Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria

Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hot spots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard, while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen + Drinks are showing shoppers that it's possible to have a great meal inside the massive mall itself without splashing out or trudging through the subterranean food court.

And in the surrounding blocks around the Galleria, brand-new eateries like family-owned Adair Kitchen and low-key French bistro Etoile Cuisine et Bar are drawing new fans to the area each day. And while there are still plenty of terrific, inexpensive options to stretch your dining dollar -- Zabak's, Jenni's Noodle House, Cafe Mawal, Chacho's and Jake's Philly Steaks spring to mind as just a few -- today's list of Top 10 restaurants in the Galleria has changed quite a bit since the last time we tackled this part of 2010.

And considering that holiday shopping season is right around the corner, getting reacquainted with some good places to fuel your shopping spree isn't a bad idea.

Disclaimer: Because "the Galleria area" can apparently encompass anything from Highland Village to far-flung stretches of Westheimer, we've tightened up the boundaries for the purposes of this list to keep it clean and compact. For purposes of this Top 10 list, the Galleria is defined as anything west of Loop 610, south of Woodway, east of Fountain View and north of Richmond Avenue.

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Katharine Shilcutt