This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape.
Photo courtesy Goro & Gun Revel in the phatness of that hock, baby.
When Goro & Gun first opened, it was advertised as a ramen restaurant, and as Houston didn't have a dedicated ramen spot at the time, it was a pretty big deal. Until ramen purists got their first bowl and realized that, while the ramen ain't bad, it also ain't really ramen. Since then, many people have come to the same realization about Goro & Gun that I have: It's not a ramen restaurant.
Part of the reason I've come to love Goro & Gun in spite of its initial mislabeling is one big piece of meat--the Phat Ass Ham Hock to be more precise. It's a $14 hunk of ham with char siu crunchiness on the outside and tender, juicy meat on the inside. Chef JD Woodward gives the hock a bath in a big pot to create the ramen broth, then flash-fries the meat for an unparalleled texture.More »