Jan 16 2019
Kristen Evans
3 Minutes to read

Thanks to the rise of a humming food scene, Houston has become a place where food and drink trends start. Here in Houston, Asian fusion and Texas barbecue are just as exciting to discover as new craft beer bars. Good food and drink in Houston’s diverse food scene is everywhere. That’s why we’ve decided to create a list of Houston’s hottest food trends, so you can check off all the boxes on your foodie bucket list. Whether you need a restaurant pick for the weekend or inspiration for a catered work event, our list highlights the tastiest food and drink trends of Houston.

Houston’s Food and Drink Trends

Pho and Asian Fusion

Houston catering and food scene
[Photo: Crawfish & Noodles / Instagram| Houston food scene]

The Houston food scene has plenty of flavorful noodles on offer, and you can impress your clients at one of the city’s many noodle bars. Pho Binh Billaire dishes up some of the best broth in the city, while Houston’s culinary inventiveness is on display at Crawfish & Noodles. Want to make Vietnamese work for the office? Son Nam Catering has got you covered. How about a platter of crispy spring rolls for your next lunch-and-learn meeting? Look no further than Houston’s Nara Thai Catering for buffet-style curry and aromatic pad thai noodles.

Restaurants for the weekender: Pho Binh BillaireCrawfish & Noodles
Houston catering for a work crowd: Son Nam CateringNara Thai Catering

Coffee and Pastries

Houston catering and food scene
[Photo: Morningstar / Instagram| Houston food scene]

Why settle for the same old, same old when you could order stand-out pastries and creamy espresso from an upscale coffee shop like Morningstar or Blacksmith? Houston catering makes morning meetings special, too. Try Fresh Choice Cafe for a full breakfast spread that won’t slow your colleagues down, or Shipley Do-Nuts if you want to reward staff for a job well done.

Restaurants for the weekender: MorningstarBlacksmith
Houston catering for a work crowd: Fresh Choice CafeShipley Do-Nuts

Craft Beer

As the rest of the nation speeds ahead with craft beer, the Houston food scene is slowly coming into its own. Send your out-of-towner friends to Karbach Brewing Company in Spring Branch for pale ales that pack a punch, or Anvil Bar in Montrose if craft cocktails are more their style. Planning a happy hour for the office? You’ll need appetizers from Bellagreen Catering, like their high-protein empanadas (savory turnovers) or their mini crab cakes. Whatever brews you choose for the office happy hour, we’ve got menu suggestions to match.

Restaurants for the weekender: Karbach Brewing CompanyAnvil Bar
Houston catering for a work crowd: Bellagreen Catering

Greek Revival

Houston catering and food scene[Courtesy of Great Wraps Catering| Houston food scene]

Nab a seat at Aladdin’s Mediterranean Cuisine, one of the city’s best restaurants for a buffet lunch. Need a Mediterranean feast for the office? Try Island Grill Catering for everything from breakfast tacos to gyro sandwich platters. Or, if you need box lunches to keep it healthy at the office, call Great Wraps Catering for tasty wraps.

Restaurants for the weekender: Aladdin’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Houston catering for a work crowd: Island Grill CateringGreat Wraps Catering

Claim to Fame: Dishes Unique to Houston

Tacos and TexMex

While there are plenty of other dishes to try in Houston’s robust food scene, you won’t find better TexMex or steak tacos elsewhere. For surprising twists, like spicy rabbit adobo tacos, head to Original Ninfa’s. Or, if your office needs the best taco bar Houston catering has to offer, call Cristobal Mexican Grill & Bar. For California-style Mexican that packs a healthy, flavorful punch, try Verde Cali-Mex Grill & Cantina.

Restaurants for the weekender: Original Ninfa’s
Houston catering for a work crowd: Cristobal Mexican Grill & BarVerde Cali-Mex Grill & Cantina

Barbecue and Burgers

Houston catering and food scene[Courtesy of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Catering| Houston food scene]

Whether you’re craving brisket or burgers, you can’t go wrong ordering meat in Houston. Both Gatlin’s BBQ and Corkscrew BBQ offer some of the best barbecue in the country. Meanwhile Dickey’s Barbecue Pit makes it easy to rustle up grub for the whole office. Looking for something a little bit more flexible? Otto’s Bar B Que and Hamburgers delivers the best of both worlds.

Restaurants for the weekender: Gatlin’s BBQCorkscrew BBQ
Houston catering for a work crowd: Dickey’s Barbecue PitOtto’s Bar B Que and Hamburgers

Kolache Pastries

Houston catering and food scene[Courtesy of Kolache Shoppe Catering| Houston food scene]

Find these Czech pastries—puffy and filled with sweet and savory delights alike—just about everywhere you go in Houston. Try traditional flavors at The Original Kolache Shoppe, which has been around for more than 60 years. Need a breakfast option that will make your office smile? Call Kolache Shoppe Catering for a beautiful pastry platter.

Restaurants for the weekender: The Original Kolache Shoppe
Houston catering for a work crowd: Kolache Shoppe Catering

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Kristen Evans

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Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans has written copy for national snack brands and covered food for outlets like Extra Crispy, a TIME vertical devoted to all things breakfast. She’s worked countless shifts as a waitress and a wedding caterer and now writes for BuzzFeed and The Los Angeles Times. Learn more at www.kristen-evans.com.

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