Wild Oats

tastemaker nominee
Wild Oats dining room
Photo by Claudia Casbarian

This latest project from Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly Hospitality provides diners with chef-partner Nick Fine’s self-described "love letter to Texas." That means a deep dive into the various food traditions that have shaped the state, including Mexican, Southern, and barbecue.

Fine puts his wood-fired grill to good effect in dishes such as a wood-grilled chicken with a kicked-up take on King Ranch casserole. Other highlights include the Bellaire campechana that’s seasoned with a spiced tomatillo sauce, a classic take on Texas chili, and steak tartare.

As with all Underbelly concepts, well-executed cocktails, including an appropriately boozy frozen margarita, provide plenty of pairing options. Don’t miss the classic banana pudding.


Wild Oats
2520 Airline Dr.
Houston, TX 77009


Sun: 11 am-3 pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: 5 pm-10 pm
Wed: 5 pm-10 pm
Thu: 5 pm-10 pm
Fri: 5 pm-11 pm
Sat: 11 am-11 pm

Good to Know

  • $$$-$$$$
  • Brunch
  • Full Bar
  • Locally Sourced
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Private Rooms
  • Vegetarian Friendly