HOUSTON, Texas – Towards the end of the year, Esquire magazine offers a slightly different take on the national dining scene. In place of another best-of list, the men’s lifestyle publication shares its opinion on “100 Restaurants America Can’t Lose”.
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The list recognizes “these places around the country – old and new, scruffy and chic – that we consider to be restaurants America can’t afford to lose,” writes Jeff Gordinier, editor of Esquire Food and Drinks.
Only three Texan companies make the cut. Austin’s Franklin Barbecue and Taylor’s Louie Mueller Barbecue are nationally recognized suppliers of the state’s signature cuisine, but Houston’s entry comes as a surprise. No, it’s not a classic The Original Ninfa’s or a facility of a Beard Award winner like Hugo Ortega, Chris Shepherd or Justin Yu – all of these would have been worthy participants. Instead, the magazine recognizes Huynh, the Vietnamese staple food in EaDo.
“There’s always a wait for a seat at this family-run mall, but the tables spin quickly and anyone with a purpose in Houston will tell you you won’t find a more satisfying, delicious meal than Goi for ten dollars Vit’s famous herbaceous duck salad, “writes Gordinier.
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