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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Houston metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Houston.

2055 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

Description: If you can't get to Buenos Aires, get to Churrasco's. With signature dishes including charcoal-grilled tenderloins and Marineros, blue crab fingers smoked over burning corn husks and creamy chile-lime-butter dipping sauce, Churrasco's is the next best thing to flying down to Rio. Churrasco's is often counted among the best restaurants in the city. The seafood and steak menu is drawn from across South America and can be a little tricky for those unfamiliar with the exotic fare. Thankfully, there's a colorful, well-informed wait staff that's especially helpful at explaining the various dishes.

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006

Description: The Brennan family has been setting the standard for elegant dining for more than 30 years. Set in an old brick mansion, Brennan's features Louisiana classics with a Texas twist, such as chili-fried oysters. Insiders order the turtle soup for starters and then have the Louisiana pecan crusted fish or the Gulf of Mexico crabcakes. At lunch, take your choice of smoked chicken and spinach salad or the pan-roasted chicken breast. The New Orleans Jazz Brunch offers great food paired with great music, crabmeat and asparagus omelets and eggs Brennan accompanied by a live jazz band on the patio.

Niko Niko's Greek & American Café
2520 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Description: Cafe-style Greek eatery Niko Niko's has been impressing Houstonians since 1977 with outstanding food, quick service and unbeatable prices. Houston's most popular gyro sandwich (chopped lamb and beef, spices, tomato, onion and Tzatziki sauce in a pita bread) comes with a choice of oven-roasted potatoes, seasoned yellow rice or homemade french fries. The gyro plate includes one rice-stuffed grape leaf.

Cafe Annie
1728 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

Description: Cafe Annie is a world-class restaurant that Houston is lucky to call its own. Created by renowned chef Robert Del Grande, it is the "fine dining flagship" of the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group, which also owns Cafe Express, Taco Milagro and Rio Ranch Steakhouse. The creations at Cafe Annie are nothing short of spectacular. Start things off with the Gulf Coast crab meat tostada or the black bean terrine with goat cheese. Move on to the mixed grill dinner entree, with veal, venison and muscovy duck.

Barnaby's Café
604 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

Description: With three and a half Barnaby's inside a two mile radius, there's always one nearby for those living in the Montrose/River Oaks section of town. Named for owner Jeff Gale's childhood sheepdog, Barnaby's has many accents that pay homage to his beloved pet. Bone shaped dog treats decorate the walls and there's even a painting of his pooch on the ceiling at the original Fairview location. The food here is fantastic and wonderfully diverse. From hamburgers topped with blue cheese and bacon, to tostadas or meatloaf, it's got something for every kind of craving.

Benjy's Restaurant
2424 Dunstan Road
Houston, TX 77005

Description: Benjy's dinner menu features small plates such as Pacific Rim vegetable moo shu with ginger-jasmin rice and peanut slaw; medium plates such as Asian beef pizza with spicy pineapple, spinach; and large plates such as sesame-crusted ahi tuna with mixed vegetable stir-fry, ginger sticky rice and three-pepper soy vinaigrette. The lunch and brunch menus also feature innovative, lively concoctions of salads, sandwiches and pastas. The austere but sophisticated surroundings blend retro-hip sleekness with New York sensibility.

Daily Review Café
3412 W. Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77019

Description: You'll want to make reservations at The Daily Review Cafe because of its extreme popularity with the River Oaks/Montrose crowd who enjoy the atmosphere of the stylish restaurant almost as much as the comfort food and excellent wines on the menu. The cafe is home to art exhibitions by local talent and an ambrosial herb garden that supplies the seasonings on many of the invigorating salads and homestyle entrees.

3701 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002

Description: T'afia is so tiny (at 16 tables) and so sparse (with a bare concrete floor, brick walls and an exposed duct ceiling painted a creamy tan) that the food garners all the attention. This new concept in Houston dining -- a blackboard-ruled eatery where the emphasis is on taste, instead of mass production -- is brought to us by Monica Pope, who first pleased our palates with the Quilted Toque and then went on to create classy eats at the Boulevard Bistro.

Charivari Restaurant
2521 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77006

Description: Transylvanian Chef Johann Schuster began his training at the Culinary Institute of Hermanstadt at the age of 14. After serving as chef in some of Europe's finest restaurants, Schuster traveled to Germany, where he met his wife Maria, and together they opened an award-winning restaurant in the Black Forest. Ten years later, the couple targeted Houston's enthusiastic dining culture for a new restaurant that would serve a variety of the fine European cuisines they had mastered, including dishes from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Hungary and Switzerland. Thus, Charivari, French for "beautiful good mix."

3910 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

Description: This longtime favorite Japanese spot served sushi when sushi wasn't cool. Now, a new breed of trend-mongers flocks to the West Houston hideaway for some of the freshest fish in town, served in a retro-Asian atmosphere that is more comforting than its loud, contemporary versions. With nearly 40 choices of sushi and sashimi, as well as a wide assortment of rolls-from your basic California to the himachi maki with yellow tail and flying fish eggs -- fans will not likely be left wanting. Best of all, most of the sushi and sashimi are offered in ready-made combinations or you can create your own roll.

Other Great Restaurants in Houston

Goode Company Barbeque
5109 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77098

Pappasito's Cantina
6445 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77057

Kim Son Restaurant
2001 Jefferson St Houston, TX 77003

Taste of Texas
10505 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
2525 South Loop W. Houston, TX 77054

Mark's Restaurant
1658 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006

Ninfa's on Navigation
2704 Navigation Blvd Houston, TX 77003

Grotto Ristorante
4715 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77027

Hobbit Café
2243 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77098

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
4094 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77027

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