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is the hara masala, a pastel-green curry
made with green chilies, yogurt, and cilantro. Scoop it up with lots of blistered naan
and fragrant basmati rice. 6652 SW Freeway;
"One of the hottest neighborhoods in Houston right now is The Heights. Stroll through
Heights Mercantile, a cool new shopping center with a mix of local shops, then enjoy
an appetizer and a cocktail around the corner at Better Luck Tomorrow, a new bar from
James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Yu."
- Dasha Westerfield, irtuoso agency owner, Houston
THE PIT ROOM
You don't have to strain your imagination to figure out The Pit Room's specialty.
Halfway down its Montrose neighborhood
block, this barbecue stop announces itself
with aromas of smoke and barbecue drippings riding the Texas breeze. Served on
aluminum trays lined with butcher paper,
chef Bramwell Tripp's brisket is heady and
lush. But there are a dozen other enticements rounding out The Pit Room narrative, from the wine list - with barbecue, who
knew? - to the house-made venison sausage
that crackles with black pepper and the
kick-ass crimson cherry pie, which is sold
whole or by the slice and happens to taste
even better late at night in a hotel bathrobe.
1201 Richmond Avenue; thepitroombbq.com.
Rest easy after a night on the town.
Leather ottomans, tufted headboards,
and chaises anchor the 232 oil-tycoonchic rooms at The St. Regis Houston,
located between the River Oaks neighborhood and the Galleria district. Four
drinking and dining venues include the
mahogany-clad Remington Bar, which
hosts live music on Friday and Saturday
nights. There's also a tranquil spa offering
caviar facials and spirulina salt scrubs,
among other treatments. Doubles from
$250, including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.
Wrought-iron gates, shaggy palms, and
a coral-and-banana paint job give the
122-room Hotel Granduca Houston
the look of a seaside European villa. The
U-shaped building frames a courtyard
pool lined with loungers and tented
cabanas. On Thursday nights, don't miss
Bar Malatesta's aperitivo happy hour,
inspired by owner Giorgio Borlenghi's
Italian heritage, for Aperol spritzes and
complimentary snacks. Doubles from
$225, including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.