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Houston-area restaurants dominate Yelp's list of top 100 best places to eat in Texas

When it comes to the best places to chow down in Texas, H-Town takes the cake, according to reviews on Yelp.

HOUSTON — Houston never disappoints when it comes to food, which is why it's no surprise the foodie city dominated the Yelp's 2021 list of top places to eat in Texas. Nineteen restaurants in the Houston area made the cut.

The customer-based food review service released its list Wednesday.

According to the website, Yelp based the rankings on volume of reviews as well as scores between 2016 and 2021. The restaurants selected had to have a passing health score, too.

Yelp applauded Texas, which is the second most populated state in the country, for its range of diversity in ethnic cuisines and categories of food— from traditional Texas barbecue spots to delicious vegan Vietnamese options. Editors said they felt this year's list perfectly captured that. 

On the Texas list, the highest ranking went to San Antonio with Comfort Cafe followed by Houston with The Gypsy Poet, an artisanal wood-fired pizza joint in Midtown.

Kat's Barbecue came in third, Tony's Italian Delicatessen in Montgomery for fourth and finally Gino's Deli Stop N Buy in San Antonio to round out the top five rankings.

On Yelp's national list released back in February, only a couple of Houston restaurants were recognized.

Tacos Doña Lena in the Spring Branch area and Shun on South Shepherd are the only two local restaurants to make it into the upper echelons. Congrats to them — way to represent H-town!

Click here for the full national list.

Yelp said the national list included submissions from users, which were then analyzed by the company's data science team that looked deeper into the rating before the list was finalized by community managers from around the country.

"The resulting list is collaborative and passion driven – an accurate reflection of Yelp Community itself," the company said.

Full list of Yelp's top 100 places to eat in Texas:

  1. Comfort Cafe – San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
  2. The Gypsy Poet – Houston, TX
  3. Kat’s Barbecue – Santa Fe, TX
  4. Tony’s Italian Delicatessen – Montgomery, TX
  5. Gino’s Deli Stop N Buy – San Antonio, TX
  6. Robin’s Snowflake Donuts & Cafe – Spring, TX
  7. Jewboy Burgers – Austin, TX
  8. Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe – Grapevine, TX
  9. SP Brazilian Steakhouse – Lakeway, TX
  10. Sushi Spot – Plano, TX
  11. Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar – Fort Worth, TX
  12. DB’s Rustic Iron BBQ – Terlingua, TX
  13. Granny’s Tacos – Austin, TX
  14. Del Campo Empanadas – Fort Worth, TX
  15. T-Loc’s Sonora Hot Dogs – Austin, TX
  16. Hugs Cafe – McKinney, TX
  17. Vietwich – Stafford, TX
  18. It’s a Punjabi Affair – Amarillo, TX
  19. Mama Frances Soul Kitchen – La Marque, TX
  20. That’s My Dog – Katy,TX
  21. Nelson’s BBQ – San Antonio, TX
  22. The Original Kolache Shoppe – Houston, TX
  23. Aloha Chicken & Shrimp – Watauga, TX
  24. Coco Shrimp – Fort Worth, TX
  25. Las Abuelas – Austin, TX
  26. Bowl Mami – Carrollton, TX
  27. The B’s Kitchen – Cedar Park,TX
  28. Jim’s Smokehouse – Austin, TX
  29. 1618 Asian Fusion – Austin, TX
  30. San Pedro’s – Dallas, TX
  31. Empa Mundo – Irving, TX
  32. El Taquito – El Paso, TX
  33. Fazenda Gaucha – Bedford, TX
  34. Fu Manchung – Spring, TX
  35. DonDonPoke – Plano, TX
  36. Spice Station – Kingsville, TX
  37. Outlaw Kitchens – San Antonio, TX
  38. Aladdin Cafe – Crowley, TX
  39. Ceviche Ceviche – South Padre Island, TX
  40. Sikhay Thai Lao Cuisine – Fort Worth, TX
  41. Athena’s Greek Kitchen – Houston, TX
  42. The Shed Market – Abilene, TX
  43. Doma Seolleongtang – Dallas, TX
  44. Crumbville – Houston, TX
  45. Pho Phong Luu – Austin, TX
  46. Pappa Gyros – Katy, TX
  47. Pollos Asados Los Norteños – San Antonio, TX
  48. Vic & Al’s – Austin, TX
  49. Santorini Cafe – Austin, TX
  50. Taqueria El Crucero – Waco, TX
  51. Craft Pita – Houston, TX
  52. Zoa Moroccan Kitchen – Houston, TX
  53. Arepitas – Harker Heights, TX
  54. Tranky’s Tacos – Garland, TX
  55. Las Tortas Perronas – Houston, TX
  56. Green Fork & Straw – Houston, TX
  57. Coolgreens Southlake – Southlake, TX
  58. Van’s Banh Mi – Austin, TX
  59. Mi Casa Mexican Cuisine – Waxahachie, TX
  60. Sky Rocket Burger – Dallas, TX
  61. The Colossal Sandwich Shop – Bedford, TX
  62. Ceviche7 – Austin, TX
  63. Cafe Homestead – Waco, TX
  64. Whiskers Fish & Burgers – Dallas, TX
  65. The Pita Shop – San Marcos, TX
  66. Market Street Cafe – Lockhart, TX
  67. Bodhi Viet Vegan – Austin, TX
  68. Thyme For Lunch – San Antonio, TX
  69. The Aussie Grind – Frisco, TX
  70. The Cookshack – Houston, TX
  71. Casa Mia Latin Cuisine – Lewisville, TX
  72. Cafe Italia – Grapevine, TX
  73. Jinda Cafe – Clarendon, TX
  74. Vizo’s African Bar & Restaurant – Lubbock, TX
  75. Shoals Sound & Service – Dallas, TX
  76. Mami Coco – Dallas, TX
  77. Austin Tea Xchange Cafe – Austin, TX
  78. Taste Community Restaurant – Fort Worth, TX
  79. Boca 31 – Denton, TX
  80. Crepes 4 U – Plano, TX
  81. Diced Poke – Houston, TX
  82. Abo Youssef – Austin, TX
  83. E B Latin Bistro – Plano, TX
  84. Ephesus Mediterranean Grill – Dallas, TX
  85. Rumdoul – Rowlett, TX
  86. Fuego Latino Gastropub – Georgetown, TX
  87. CraftWay Kitchen – Plano, TX
  88. Casa Jacaranda – Venus, TX
  89. Anonymous Cafe – Houston, TX
  90. Aga’s Restaurant & Catering – Houston, TX
  91. Bird Bird Biscuit –  Austin, TX
  92. Tiba Grill – Arlington, TX
  93. La Casa Bakery & Cafe – Houston, TX
  94. Lamar & Niki’s Pit BBQ and Soul Food – Bryan, TX
  95. Don Japanese Kitchen – San Marcos,TX
  96. Halal Time – Austin, TX
  97. Flavia’s Kitchen – Austin, TX
  98. DEE DEE – Austin, TX
  99. Ichigoh Ramen Lounge – Dallas, TX
  100. Papa’s Burgers – San Antonio, 

Editor's note: An original version of this story mentioned there was only one Houston restaurant on the list.  There were actually two.