image description September 2, 2013


Houston, Texas, USA

The Story of Houston Food

At Houston’s acclaimed Underbelly, chef Chris Shepherd (a 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef) celebrates the city’s ethnic diversity and unique, underutilized local ingredients. His food, which he calls “New American Creole,” is heavily influenced by the Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Korean and Mexican communities that make the city such an amazing, robust place to eat. Pair that with Shepherd’s passion for top-quality, seasonal ingredients and whole animal butchery, and you have the makings of one of Houston’s best restaurants. Go with a few friends and order a variety of dishes to share. You’ll find plates such as braised goat with Korean-style dumplings, the catch-of-the-day with market vegetable masala, seared Gulf shrimp with pimento cheese grits, and wagyu skirt steak with sweet potato noodles, dashi broth and a cold soft-boiled egg. Made with love in the in-house butcher shop, the charcuterie is also top notch and a must order. For dessert, try the satisfying vinegar pie with salt brittle or poached figs with buttermilk ice cream.


1100 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77006



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