Best Hidden Treasure Houston 2011 - Jonathan's the Rub
Most people were stunned when tiny Jonathan's the Rub — perhaps the darkest horse of 16 competitors — took home first place in the Houston Press Burger Bracket competition this year. The little restaurant in Spring Branch certainly knows how to grill a great burger, but that's not all: Chef and owner Jonathan Levine and his family also turn out beautiful steaks and stellar bowls of shrimp and grits. In fact, you'd never even guess Levine's originally from Brooklyn until you hear him cracking wise with friends and customers from across the line. Although the casual neighborhood cafe is usually packed, a new addition should be able to accommodate the crowds that are quickly becoming regulars once they find the place.