Chef Bobby Matos | Photograph courtesy of State of Grace

Chef Bobby Matos | Photograph courtesy of State of Grace

Atlanta may be the city where chef Ford Fry became known for his popular portfolio of restaurants ( Jct. Kitchen, No. 246, The Optimist and Oyster Bar, and King + Duke, St. Cecilia), but it's Houston where he spent his formative years. In 2015, he opened his first restaurant in the area just blocks from where he went to high school. Called State of Grace, it is located in the classic, refurbished Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center. Bobby Matos is the executive chef and creates a mix of Southern, American, Latin, Gulf Coast, German, and Asian influenced cuisines.

STATE OF GRACE
3258 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098
T: 832.942.5080 | stateofgracetx.com
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Chefs Ford Fry and Bobby Matos share their itinerary for a perfect day of eating and drinking in Houston. 

Chefs' Guide to Houston

Croissants at Common Bond Bakery | Photograph courtesy of Common Bond

Croissants at Common Bond Bakery | Photograph courtesy of Common Bond

MORNING | Breakfast

Common Bond Bakery

"I love Common Bond Bakery for on-the-go breakfast pastries. They are the best in the city." 
FED Pro > Chef Ford Fry

1706 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
T: 713.529.3535
commonbondcafe.com

Goode Company Taqueria

"Amazing Texan-Mexican breakfast with fresh-made tortillas, wood-grilled meats and sausage, and great migas."
FED Pro > Chef Ford Fry

4902 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
T: 713.520.9153
goodecompany.com

River Oaks Donuts

"These are some of Houston's best doughnuts and this is my favorite for a quick drive-thru breakfast before work. I love the rotating seasonal flavors that they bring into the mix and you can never go wrong with a classic glazed."
FED Pro > Chef Bobby Matos

3601 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027
T: 713.961.9458
riveroaksdonuts.com

COFFEE

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Blacksmith Coffee

"I stop in here for iced coffee and their Vietnamese iced coffee is my favorite."
FED Pro > Chef Ford Fry

1018 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
T: 832.360.7470
blacksmithhouston.com

LUNCH

Photograph courtesy of Killen's Barbeque

Photograph courtesy of Killen's Barbeque

Killen's Barbeque

"This is the best lunch spot. Order everything on the menu, starting with the brisket. But you can't miss the beef and pork ribs, or the BBQ turkey. They also have a crazy delicious bone-in pork belly."
FED Pro > Chef Ford Fry

3613 E Broadway Street
Pearland, TX 77581
T: 281.485.2272
killensbarbecue.com

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Tacos Tierra Caliente

"This is an awesome taco truck next to West Alabama Ice House, which is a great spot for a cold beer."
FED Pro > Chef Bobby Matos

2003 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77098

 

DINNER

Photograph courtesy of Helen Greek Food & Wine

Photograph courtesy of Helen Greek Food & Wine

Helen Greek Food & Wine

"They serve great Greek food and have a very interesting wine list. I love to order the Grilled Feta Brined Chicken, The Lamb Ribs, and, of course, they make an amazing Gyro."
FED Pro > Chef Ford Fry

2429 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
T: 832.831.7133
helengreekfoodandwine.com
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Photograph courtesy of Provisions

Photograph courtesy of Provisions

Provisions

"This is some of the best food in Houston. I come here for the immaculate cheese boards and the best bread." 
FED Pro > Chef Bobby Matos

807 Taft Street
Houston, TX 77019
T: 713.628.9020
passandprovisions.com

DESSERT

Brennan's of Houston

"Stop in here for some classic desserts -- the Bananas Foster is a must-get." 
FED Pro > Chef Bobby Matos

3300 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77006
T: 713.522.9711
brennanshouston.com
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Bananas Foster | Photograph courtesy of Brennan's

Bananas Foster | Photograph courtesy of Brennan's


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