“There is no need to leave once you arrive,” explains Octave Brunet. He’s talking about the Omni Houston Hotel, a glittering urban oasis that graces the swank Galleria area with striking architecture and resort-style amenities. Although it suffered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the top-notch hotel will be back and better than ever in 2018. That’s the Houston spirit. Continued convention, business, and tourist travel—as well as trendy “local tourism”—has the nation’s fourth-largest city thriving, even as local recovery continues. Meanwhile, the hospitality industry continues to enjoy an extended hotel boom, as a plethora of high-end developments crops up across town.
There’s a secret sauce bubbling in the Houston restaurant world, a differentiator which sets it apart from the glitzy kitchens of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.
The hidden ingredient?
“I think, without any doubt, it’s the diversity,” says chef Hugo Ortega, the 2017 James Beard Award-winning chef who rules the city’s enviable culinary scene.