A Day in the Life of a Memphis Foodie

Memphis magazine Staff

(page 8 of 10)


Dinner: 7:30 pm


—Best Chain winner, new category—

It’s a bar, it’s a diner, it’s a first-class restaurant, it’s a rendezvous place for commuters heading home to East Memphis and the suburbs — or for moviegoers going to or from a first-run flick at the nearby Paradiso multiplex. Houston’s is all of these things and more. The only drawback, if you can call it that, is that — on weekends, especially — the evening crowds are so dense that, if it’s dinner you’re after, you’ll need to call earlier to assure yourself of a place in line. Of course, the well-equipped and well-staffed bar, complete with TV for game-watching, is a pleasant place to while away the time or chat with one’s companions while waiting. And the food and service in the restaurant proper are well worth the wait. The menu, like the dress code at Houston’s, spans the spectrum from burgers cooked to one’s taste to prime rib (a Houston’s staple) and an abundance of specialty dishes — striped sea bass, grilled over wild hickory, on a recent evening. The service is impeccable and unobtrusive, the atmosphere is electric but relaxed, and all of it is relatively easy on the pocketbook. Yes, it’s a chain (there are 11 Houston’s all across the country), but somehow the staff makes it feel just like home.   — Jackson Baker


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