This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
ERA is downtown's answer to Pink's Pizza: The pies are endlessly creative and have wickedly funny names (yes, the Shari Lewis pizza has lamb), but you don't have to get them to go. Instead, stay and dine in the sleek, low-ceilinged space with its air of a modern taverna and a killer view of Market Square. It's unfussy and adult, yet the pizzas remain playful.
My favorite is the Chupacabra -- named after the mythical goat-sucking creature -- served as a "personal" pizza like all of the others on the menu, for less than $9. The herbed goat cheese on top is the reason for its name, and a softly salty balance to the sweeter whole-milk mozzarella and cream sauce that mingles with it. Fresh spinach is a bed for the real star of the pizza: garlic sauteed shrimp that pop with a briny sweetness when you bite into each piece.
But if you don't want to dine in, don't worry: ERA now offers downtown delivery as long as your order is more than $20. Adding some tender gnocchi and the crispy fried artichoke hearts to your order is encouraged if you're having a problem reaching that $20 limit.
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The list so far:
No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's