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Apr 1, 2011 03:02 PM

Run out of options in the NW....need some recs!

Hi friends,

So I am visiting Houston on work, staying near Willowbrook Mall in the NW and have been here for 2 months!!! Woo hoo.

I had posted upon arriving here and got some fabulous recommendations, But now I am repeating them way too often and need some more suggestions. I am WILLING to drive further. Some places I have tried include

Lupe Tortilla - Good, Los Cucos in the Willowbrook Mall, terrible, Anothai cuisine - FM and Loretta, both are good, clean, good food, Campionis, Carabba's, Udipi Cafe, Himalaya (SW Freeway), Wazu, County Line BBQ, Brother's Pizza, Peli Peli, the Italian in Vintage Park, Via Emilia and a couple of other places in the area whose name I don't remember too well.

So, what else is good around here, and maybe a bit of a drive which is ok in the evening and weekends.

Any good Greek?
Any good Italian?
Any good Middle Eastern/Lebanese
Any Fondue (apart from Melting Pot)
Any good European?
Any good Chinese in the neighborhood? If not, where is the Chinatown that you recommend?
Any good Japanese?
Any others?

Would love your suggestions please, as I am becoming way too frequent at the places I know of!

Thanks so much,

5419 Fm 1960 Rd W Ste F, Houston, TX 77069

Lupe Tortilla's Restaurants
318 Stafford St, Houston, TX 77079

County Line
13850 Cutten Rd, Houston, TX 77069

Melting Pot Restaurant
6100 Westheimer Rd Ste 146, Houston, TX 77057

Los Cucos
5831 Highway Blvd, Katy, TX 77494

Udipi Cafe
4632 Fm 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX 77069

Peli Peli
110 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77070

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  1. Okay, you said you would drive!

    Spanish, best in the city: Rioja on Kirkwood in West Houston
    Greek: One's a Meal, Westheimer
    Cajun Seafood: Danton's, on Montrose
    Middle Eastern: Fadi's on Westheimer
    French, so many choices, all pretty pricey, but Bistro Provence on Memorial, Brasserie Max & Julie on Montrose, Bistro Le Cep on Westheimer, and BRENNAN'S if you haven't been there yet, a Houston legend.

    If you want to see old Houston, visit some of the city's 50+ year old restaurants like Barbecue Inn or Doyle's Italian. Old school fer sure.

    Have you surfed Houston's own restaurant guide with user reviews. You can search by part of town or cuisine.

    I remember your other post. Curious, have you tried Bootsie's yet in Tomball? I still have not made it there.

    Bet you just want to go home though! Two months is a long time, even with getting to eat meals out each day

    Bistro Provence
    13616 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

    Bistro Le Cep
    11112 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

    11920 Westheimer Rd Ste J, Houston, TX 77077

    Barbecue Inn
    116 W Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77018

    Brasserie Max & Julie
    4315 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

    1. Hi lambowner, thanks so much for the replies. I will make sure to check these out. I have looked at but not spent much time on it, maybe I need to.
      I have not gone to Bootsie's as yet, I was wondering if it is ok for a solo diner? or maybe I can invite you :)
      Yes it has been long and I miss my home cooked food but I am very grateful for this opportunity at work!
      Thanks so much

      1. Any good Greek? this is on Louetta near Kuykendahl - have not been, but I've heard good things about it (i.e. - very authentic).

        Any good Italian? I am at a loss on this one. But there is a place called Vito's Famous ( on Spring Cypress - they are from Philly - great cheese steaks and pizza, too - also have homemade cannoli. Love it.

        Any good Middle Eastern/Lebanese - Nadia's Mediterranean Grill. Very solid Middle Eastern - great falafel and shawarma. On FM2920, right past Kuykendahl.

        Any good Japanese? Did you try Matsu on FM 1960? I love that place.

        There are so many great places outside of the suburbs, but with 3 small kiddos, the husband & I have to be pretty choosy about when and where we go these days, when we get to go into the city to dine. If you like sushi, The Blue Fish in Bayou Place downtown was fantastic when I ate there on Thursday night.

        I have been to Bootsie's several times, and you should know that as far as dinner goes, right now they only offer 6 or 9 course tasting menus. The lunch still menu changes daily. I read that once Restaurant Connate opens, Bootsies will return to a more varied menu. You can read that article here:

        Good luck, and thanks for the feedback on your food ventures!

        1. Greek?
          Niko Niko's, One's a Meal

          Any good Italian?
          DaMarco high end, Michelangelo's (lower Westheimer) La Vista(Galleria and Memorial/8, Pasta Lamontes aka Lomonte's Italian Restaurant & Bar (I10 West@hwy6)

          Middle Eastern/Lebanese
          Kasra Persian Grill, Fadi's, Cafe Caspian (If you go, go across the street to Phoenicia market), all Westheimer, Pasha (Rice Village)

          Any good European?
          Rudi Lechner's German/Austrian(Westheimer), Old Heidelberg German(Galleria)

          Any good Chinese in the neighborhood? If not, where is the Chinatown that you recommend?
          Belaire Blvd. east and west from West Beltway 8.
          Fu Fu Cafe (soup dumpings aka steamed pork buns aka Xia long bao)

          Any others?
          Barrys Pizza for Sicilian pizza (Galleria)
          Chicken Fried Steak Goodsons Cafe (Tomball) Hickory Hollow(multiple), Barbecue Inn (Fried Chicken** and Fried Shrimp and also among the best) (inside loop north of Downtown), Rio Ranch(Westheimer)

          Lomonte's Italian Restaurant & Bar
          14510 Grisby Road, Houston, TX 77079

          Kasra Persian Grill
          9741 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

          Old Heidelberg
          1810 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

          Rudi Lechner's Restaurant
          2503 S Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77063

          Fu Fu Cafe
          9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

          Barbecue Inn
          116 W Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77018

          Niko Niko's
          2520 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

          Cafe Caspian
          12126 Westheimer Rd Ste 100, Houston, TX 77077

          1. I see you've been here long enough to start becoming naturalized - yes, we are used to driving great distances for good food!

            Greek - + one for One's a Meal, also Niko Nikos, Stellios Deli (Richmond @ Sage, Galleria area) and Alexander the Great Greek (most upscale)

            Middle-Eastern/Lebanese - + one for Caspian, Kasra, Fadi's,, also Dimassi's - (buffet, as is Fadi's; I think Dimassi's has better food but Fadi's is nicer, several locations for both), Cafe Bijan, around the corner from Himalaya. I like Afghan Cuisine on Hwy 6, northern edges of Sugar Land, better than any of our Persian restaurants. Also Hafez on Westheimer near Phoenicia and Caspian - never been but a friend who works in the area says it's great.

            There is a little Mom 'n Pop place on Dairy Ashford, just south of I-10, across from Stratford Hi, Cafe Rita, Lebanese Armenian. Great food and people.

            European - + one for Pasha, also Istanbul Grill in the Village. Closer to you, Empire Turkish Grill on Memorial (never been). Feast in Montrose, one of the best restaurants in the city. Melange Creperie - sidewalk creperie in Montrose, only open for bkfst and lunch, various days, only do-able for you on weekends. Charivari - Transylvanian (?) in Midtown. Polonia on Blalock in Spring Branch (Polish), Cafe Pita + (Bosnian), Westheimer outside the BW. Belgian - Jeanine's Bistro in Montrose, Broken Spoke in Heights.

            Japanese - Umai on Bellaire

            Chinese - + one for Fu Fu, also San Dong

            Cafe Rita
            755 Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX 77079

            Empire Turkish Grill
            12448 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024

            Alexander the Great Greek Restaurant
            3055 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056

            Fu Fu Cafe
            9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

            1039 W Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598

            Niko Niko's
            2520 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

            Afghan Cuisine
            11920 S Highway 6 Ste 1200, Sugar Land, TX 77498

            Broken Spoke Cafe
            1809 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007