No one knows Houston restaurants better than the people who run them, own them, and work in the kitchens. In this continuing series, CultureMap is asking our favorite foodie personalities around town where they go for great eats when they're not working.
Long a staple at Inner Loop faves like Canopy and Shade, David Luna is now serving up bistro fare with an international bent at the beyond-adorable bistro/bar/patisserie/coffeeshop Flora & Muse. A self-professed fan of keeping things simple and eating at home, Luna divulges his favorite places in Houston to get that relaxed, homey feel — and some great food.
Restaurant for a special occasion: I like Reef a lot. Bryan Caswell is a fishing buddy of mine, so I'll just pull up a seat at the bar, usually. I like going to Branch Water Tavern. It's comforting and also one of my favorites. Blue Nile for Ethiopian, I like all the little extras, and you just blend in.
Restaurant to take out-of-towners to: Tampico's, it's one of those places that's quick and easy and out. Inexpensive but still good.
Favorite meal: The short rib plate at Spanish Flowers. Late at night after working all night, I have a couple after-work cocktails ... It's unpretentious, the servers been there forever and its just comfy like grandma's house.
Breakfast/Brunch favorite: It's really rare that I'm not working at brunch, at Shade and Canopy, that's really one of the things we were known for. But I like Kim Son, I like their dim sum.
Dessert: Jeannine's Bistro, for mussels.
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