New to Houston, what's your favorite restaurant in town
I'm moving to Houston from Los Angeles and could use recommendations for basically every type of food. So, where do you guys like to eat?
As a native Houstonian there are tons of restaurants to check out. Here are a few of my favorites that are reasonably priced.
Los Cucos - great tex-mex with wonderful salsa
Miako's - fresh sushi and after 9pm Monday-Friday all sushi is 30% off
Ciro's - fairly quick and well priced Italian
Cafe Meza - quick,great portions for reasonable price medaterainian. I haven't been disappointed yet.
Hugo's - the oil industry's place to be and be seen.
Lucky Dragon - Chinatown on bellaire. no MSG used and the place is always full of Chinese speakers, good price, good food.
Mai's - great downtown Vietnamese after club food
House of Pies - Houston's response to IHOP open 24/7
Hope that helped
Catalan - Spanish influenced menu - don't miss the pork belly appetizer - award winning wine list
Ibiza - Same owners as Catalan - Mediterranean cuisine - good wine list
Reef - Seafood with Gulf Coast, Mediterranean and Asian influences
Hugo's - Don't miss the lobster tacos
Indika – Indian fusion
Kiran’s – Indian
Lupe Tortilla - family friendly - great beef fajitas
Tiny Boxwoods - Cafe like you'd find in the South of France (breakfast/lunch)
Swirll - Frozen Yogurt (same concept as Pink Berry & Red Mango)
Those are just a few suggestions.
Himalaya for incredible pakistani food and my favorite naan.
Maryz med food for great mezza's like the baba ganoush, kibbi's, grape leaves and hummus.
Vieng Thai on longpoint for very good thai and BYOB.
Cafe Rebelaise for french bistro.
Indika for contemporary indian food in a hipish atmosphere.
Lopez for great cheap fast texmex.
Gorditas Aquascaliente for Huaraches, sopes and gorditas.
Tampico for fresh mexican seafood. The grileed snapper is one of houstons finest pieces of fish.
Great recs above! Have to put a plug in for some others:
Dolce Vita -- Really excellent pizza with high-end ingredients (think Mozza if you are from LA). Would also recommend Da Marco the higher end sister restaurant.
T'afia - previous F&W best new chef Monica Pope -- excellent New American cuisine focusing on local ingredients -- excellent cocktails and some excellent valued Texas wines.
100% taquito -- love this inexpensive taqueria. Great tortas. Get one almost every time I am in town from Dallas.
Goode Company BBQ-- the most renowned bbq in Houston (and many would argue the best though you could get some serious debate on that issue)
You've got some great recommendations listed above. I’m glad to see 100% Taquito among them! For a tasty inexpensive meal, quick polite service, It’s one of my favorites too. I love their spicy tinga tacos. However, their chicken mole tacos are not so good –mole is too bland & thin (IMO). I also love their spicy pickled carrots and tres leches cake. Hey! What about that other place that is near by… maybe even in the same strip mall as 100% Taquito? It’s called Rustika Bakey & Café. I love that place too. Excellent breakfast and coffee. They sell average-everyday pastries like cheese danish & apple strudel, but they also bake a lot of South American pastries and cookies – things you do not see in every bakery around town. Its all pretty good. For a savory bite, I like their chicken mole empanadas.
Native Houstonian also.
My favorite: La Griglia (amazing food + great value)
Another favorite: Benjy's
Very good sushi: Osaka
Very good cheap sushi: Oishii
Best Vietnamese pho: Tau Bay (on Bellaire Blvd) or Pho Saigon (midtown)
Vietnamese sandwich: Les Givral
Thai: Thai Gourmet
Pizza/Italian/Wine: Dolce Vita
Indian: Bombay Brasserie
Dacapo's (sandwiches, salads, soups, bakery)
El Rey (Cuban, fast & cheap)
I second the recommendation of Cafe Mezza-everything they serve is good, I especially love the buns on the hamburgers.
I disagree with air. We regularly go to Lupe Tortilla off of 59, and the fajitas taste the same as they did years ago when we went to Lupe's out off Hwy 6. We have occasionally had some trouble with service, but nothing worth not going again. I don't think it is overrated at all. You get a lot of food for the price.
I'm particularly talking about the Stafford St. location near Hwy 6/I-10. I wouldn't go out of the way to eat at any of their locations around town, but there are still plenty of reports about how bad they are.
Before you even get seated, the first thing you'll see is a sign at the hostess station that says "If you don't want to wait, come between 2-5:30 M-Th," or something to that effect. I can't remember, but nontheless, it's there, and that's just one piece of proof of the chain's inflated ego due to success. Why wait an hour when you can get that kind of Tex-Mex food anywhere in Houston, and on top of that, it'll probably be better.
There's a lot of hype going around that they've got such amazing fajitas, and I don't understand why such poor quality beef is being praised. It's like eating jerky. The salsa they serve is also extremely watery and it's no better than anything you can get at a grocery. As soon as you're finished being served your entrees, the only other time you'll be helped is when you ask for the check. No drink refills or anything.
Bottom line: long waits and bad service overshadow "good" food. They were an amazing place in the past, but they've gotten so big that they've quit caring about the quality of food and service. If I'm ever forced to go here, I just stick to the margaritas, at least they've got that right.