Best of Houston

The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

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7. Da Marco

Marco Wiles is known for bringing in the best ingredients from across the globe -- but primarily from Italy -- at his flagship restaurant, including specialty items like branzino and seasonal truffles from white to black. The wine list is just as innovative as the food, with lots of crisp Proseccos and unusual Piedmont reds. And the service is nothing short of exceptional. Hell, we've been saying that "there isn't another Italian restaurant in Houston that's even in the same league with Da Marco" since 2002, and that sentiment still holds a decade later -- but you'll pay dearly for it.

6. Eddie V's

As at Da Marco, the service and food at Eddie V's are impeccable. Unlike Da Marco, this is a chain and a restaurant that's often over-the-top extravagant, but mostly in all the right ways. Not even a boring breast of chicken is under $20 here, and the USDA Prime steaks start at $43 (Eddie V's is one of the few restaurants in town to purchase Prime beef in huge quantities). But the pièce de résistance here is its iconic iced shellfish tower, which recently clocked in at just under $57.

5. Mark's American Cuisine

No matter how tempting it may be to pig out at dinner, leave room for dessert at Mark's -- it's one of the few restaurants left in town with a serious pastry program. That's just one of the many reasons we named it Best Expense Account Restaurant a decade ago, and why it's still relevant today. Chef Mark Cox still trots out specialty ingredients to rival those at neighboring Da Marco, such as a polenta flan appetizer for $22 that includes morel mushrooms, white asparagus and black truffles, or a tautog entrée for $44 that comes with squash blossoms and fiddlehead ferns.

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Katharine Shilcutt