Houston, TX 77019
New American | $$$
At this stylish Montrose restaurant, chef-owner Ryan Lachaine blends elements of his Canadian upbringing, Ukranian heritage, and the modern Gulf Coast cuisine he learned during stints at Underbelly and Reef into Riel's focused, eclectic menu. While it’s an unlikely sounding mix, Lachaine and his team have crammed a lot of interesting ideas into the food being served at this stylish, 65-seat restaurant — among them the instant-classic hanger steak with potato and cheese pierogi, yellowfin tuna crudo, and mushroom empanadas. The kitchen adds innovative new dishes all the time (like this summer's butter burgers), which rewards frequent visits, and the front-of-house staff always welcomes diners with a smile.