HTX Tastemakers 2015
Tastemakers 2015

Houston's best new restaurants: Big surprises in Tastemakers Final Four

Houston's best new restaurants: Surprises in Tastemakers Final Four

BCN Taste & Tradition exteior
BCN has been one of the biggest surprises of the tournament.  BCN Taste & Tradition/Facebook
Prohibition downtown Houston interior
Prohibition squares off against Dak & Bop.  Courtesy photo
Tout Suite Cafe EaDo 2001 Commerce St.
Tout Suite beat Weights + Measures to move on the final four. Photo by Thomas C./Yelp
Dak & Bop interior Korean fried chicken
Dak & Bop's crispy Korean fried chicken has been a hit in the Museum District.  Courtesy photo
BCN Taste & Tradition exteior
Prohibition downtown Houston interior
Tout Suite Cafe EaDo 2001 Commerce St.
Dak & Bop interior Korean fried chicken

Just as it did in the process of winnowing 16 to eight, the second round of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant bracket produced some surprising results.

Mark Holley may be a local legend, but his Midtown seafood restaurant lost a close matchup with downtown hotspot Prohibition. Korean fried chicken restaurant Dak & Bop prevailed over Bernie's Burger Bus even though Bernie's promised free burgers if it won the whole tournament.  

In the battle of flexible spaces with bakeries and savory food, Tout Suite edged out Weights + Measures by fewer than 100 votes in a battle that came down to the final hours. Meanwhile, BCN Taste & Tradition has proven to be the bracket's most surprising contender, as it crushed Table 57. 

The final two matchups have been underway since Tuesday, and they're both going to come down to the end. Time may be running out, but fans still have a chance to vote for their favorites and swing the outcome as voting end tonight (Thursday, May 7) just before midnight. 

Dak & Bop vs Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

We're past the point where the bracket pits restaurants that have something in common against each other. Dak & Bop is casual, inexpensive and focused on serving really great Korean fried chicken. Prohibition is a little more formal, but not stuffy, with a menu that elevates classic Southern comfort food. Diners are getting a good meal and solid cocktails either way.

BCN Taste & Tradition vs Tout Suite

Once again, BCN has jumped out to a lead over its opponent, but don't count Tout Suite out. The cafe that's become a destination in the rapidly growing intersection of EaDo and the Second Ward has proven surprisingly resilient in this competition. Maybe Tout Suite should offer $1 macaroons to anyone who votes for them. Then BCN could respond with $5 gin & tonics, and we'd really have a party.