Restaurant Recs

Houston Recs
 
Craft Grill (dog-friendly on the patio; awesome food and service; great for kids) [pics]
Escalante’s (delicious Mexican food with a little upscale flair; perfect happy hour menu and pricing)
El Tiempo (BEST Mexican food around)
Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar (great location; farm-to-table food and local drinks) [pics]
Murdoch’s Backyard Pub (great for kids – HUGE area for them to run around in while you enjoy a beer; great apps and shareables; Crawfish on Sundays during the season)
Peli Peli (unbelievably delicious South African food with great cocktails + happy hour)  [pics]
Ritual Houston (upscale southern food + fantastic cocktails; perfect for date night or a nice night out with the kids) [pics]
The Frio (down-home feel with upscale food; great for kids; delicious shrimp and grits) [pics]
The Refuge Steakhouse + Bourbon Bar
The Republic Grille (amazing food with an upscale flair in a very down-to-earth setting; great drinks; perfect for date night or a nice dinner with kids) [pics]
Willie’s Grill & Icehouse (down home; great for kids; amazing burgers and queso)
Dallas/Irving/Las Colinas Recs

Abacus (upscale American fusion; you have to have the Big Daddy martini)
La Margarita (down home Mexican food; we’ve literally gone here since I was born)
Sissy’s Southern Kitchen (upscale Southern comfort food; literally the best fried chicken ever; sit at the bar for the best experience)
The Ranch (perfect for happy hour or dinner; amazing drinks – try the Front Porch Swing {my version}; appetizers are great, too)
Via Reál (upscale New Mexican food; amazing specials and drinks; beautiful atmosphere; we’ve gone here since I was six weeks old)