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Best New Restaurant Houston 2007 - Reef



2600 Travis St.

Houston, TX 77006


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Readers' Choice: Reef

Chef Bryan Caswell, formerly of Bank by Jean Georges in the Hotel Icon, has struck out on his own with this hip new eatery in Midtown. The seafood is not only local, it's unique. Where else can you get triple tail and croaker? Dishes like crispy-skinned snapper and pompano a la plancha are spectacular. And then there are casual offerings like mini-hamburgers and a salmon BLT, to keep the kitchen from taking itself too seriously. Located in a former automobile showroom, the restaurant makes a bold visual statement with its bare concrete floors, soaring ceilings and two-story display windows looking out onto McGowen. It looks like you're sitting inside a fish tank. The two-story, glass-enclosed wine storage area not only completes the fish tank illusion, it also keeps the wine at the perfect temperature. And the wines are sold at ridiculously cheap prices, which puts Reef way out ahead in the Houston wine game.

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Yeah, right!
Yeah, right!

Best new restaurant, yeah, right! I tried that crispy skinned snapper and it tasted like somebody poured a half a container of salt on it. Food is over prized and the food is minimal, so you better not go there hungry! I ordered a salad before my entree and received a sliced piece of a lettuce head with dressing poured on top of it and a few mushrooms. Needless to say when we left this place we were still hungry. Over prized and you are paying for the atmosphere!