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3 days in NW Houston

Hello Houston Foodies,

I'll be in NW Houston for 3 days next week and I am always looking for recommendations for quality dining establishments. Not looking to break the bank, but am open to all suggestions. I typically try to gravitate to locally owned and operated establishments verses national chains.

I've tried several offerings in the area, as well as closer to the city - but like to hear what you guys have to say.

Many thanks!

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    1. Houston is very spread out and NW Houston covers a lot of territory. It might help if you narrowed it down a bit.

      I know about only a few restaurants out that way. Lyndon’s Pit BBQ, 290 @ Hollister, is the best place in this area to get Carolina style pulled-pork bbq; sides are good. I haven’t been in about 2 years. Capt. Tom’s, on FM 1960 and I-10 West, is great for shrimp, oysters, catfish, gumbo. We recently had a mention here on CH of Baby Leita’s Pizza for Chicago style deep dish; use the ‘search this board feature;’ I haven’t gotten up there yet.

      Hickory Hollow near the race track would be good for chicken fried steak and burgers and a Houston CHer has recently recommended their bbq. I have been at an affair catered by Prime Time Steakhouse on 1960 and the food was good (beef tips, creamed spinach as I recall) but I haven’t been to the restaurant.

      A friend who spends a lot of time in New Mexico drove all the way across town from the East side to check out Santa Fe Flats on 249 for New Mex-Mex but was not enthusiastic; that was over a year ago and I notice there are lots of very positive reviews on b4-u-eat.com.

      I’ve seen nothing but good comments on Cajun Town Café, including one recently on the thread about dining near Intercontinental. There’s one on W. Little York just east of Bingle, off 290. I hope to get up there myself soon.

      You can check out these and get links to maps on b4-u-eat.com

      1. I'd be very interested to read of your experiences. Upon your return, if possible, would you kindly post where and what you ate?

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        1. re: Tay

          Thanks for the tips - I'll gladly post my findings and share my thoughts on what I have. To more clearly state - I'll be up 249 near Willowbrook Mall area. I've eaten at plenty of places in this area - but am always looking for new places to dine...specifically if I can find locally owned and operated establishments (harder to find in the burbs).

        2. you can get good to great vietnamese meals at hong long, 18405 state highway 249, phone 281-894-8882. near the mall, 249 at 1960 across from taco milagro/pf changs.

          they do terrific vietnamese food (and perfectly decent chinese). great pho, too! try the crispy vietnames fish and the lotus delight salad...delicious.

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          1. re: karenkay

            Thanks - it sounds right up my alley!

          2. Okay - I flew into Houston yesterday, on my way to Austin - it was around lunchtime - and I had fish tacos on my mind...So I headed over to FM 1960 to Berryhill's Tamales and Tacos. (Monday - fish tacos $1.99!!!) I saw on the menu board a sign indicating Zagat readers have rated Berryhill's fish taco's as the best...bar none...so far - I have to agree. The fish fillets are perfectly fried and are not the least bit greasy. They are topped with red cabbage, cilantro and a wonderful, slightly sweet tartar sauce. I also had an order of tamales - one beef, one pork and one corn/spinach - all very tasty as well.

            I'll be back in Houston later this week and look forward to trying some new places.

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            1. re: Franklin Smith

              I don't know anything about what is where in Houston, I'm still trying to figure out what a "Ward" is.but my friend who visits there frequently, says that you should try to make it to Thelma's.B-B-Q He said it doesn't matter what you order: It's all amazing. Perhaps someone here can give an opinion. I couldn't find a site, but the reviews look pretty good. He also mentioned that the neighborhoood is a little iffy, but he's from the west coast of FL, so "iffy" is probably relative, lol!


              1. re: Tay


                A "Ward" is just a division to make a district, and it dates back to the 1800's when Houston was much smaller. Now we have subdivisions, but the heart of Houston is still in "Wards" and there are 6 of them, all inside the loop. Now if you think that going to a neighborhood that is predominately one race over another is "iffy" that could stop you from going. But it wouldn't stop me. People are friendly as long as you are friendly. I have heard great things about Thelma's, but I don't get to that part of town often, so I can't honestly say. But I have eaten at a few places in different wards that are fabulous.

                1. re: danhole

                  Thanks for the information RE: The origin of Wards. The "Iffy" comment was in no way a reflection of any type of bias based on race or ethnicity. I was just passing on what my friend said. and I believe he was referring to what he may have perceived as the question of safety in that particular area.
                  I am passing that along much as I would mention difficulty in finding parking, or anything else that might help the OP be better informed.
                  If my posting offended anyone, my apologies, .I assure you it was unintentional. :-}

                  1. re: Tay

                    Tay, I just saw this and want to let you know that I was not offended in anyway over the "iffy" remark. Houston is so diverse and some neighborhoods are more dangerous than others, but that is true in all big cities. I have been very fortunate, and not had any trouble in any neighborhood, but then again I am a very friendly, little white woman who people seem to open up to no matter who they are! No need to apologize!

            2. Update - Arrived in Houston in time for a late dinner this evening. So I took the recommendation from Karenkay and tried Hong Long. The restuarant was clean and sparsely populated with a predominant Asian crowd. I had the Lotus delight salad - great recommendation! It was a nice mix of red onion, cucumber, daicon, green onion - combined with shrimp, jellyfish, cilantro with a sweet sauce - very tasty!
              I also tried the treasure fish - which was also very good - the fish was crispy and hot - topped with straw mushrooms, baby shrimp in a brown sauce - yummy!

              The waiter also told me to try the beef salad - I'll have to try it on my next visit!

              1. Final update - Thursday a group of us wen to Saltgrass - It's not my first choice - but went along with the group - we split the snake bites (shrimp and cream cheese in deep fried jalapenos) - and some fried mushrooms - the snkae bites were pretty good - but the mushrooms had a bland coating and didnt do much for me. I also had the steak and shrimp combo with coconut shrimp - the steak with peppercorn cognac - nether were outstanding - but completely edible
                Thursday evening, however, I went to what is now my favorite Mexican restuarant in Houston - El Tiempo ( was at the Washington location) and had some of the best beef fajitas I've ever had. Incredibly fresh and flavorful steak coupled with the freshest of ingredients...yummmm Also note - the Margarita's here are potent!!!
                Thanks Houston for another great dining extravaganza! I'm looking forward to my next visit.

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                1. re: Franklin Smith

                  And thank you for reporting. Yes, El Tiempo's fajitas and margaritas are great.
                  Glad you had a good visit. Come back soon!

                  1. re: Franklin Smith

                    If you get to El Tiempo again try the fajita & cordoniz (quail) combo. That quail is soooo good.

                    1. re: danhole

                      I will DEFINITELY go to El Tiempo again...looking forward to the quail