Tastemakers Houston 2017
Best New Restaurant Final Four

It's down to the Final Four in voting for Houston's Best New Restaurant

It's down to Final Four in voting for Houston's Best New Restaurant

State Fare happy hour food
A selection of happy hour bites at State Fare. Photo by Julie Soefer
Pi Pizza Lee Ellis Anthony Calleo
Lee Ellis, left, is a partner in both Pi Pizza (with Anthony Calleo, right) and State Fare, but only one will advance. Photo by Julie Soefer
Killen's STQ tomahawk ribeye steak
A tomahawk ribeye heads to a table at Killen's STQ. Photo by Kimberly Park
Nobie's Texas tartare
Nobie's Texas beef tartare. Photo by Jack Thompson
Killen's STQ interior
Inside Killen's STQ. Photo by Kimberly Park
Photo by Jack Thompson
Nobie's has made a splash in the tournament. Photo by Spike Johnson
Pi pizza pepperoni
Pepperoni pizza at Pi Pizza. Photo by Julie Soefer
State Fare french toast
State Fare's chicken and waffles. Photo by Julie Soefer
State Fare happy hour food
Pi Pizza Lee Ellis Anthony Calleo
Killen's STQ tomahawk ribeye steak
Nobie's Texas tartare
Killen's STQ interior
Photo by Jack Thompson
Pi pizza pepperoni
State Fare french toast

After a weekend’s worth of voting that saw back and forth totals in all four matchups, the final four in the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant tournament, powered by Whole Foods, has been set. Each restaurants’ fans only has three days to vote for their favorites to move on to the finals.

Join us on April 18 at the awards party where over a dozen of this year’s nominees will serve food to attendees. We’ll celebrate the finalists and reveal the winners with our emcee, Reef chef-owner Bryan Caswell. Tickets are on sale now, but they’re going quickly. Don’t miss out.

Killen’s STQ vs Nobie’s
Ronnie Killen’s restaurant that blends steakhouse and barbecue scored a decisive victory over Chris Shepherd’s One Fifth/Steak in the elite eight, but can it survive Nobie’s? The Tastemakers tournament Cinderella has already upset two heavy hitters in Hugo Ortega’s Xochi and Ryan Lachaine’s Riel.

Will it be steak and beef ribs or oysters and octopus? Fine china and soft linens or shiplap walls and a vinyl soundtrack? It’s up to you to decide.

State Fare vs Pi Pizza
Although these restaurants are very different — State Fare offers Texas comfort food in a posh dining room while Pi Pizza serves creatively-topped pies with a punk rock soundtrack — they are corporate siblings in the Cherry Pie Hospitality family. Partners Lee Ellis and Jim Mills have developed both restaurants, State Fare from the ashes of Bradley Ogden’s attempt to enter the Houston market and Pi Pizza from Anthony Calleo’s popular food truck, into the popular destinations that have emerged in this bracket.

Will it be fried mac and cheese balls and pizza topped with bacon and collard greens or gigantic burgers and expertly fried catfish? Frozen cocktails or craft beer? Skateboards on the walls or blue leather banquettes? Once again, the choice is in your hands.

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Only one vote per person per day. Votes are strictly monitored.