Award-winning restaurateur Chris Shepherd crafts creative fare with top-flight ingredients and loving nods to Houston’s global food community. Order this to go: Tender pork dumplings you top with crispy onion bits and a black-vinegar sauce make a worthy pairing with a crispy rice salad, every grain distinct and crunchy and spiked with mint, cilantro, tomato, and a serrano vinaigrette. Also good are large, sweet sea scallops in mole with razor-thin radish slices. Although the menu changes, we like the two current red-meat offerings, a hanger steak with butternut squash pajeon (savory pancake) and the Vietnamese short rib “fajitas,” served with crisp lettuce for wrapping the slow-cooked beef, cilantro, glass noodles, onion, jalapeño, and such (the quality of the dish pretty much justifies the $70 tag, but more meat would be welcome). Pro tip: Order online and expect a smooth handoff at the curb.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
Cuisine: New American