Cafe Annie
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

Who would have thought that the big, bold Cafe Annie sign would ever be seen again, much less those quintessential Southwestern dishes that first put chef Robert Del Grande in the spotlight? What started as an idea on how to celebrate Del Grande's 35 years in Houston by bringing back a few dishes evolved into a full-blown resurrection that replaced RDG + Bar Annie's staid identity with the original, more vibrant concept. Diners can once again enjoy Southwestern classics like rabbit enchiladas, black bean terrine and coffee-rubbed filet with adobo and pasilla chile sauce to their hearts' content.

Tejas Chocolate Craftory
Photo by Chuck Cook

Dinosaur-size beef ribs are mighty impressive and have gotten a lot of press over the past few years, but the folks behind Tejas Chocolate Craftory know there's more to great ribs than size. In fact, it's the humble pork rib here that shines brightest. That's largely thanks to a balanced rib rub that includes salt, pepper, cumin and coriander. There is no sugar, but the ribs acquire just a touch of sweetness thanks to being basted with barbecue sauce at the end. These pork ribs are well worth driving for — even to Tomball.

READERS' CHOICE: Killen's Barbecue

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