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Chefs dish on the rise of Houston's culinary scene

“Culinary hot spot” isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind for most people at the mention of Houston. But it should be. Believe it or not, Houston always ranks high in national magazines’ top lists in dining and restaurants. Pull out a Wall Street Journal or The New York Times and see for yourself. The city was voted one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit by The New York Times in “The 46 Places to Go in 2013,” simply because of its food scene. The Wall Street Journal ascribed such similar praise in 2013, as it set the record straight on why Houston dining trends must be appreciated.

With more than 11,000 different restaurants in the city, Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city in the United States, according to Zagat. So, it’s no surprise that the city’s chefs know a thing or two about pleasing a crowd. They also know that, whether it’s fusion concepts like Korean barbecue, chef-driven dining experiences or sweet and savory flavor combinations like the bacon jam found on almost everything at BRC Gastropub, innovation is king in this town. Houston does it well and does it first.

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