Longtime Texas Monthly restaurant critic Patricia Sharpe has released her annual list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas, and Austin has quite a bit of which to be proud. Two restaurants from the capital city landed in the top five on the list headlined by Houston chef Chris Shepherd’s trio of One Fifth: Mediterranean, UB Preserv and Georgia James. Read the full list at TexasMonthly.com.

East Austin’s Mexican restaurant Suerte from owner Sam Hellman-Mass (which received a rave from me last summer) landed the number two spot thanks to its versatility and creativity with masa, along with dishes like goat rib barbacoa and shrimp aguachile. And Sharpe kept in the neighborhood with fifth-ranked Intero, an Italian restaurant on East Cesar Chavez St., which I reviewed very favorably in January. Sharpe praised the comfortable restaurant from chef Ian Thurwachter, chocolate maker Krystal Craig and general manager McVay Bennett for its use of grains and local protein and, of course, artisan chocolate.

Houston restaurants occupied four of the top 10 spots, with Dallas nabbing three and San Antonio (Clementine) one. Check out the full list below, and if you haven’t experienced Shepherd’s brand of hospitality, flavor building, teamwork and bonhomie, get yourself to Houston and make a weekend of it.

 

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Texas Monthly Best New Restaurants of 2018

1. Chris Shepherd's UB Preserv, One Fifth Mediterranean, and Georgia James, Houston

2. Suerte, Austin

3. Nancy's Hustle, Houston

4. Macellaio, Dallas

5. Intero, Austin

6. Poitín, Houston

7. Petra and the Beast, Dallas

8. Indigo, Houston

9. Clementine, San Antonio

10. Tulum, Dallas