The 2015 Top 100 Restaurants

Houston Chronicle's food critic Alison Cook has tasted her way through the Houston area to compile the list of the best 100 restaurants in Houston. Enjoy the foodie heaven of Houston by following this list.
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Number 1: The Pass & Provisions. This is Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan's year. The co-chefs have their hugely ambitious 3-year-old dual-concept restaurant, The Pass & Provisions, running as precisely as a fine Swiss watch.

1. The Pass & Provisions

Number 1: The Pass & Provisions. This is Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan's year. The co-chefs have their hugely ambitious 3-year-old dual-concept restaurant, The Pass & Provisions, running as precisely as a fine Swiss watch.

Number 2: Oxheart. Chef Justin Yu's restaurant is as vital as ever in its snug, rustic corner of Houston's Warehouse District.

2. Oxheart

Number 2: Oxheart. Chef Justin Yu's restaurant is as vital as ever in its snug, rustic corner of Houston's Warehouse District.

Number 3: Pax Americana. Chef Adam Dorris' vivid, robust cooking has made his year-old restaurant Houston's breakaway newcomer of 2015

3. Pax Americana

Number 3: Pax Americana. Chef Adam Dorris' vivid, robust cooking has made his year-old restaurant Houston's breakaway newcomer of 2015

Number 4: Killen's Barbecue. Can barbecue really achieve lofty heights? Well, yes. Chef Ronnie Killen has ushered Houston into a glorious new barbecue age with his comfortable Pearland venture, which stands woodpile to woodpile with the nation's best.

4. Killen's Barbecue

Number 4: Killen's Barbecue. Can barbecue really achieve lofty heights? Well, yes. Chef Ronnie Killen has ushered Houston into a glorious new barbecue age with his comfortable Pearland venture, which stands woodpile to woodpile with the nation's best.

Number 5: Tony's. Young chef Kate McLean has bloomed in the kitchen at this fine-dining classic, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

5. Tony's

Number 5: Tony's. Young chef Kate McLean has bloomed in the kitchen at this fine-dining classic, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Number 6: Hugo's. Here's a surprise: Busy chef Hugo Ortega, with multiple restaurants and increasing demands on his time, has proven unwilling to let the success of his glamorous young Caracol eclipse his landmark original, Hugo's.

6. Hugo's

Number 6: Hugo's. Here's a surprise: Busy chef Hugo Ortega, with multiple restaurants and increasing demands on his time, has proven unwilling to let the success of his glamorous young Caracol eclipse his landmark original, Hugo's.

Number 7: Pondicheri Cafe. With its continuous breakfast, lunch and dinner service, Anita Jaisinghani's lively Indian "diner" is more fun every year, especially this one.

7. Pondicheri Cafe

Number 7: Pondicheri Cafe. With its continuous breakfast, lunch and dinner service, Anita Jaisinghani's lively Indian "diner" is more fun every year, especially this one.

Number 8: Coltivare. Salad of Texas peaches, red plums, fennel, Point Reyes blue cheese and mizuna greens.

8. Coltivare

Number 8: Coltivare. Salad of Texas peaches, red plums, fennel, Point Reyes blue cheese and mizuna greens.

Number 9: BCN Taste & Tradition. After a promising if slightly bumpy start, this rigorously Spanish newcomer is flying high on all fronts. Above, their take on a gin and tonic.

9. BCN Taste & Tradition

Number 9: BCN Taste & Tradition. After a promising if slightly bumpy start, this rigorously Spanish newcomer is flying high on all fronts. Above, their take on a gin and tonic.

Number 10: Caracol. It's not easy to keep two ambitious restaurants running in top-10 form, but chef Hugo Ortega, his partner Tracy Vaught and his pastry-chef brother, Ruben Ortega, have managed to do just that.

10. Caracol

Number 10: Caracol. It's not easy to keep two ambitious restaurants running in top-10 form, but chef Hugo Ortega, his partner Tracy Vaught and his pastry-chef brother, Ruben Ortega, have managed to do just that.

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