Best Bistro Houston 2013 - Roost
There's something about Roost that resonates with Houston's dining public. Maybe it's the unpretentiousness of the setting, with its low ceilings and unassuming, simple furnishings. Or perhaps it's the fact that the restaurant is located smack-dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood, within walking distance of people's homes in the 'Trose. The excellent food by chef and owner Kevin Naderi is definitely one of the reasons Roost has been such a hit since it opened. There's the Slow Dough bread service, which varies from week to week, with a hunk of sourdough one week and a shiny challah the next, served with a choice of flavored butters that includes everything from foie gras to beet. There's that already-famous creamy cauliflower that's insanely delicious. And then there are all those comfortable dishes that eat so well — a simple chicken and dumplings, a well-executed steak frites, a blackened fish over Southern-style greens — dishes that are good and wholesome, uncomplicated and yet gourmet in spirit. From the casual ambience to the consistently great food, Roost definitely deserves the title of Best Bistro.