From Our Editors
Glowing scarlet beneath drum-like lamps, the Houston Avenue Bar & Grill dining room immediately distinguishes itself. Of course, it's not the decor that reels folks in. The chefs adhere to rigid quality standards, serving Butcher's Block Reserve Angus Steak aged 30 days for dishes such as brie topped filet mignon and 16 ounce ribeye steaks. They put as much care into sirloin sandwiches, lobster-shrimp rolls, and bison burgers—even the macaroni 'n' cheese pops with gruyere, smoked gouda-cheddar, and truffle. Chefs' contemporary take on American cuisine prizes freshness and inventiveness, echoing the crimson-washed modernity and imagination that permeates the décor.