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The Full Menu: Best new Houston restaruants

Houston food writers discuss their favorite restaurants that opened in 2022 and look ahead to what’s opening in 2023.


The biscuits at Gatlin's Fins & Feathers in Independence Heights.
The biscuits at Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers in Independence Heights.


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In this month’s installment of The Full Menu, food writers discuss their favorite Houston restaurants that opened in 2022 and look ahead to what’s coming in 2023.

In the audio above, we hear from Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder.

Some of Their Favorites:

David: Moon Rabbit (The Heights) – A modern Vietnamese bistro in The Heights with an excellent modern take on Vietnamese food. They have a tostada on a crispy rice pancake that's topped with pork belly. There's an excellent miso-marinated claypot dish that's usually topped with something like cooked Atlantic cod with an umami-rich caramelized fish sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, and Thai chili peppers.

The Banh Xeo Toastada at Moon Rabbit in The Heights.

Felice: Gatlin's Fins and Feathers (Independence Heights) – They do a wonderful job of meshing seafood and smoke to give us come outstanding comfort food – especially their biscuits. They also have great BBQ shrimp and fried chicken.

Fried chicken from Gatlin's Fins & Feathers.
Fried chicken from Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers.

Eric: Hamsa (Rice Village) – Modern Israeli dining with a flexible menu. They have lots of great vegetable small plates to start off. A great wood-fired pita. The hummus is creamy and smooth. The falafel is crispy and herbaceous. It works for date night. It works for a big group. I've taken my mom there.

The hummus at Hamsa, the new restaurant featuring Israeli cuisine in Rice Village.

Establishments Mentioned in this Edition:

Moon Rabbit
Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers
Burger Bodega
Navy Blue
Il Bracco
Louie’s Italian American

Establishments Coming Soon:

Stuffed Belly
Late August
b’tween Sandwich Co.
Money Cat
Telegram Tea Room
Luloo’s Day & Night

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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