Zagat, the "illustrious" "guide" fond of "quotation overkill" has just released it's picks for America's Best Restaurants 2011, a nationwide guidebook. Houston had a dozen entries, with the fine dining faves you'd expect and a few less exalted newcomers.
Tops in food is west Houston's ode to Provence, Le Mistral, with a score of 28 out of 30. Also earning a 28 were Thai legend Kanomwan, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Mark's American Cuisine. Though Le Mistral, Kanonwan, Pappas Bros. and Mark's all earned 28s, Le Mistral was singled out by Zagat as the best food in Houston. Le Mistral was also No. 1 for food in Zagat's 2010 Texas restaurant guide.
The restaurant scores haven't changed since Zagat completed their 2010 Texas guide in March, but Zagat also noted that people are continuing to cut back on dining out, either going out less often or spending less on a meal by skipping drinks, appetizers or dessert. Houston seems to be bucking this trend though. Back in March, Zagat ranked us as the city that eats out the most.