All the review sites seem to be loaded with questionable fans, except for B4-u-eat.com. But that site doesn't provide much in the way of cumulative experiences (ex: stars). Here are my favs in Houston. I haven't been everywhere, these are just the places we go to over and over. All price ranges. What are yours?
Feast, for special day dinners, and bargain lunches, best everything, it's not all about the offal
Lopez Tex-Mex, since 1978 (best carnitas in Houston, without a doubt)
Rioja for tapas, no better anywhere, the garlic soup is a-freaking-amazing
Mexican Deli (of course) Poblano soup
Danton's Seafood for Louisiana style food, there is no equal, all of it
It's a tie for Thai: Thai Cottage on Westheimer and in Sugar Land (various locations) for the best pad thai and seriously crazy good "spicy wings of paradise", and the other one is Nit Noi (various locations) for whole fried fish. *Shudder*
There you go, start!
6560 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030
11920 Westheimer Rd Ste J, Houston, TX 77077
Nit Noi Cafe
4703 Richmond Ave Ste A, Houston, TX 77027