The Most Underrated Restaurant in Houston Is...
2. Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
Photo by Troy Fields The eggplant involtini at Giacomo's is one of the best things on the menu.
I'm not sure that I'd call Giacomo's underrated, but perhaps it is under-hyped. I don't know anyone who thinks Giacomo's isn't wonderful, and rightly so. The pasta is made fresh every day, and the small plates are ideal for mixing and matching and sharing with a friend. The owner, Lynette Hawkins, spent some time during her childhood in Italy, and she brought her favorite recipes back here to Houston for our eating pleasure. Commenter LaurenK wrote, "My vote is for Giacamo's Cibo et Vino. Fantastic small plates, great homemade pastas, and all for an astonishingly reasonable price. They also have a decent wine selection and a pleasant outdoor area. I swear their pasta is better than what I've had at Da Marco, and most entrees are under $15."
Photo from VoicePlaces Authentic Middle Eastern food in an exotic setting? What's the downside indeed?
Commenter cukatero pretty much wrote this summary for me: "Aladdin on Westheimer near Uchi is the most under-appreciated restaurant in Houston. Let me count the ways: its a BYOB located by Valero that sells beer/wine. You feast like a king on a budget that Aladdin AND his pet monkey Abu could totes afford. The fluffy pita bread. The plate-sized free pita chips. The eclectic randos that assemble happily. Easy parking, by Montrose standards. What's the downside? Now I'm hungry." I'll add to that one of the best and most diverse mezze platters in town, wonderful smoky baba ghanouj and exotic décor that will transport you to the Middle East while you feast in the middle of Montrose.