When it came time for Conde Nast Traveler to select the world's best restaurants, the popular travel magazine turned to a "network of chefs, food writers, and most-in-the-know travelers" who created "a print-it-out, laminate-it, take-a-screenshot-of-it, globe-spanning hit list so you will never waste a meal again."
Not surprisingly, the list includes perennial entries on the controversial World's 50 Best Restaurants list like Noma in Copenhagen and New York City's Eleven Madison Park. Restaurants led by James Beard Award winners and Food & Wine Best New Chef alumni also populate the list.
In such a context, it's no surprise that two of the three Texas entries on the list —Austin's Uchi and Houston's Oxheart — match those criteria, but the magazine offers some surprises as well. Consider that the third and final Texas entry is Kim Phat Hu Tieu Nam Vang, a relatively unknown Vietnamese restaurant in Houston's sprawling Asiatown.
“The namesake hu tieu nam vang, or Phnom Penh noodle soup, is even better than in Cambodia,” travel writer Deana Saukam states.
Count Oxheart chef-owner Justin Yu as a fan, too. "It's awesome," the James Beard Award winner tells CultureMap. "Really good bun cha." Yu adds that he's pleased to see other restaurants he admires on the list, including New York City's Wildair and Eventide Oyster Co in Portland, Maine.
Nice to know that even when lists like this one mostly contain the usual suspects they can still surprise.