Part of the credit for the recent Heights restaurant boom has to go to Down House. Since 2011, this first concept from the expansionist Treadsack bar and restaurant group has been serving up hearty portions of locally-sourced, seasonally-influenced comfort food to throngs of Heights residents. Signature items on the menu include staples like the Lone Star Burger and the fried chicken, but vegetarians will find plenty to like here, too. Crowds are particular thick during the popular weekend brunch, so come early or be patient.
In nice weather, the patio makes a fitting locale to savor a cocktail from the extensive menu or sample a beer from one of the 12 taps. With the kind of diversity, no wonder the restaurant won the CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant in 2014.