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Nov 4, 2011 09:12 AM

Coming Home for the Weekend

Live in NYC now but I haven't been in Texas since 07.

Trying to nail down my itinerary

1) Banh Mi - les Givral's or Don Cafe
2) Cajun/Creole/Po Boys - ?
3) Texas Land and Cattle - I really like their smoked sirloin
4) BBQ? Went to school in Austin, so looking more for a Central Texas style and less of the Thelma's/east texas style.
5) Tex Mex or Mex/Mex - something with really good tortillas

I do enough "expense" account eating here, I was wondering what else is new on the ethnic/lower end eats that I can't get in NY.


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  1. There's a new "Houston's Best Ethnic" topic running right now, check that out. There's very little hope of finding good central TX style BBQ here, but check out this site from a local foodie bent on visiting all BBQ joints in Houston:

    I like Denis for Cajun seafood, but it's not lower end. Some people here endorse Mardi Gras for cajun, although my experiences have been pretty meh.

    Have a tasty trip.

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    1. re: Lambowner

      "Have a tasty trip."

      I'm stealing that.

    2. I'd suggest BB's Cafe for the poboys. Their shrimp poboy is the best I've had outside of New Orleans.

      For mex we enjoy Bocado's on Alabama or Casa Dominguez on Bisonnet. We also frequent Escalantes which is a chain, but good. Oddly, I think the HEB grocery stores or the fast food resto Taco Cabanna have some of the better tortillas.

      Bocados Restaurant & Bar
      1312 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

      Taco Cabanna
      5930 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77023

      15933 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479

      1. For MexMex with good tortillas try Taqueria Ruchi's.

        It's a small local chain, but I've been eating at them for 25 years. Mine is at Westheimer and Winrock just outside the Galleria area.

        My son likes the smoked sirloin at TLC, but it always tastes like LiquidSmoke to me.

        I agree that good Central Texas style bbq is non-existent in Houston. I don't know why.

        BTW, I understand that Pierson's has been closed for some time, I had heard that Mr. Clarence was having some health issues. For purely selfish reasons, here's wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.

        And as Lambsy mentioned above, there's an ethnic thread that needs lots more love and has some interesting suggestions. Banana Leaf is on my itinerary.

        Cafe Pita + is verrrrry reasonable and Bosnian. I love the place and the proprietors. Service is "European".

        Have a tasty trip. ;-)

        Banana Leaf
        9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

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        1. re: DoobieWah

          For central TX barbecue, pleeeeaaaase do yourself a favor and drive out to central TX! You will love yourself for having done so. Lockhart, Luling, etc - past threads sing the virtues of different joints in different little towns. It will take the better part of the day, depending on how many places you go to, but its doable. Truly a unique experience if you can make the time.Skip Luling City Market here in Houston - I'm not a fan. Hebert's on Richmond has some neat frozen Cajun/Creole items if you want to make something at home. For Mexican, try Hugo's Sunday brunch its really pretty good.

          Also, I've been to Stella Sola ("Texan Tuscan" cuisine) a few times since trying them during Restaurant week. Their bone marrow is pretty good, and the salted caramel affogato dessert is fantastic(especially the espresso chocolate fudge sauce).

          [Edit: sorry just saw that you're coming for a weekend, so may have to save the central TX bbq tour for later]

          Stella Sola
          1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

        2. Cafe TH for Banh Mi on Pierce is really good they have a peppered ham that is really nice on the combo BM. So is Cafe Don where the meatball banh mi is the best.
          Cajun/Po Boys, I say BB's for either the shrimp po boy or the roast beef po boy. Mardi Gras for more traditional cajun.
          BBQ maybe Gatlains on West 19th and almost next door an awesome burger place called Hubcap. I LOVE the muffallata burger.
          My favorite tex mex places are Lopez, El Tiempo, the original ninfas on Navigation street, Hugo's is a fantastic Mex/Mex place, higher end dining. Pico's is a Mex/Tex place that is very good as well. Otillas on Longpoint is excellent from what I remember.

          Pico's Restaurant
          5941 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77081