Top 5: Places to See and Be Seen

Let's face it, Houstonians have a tendency to be fickle. They flock to the coolest places when it's new and hip to do so, losing interest and moving on when the next hot new thing hits the scene. 

When a place is "in," though, everyone seems to want to be there, which means that a hot new restaurant will attract a beautiful crowd. After all, everyone wants to see and be seen once in a while, and what's better than a night out when everyone's decked out to the nines looking ready to impress?

Here's my "of the moment" list of places to see and be seen.

5. Benjy's on Washington Boasting one of the best happy hours in town, Benjy's on Washington has got to be the pre-going-out dining destination of the moment. The retro-modern decor is the perfect setting for the younger set in their glittery pre-clubbing gear, who will often come in larger parties. On the night I was there, the chef's table area -- set smack dab in the center of the restaurant -- showcased eight lovely ladies having a great time. It's the ultimate pre-party social-gathering spot, a place to get the party started, and everyone is there to check out the action before the sun goes down.

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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
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