The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Houston for July 2016

Do you like burgers? Do you like a LOT of burgers? Three recently opened burger joints make this month's hot list, including Austin-based chain Hopdoddy.
Do you like burgers? Do you like a LOT of burgers? Three recently opened burger joints make this month's hot list, including Austin-based chain Hopdoddy.
Photo courtesy of Hopdoddy Burger Bar

When it comes to “hot,” it’s not just Houston’s notoriously oppressive temperatures in July. Some of Houston’s newest restaurants are hot, too, but in a much more pleasant sense of the word.

Here are ten places where the interest is high, the tables are in demand and the air conditioner is blasting. If there’s cold beer, wine or cocktails, so much the better.

We say good-bye (for now) this month to Conservatory, Tejas Chocolate Craftory, Midtown Barbecue, Morningstar, Cane Rosso and Stoked Tacos & Tequila, which were on last month's hot list. These could come back though. Only time will tell.

Brookstreet Bar-B-Que, 1009 Missouri. The barbecue options in the Montrose area have been historically slim but are getting better. That’s partially thanks to the opening of this latest location of Brookstreet Bar-B-Que, The local barbecue chain was originally established in 1999. Look for all the standards (ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken) as well as pulled pork, pulled chicken and Saint Louis-style ribs.

The intimate bar setting of Harold's Tap Room, where Heights General Store used to be.
The intimate bar setting of Harold's Tap Room, where Heights General Store used to be.
Photo courtesy of Harold's Tap Room

Harold’s Tap Room, 350 West 19th. The addition of a new, casual hangout on the first floor underneath Harold’s in The Heights has added some excitement to the space. In addition to beer and wine on tap, the cheekily named bar bites, like Big Ass Meatball and Redneck Sliders (made with fried bologna and American cheese), sound like a lot of fun.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 4444 Westheimer. We’ve had burgers on the brain for weeks over here, and Houston seems to have an endless appetite for the world’s most perfect sandwich. To that end, three of the hot new restaurants this month are burger joints. Austin import Hopdoddy has made its landing in the River Oaks district. The chain's claim to fame includes Angus, bison and lamb patties sourced only from humanely raised animals. They grind meat in-house and buns are baked fresh daily.

We needed a perfect cover photo for our recent "Building Houston's Perfect Cheeseburger" story, and the one from Killen's Burger fit the bill. This was simply ordered from the counter with no prior arrangements made, believe it or not.
We needed a perfect cover photo for our recent "Building Houston's Perfect Cheeseburger" story, and the one from Killen's Burger fit the bill. This was simply ordered from the counter with no prior arrangements made, believe it or not.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

Killen’s Burgers, 2804 South Main, Pearland. The big, beautiful burger in the cover photo of our recent story, “Building Houston’s Perfect Cheeseburger,” was from Killen’s Burgers. The “regular” burgers sport hefty, ten-ounce patties made with Creekstone Farms all-natural chuck and brisket. The hand-cut, skin-on fries are also not to be missed. The cost for both together is a surprisingly reasonable $10.25 before tax.

The new, hot cheeseburger maker in Houston is Willet Feng at Kuma Burger. You know to always watch out when there's a new kid in town, right?
The new, hot cheeseburger maker in Houston is Willet Feng at Kuma Burger. You know to always watch out when there's a new kid in town, right?
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

Kuma Burgers, 3 Greenway Plaza, C220

Things that make food writers giggle: hot new restaurants hidden in obscure places, like office building food courts. Such is the case with Houston’s newest burger-darling, Kuma Burgers, which was also featured in our recent detailed cover story on cheeseburgers. Of course, people who really know Houston’s food scene have been aware for quite some time that this particular Greenway Plaza food court is anything but typical. Kuma Burgers, made to order with six-ounce smashed-style patties, house-made pickles and Sheila Partin’s Sweet Sourdough buns, is just around the corner from The Rice Box’s counter service stand and Greenway Coffee. A standard cheeseburger and fries costs only $8 before tax and tip.



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