For several years in a row now, Houston, Texas, has topped the charts in lists of “fattest cities.” Sounds terrible, but on some of these lists, the main criteria is number of restaurants per so many square feet. In this measure, Houston is off the scale. We love our restaurants, and its increasingly diverse population means we don’t have to leave our backyard to sample cuisine from around the world. If you ever find yourself in Houston, here are five places you shouldn’t miss.
1. The Breakfast Klub
This one’s gotten quite a bit of media attention after being a finalist in Good Morning America’s Best Breakfast Challenge. Their signature dish is a southern favorite—fried chicken and waffles. If you’ve never tried it before, and you think it sounds a bit weird, put away your reservations and be ready to be bowled over by this perfect combination of salty, crunchy, fluffy, sweet, slightly greasy goodness.
Indian food restaurants are everywhere in Houston, and they vary greatly in price and quality. But if you want to try the best, most authentic Indian in Houston without breaking the bank, you’ll have to head to the Hillcroft area, a corner of south Houston that’s largely populated by immigrants from the subcontinent. Himalaya is the best of them all when it comes it to flavor, price, and service. And it’s BYOB to boot!
3. Dolce Vita
No restaurant list would be complete without a good ol’ Italian restaurant. Lauded among foodies everywhere, this is the go-to place for Italian cuisine that isn’t overpriced. Although you wouldn’t necessarily include pizza when you’re thinking about Italian cuisine, pies are this eatery’s specialty. You’ll never have a better Italian-style pizza with fresher ingredients anywhere else.
Think Texas, and you think Mexican food. More specifically, you’ll think of that wonderful hybrid cuisine, most popularly known as Tex-Mex. If you’ve ever been to Texas you’ll know that Tex-Mex places are a dime a dozen—they’re literally everywhere. So how to choose what’s best? Having frequented more than fifty Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston over the years, I’d hands down choose Teotihuacan over the rest. It’s got all the old Tex-Mex mainstays—fajitas, enchiladas, chips, salsa, and more. The best thing about this place is that, while most Tex-Mex joints overdo it on the grease, Teo strikes a delicate balance of grease and flavor.
5. Nidda Thai
Just as with Tex-Mex restaurants, Thai restaurants are dotted throughout every major city in the US. Most Thai joints start to feel and taste like cheap Chinese places after awhile, which is what makes Nidda a breath of fresh air. One of their best dishes is the very authentic chu chee eggplant, which isn’t commonly available at most subpar Thai restaurants. It consists of lightly fried eggplants smothered in a red curry kaffir lime leaves sauce. Don’t miss it.
Of course, there are millions more wonderful restaurants in Houston, and it would take a book to cover all of them. But if you’re in town for a few days and don’t have that much money to spend, any of the above will be sure to hit the spot.
*This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org.