Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 72
On the Table
at Irma's Original and
Diversity and down-home hospitality
spark a culinary boom in Houston.
BY ADAM ERACE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JODY HORTON
V I RT U O S O L I F E
HEN DAVID CHANG, KING OF THE NEW YORK-BASED
Momofuku empire, mused that "Houston has the most exciting food scene in America right now" in Virtuoso Life last
year, locals likely shrugged: Thanks, but tell us something we
don't already know.
The massive city is a poster child for Lone Star sprawl: the nation's
fourth largest by population, 655 square miles, parts of which were devastated by Hurricane Harvey last September. But the city and its restaurant
community have proven resilient, and with the Astros winning the World
Series for the first time in the team's 56 years, there's reason to celebrate.
In Houston, the dining scene can cure cravings for everything from
incendiary Szechuan tofu stew to country-fried Wagyu rib eye. It's also