10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston
9. Max's Wine Dive
Photo from VoicePlaces Southern classics with an upscale twist pair well with wine at Max's
In spite of the name, I consider Max's Wine Dive more of a restaurant than a wine bar, but perhaps that's because I'm such a fan of its brunch. The local chain is known for its comfort food like southern fried chicken, grilled cheese with tomato soup and shrimp and grits. At brunch, I like the eggs benedict drizzled with rich hollandaise sauce or the "Max 'n' Cheese," decadent pasta with provolone, Gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses. Because the menu is so diverse, you might want to ask a server or bartender which wine to pair with things like wings or shrimp and grits. Or you could just go big with a glass of bubbly. That pairs with everything, right?
8. Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant
Salads are vastly undervalued as accompaniments to wine, but not at Sonoma, where drinkers/diners can choose from four interesting, unique salads, as well as a whole host of other fairly healthy small plates and vegetarian friendly pizzas. They say wine is good for your heart, so why not eat clean and green to keep that body going strong (even at the bar)? That's always my goal, at least, until I glance at Sonoma's seasonally changing dessert menu. Crème brûlée and Belgian waffles with ice cream aren't as heart-healthy as red wine, but sometimes you've got to throw caution to the wind and eat (and drink) up.
Photo courtesy Corkscrew Corkscrew claims to have one of the best pizzas in town, and they aren't far off.
Not only does Corkscrew have a famously delicious steak night, but the regular menu is pretty great, too. The 12-inch thin crust pizzas are crisp and unique, with toppings like prosciutto, cranberries and gorgonzola or sundried tomatoes and spicy Italian sausage. If a pizza doesn't sound quite hearty enough to soak up all the wine you've consumed, Corkscrew has recently debuted lamb chops with mint pesto and couscous.
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