10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

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Southern classics with an upscale twist pair well with wine at Max's
9. Max's Wine Dive
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.

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Corkscrew claims to have one of the best pizzas in town, and they aren't far off.
7. Corkscrew
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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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 Wine Bar

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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