Favourite Houston Meals and Drink Experiences of 2020

Fortunately, 2020 is history. It’s been a tumultuous year, especially for bars and restaurants in the Houston area. As we closed the year, we wanted to honor and celebrate the hospitality establishments that brought us joy during the ongoing pandemic. The usual “best” new bar and restaurant lists didn’t seem quite right. Instead, we partnered with the Houston Press to document our favorite food and drink experiences in 2020 in a 12-part series that covered everything from our favorite bar conversions to our favorite new restaurants that dared to be in 2020 open. In case you missed it, here are the links to all 12 parts of this collaborative series.

Micos Hot Chicken Nashville-inspired hot chicken sandwich. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

  1. We started the series with a thoughtful introduction by Houston Food Finder publisher and editor Phaedra Cook and a 2020 impact study Houston bars.
  2. In the second part we cover Treats and trends, all of Couch Potato Cookies to Smoked beef birria cheese tacos.

    ROMA virtual wine eatingA Roma virtual wine dinner recently hosted by Zoom. Photo by Jeremy Parzen.

  3. The third installment covers that wonderful world of wine, everything from roadside sommeliers to virtual wine nights.
  4. Despite quarantines and bans Beer lovers found plenty to enjoy in 2020.
  5. Part five examines how chefs tackled the difficulties of 2020, from starting new businesses to creating new courts like Lobster and Crab Ramen.
  6. Halfway there we have Immerse yourself in our favorite pick-me-up: coffee.

    BOH Pasta + Pizza Peperoni Pizza. Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez.

  7. Last year many, if not most, of the restaurants in the Houston area – from fine dining to casual dining – added takeout and delivery. In part seven we show some of them Our favorite delivery and to-go experiences.
  8. In our eighth episode We cover cocktails and spirits, from virtual tastings to favorite spirits.
  9. Due to the pandemic, many restaurant and bar workers were unemployed or underemployed. In part nine we have Highlighting organizations that have helped promote hospitalityjobs Survive 2020.

    Food selection at the Local Foods Rice Village pop-up market. Photo by Lisa Gochman.

  10. In 2020 restaurateurs had to get creative. On the tenth day We presented our favorite restaurant innovationsFrom shower curtains to a sledgehammer to a bar to opening a mini grocery store.
  11. From heirloom corn tortillas to hand sanitizer from the distillery, Part 11 focuses on ours Top stores and products.
  12. In the last episode we present our favorite restaurants of 2020, from classics to newcomers.

At the beginning of the first full week of 2021, we raise one last glass to what gave us joy in 2020 and wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

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