Houston’s Most Surprising Restaurant Earns Major National Love — Tatemó and Texas’ Best New Restaurants in America Power

Ono unusual restaurants and courage is Houston, enjoy something from a national moment with Esquire magazine named Tatemo one of the best new restaurants in America in its latest issue. Tatemó is one of three Texas restaurants to make the top 40 rankings.

But in many ways, it is unlike any other. After all, how many restaurants are busy with corn?

That’s how Tatemo makes his mark, how it became a Houston sensation and found this national moment. By making everything about eg. Tatemo partners Emmanuel Chavez and Megan Maul even have 55 pounds of corn from Mexico lining the walls of their modest restaurant in a nondescript strip mall at 4740 Dacoma Street in Spring Branch.

This isn’t the kind of restaurant built to make these kinds of lists, which makes its inclusion all the sweeter. But Tatemo’s corn and tortilla focus isn’t the only thing that sets it apart from many of America’s best new restaurant peers.

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It’s only open three days a week – Friday and Saturday nights for a tasting menu and Sundays from 10am to 1pm for lunch. It also has only 13 seats inside. Yes, dining at Tatemo takes some work. Esquire believes it’s more than worth the effort, and raves about “purple totopos chips,” Cacahuazintle corn, and purple quesadillas.

Yes, corn can be colorful.

Tatemo Houston restaurant
Tatemo is no ordinary Houston restaurant. It focuses on corn and is open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But it still made Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America. (@tatemo_htx)

Tatemo is in 19th place s new 40 electric restaurant list. Kanji’s Austin restaurant ranks No. 4, behind only Cannes Portland, Los Angeles’ Yanban Community and Asheville’s Neng Jr. North Carolina. Canje is all about the flavors of the Caribbean, and Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph is a native of Guyana, bringing the food of his homeland to the best of the Texas food scene.

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However, it is the joy of Kanje that Kevin Sintumuang, one of the trusted food writers, s Top 40, really seems to be taken by.

The latest Texas restaurant to make America’s Best New Restaurants is a little more traditional. Or at least it seems that way at first. Because while Austin’s Birdie’s is praised for its wine, its glasses of petite and orange wine stand out. Esquire.

It turns out that the rebels also come in uniform. Birdie is a counter service place and that seems to add to its appeal. What Tracy Malecek-Ezekiel and Arjav Ezekiel have created Esquire he dubs with love. One that features soft vanilla ice cream drizzled with olive oil.

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Birdie's Austin Restaurant
Birdie’s is a very casual Austin restaurant and wine bar favorite. And Esquire is all. (@birdiesaustin)

This Austin wine haven comes in at No. 25 on the list. Of course, where a restaurant ranks in this Top 40 doesn’t matter as much as where it’s built. California dominates the list with 10 of the 40 restaurants calling the Golden State home. New York is not second with seven restaurants. But Texas’ unique trio holds its own, giving the Lone Star State the third-most restaurants in the Top 40, with Oregon matching that number for third place.

But there is only one Tatemó, one Canje, one Birdie. This is really important.

With the end of the 2022 Best New Restaurant in America list, something different is a major part of the food journey.


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