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Peak Season: Five Standout Tomato Dishes in Houston

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If there's ever a time to savor garden-fresh tomatoes, it's summertime. So we're taking a look at some in-season tomato plates that can not be missed.

From gazpacho salad to tomato tacos, here are Five Must Try Tomato Dishes:

What: Fried Green Tomatoes Where to get them: Lucille's

If fried green tomatoes are the epitome of Southern comfort food, then Lucille's is as comfy as it gets. Cornmeal crusted and fried until just golden and crisp, the tart, meaty tomatoes are drizzled with a creamy, slightly spicy aioli.

What: Tomato Sundae Where to get it: Haven

Yes, we said tomato sundae. A creamy lemon-olive-oil gelato sits atop the bright and vibrant heirloom tomato salad at Haven. The dish is zany in the best possible way. Bold-flavored, but incredibly refreshing, the sweet and tart tomatoes are topped with fresh microgreens, dehydrated tomato skins and of course, the homemade ice cream before being drizzled with aged balsamic. Just for good measure.

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What: Tomato & Gazpacho Salad Where to get it: Coltivare

Coltivare's 3,000-square-foot backyard garden is quickly becoming a thing of legends. The restaurant's garden-fresh philosophy is reflected in each dish, from its homegrown roasted vegetables sides and herb-topped pizzas to a fresh-picked strawberry crostada.

The heirloom tomato salad is a thing of beauty. Bright pops of sunset-hued tomatoes are drizzled with vinaigrette and layed atop peppery arugula, chunks of feta, and a silky green gazpacho. This is a philosophy we can get down with.

What: Tomato Tacos Where to get them: Radical Eats

Radical Eats's fried avocado tacos are pretty famous, but its fried green tomato tacos deserve just as much street cred. A menu special that pops up from time to time, the tomatoes get a cornmeal batter treatment before being stuffed into handmade tortillas along with crisp lettuce and your choice of bacon or avocado.

What: Tomato Tartine Where to get it: Backstreet Cafe

This simple tartine is bright, fresh, and decadent all at once. Crusty, charred bread is slathered with a velvety whipped feta, then topped with a mix of colorful blistered cherry tomatoes. A chiffonade of fresh basil and a sprinkling of lightly toasted pine nuts bring a burst of flavor and crunch.

See also: 5 Standout Artichoke Dishes Around Town 5 Standout Asparagus Dishes Around Town 5 Standout Corn Dishes Around Town

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