Located in the heart of Midtown, Gyu-Kaku is Houston's first Japanese barbecue restaurant specializing in grilled meat, known in Japan as yakiniku. At this grill-at-the-table type of place, the idea is to order your favorite cuts of meat and side dishes, and cook them at the table before you eat. The hip, fun restaurant is part of a worldwide chain, with more than 30 locations around the country and in Asia. It's a great place to dine with friends while drinking beer and sake, with favorites such as the Harami Skirt Steak, the Kalbi Short Ribs, Pork Belly, Miso Butterfish and Sukiyaki Bibimbap rice. The garlic rice and sukiyaki bibimbap rice are also excellent. Parties of two or more may order a course menu -- essentially a pre-set menu for a discount of about $15 to $20 off the a la carte price.