HOUSTON — TikTok food critic Keith Lee isn’t done shining a spotlight on Houston food.
In a video posted Thursday night, the viral food critic ranked the top eight cities to visit in 2023 when it comes to food, and H-Town more than beats that rating.
When it comes to the best food Lee has eaten this year, the Bayou City ranks second behind New Orleans.
“As far as pretty much every place we went, it was delicious,” Lee said. “Houston was one of those places.”
Lee again took the time to highlight Pearland’s spot in the rankings.
“For me, it was one of the most iconic places in Houston, the waterhole,” he said. “I don’t really like sweets, so I’m very picky when it comes to desserts. I like sweets, but it has to be very tasty. In my opinion, ‘The Puddy’ I really like them. Boy! And I can’t think of a single place I’ve been to in Houston that I didn’t like.”
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Lee said what sets New Orleans apart by a small margin is customer service.
“Everywhere we went, we felt like family. I say it felt like I was going to my cousin’s house,” he said. “It didn’t feel like going to a restaurant, it didn’t feel like going to an institution. It felt like going to your auntie, mom, dad, whoever you wanted to go to. It definitely felt like that.”
Ms. Lee joked that she would be right back there since she gained 15 pounds after NOLA.
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Atlanta was at the bottom of the list at No. 8. His problems there are well known.
Surprisingly, New York came in 7th place.
“New York was recommended to me,” he says. “I don’t think I really got the New York experience, but I tried everything I could to get the New York experience.
Detroit finished in sixth place despite being Lee’s hometown.
“I’m from Detroit, so I wanted Detroit to be No. 1,” he said. “I was born and raised here. But as a team, we’ve been able to get better conversations and diversity elsewhere than we have in Detroit. Some of the spots we went to were really good. is.”
In fifth place was Los Angeles.
“Of course we didn’t do a full foodie tour there, but we went to LA about 20 times a year,” he said. “And it was really hard at first, but it was like finding a really good, authentic food spot. But towards the end, you find some great spots that put L.A. on his list. When you say the word diversity, the first two that come to mind are Los Angeles and New York. LA has everything you can think of.”
Fourth place Lee liked Las Vegas.
“Did I talk about diversity? The melting pot? Las Vegas opened doors for me when it came to different foods, different cultures, and hearing and listening to people,” Lee said. Told. “When I got off the ship and went to my neighborhood, went to my community, went to mom-and-pop spots, it really opened my eyes, opened my horizons, and opened doors that I didn’t get to the top of.”For me. There are four. ”
Chicago rounded out Lee’s top four in third place behind Houston and New Orleans.
“The food was really good almost every time,” he said. “I don’t have much to say about Chicago. It’s been a really great place for me. I love it there.”