Best Meat Selection - 2012
Chris Shepard is known for his charcuterie and passion for whole-animal cooking, so it's no wonder that Underbelly, the chef's first restaurant of his own, processes all of its meat in its own full-scale, back-of-the-house butcher shop. And the restaurant's ever-rotating, meat-centric menu, inspired by the various cuisines in Houston culture, certainly reflects that. Underbelly's small-plate (and limited-availability), family-style selections showcase top-quality meats from local ranchers that Shepard works closely with. The restaurant suggests ordering several plates to share and pass. And we couldn't agree more; that way, everyone can get a taste of dishes like the Korean Braised Goat & Dumplings, House Cured Salumi or Short Rib Satay. Even the bones make it to the menu (and are well worth a try).