Now those are some fightin' words.
Out of left field, Mariani closes his list with veteran dining spot Tony's, highlighting its more than 40 years of fresh, thoughtful cuisine.
Underbelly tops his Houston picks for chef Chris Shepherd's almost obsessive take on regional cuisine. Triniti makes the grade for its "Third Coast French" as well as its architecture. Oxheart gets a nod for chef Justin Yu's delicate, veggie-friendly approach to local food.
Out of left field, Mariani closes his list with veteran dining spot Tony's, highlighting its more than 40 years of fresh and thoughtful continental cuisine.
Feeling the burn yet, Big D?
Not one to let this kind of trash talking pass, CultureMap Dallas food critic Teresa Gubbins offers her own two cents, noting up-and-coming Dallas restaurants like Belly & Trumpet and the inventive FT33.
"It's fantastic to see anyone acknowledging the excitement and prosperity that Houston's restaurant scene is currently enjoying," Gubbins writes. "But does anyone else besides me get irritated by out-of-town interlopers who think they're qualified to talk about a trite rivalry between two cities that, in my mind, doesn't exist?"
Hmm, do I detect a bit of jealousy?
What do you think? Is Mariani right or is Mariani right?