Best 5 Spots for Bar Dining in Houston

Categories: Top Five

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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.

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Try These Five Awesomely Outrageous Mac & Cheeses in Houston

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We can't get enough of this miso lobster mac'.
Every sound minded individual loves mac' and cheese. Hell, even Easy Mac could make do in a pinch. But we say if you're going to eat a bowl of cheese, fat and carbs, you may as well go all in.

Here are 5 Outrageously Delicious Mac' & Cheeses To Try In Houston:

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Five Awesome Houston Treats to Bring to a Holiday Party

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Chocolatier and owner Annie Rupani makes some of the most beautiful chocolates.
Whether you want to gift the host a special treat or bring holiday eats for the party to share, here are 5 Awesomely Delicious Local Treats to Bring to Your Next Holiday celebration:

Exotic Artisan Chocolates
Where to get them: Cocao & Cardamom, 5000 Westheimer

These luxury artisan chocolates will make any party goer swoon. Get them in unexpected flavors like Szechuan peppercorn, coco curry, and five spice praline. Less daring chocolate lovers will go nuts for the flavors like smores -- made with housemade roasted marshmallow, milk chocolate ganache and graham cracker crumbs; or Nutella banana. Boxes starting at $20.

Gourmet Holiday Scones
Where to get them: Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, 3701 Travis

At $6 per order, chef Monica Pope's scone dough is available in flavors such as sour cherry pecan, gruyere chive, and lavender fig. Each ball of dough yields 10-15 small scones that will make the perfect bite-sized appetizers. And hey, people may even think you made them yourself. Order at least four days in advance from now through the end of the month.


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The 5 Best Happy Hours in The Woodlands

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Enjoy stellar drinks and bar bites at some of The Woodlands' finest.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving on to the bar and restaurant-packed 'hood of The Woodlands.

Honorable Mention: Craft brews at The Refuge Bar & Bistro and Italian bites and wine at Pallotta's Italian Grille (which is located just east of I-45).

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Try These 5 Awesomely Delicious Kimchi-Packed Eats in Houston

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Find the Ladybird Food Truck for a hot dog like no other.
Had enough turkey and stuffing to last you a lifetime? Us too. That's why we're sharing five insanely delicious Asian-fusion dishes stacked with of our favorite hot and sour Korean condiment, kimchi.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

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We don't know what's nicer. Cottonwood's bar or the giant outdoor patio.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving we're moving just outside the loop to the neighborhoods of Garden Oaks and Oak Forest.

Note: For purposes of this post, Garden Oaks / Oak Forest is defined as north of Loop 610, east of Highway 290, south of Tidwell and west of Shepherd.

Honorable Mention: Free wine tastings at Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro (follow them on Facebook for updates).

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Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes in Houston

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Beer and lobster never tasted so good.
Lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters...these shellfish are all delicious when simply prepared. But sometimes you just want to soak them in beer-butter or coat them in an ultra-thick spiced batter and deep fry them whole until they are crunchy-as-all-hell. And that, our friends, is what we're looking at today. Check out these five outrageously delicious shellfish eats:

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Try These Five Monster Breakfast Dishes
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Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Pizzas
Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Fries
Try These 5 Chili-Smothered Dishes
Try These 5 Awesomely Outrageous Burgers in Houston

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in River Oaks

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Photo by Mai Pham
These sweet, spicy, and ethereally light chicken wings are just $6 during Américas' social hour.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving on to the chic 'hood of River Oaks.

Note: For the purposes of this post, River Oaks is defined as south of Buffalo Bayou, west of Dunlavy, east of Willowick and north of Westheimer. This intertwines with Montrose and Kirby, so be sure to check out those lists at the end of this piece and look out for our upcoming list covering the bars/restaurants near Highland Village.


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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Rice Village

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Photo by Mai Pham
Step inside for a happy hour with Southern charm.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving to the bar and restaurant packed 'hood of Rice Village.

Honorable Mention: Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill for cheap apps, rolls, and beers.

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The Five Best Underrated Kolaches in Houston (According to You)

Categories: Top Five

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The results are in: Houston loves kolaches.
Despite the fact that the rest of the country probably has no idea what one is, this latest poll proved that Houstonians surely do know (and love) their kolaches. Thanks all for the awesome input!

After plenty of chatter and a few Internet fights in the commentary, we actually learned quite a bit. For instance, kolache is actually plural for kolach, meaning the word kolaches really makes no sense and most of us Texans have been writing and saying it wrong for just about forever. Thanks, joshwebster! Also, there were some super fun arguments about how "real" kolache are sweet pastries filled with fruit, cream cheese and poppy seeds, while the savory meat-filled variety is really a klobasnek. Feel free to chime in on whether any of that matters or not, but we're moving on to the good stuff -- the results from our narrowed down poll!

Our top spot garnered an astounding 63 percent of the votes, with nearly 700 of y'all passionately proclaiming your love. It's that kind of enthusiasm that makes us want to eat a bunch of kolaches - no wait, kolache -- right about now.

Czech out who won it along with the 4 other worthy contenders, as voted by you:


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