“We’ve been hearing the buzz for a few years now,” write the editors of the celebrated lifestyle and men’s fashion magazine GQ in their September issue.
“Houston may, sneakily, be America’s best food city. But when we sent GQ food critic Brett Martin to dive into the scene, we realized that was selling the city way short.”
Beyond Texas, Houston — America’s fourth largest city and soon to be its third largest — has often been considered a “fly-over country” capital. As home to the petroleum industry and the leading medical research center in the world, it has always been thought of as a major economic hub. But outsiders have failed to appreciate its vibrant and ever expanding food, wine, and artisanal beer scene. Until now…
“With its mix of exploding immigrant communities and ambitious, sophisticated variations on upscale dining,” writes Martin, “Houston had decisively shrugged off its reputation as a city of steak houses and chains to become increasingly mentioned as one of the nation’s great restaurant cities. In these pages, David Chang called Houston the next food capital of America. This year, it earned two spots on my annual list of Best New Restaurants, a distinction shared only with New York City and Los Angeles.”
Over the last 10 years, Houston has become one of America’s leading food destinations. With 2.3 million residents, it also represents one of the nation’s most diverse and affluent communities. Its reputation as home to a top U.S. restaurant scene has only continued to grow over the last decade. In 2017, Anthony Bourdain featured Houston on his popular CNN show “Parts Unknown.”
A recent United Airlines video on Houston, “3 Perfect Days in Houston”: