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The big deal in Houston

The fourth largest U.S. city in the second largest state has a big reputation. Yes, it’s a sprawling metropolis associated mostly with oil, energy and money. It’s home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the fabulous Galleria shopping mall. Also: Beyonce was born here. As if that weren’t enough? Houston in recent years has skyrocketed to the top of the nation’s culinary scene, a development our FOODWORKS scouts find exciting. We’re not the only ones keeping an eye on Houston as a FOODWORKS partner. GQ has rightly dubbed it “the New Capital of Southern Cool.” Food & Wine declared the dining scene here to be “the most exciting it’s ever been.” And the James Beard Foundation chose Houston as the site of its live press conference announcing the 2019 finalists for the prestigious Beard Awards, a first for the foundation and the city. 

So what is the big deal when it comes to Houston dining? Home to one of the nation’s largest Vietnamese-American communities, Houston is a mecca for Vietnamese food that some say is more authentic than their homeland. Beard Award-winning chefs such as Hugo Ortego, Chris Shepherd and Justin Yu continue to shape the city’s palate with their intensely personal restaurants. From burgers to barbecue to Burmese cuisine, it’s no exaggeration when we say Houston has it all.

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