But for the Tony's clientele — that is, some of the richest and most powerful people in Houston — the restaurant is consistent in its unique position as the best restaurant to see and be seen in.
So it's no surprise that Tony's was included on Forbes' list of the Top 10 restaurants in the country for a power lunch. Alongside Fearing's in Dallas and San Francisco's Boulevard, Tony's is described as a hotspot for ladies who lunch, doctors and "the kings of crude."
And according to the magazine, dining at a power lunch hotspot is not just about ego. "Where you decide to eat can be just as vital as what you talk about between bites. After all, sitting in a dining room full of other thriving movers and shakers just may help you seal the deal."
Forbes mentions Tony's famous steaks and pastas (what, no tuxedo cake?) and credits owner Tony Vallone for his skill in managing the dining room, which, in this case, means giving personal attention to the numerous VIPs.