Thanks to Albert Nurick of HTown ChowDown for catching this: A new restaurant located **35 MILES** outside Houston is rated as best restaurant in Houston by CitySearch?! And tops in a dozen other categories? Citysearch, I think somebody pulled the wool over your eyes: http://houston.citysearch.com/bestof/winners/2010/restaurant. They clearly haven't been reading Esquire, the New York Times, or My Table magazine.
Here's the NY Times recommendation, with no Barbed Rose in sight.
IF YOU GO
Prices are based on an average dinner for two, without drinks, tax or tip.
Reef, 2600 Travis Street; (713) 526-8282; reefhouston.com. $90.
Stella Sola, 1001 Studewood Street; (713) 880-1001; stellasolahouston.com. $90.
Beaver’s, 2310 Decatur Street; (713) 864-2328; beavershouston.com. $70.
Textile, 611 West 22nd Street; (832) 209-7177; textilerestaurant.com. $170 (five-course tasting menu) or $100 (à la carte).
Block 7 Wine Company, 720 Shepherd Drive; (713) 572-2565; www.block7wineco.com. $60.