Photo by Mai Pham The bar at Uchi. Seats are reserved for walk-ins.
In this month's issue of GQ Magazine, chef and restauranteur David Chang offers a take on why he thinks the best seat in the house is at the bar. "When I'm eating at the bar of an amazing restaurant--like, say, Del Posto, Mario Batali's super-luxurious Italian mecca--I'm usually free from a commitment to a multi-course meal, and I never have to make a reservation," he says.
In Houston, there are plenty of excellent bar dining options, both for the solo diner and for anyone who just loves eating at the bar. Here are our top picks. Care to share yours?
5. Mockingbird Bistro. About five years ago, chef/owner John Sheely remodeled his bar area, expanding the seating area so that there are now a cool 18 seats. In addition to a great happy hour, the bar is also a huge lure for solo diners and couples looking for a low-key, casual meal of Sheely's signature Texas-meets-Provencal cuisine.