Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Houston
Separated by just two blocks, these two independently owned lunchtime favorites on Main Street are proof that downtown's office workers will emerge from the tunnels onto the streets if the food is good enough. The Burger Guys took its successful gourmet burger concept from far West Houston and transplanted it into a much larger space, with duck fat French fries and Vietnamese iced coffee-flavored milkshakes intact. Bombay Pizza offers intriguing and inexpensive Italian-Indian fusion at lunch and dinner, as well as delivery to downtown offices and high-rises.
6. Vic & Anthony's
Get gussied up and take on the town at Vic & Anthony's.
Downtown's premier steakhouse is all glitz, all glam, all the time -- even during its popular Burger Fridays, when chef Carlos Hernandez pulls out all the stops to create hits like the Bone Marrow and Bacon Burger topped with bone marrow custard, smoked Gouda, pickled shallots, Thai chili and (of course) bacon. By night, the glittering dining rooms offer some of the city's best steaks and service while the murky piano bar is full of "dark corners for doing dark deeds."
5. Hubcap Grill
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Hubcap's helpful Hangover Burger.
Ask any burger fan to list his five favorite burgers in Houston, and Hubcap Grill will inevitably fall somewhere on that list. Owner Ricky Craig is famous for his fusion burgers (Philly cheesesteaks and muffalettas are just two sandwiches he's transformed into fantastic burgers), his colorful personality and the long lines at the tiny, cash-only joint he runs with the help of his family. Hubcap's downtown location is only open at lunch; head to the Heights if you want Craig's burgers (and some ice cold beer) for dinner.
Photo by Stephanie Meza Irma Galvan at her namesake restaurant.
This enormously popular Tex-Mex spot on the edge of downtown keeps accreting like some whimsical urban coral reef. Take in the irrepressible Irma Galvan's folksy decor, politically wired clientele and enormously comforting Mexican mom-food: landmark cheese enchiladas, real mole, chiles rellenos, pork ribs in home-style tomatillo sauce. Don't sweat the lack of menus, and instead sip some of Irma's lemonade while you wait. Although it used to be lunch-only, Irma's now serves dinner on Thursdays through Saturdays.