Houston's Ethnic Cuisine
Collected by Jessica Lymberopoulos, AFAR Local Expert
Ninety-plus languages are spoken in Houston, and some would argue that the city has the most dynamic and diverse food and drink scene in the nation.
4210 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Wish you could instantly transport yourself to Barcelona? At BCN Taste & Tradition, you can—all it takes is a single bite of food. The restaurant, helmed by chef Luis Roger, who grew up in Barcelona and was once hired to travel the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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