High atop the downtown Hyatt Regency is the city’s only revolving restaurant. Spindletop, named for the oil well that started the state’s oil boom in 1901, is only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, but the spectacular view of downtown makes it a special occasion place, especially for visitors. Executive hotel chef Frank Majowicz turns out a regional, seasonal menu using locally sourced produce. A classic appetizer is the avocado dome with jumbo lump crabmeat and jicama slaw. The restaurant also offers a signature paella using spicy chorizo sausage mixed in with the seafood. Mesquite smoked chicken, seared salmon and grilled beef filet may round out the entrées. Pastry chef Regina Martinez whips up sweets such as apple jalapeño tarts served with dulce de leche ice cream, and the signature chilled Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé. The wine list puts a focus on California wines.
Address: Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana St. (Dallas St.) Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 654-1234
Head upstairs to this dual-concept’s expansive patio with Parisian patio chairs for an impressive view of downtown. The butcher shop/fine dining establishment has only recently opened in the popular Washington Corridor neighborhood, but with fine meats and an extensive wine menu, it’s easy to see why B&B has staying power.
B & B Butchers & Restaurant Restaurant Review: Ben Berg’s two-story restaurant/butcher shop has a steakhouse dining room, two private rooms and a rooftop patio with spectacular views of downtown. Guests can spend an early evening noshing on miniature beef Wellingtons, Sicilian finger sandwiches of prosciutto and mozzarella and sipping a craft cocktail or two. But it’s also enjoyable downstairs in the main dining room where dry-aged beef from Texas, Kansas, and Japan dominate the menu with big cuts and big price tags to match. Try the ten-ounce filet, served carpetbagger-style with a fried oyster and blue cheese crumbles. Or how about a classic Châteaubriand for two? The lunch menu is a bit lighter, filled with salads, pizzas, and sandwiches like the hot and crusty roast beef with roasted peppers. There’s a fairly standard wine and beer menu and a few desserts, of which the standout is the open-face ice cream sandwich. The place is housed in a historic 1924 brick building and you can always just pop inside the lower level butcher shop for a steak or deli sandwich to take home.
Addrees: 1814 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
Phone: (832) 962-4745
Thompson + Hanson nursery has long been a popular oasis in the heart of the Highland Village area of Houston, but when the owners built a restaurant on the grounds, it became a destination for foodies as well as gardeners. Locals pack the place for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, when diners enjoy the fresh foods prepared with products sourced from local suppliers. There is a coffee bar and migas, oatmeal, and pastries for breakfast and a lunch menu starting at 11 a.m. featuring burgers, a turkey-avocado club sandwich, and grilled salmon. Dinner might consist of a foie gras starter followed by a six-ounce buffalo filet or Gulf Coast redfish and grits. In between lunch and dinner, Tiny’s offers up meat and cheese plates and French-style picnics. The restaurant serves beer and wine only, with a few wine cocktails. Weekend brunches draw many, so come early to stake out a good table, either inside or under the trees. Oh, and don’t forget the huge, chocolate brownies for dessert. Come Saturdays at sundown, stock up on some cookies and wine and head outside for a free classic movie screening.
Address: Thompson + Hanson, 3614 W. Alabama St. (Saint St.), Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (713) 622-4224