10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

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The Italian hoagie at Camerata is far more filling than artisan cheese and just as delicious.
I'm what one might call a wine bar aficionado. I hit up spots for vino around town a lot. I usually go out around dinner time, though, and I find myself in an unfortunate predicament. I'm buzzed and starving, and the only food on the menu is a dainty $25 artisan meat and cheese platter.

I get that certain meats and cheeses pair well with wine. I get that many people eat before they go out and might just want a snack later in the evening. I understand all this. But sometimes I just want a damn pizza or burger with my glass of Tempranillo.

Fortunately, there are a number of wine bars in town that emphasize not only good grapes but also good, hearty food, for those of us who realize halfway through the evening that all we really want is some freaking pasta.

10. Camerata
It's no secret that Camerata is my home away from home, and while the meat and cheese trays here feature some delightful options, the real draw for dinner here are the leftover sandwiches from Paulie's next door. Leftover has a negative connotation, but don't let that fool you. Before the neighboring restaurant closes, the kitchen prepares pork tenderloin, chicken salad and Italian hoagie sandwiches that Camerata stocks for hungry folks like me. At about $8 a pop, the large sandwiches are inexpensive (less than the average glass of wine), filling and the same high quality diners have come to expect from Paulie's.

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Location Info

Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro

1214 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vinoteca Poscol

1609 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

13 Celsius Wine Bar

3000 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oporto Cafe

3833 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Uptown

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cru

2800 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant

2720 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Camerata at Paulie's

1834 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Corkscrew

1308 W. 20th St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Dang, I want that sandwich now looks delish. Love Paulie's.

Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown

Restaurant weeks is a good time to try these places for someone who can't normally afford it

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@lisaitsyourbday  Yeah, I love the food at Boheme, but I cannot in good conscience recommend the wine.

Estes
Estes

@lisaitsyourbday  

Boheme has specialized in buying close-out wines that are often cooked or dead or dying, so although their food has recently improved, the wines are still crap.

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