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2800 Kirby Dr B132, Houston, TX 77098, USA
In a city like Houston, which is bursting with international flavor, it’s not difficult to find fantastic Indian food. But Anita Jaisinghani, who formerly owned the beloved Indika, serves up the best of the best with Pondicheri. The menu...
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11177 Katy Fwy ste.e, Houston, TX 77079, USA
Pizzaiuolo Bill Hutchinson has been certified, in Italy, by Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) organization. Bill trained under the watchful eye of world-renowned Master Pizza Chef Peppe Miele. Having worked at a pizza place that had only certified...
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6142 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057, USA
Open all day every day, though mostly frequented late at night, House of Pies is the place to get something savory or sweet. With dozens of pies to choose from, you can understand how it got its name. The casual and local atmosphere can be a nice...
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3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Yes, there might be a line. Yes, you need to go anyway. The Breakfast Klub is a Houston institution for good reason—you’ll find simple food, done right. Choose from classic breakfast dishes like French toast, omelettes, and...
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2520 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
My good friend, who is originally from Houston, told me of the high-energy restaurant Niko Niko's. Being Greek, she has found some of her favorite dishes here that taste just like the way her mother made them. This place is authentic! Try their...
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3510 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018, USA
BBQ is serious business in Houston, as in the rest of Texas, and any local will have a strong opinion about where you can find the holy grail. Gatlin's, however, is a favorite among many. Fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, respectable brisket, pulled...
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3403 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
The best Vietnamese cuisine in Houston can be found at Mai's. The late night hours of 3 or 4 a.m. on the weekends allows ample time each day to make it in for a meal. Mai's is located in Midtown, or the 'Vietnam of Houston.' They offer only...
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5825 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057, USA
When my coworker, who is Lebanese and lived in Houston, suggested Mary's for the best Lebanese food in town, I didn't doubt her for a second. It is a family-owned business that has held a good name during its many years in Houston. If you ever...
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9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036, USA
Here you'll find very authentic Sichuan-style Chinese food in the heart of Houston's sprawling Asian community. The chef is a Sichuan native who's not bashful about his use of the region's distinct peppercorns and chili oil. Mala seems to be the...
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2435 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Having lived in Guangdong province for two years, there's a soft spot in my heart for dim sum. What I like about Yum Yum Cha Cafe is that they make dim sum available inside the loop in Houston, so I can get my fix without venturing out to...
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2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
The Eatsie Boys has long been considered one of Houston’s best food trucks thanks to the "gourmet grub" made with locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. These days it's holding down a daily residence at 8th Wonder Brewery, Monday...
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3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Helmed by Chef Danny Trace, a New Orleans native whose resume includes stints at Commander's Palace and Cafe Adelaide, Brennan's is the kind of place you go to for well-executed classics: Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp and Grits, Gulf Fish...
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12393 Kingsride Ln, Houston, TX 77024, USA
Three Brothers Bakery is a tradition in Houston, where the Jucker family continues to use Eastern European recipes that betray Polish roots. Everything from custom cakes, to challah, to petit fours is on offer, and you can even order online via...
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250 W 19th St A, Houston, TX 77008, USA
This is a lovely local spot in the Heights right in the middle of the 19th Street shopping area. On Saturday and Sunday they serve brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo via Shade Facebook page
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5216 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
The philosophy behind Cloud 10 Creamery is to keep customers, well, floating on cloud 10. And the small-batch, handcrafted ice cream delivers on this promise. The ice creams and sorbets are created just a half-gallon at a time, and they come in...
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12538 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024, USA
Owner Paul Miller and Chef Juan Arellano head to the farmer's market twice a week to fuel their local ingredient based, globally inspired menu. This is what allows them to create the most appealing menu possible. People's bodies need foods that...
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3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027, USA
Ah, Tiny Boxwood's—this place is super relaxing. It's a bit tucked away, inside a plant nursery complex, but absolutely lovely once you find it. It's a great place to get brunch and a delicious lemonade.
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2900 Weslayan St A, Houston, TX 77027, USA
There's plenty to like about Weslayan Café. It has a fierce determination to offer fresh ingredients; it serves a killer brunch; there's a cozy, homey ambience inside; the shelves are stocked with books; and the café will even make deliveries. But...
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729 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Antidote is a well-visited neighborhood cafe in the Heights. It has a great vibe, good prices, local products, and vegan options. The Cajeta Iced Latte is a favorite among regulars. Photo via Antidote Coffee Facebook page.
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242 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
If you can catch Boomtown Coffee without a crazy long line (or don't mind waiting), get some coffee here! They are a much loved small-batch artisan coffee roaster in Houston's Heights neighborhood with friendly, laid-back baristas. The Mayan Mocha...
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550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, USA
If you're a sucker for chalkboards, simple design, local products, and good food and coffee, Revival Market is your place. Everything served at this café is homemade, from the flaky chocolate croissants and kolachs (fruit-filled pastries) to the...
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2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005, USA
You can feel the energy of this place just by walking in the door: the decor and design speak for its commitment to simple, clean, and fresh. Then, you take a look at the menu. Local Foods has a gourmet selection of sandwiches, salads, and...
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Brasil (cafe, 2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Before you hit the counter at Café Brasil, let us introduce you to some of Houston's cleanest ingredients. Local cheese artisans the Houston Dairymaids provide the cheese. Pizza dough, pastries, and breads are made in-house. And the eggs...
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1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Underbelly, still under the same management and led by the same chef, is now called Southern Smoke.

Chef Chris Shepherd has described Houston as, "the most secretive and dynamic culinary destination in the country," and he incorporates that belief...
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4053 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, USA
At Escalante's you'll find upscale Tex-Mex and some pretty good margaritas. It's a Houston-only chain with a lively, colorful atmosphere and attentive service. This location is part of an area called Highland Village, which is a great outdoor...
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2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, USA
For an authentic Houston experience, head to the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, where the food is always top-notch and the longtime servers are revered as rock stars. With chef Alex Padilla at the helm, you can expect everything from...
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1830 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
Divino on West Alabama serves some great Italian food in a congenial atmosphere, and their staff is very knowledgeable about wine, with a selection to match!
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2414 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098, USA
Not too long ago, I was in Texas for four days, and managed to eat beef fajitas from Lupe Tortillas seven times. And that is from a Texan-turned-New Yorker who is edging closer and closer to vegetarianism—they are just that good. I love Tex-Mex...