Austin may be quirky and Dallas may have the Cowboys, but Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, is the culinary capital of Texas. There is a dizzying array of award-winning chefs and restaurants that one could highlight in Houston, but I decide to focus on something old and something new. Holleys Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar opened its doors this summer in Midtown, and has quickly become a hotspot. On a recent Monday night, the airy dining room is packed, and diners are treated to watching Low-country, Southern and Texas cuisine created in the semi-open kitchen. My friend and I opt for the Midwestern carb fest of benne seed parker house rolls served with pimento cheese, smoked drum mousse and pickled veggies. Seafood is the star here, and popular entrees include blackened grouper with Carolina gold rice, creamer peas and Kimchi greens, which my friend tries.
Chicken Ring Noodle : Homemade chicken stock, celery, carrots, onions, herbs and a ton of chicken from a whole chicken featuring Ring Noodles. Habanero : Not for the faint of heart! Cream base soup with onions and herbs with fresh roasted Habanero Peppers. Also, get your orders in for Holiday Whoopie Pies. It looked so delicious and easy to make.
Food was delicious. Bread was like Brooklyn bread. Went for dinner at this restaurant based on other TripAdvisor reviews but was disappointed, particularly with the food. My salmon cooked on a plank though I never saw the plank , listed as a house specialty, was over cooked and dry. It came with rice pilaf
The Ripe Tomato Offers Simple, hearty Italian and American fare prepared to order using fresh, local ingredients. A family-owned and operated dining experience that sets it apart from chain restaurants. Call for reservations. The Ripe Tomato is now open 7 days a week.