10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston
Photo by Jeff Balke A little taste of Spain right inside Houston.
The Spanish had the right idea when they decided to pair tapas with wine, and Oporto brings that continental concept to Houston with its short but sweet menu of lunchtime small bites or petiscos, as well as its longer dinner tapas list. The portions are larger than the average Spanish serving, and the prices are very reasonable, so it's easy to order three or four dishes to share with friends. The wine, however, you'll want to keep to yourself. It's too good to share.
5. The Tasting Room
Photo courtesy Crú Substantial dishes and light bites abound at Crú.
The local chain from the same folks who brought us Max's Wine Dive has the same relaxed atmosphere as Max's, but with slightly more upscale Mediterranean and Italian food choices. The kitchen closes earlier than the bar, so order plenty of hummus, tuna tartare and pizzas while you still can, then munch on it throughout the evening. The chefs at the various Tasting Rooms around town introduce new specials daily, and though the wine list might not be the best in town, the reasonably priced and delicious food more than makes up for it.
Crú offers diners the most substantial dishes of any wine bar in town. I challenge you to sit there and drink without being tempted by the smells of fondue, seared scallops or filet mignon wafting over from nearby tables. There are a number of smaller dishes for sharing, and Thursdays through Saturdays, the kitchen is rolling out these tasty treats until the bar/restaurant closes at midnight. Pair the goat cheese beignet with a dry Riesling or sip a Syrah with some lamb lollipops.
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