I was in Houston to attend an Indian style family wedding and did not get a chance to venture out much, but I was able to sneak in here on an off day. It was obviously the first time for me at this restaurant. They have a wonderful, wide spaced location, airy, with a great owner and a few lousy staff. The service is slow but the food is absolutely fabulous.
I even got some kababs packed for myself on my way back to DC!....highly recommended
Favorite Dish: I will VERY strongly recommend that you try their kababs, lahori choley and naan combo.! I hadnt eaten anything of this magnitude in a while, the taste still lingers in my mouth when I think about it. Perfectly grilled kababs, fresh pipping hot naan, and spicy choley for gravy with mango lassi to boot..what else....please tell me what else does a man need??
On my next visit to Houston, I will try and have a meal more than once here.
This a great vietnamese restaurant located at the heart of the Rice Village district. It is cheap for extremely delicate, spiceful dishes. This restaurant is small and family run. Nice atmosphere. Lots of locals go there. Do not miss it!!
Favorite Dish: Everything is good! My favorite is the Flambé cubes, delicious beef cubes.
This wonderful restaurant offers haute-cuisine type of Mexican food, it is delicious and unlike any other Mexican restaurant you have been too. Everything is delicious! They have a large menu of meats and fishes. I enjoyed the goat dish (yes!) and the rabbit one. And the margaritas are probably the best in town. Try the original smokey Oaxaca one. Very professional waiters and the presentation of the food is also lovely (see picture).
Make a reservation for a Friday and Saturday night. It gets crowded!
They have valet parking at the back of the restaurant but you can park for free in the nearby streets.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good. Be adventurous and try the grass hoppers? Don't worry, they also have chicken and snapper...
The University of Houston main campus has a School of hotel and restaurant management & service. This is their restaurant. All the food and service is by the students. Excellent service and dishes. Sort of average choice of fish and meats American style, but everything was perfect! Atmosphere is a little what you expect from a hotel restaurant, a little boring and empty. But there are not many good restaurants around the University of Houston main campus, and Eric's is one of the best.
Favorite Dish: I had the most delicious tuna, cooked to perfection.
****Update 2013: this restaurant unfortunately is now closed!!****
Rouge is a recently opened restaurant in the Montrose area. As its name indicates, the decor is all in red (bordeaux). The service and food are excellent for the price. The presentations of the dishes are very original and nice, and the portions sizes very reasonable (not too big like in most American restaurants!). Can be a very romantic restaurant especially in the small room upstairs. The food is a cross between French (with a tinge of North African) and American. They change the menu regularly and experiment. Count $150 for 2 persons with wine.
Favorite Dish: We loved the lamb and the rabbit dishes!
Although this restaurant has been in Houston for decades, I only went recently and absolutely loved it! You do not know what Belgian food is? Wonderful mussels and fries, excellent creamy chicken dishes, nice steaks and stews, good fish and of course excellent fries served with mayonnaise! Note for Americans: what you call "French fries" is originally a typical Belgian specialty! They of course have a large choice of Belgian beers but also a good wine list. The waiter was very effective, professional and had lots of humor.
They are closed on Sunday.
Favorite Dish: Moules et Frites! (that's mussels and fries). I had the Congolese spicy version and it was delicious. I recommend the croquettes for appetizers (yummy fried potato puree bits). We had a nice German riesling with that.
And the desserts! Try the crêpes (see picture)!
Schlotzsky’s is one of my very favorite places to eat. It’s a sandwich shop that you can take out or eat in the shop with plenty of tables always available. It’s a bit pricier ($6-7 for a sandwich) than most other sandwich shops but definitely worth it.
It's a place where you order at the counter, then wait for your food and pick it up when they call your number. It's very casual and I'm sure you'll love the food!
Hours of operation
Mon-Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm; some Houston locations vary
Participating restaurants also include a Cinnabon inside
Favorite Dish: The highlight is the sandwiches. They make it with thick sourdough bread and very thinly sliced meat. Then they sprinkle cheese (the best is a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella) on one piece of bread and run it through an oven conveyor belt. Therefore the sandwich is warm and very tasty. The Original is their signature sandwich and comes with: “Home of The Original® Sandwich. Lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and our signature dressing on toasted Sourdough bread.” (From the website.)
Their sandwiches are quite large. I’ve never ordered a large, the mediums are quite enough when you’re at your hungriest.
Their original chips are delicious! Their pizzas are as well. The cheese and pizza is definitely worth trying, also cooked on a sourdough. The bbq chicken looks just as good but it’s hard not to get my favorite sandwich, the turkey and cheese.
This restaurant on weisthiemer road is a joint for Mexican food. The crowd is noisy at times (cant blame - Its the weisthiemer after all). Magarritas are yummy. Unlike the chain restaurants, the food is authentic mexican.
Favorite Dish: Chicken fajita with frozen Magaritas - Absolute Delight
warm welcome, a very american crowd, the resto is much more american in ambience but the food is definitely tex mex
Favorite Dish: Large portions so unless you are very hungry dont order combinations or specials.
i had just one cheese enchilada and it cames with mountains of nachos.. i could hardly finish it ..
Taste is just ordinary so you come here for lunch not for a gourmet experience
I’ve been to Landry’s three times now, for three consecutive Thanksgiving meals. The first two times were EXTREMELY pleasing and the thought of it makes me wish it were November already. (Note: The Thanksgiving of 2011 left a bit to be desired but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.) The seafood is amazing: especially the salmon and tilapia. The waiters and waitresses are dressed nicely in white button down shirts with black ties, and prices are higher than you would normally pay. Needless to say, we don’t come here with big parties or every day use. But it’s nice every now and then to pay/eat above normal seafood.
*If you find yourself in Houston (or The Woodlands) next Thanksgiving you may want to try their Traditional buffet for a pre fix $30 or something like that. But the food is AMAZING with traditional fixings and THEN a whole other section of seafood. The wine list is also nice, and all drinks I’ve ordered there have come out very nice. Make sure you make reservations, though! It can be up to a 2 hour waiting line…
On a beautiful day they have an outdoor seating area that has a beautiful view of the manmade lake that surrounds most of The Woodlands.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 10pm
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 4pm
Monday - Saturday: 4pm - Closing
Favorite Dish: The seafood is wonderful. I enjoyed the salmon, seafood pasta and the many desserts.
"Mexican" isn't really an accurate way to describe a Mission-style burrito. Originating in San Francisco's Mission District, the only thing they really share in common with a Mexican-style burrito is the wrapping style.
Locally-owned and so much better than Chipotle, Mission Burritos is Houston's hometown burrito place. This was a staple for me while I was in college and I have to make at least one trip there whenever I'm in town. They were unfortunately limited to two locations (Durham south of I-10 & Alabama east of Kirby) for many years after closing several within the city in the mid-90's, but have since re-expanded into the Houston suburbs.
They differ from Chipotle in the variation of ingredients. For instance, you can choose from four different kinds of salsa and four different kinds of tortillas. But the quality is also so much better.
For Austinites, the comparable place is Freebirds. In fact, there was somewhat of a lively competition between the original Freebirds location in Houston (on Shepherd) and Mission Burrito for a number of years.
Favorite Dish: Of the meats, my favorite is the chicken
They serve all three meals a day. They have been in business since 1984. They have two locations one near West U area and one near First Bapist Chruch. They are famous for the breakfasts. They have 10 inch pancakes they are huge!!!
Favorite Dish: Their pancakes and their grilled cat fish.
Since I do love travelling and trying new restaurants in the area, I joined a group called Go Texan. It supports local restaurants (not many chains) that use produce and meats that are grown in Texas. So each year they have an Eating Out Week where they will put out a list of Go Texan restaurants in your area. There were only 2 restaurants in my area: Hickory Hollow was one of them.
So one night we ordered it to pick up. The place was very authentic. Wooden posts in the middle of the linoleum floors. Writing on the walls...you know that feeling. Very hometown. It's not by any other restaurants, so you won't come upon it, you have to come here with a purchase.
Sundays: 11 - 8:30 (8:00pm closing in winter)
Mon.- Thur: 11 - 9:00
Friday and Saturday: 11 - 9:30
Favorite Dish: The food was fantastic! The french fries were so good, those krinkly kind... The catfish was great, brisket, and sausage. The beans, baked potato, and potato salad were good as well.
They had a good kids meal for those with families, too.
Although this pizza is quite North of downtown it's the perfect journey to a fun night. So Myspace Local has really got me trying other places around town and I have to say it's quite the adventure! I found Rigia's on ML and checked out their website. They said they were famous for their 30'' pizza. For some reason I thought a large pizza was like 24''...boy was I wrong! When we went to pick it up...thank god I was in my mom's truck because the thing wouldn't fit in a car! We had to put it in the BED of the truck! That's right, it was bigger than the stove. You truly have to see it, so check out the website and/or hit me up on Myspace to send personal pictures. The thing is supposed to feed 12-16 people. We hardly made a dent in it and I've eaten it two days.
The positive side? They serve green olives, which is rare nowadays. Usually you can only find black olives.
The pizza itself is not very good. The sauce is different, true, but it's not good. Now, I'm sure that it's hard to spread 30'' of sauce but still it was in clumps. The crust is nothing special (but I like crust so it's kind of important for me).
And there is no dine-in. It's all take-out which wasn't as fun but I don't know if the pizza would have fit on a table anyway...it's THAT big!
The only other hint I would give you is make sure you know exactly where to turn. The map on the website shows it's just right on 2920 from Kuyhendahl but it's actually behind a gas station on the back corner of Rhodes and 2920. (We had a hard time finding it.
Definitely would recommend it for the entertainment value, though. Especially for a birthday party, house party, etc. I think we laughed about it days later even and the box is absolutely hilarious to keep as a momento.
Trust me, you haven't seen anything like it!
But just ordering a regular pizza? Pass on this place.
Favorite Dish: They have green olives but other than that.....yucky.
***PS The MONSTER pizza was almost $40 so that's why I'm putting the pricing guide. If you're not getting this monster pizza than pass on this place.
Unfortunately, this restaurant got wiped-out by hurricane Ike in 2008. As of July 2010, it still has not re-opened. They have another location on the Kemah boardwalk, but I have never tried it.
This restaurant is wonderful from November to April when you can sit on their beautiful terrace and watch the boats come by and the sunset. The restaurant is located on the Southern shore of Clear Lake along the channel that the sailboats (and all sorts of pleasure boats) have to take to go back and from Clear Lake to Galveston Bay. The food is not extraordinary (typical American fare, fish, steaks, burgers), and definitely overpriced. But you pay for the view and the atmosphere. Also part of the show are the numerous birds, including some very friendly ducks who come next to your table to beg for food. We like to go to this restaurant when we have visitors or tourists from out of town. Definitely go there for diner to watch the sunset. Finally if you come by boat, they have docking facilities.
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