Go for the barbecue at these 15 Houston restaurants—stay for the sides, vibes and more

Jun 16, 2022

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Where to eat when the craving for smoky meats, savory sides and sweet treats hits.

While Central Texas may get all of the praise for its star-led barbecue destinations, there are plenty of power players packed within the urban confines of the Houston area. Trusty pitmasters that have served the city for decades continue to thrive, but there are also a number of hidden gems worth seeking out, including innovators who are interpreting the cuisine in new ways. Lines have long been blurred between barbecue and Tex-Mex. These days, East Asian, Cajun and even French influences have joined the mix.

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