A quick and strong recommendation for T'fia, an new american restaurant in Houston.
I've begun visiting from NYC often, and had yet to hit on excellent food in Houston (except BBQ), until I went to T'Fia. Chef Monica Pope is crafting extremely careful and joyous dishes in the tradition of the slow food movement. Flavors are combined on the plate to deliver specificity and excellence. There is a high focus on ingredients, especially the meats and fish. While waiting at the bar, I found the restaurant keeps several copies of Joe Niman (of Niman's Ranch) cookbook. Such a good book, I bought it on the spot.
The wine and beer list wrings the best out of texas. I've been into quality rum lately, and they had two on the after-dinnr menu that were delicious (yes, well, I wound up having both. It had been a long day.)
It is a very informal setting, so may not be appropriate for a business meal. I understand the restaurant, patio and small lounge are quite busy 6-8, and that they attract a nice crowd.