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Texans take football and food very seriously, and they are not easily impressed by newcomers with high acclaim. That being said, some hot new restaurants are just too tempting to resist. Food connoisseurs have scoured The Lone Star state in search of the most notable eateries. Here are a few that topped the succulent list.

Davis St. at Hermann Park

This reborn Houston restaurant goes way beyond surf and turf. Renowned chef Mark Holley has perfected a fusion of perfectly cooked seafood dishes with down-home comfort foods like country-style macaroni and cheese. The freshness of each dish absorbs a plethora of spices to create a flavorful and aromatic experience. The food perfectly complements the classically elegant redesign of the upscale bistro.

Savor

The Culinary Institute of America has churned out countless famous chefs and restaurateurs throughout the years. The San Antonio campus has a unique hands-on approach – their students operate one of the hippest kitchens in town! With no specific theme in mind, guests can experience a delicious three or four-course meal at value prices. Various small plate dishes and family packs featuring chicken, ribs, or steak are also available for parties that want to sample and share.

Salaryman

Authentic Japanese food in Dallas? Unorthodox chef Justin Holt made it possible, and just minutes West of downtown in the trendy Bishop Arts District. His Japanese cuisine passion is evident from the full bar featuring traditional beer and whiskeys to the Yakitori and chicken-based ramen broth dishes. Pickles, salads, and okra dipped in tare round out the menu for the less adventurous diners.

MAD

Houston may never be the same! Chef Luis Roger has turned this town upside down with an unexpected and unforgettable culinary experience. His eclectic styling is loosely patterned after Ferran AdriĆ , Spain’s long standing culinary magician. The influence of Madrid is undeniable. The fast-paced, electronic vibe of the Spanish nightlife pairs well with the modern dishes and uplifting aura of MAD. Guests are treated to an oddity of atmosphere, with unusual talking pieces at every turn. But the talking stops when the eating begins! Modern fusion tapas and wood fire cooked rice are just a few of the mouthwatering fares on the daily menu.