Houston Tastemakers 2018
Final Vote

2 hot Houston spots compete in Tastemaker Best New Restaurant finals

2 hot Houston spots compete in Tastemaker Best New Restaurant finals

Emmaline Wood-Fired Cioppino Blanco
Cioppino blanco at Emmaline. Photo by Julie Soefer
Travis Lenig Chico Ramirez Field and Tides
Field & Tides partners Travis Lenig and Chico Ramirez. Courtesy photo
Emmaline restaurant dining room interior
Inside Emmaline. Photo by Julie Soefer
Field & Tides seafood dish
Plantain crusted grouper with forbidden black rice, herb salad, roasted tomatoes, and fried oysters at Field & Tides. Courtesy photo
Emmaline restaurant Sam Governale
Emmaline owner Sam Governale.  Photo by Julie Soefer
Emmaline Wood-Fired Cioppino Blanco
Travis Lenig Chico Ramirez Field and Tides
Emmaline restaurant dining room interior
Field & Tides seafood dish
Emmaline restaurant Sam Governale

It's come down to Emmaline versus Field & Tides in the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant tournament

The two competitors scored decisive victories in the semifinal rounds. Emmaline beat seafood restaurant Star Fish 61 percent to 39 percent, and Field & Tides triumphed over Feges BBQ 55  percent to 45 percent. 

Both Emmaline and Field & Tides are owned by people who worked are opening their first restaurants after lengthy careers working in other Houston restaurants. Emmaline's Sam Governale earned wide acclaim as the operating partner of the Upper Kirby location of Fleming's, while Field & Tides chef-owner Travis Lenig's resume includes stints at Liberty Kitchen, Ibiza, and Mark's. Each restaurant has appeared on CultureMap's weekly podcast, "What's Eric Eating:" click here for Emmaline and here for Field & Tides.

While both restaurants take care of their patrons, they do so in very different ways. Field & Tides is a neighborhood restaurant for The Heights that's built around Lenig's creative interpretation of contemporary Texas cuisine. Emmaline looks to restaurants that Governale and chef Dimitri Voutsinas worked at in New York, with a stylish dining room and a European-inspired menu that includes both French and Italian elements. 

The polls close at 11:59 pm on Monday, April 2, so don't delay. One vote per person per day, please. Results will be closely monitored to ensure a level playing field for both restaurants. 

Join us April 4 at the Tastemaker Awards party to find out the winner. Tickets are on sale now.