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A Houston hangout lands on Esquire's Best Bars in America

A Houston hangout lands on Esquire's Best Bars in America

Men's magazine Esquire is spotlighting Montrose's Mockingbird Bistro as one of "The Best Bars in America" in its June/July issue. Better yet, Esquire places the neighborhood haunt under a section entitled "The Bar With Very Good Food."

Mockingbird is one of only 21 bars from all over the country highlighted in the issue — and the only one from Texas (New Orleans' Carousel Bar and Coop's Place also receive write ups).

"Strong drink demands food — and we don't mean peanuts," explains Esquire. Writer Nina Otazo praises Mockingbird for its flaming bananas Foster and swank selection of beers. (She deems Shiner to be "the best beer in heaven, hell, or Texas.") The article predicts that the menu "will just floor you it's so good."

Otazo goes further than pointing out the perfect snacks to cure a case of the drunkies — she delves into the soul of Houston.

"A wonderful thing about Houston is its total lack of zoning laws, which makes for a fantastic mishmash of odds and ends in all neighborhoods," she professes, concluding that a visit to the bistro should be buttressed by a walk through the barrio.

Added bonus of the no-zone rules? The laundromat next door to Mockingbird. Explains Otazo, "The warm smell of dryer sheets adds to the feeling of comfort and home."

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Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar Photo by Paula Murphy
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Lemon-Ginger Sidecar at Mockingbird Courtesy of Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
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