The joke on Twitter last week was that it would only be a matter of time before someone started making top 10 lists of top 10 lists. Far from being purposefully meta, though, we like to think that our top 10 lists here at the Press are thoughtful, well-curated and useful guides to some of the city's favorite neighborhoods and cuisines. Y'all apparently think so too, as you read them in record numbers each time they're published.
So don't think of this as us finally jumping the shark (or do, but remember that I'm terrible at waterskiing), but us wrapping up 2012 in your favorite top 10 lists.
You've come a long way, baby. What was once the neighborhood I sneaked over to in high school to shop at vintage clothing stores and gawk at colorful life outside the suburbs is now ground zero for Houston's best restaurants.
You big softies, you. Coincidentally, this also makes a great list of places to take your special ladyfriend/manpanion on New Year's Eve. Now kiss.
Is great pizza in Houston finally on the rise? You bet your doughy ass.
Houston is not known for terrific barbecue. This somehow does not prevent us from agonizing over and arguing endlessly about the handful of good barbecue restaurants in the city.
Getting a lot of Christmas shopping or holiday entertaining done? This list may come in very handy right about now...
A list that no one ever agrees with because Houstonians are currently spoiled for choice when it comes to sushi restaurants. Not that we're complaining.
Not to be confused with Houston's top 10 pub burgers. But they're all good, honestly. They're burgers, for Pete's sake.
What will be on this year's list? Tune in next week to find out...
Does it surprise anyone here that people in the Heights enjoy reading about stuff in the Heights, eating at places in the Heights or showing everyone lists of things in the Heights? THE HEIGHTS.
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It won't be long before crawfish mania descends upon Houston once again and a new list will be required for 2013. But for now, these are still our favorite places in town to suck heads.