Hello Houston - I need help!
I am going to be in Houston this weekend from Thursday to Sunday. First time and visiting with a friend who lived there and wants to show me the great eats. I am a bit leary of his choices. He is more steak house, I am more chef driven, local finds. Can you help me? We are staying in The Woodlands. Would also like an authentic Mexican joint to go to on Saturday for Cinco de Mayo. Please save me from Steak and Shrimp weekend! Looks like you have some good ethnic foods as well. Recommendations greatly appreciated.
That is not my part of town; it's completely across the metropolitan area from me so I know very little about it. I'm sure there are some very good eats but my general impression would be that people from the Woodlands drive to the city for chowish type experiences rather than the other way around. So are you willing to drive?
Here's a list on a local review site of restaurants in the Woodlands/Spring area:
Yes, I know, that's a ridiculously long list.
What do you mean by Ethnic? In the Houston area there are maybe 100 different ethnic cuisines available. Do you mean hole-in-the-wall, mom and pop, aimed at the immigrant community or white table cloth, aimed at Westeners who just want a little sample of some of the flavors? My preference is for the former and the only place I see on that list that interests me is Reaksmey Angkor, which is our only Cambodian restaurant so I would have to drive that far to try the cuisine. I'm sure there are others in the W/S area, I just don't know them and sounds like you're going to have trouble dragging your friend into a place like that.
Thanks brucesw! I meant the former when listing ethnic cuisines as well. Looks like there is a good Chow community in Houston. We will have a car, so willing to try. The boyfriend is totally open to eating new things. Otherwise....he wouldn't be the boyfriend! If you ever come to MN, I would be happy to help with recommendations!
You have probably figured out you can use that link to sort for ethnic cuisines and parts of town. Many ethnic restaurants are scattered all over town but some neighborhoods are more well known for specialties. Spring Branch, NW of downtown, north of I-10, is known for Korean, the far west side is where Chinatown/Asia Town is located, with a huge concentration of Chinese and Vietnamese - worth a trip just to tour. South American tends to be concentrated on the SW and W sides and Central American is somewhat concentrated in and around the suburb of Bellaire and so on.
I happened to remember our only Costa Rican (or is it Dominican?) restaurant is up that way< too, but I haven't been able to remember the name.
There is a blogger who is based in the Woodlands, HTown Chowdown. He roams all over town but you may find some things on his blog close by that you'd be interested in. I remembered a post he did a few months ago about a bbq trailer up there that I would have checked out by now if it weren't so far:
You've mentioned 'local' and 'chef driven' - there you have it (okay, pitmaster driven instead of chef).