burgers aren't. Little Bitty Burger Barn is known for big, juicy, two-handed burgers and for its wings. Both the burgers and wings can be made with the scalding hot, housemade Nitro sauce, which will singe the hairs right off your chest (and once left me in tears for 30 minutes after eating only one wing). The wings are truly best here when tossed in the house-made here Buffalo sauce and cooled off with a thick chocolate malt. As an added bonus, if you're drinking a pint at Crazy J's across the street -- also owned by Little Bitty Burger Barn -- you can order food from LBBB and have it delivered to you for no extra cost.
2. Petrol Station
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Beef stew at Petrol Station is made with Left Hand Milk Stout.
Houston's first full-scale craft beer bar is still its most respected, if a little worn around the edges from years of cask-tappings and vertical tastings. And though it's greatly expanded from its initial days as a beer bar tucked into a converted neighborhood gas station, Petrol is still as friendly and cozy as ever -- even though the backyard and the menu have both grown. Under chef and partner Darren Greenwood, that menu is better than ever and includes new favorites like a grilled Gouda and crab sandwich and beef stew cooked with Left Hand Milk Stout.
1. Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro
Photo by Troy Fields Try one of the best burgers in town at Plonk.
Despite the departure of chef Erin Smith a few months ago, Plonk has remained at the top of our list for several reasons: Owner Scott Miller's tremendous wine list, its status as the unofficial clubhouse of Garden Oaks / Oak Forest and continually good food. A patio that beckons in hot or cold weather draws neighborhood residents every night of the week, while the quirky interior boasts two private dining rooms and a wine locker out of every oenophile's dreams. And oh, that food: pizzas straight out of its 3,600-pound stone oven, Cataplana mussels with freshly baked foccacia bread and one of the best burgers in the city.
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