If Houston’s dining scene is still a secret to culinary outsiders, then shame on them. The vibrancy of this city’s food world is thanks to chefs like Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd, who insisted on an in-house butcher shop in his first restaurant and who works with Houston’s finest ranchers and farmers to source the best possible products. This farm-to-table approach isn’t the only thing that makes it stand out in a sea of Houston dining options, though; the restaurant is dedicated to telling "the culinary story" of its city, reaching back all the way to its Creole roots (“Houston is the new American Creole city of the South,” Underbelly’s site explains). Expect dishes like shrimp and soured corn chowder with Benton’s bacon; red beans, rice, and pork loin; tamales “a la Xavi” with grapefruit salad; and family-style servings featuring offerings like smoked pork roast, slow-cooked pot roast, and Texas smoked brisket. No matter what, don’t miss the Korean braised goat and dumplings — it’s unforgettably good.
— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015