10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

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Arguably the best sandwich in Houston.
3. 13 Celsius
Two words: Mortadella sandwich. It's a deceptively simple sandwich, but the bright pop of acidic mustard and the little bits of creamy fat in the thinly sliced mortadella add new dimensions to what's arguably a glorified meat, cheese and tomato sandwich. There are, of course, other sandwiches on the menu--and tasty ones at that--but the mortadella sandwich alone puts the menu at 13 Celsius above many other wine bars in town. The bar also has one of the best wine lists in town, and the sommeliers are incredibly knowledgable and helpful, should you have trouble pairing your drink with a sandwich on a pretzel bun.

2. Vinoteca Poscol
If you love wine and Italian food, then Vinoteca Poscol is the place for you. Unlike the portions at most Italian restaurants, which tend to overwhelm with their size, Poscol keeps its servings small, so you can order several and share or fill up on wine instead of far too much farfalle. The restaurant is part of Marco Wiles's empire, meaning you get the same great quality of ingredients as you'd find at Da Marco or Dolce Vita only for a fraction of the price and in a lively but intimate setting. The small Italian dishes are simultaneously innovative and comforting, and the menu is designed for ideal pairings with the available wine.

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That's a classy bacon cheeseburger.
1. Plonk
Plonk is at the top of this list of best wine bar food for one very big, very awesome reason: The burger. The ultimate bacon cheeseburger was invented here at Plonk, and it continues to draw me to the chic but relaxed wine bar time and again. Mild Gruyère cheese is melted straight onto the buttery bun, which is flecked with thin strips of shallots, then the part beef, part pork cheek burger is topped with caramelized onions and bacon and sandwiched between those savory buns. There are, of course, other great things on the menu, like mussels and pizza, both cooked in Plonk's stone oven. But it's the burger that really shines. And lest you think wine and burgers don't really go together, have a chat with one of the bartenders, who will surely set you straight. I daresay that after dining on Plonk's burger with a glass of vino, no mere meat and cheese try will ever satisfy again.


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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9 comments
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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