10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston
3. 13 Celsius
Photo by Houston Press Arguably the best sandwich in Houston.
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.
Photo by Troy Fields That's a classy bacon cheeseburger.
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.
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