Houston Holiday Dining 2017
The holidays are the perfect time to try new restaurants and spend time exploring new dining options with your family and friends. Houston has a vibrant dining scene and it’s always fun to try great new restaurants. We have selected a few restaurants that are sure to please.
2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77008
Imagine a 100-year-old log cabin restaurant on an acre of ground right in the middle of Houston. For over 30 years Rainbow Lodge has been treating food lovers to succulent wild game and Regional Gulf seafood in a cozy, lodge setting filled with refined touches. Crisp linens and warm upholstery compliment the antique hunting and fishing collectibles that highlight owner, Donnette Hansen’s passion for fly fishing, the outdoors, delicious food and fantastic wines.
Only minutes from downtown Houston and the Galleria, Rainbow Lodge features dynamic views, 3 fireplaces, a citrus grove, kitchen garden, creek views, decks and patios, a casual fun bar and 4 private dining rooms. Visit for lunch, dinner or brunch!
Brennan’s of Houston
3300 Smith St., Houston, TX 77006
Brennan’s of Houston opened as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander Palace in New Orleans and has created Texas Creole Cuisine served with exceptional southern hospitality since 1967. Chef Danny Trace changes out the menu seasonally and incorporate fresh local ingredients. They feature traditional guest favorites along with contemporary choices including, turtle soup, shrimp Chippewa, redfish Pontchartrain, pecan crusted fish, mint julep grilled Colorado lamb chops off their wood-burning grill and Brennan’s jumbo lump crabcakes, just to name a few. The trip to Brennan’s isn’t complete until you have the Bananas Foster made table-side for dessert. If the weather is nice over the holidays, go early and enjoy their Courtyard Bar that will also remind you of the French Quarter. Also on their website, there is a cool virtual tour of the restaurant. Insider Tip: If you’re going to the theater district for a performance this holiday season, Brennan’s provides a shuttle service, call for reservations.
3613 E. Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581
You can’t have friends and family visit Houston and not take them for barbecue at some point. So take them to arguably the best BBQ place in town. The first thing you need to know is that they open at 11 am and close when they sell out for the day, there is usually a line, but they serve beer to people waiting in line. They smoke their meats with Oak, Hickory Mesquite, and Pecan. You can buy the meats by the pound, on sandwiches or a meat plate and they include brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, turkey, homemade pork and beef sausage, pulled pork and bone-in pork belly. Enjoy experimenting with their three sauces that are in plastic bottles on every table. Everyone knows the meat is something extraordinary at Killen’s, but their sides are pretty special too including; pinto beans, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, mac ‘n cheese and the “not to be missed” creamed corn. As hard as it is, you should leave room for dessert. Their banana pudding, bread pudding, pecan pie, cobbler, buttermilk pie and carrot cake are delectable. You can eat inside or outside on picnic tables in a beautiful pavilion. Which is incredible on a beautiful Texas day!
3755 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77046
The esteemed Tony’s is a clear choice for this list, especially with the James Beard nominated chef Grant Gordon leading the charge there’s balance in every dish. With a tasting menu that changes often this is not the Tony’s of yesteryear. Some highlights on the menu include the Bistecca, the prime rib New York strip with rhubarb, bresaola and aged balsamic. Or the Cappelletti, the mussel-stuffed pasta, saffron shellfish veloute and crispy chicken skin. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is just what you’d want when it comes to lighting and every other detail.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
5839 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77057 or 1200 McKinney Street, Houston, TX
We are in Texas, so steaks are certainly a favorite, and one of the top classic steakhouses in Houston is Pappas Bros. Steakhouse with locations in downtown and in the Galleria. In addition to using corn-fed beef and only USDA Prime graded cuts, they have their own butchers and dry age their beef in-house for a minimum of 28 days. This helps ensure that every steak that hits the plate in Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is perfect. If you like filet mignon, ribeye, New York strip or porterhouse, you will not be disappointed. If steak isn’t your favorite, they also feature veal, lamb, and seafood. Their vegetables include potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, onion rings and creamed spinach. If you enjoy wine, this restaurant won’t disappoint. They have some of the top sommeliers in the city, and they are happy to help with your wine selection. This will be hard, but save room so you can try one of their absolutely decadent desserts. This family-run restaurant prides itself on outstanding service and providing guests an unparalleled dining experience.