Where to for dinner next?
Any glaring omissions from this list? My pick for our dinner club coming up. No Landry's establishments and we try to avoid national chains. I have to pay on my pick for the group of 10 so we typically pick cheaper restaurants (the more expensive restaurants were group picks). We've been to the following over the past 6 years:
99 Ranch Market
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
Alexander the Great Greek
Alice's Tall Texan
Amy's Ice Creams
Antonio's Flying Pizza
Artisans Cuisine & Savoir-Faire
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine
Beaucoup Wings n Wings - CLOSED
Bering & James
Bernie's Burger Bus @ Lizard's
Big Red Cock
Bijan's Persian Grill
Bistro de Amis (Mack's Birthday)
Bitterman's Market Square Bar & Gril
Black Labrador Pub
Blue Fish House of Sushi & Grill
Bocados - CLOSED
Bodegas Taco Shop
Brasserie Max and Julie
Brennan's of Houston
Burger Palace & Bistro
Cafe Montrose - CLOSED
Cafe Zol - CLOSED
Carmelo's Italian Restaurant
Cavatore Italian Restaurant
Charivari Specialty Restaurant
Chatter's Cafe & Bistro
Chispas del Tiempo - CLOSED
Christie's Seafood & Steaks
Chulas Sports Cantina
Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill
Dot Coffee Shop
Doyle's of Oak Forest Restaurant
Eatsie Boys Cafe
El Gran Malo
El Pupusodromo No. 1
Ernies' on Banks
Esther's Cajun Cafe & Soul Food
Family Bingo Center
Fiesta en Guadalajara
Flip 'N Patties
Floyd's Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse
Fred's Italian Corner Restaurant
Gabby's Barbecue and Ribs
Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino
Good Dog Hot Dogs
Guru Burgers and Crepes
hOla - Mancuso's
Houston Texans Grill
Howl at the Moon
Incredible Pizza Company - CLOSED
J. Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge
Jeannine's Bistro - CLOSED
Jenni's Noodle House
Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers
Jonathan's the Rub
Joyce's Oyster and Seafood
Juanita's Mexican Restaurant
Khyber North Indian Grill
King Biscuit - CLOSED
La Guadalupana Bakery & Cafe
Las Tortas El Angel
Last concert Cafe
Latin Bites Cafe
Latina Cafe - CLOSED
Laurenzo's Grille dello Sport
Les Givrals Kahve
Little Bitty Burger Barn
Lyndon's Pit BBQ
Ma Goodson's Cafe
Mak Chin's - CLOSED
Mala Sichuan Bistro
Mancuso's Italian Table
Marines Empanadas Delicias
Marini's Empanada House
Mary'z Lebanese Cuisine
Merida Mexican Restaurant
Miguelito's - CLOSED
Mint Cafe - CLOSED
Moom Tower-Inn Houston
Natachee's Supper 'n Punch
Nazif's Turkish Grill & Deli
Nidda Thai Cuisine
Ninfa's On Navigation
Out of Africa - CLOSED
Pampa Grill & Market
Pan y Agua - CLOSED
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Patrenella's Ristorante Italiano
Phil's BBQ - CLOSED
Pho Binh by Night
Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana
Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen
Raia's Italian Market
Ray's Franks & More - CLOSED
Red Lion Pub
Revival Market - Hog Butchery Demo
Richmond Chill Bar & Grill
Riva's Italian Restaurant
Riverside Terrace Cafe - CLOSED
Russo's NY Pizzeria
Sabetta Cafe & Wine Bar - CLOSED
Saffron Moroccan - CLOSED
Saint Dane's Bar & Grill
Sammy's Wild Game Grill
Samurai Japanese Steak and Sushi
Saute - CLOSED
Scotch Tasting and Dinner
Secos Latin Cuisine
Shepherd Park Draught House
Skewers Mediterranean Cafe & Grill
Star Cinema Grill
Studio Movie Grill - "The Hangover"
Sundance Cinema - "TED"
Surprise Birthday Party at Smith's House for Chris
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
Tacos A Gogo
Tango & Malbec
Terlingua Border Cafe
Texans Ice House
Thai Bistro Restaurant
That Pizza Place
the Big Mamou Cajun Restaurant
The Burger Guys
The Refinery - Burgers & Whiskey
The Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe
Tintos Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar
Tony Mandola's - Miracle Location
Tony's Mexican Restaurant
Troy's Dawy House - CLOSED
Two Saints Restaurant
West Alabama Ice House / Papou Jerry’s Gyro Truck / Tacos Tierra Caliente
Wharton County Youth Fair
Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co.
Yelapa Playa Mexicana - CLOSED
Zabak's Mediterranean Cafe
Zimm's Little Deck
Verona Flying Pizza- Really good pizza
Carter and Cooley-Nice reuben
Laredo's-inexpensive tacos, get the asado de puerco
What great fun.
Biryani Pot (My new favorite lunch spot - but seating ten might be a problem)
El Pueblito Columbian
Tejas in Alief
Can't think of anything else. I kept thinking "Oh yeah..." and then looking only to find it already listed.
Quick question though, if you've been to all of those places - WHERE ARE THE REVIEWS?
Thanks for the response. Definitely will try out Biryani Pot. I can't believe I've never been to Laredo's despite driving by it all the time. We don't have reviews although we do link to the restaurant's website or a review site. http://www.adventurewednesday.com/ Happy to comment on any of the restaurants on the list if your curious about one.
Reviews by others more capable than me are everywhere on the web so I don’t think detailed reviews would be worth much. More telling, perhaps, would be which on the list we return to on a fairly regular basis. It’s been 5 years for some of these on the expanded list but here are the ones I crave regularly:
Alice's Tall Texan – Dive bar with cheap beer. Always a good scene.
Anvil - Opposite of Alice’s but great cocktails
Barbecue Inn – Houston classic. Must be tried for its timeless nature, if not the fried chicken alone
Big Red Cock – we’ve been back for brunch multiple times
Brennan's of Houston – love everything about this place
Dolce Vita – Da Marcoesque pasta at pizza joint prices
Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino – in our regular rotation for fresh pasta and a quick, easy meal
Grimaldi's Pizza – good, new york style pizza
Good Dog Hot Dogs – delicious corn dog
Himalaya Restaurant / London Sizzler – can’t go wrong with either
Killen's Steakhouse – worth the drive to Pearland from anywhere in the greater Houston area
Kiran's – the whole gulf snapper is unreal
Mambo Seafood – Michelada’s and fried seafood
Miguelito's – CLOSED – I miss their Venezuelan tequenos. Fortunately you can now get them at http://www.gustogourmettogo.com/
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – closer than Killen’s
Petrol Station – if you can get past the hipster’s unwillingness to serve you the burger in less than an hour, it’s good
Pico's – looking forward to the new location at Kirby and Richmond, mostly for the margaritas
Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana – my favorite Neapolitan pizza in town
Pondicheri Café – great for lunch
Poscol Vinoteca – it appears I like all thing Marco Wiles
Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen – good for happy hour with Indian small plates to share
Revival Market - Hog Butchery Demo – fun night if you’re into hog butchery
Tampico Seafood – another great place for whole snapper
Torchy’s – I only go after returning to Houston on a late flight. Honestly I preferred its predecessor Grateful Taco.
Underbelly – some truly great things on their ever changing menu
Vieng Thai – delicious. He’s stopped posting due to what he says is a lack of interest, but http://foodyoo.wordpress.com/ has VERY opinionated and informed reviews of a few Asian restaurants as well as others.
In Houston, we love Bon Ga Korean.
And, don't know how far afield you're willing to go but, out in Katy, I'd definitely recommend Antonia's, and Good Ole' Boys Cajun, and Orleans Seafood Kitchen. And a few more minutes west, in Fulshear, is Ray's Grill.
I think they're each worthy of a mini road trip.
Great thread! I live in NW Houston and wanted to try some of these eateries.
I will be going with a friend who is vegetarian (dairy is ok, all vegetables ok, no fish, egg, poultry, meat).
We want to try several different cuisines, usually Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese eateries have plenty of vegetarian choices.
Which other options from the list above or not in the list would you recommend?
All dining styles are ok, e.g. take out to nice dining.
Which other eateries do you
You know what, that's really a helluva list.
I am going to formally request that you use this thread to give us a short-as-you-like summary of your remembrances of each one of them, in order.
Take your time.
(C'mon you got nuthin' better to do!)
EDITED TO ADD:
What would be even better would be to get some of the others in your group to sign on here and add their two cents.
This could be the single greatest thread on Chowhounds.
Great suggestion Doobs and we could use a little new blood here. I'll ad Bonfire Wings on Westheimer, good wings, boudain balls, and gumbo. Insist that they make the wings fresh. Two more suggestions from the 1999 thread, Carrabba's Kirby and Romano's Pizza W. Gray. Yes, there was a previous thread.
Niko Niko's - come on it's cheap and good
Indika - way way better than Kiran's or Khyber
Just about any of the indo-pak places on Hillcroft - e.g Sabri Nihari (usually cheap and good -go to Indika for expensive and good fusiony and nice environment and style)
Kanomwon (aka the Telephone Thai) - am I the only person here who's been there?
Treebeard's - yes it's lunch only but . . .
Dozo - aka the dumpling nazi - again lunch only
Asia Market on Cavalcade in the Heights is a thai market that also serves prepared food. Very tasty curries, noodle dishes, papaya salad, mango sticky rice. Not sure if they have room for a party of 10.