There's no surprise why Houston's restaurant scene is thriving. While places like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are already internationally known for their restaurants, Houston is coming up in the culinary world. From Vietnamese and American fusion to Chinese delicacies to Southern favorites like BBQ and crawfish, Houston has so many restaurants every local needs to try.
If you're trying to decide where to go for lunch or where to take a date for dinner, have no fear. We gathered a list of restaurants worth trying. So write these delicious spots down and knock it out one by one. You might even find your new go-to.
Where: 3613 E Broadway St, Pearland
Tucked away in one of many Houston's suburbs is Killen's Barbecue. If you want quality barbecue from a nationally acclaimed establishment, look no further than Killen's Barbecue. From their mouthwatering brisket to their finger-lickin' ribs to their addictive creamed corn, this barbecue is unlike any other. Don't forget to finish up your meal with their bread pudding. You'll thank us later. To put it simply, it's the best barbecue around.
Tip: Get there before the restaurant opens. We are 99% sure there will be a line to get in.
Where: 9788 Bellaire Blvd
If you want authentic Chinese food, Sinh Sinh hits it right on the nail. This family-style restaurant serves delicious Chinese barbecue and fresh seafood straight from a tank. They're also open late. Like til 2 a.m. late.
Tip: Their Peking duck, salted baked squid, and chicken corn soup are all hits.
Where: 1722 California Street
Are you a ramen fanatic? Bet. We have a restaurant recommendation for you. From their original tonkotsu to their tonkotsu sho-yu to their vegetarian option, Ramen Tatsuya's hot bowls of stomach-goodness will have you slurping until it's all gone. The service, add-ons, and flavors will get your mouth watering just thinking about it.
Tip: Their tsukemen is out of this world. Also, if you like brussel sprouts, their Sweet & Sour Yodas are a must-try.
Where: 2003 W Alabama Street
Sure, it's a food truck and not a sit-down restaurant. But Tacos Tierra Caliente's tacos are a force to be reckoned with. They serve authentic tacos and the best part is it won't break your bank account.
Tip: Make sure to head to the bank or ATM beforehand. They're cash only.
Where: 2800 Kirby Dr B132
Pondicheri serves the most vibrant, innovative, and appetizing Indian food. They previously a James Beard Foundation finalist, which is, in the culinary world, equivalent to being nominated for a Grammy. So in other words, a really big deal.
Where: 601 Heights Blvd
While you can get the fried chicken and donuts separately, you have to try one of Lee's perfectly golden brown fried chicken, sandwiched between two flawlessly glazed donuts. With endless flavor possibilities their menu has to offer, you will get the ideal balance of sweet and savory.
Where: 3711 Travis Street
Priding themselves on serving the best breakfast midtown has to offer, The Breakfast Klub is an all-time Houstonian favorite. They are most popular for their chicken and waffles although we swear everything on this soul food restaurant's menu is delicious. Expect to be waiting in line for a while for this one. We promise the wait is well worth it.
Where: 4601 Washington Avenue suite #130
They consider their food "Global Soul." From their oxtails to their fried okra to their chicken fried duck sandwich, this globally-inspired Southern restaurant takes a little bit of something from everywhere in order to take your taste buds on a ride of amazing flavors.
Tip: They have a brunch, lunch and dinner menu. All equally delicious.
Where: 1814 Washington Ave
A vintage bakery that has been turned into an upscale steakhouse, B&B Butchers even has their own butcher shop & deli — conveniently attached too. Whether you want a Texas Wagyu ribeye or a salami sandwich on a warm roll, B&B Butchers is basically the best of both casual and fine dining. They also offer house-made and house-cured meats and sausages. Now that's a bet.
Where: 318 W Gray Street
The sister restaurant to Kata Robata, Izakaya is Houston's first Japanese gastropub. If you're looking for a great cocktail with great small plates to match, Izakaya will be your new favorite place. Don't worry, they have big plates too. And for all those ramen lovers, they have a mean tasting ramen bowl too.
The Hay Merchant
Where: 1100 Westheimer Rd
Their beer is great but so is their food. The Hay Merchant takes pride in their food selection just as much as their vast beer selection. From their chicken fried steak to their sweet and spicy pig ears to their unique PB&J wings, every appetizing item is made from scratch. If you want a more filling meal, try their Cease and Desist Burger.
This place has even already made national news for being so incredibly delicious.
Tip: Every Monday they host their popular 'Tv Dinners Mondays." It's where they serve their take on TV dinners while playing a classic TV show. Made from scratch, of course.
Where: 3300 Smith Street
Fine dining at its finest. Brennan’s of Houston has become they city's premier destination for memorable dining served with true Southern hospitality. From their turtle soup to their oysters to their New Orleans-styled barbecue shrimp, everything on their menu will make your jaw drop. They have explored the vast spectrum of Creole food. You will leave fully satisfied.
Where: 5085 Westheimer Rd
Located in The Galleria, Peli Peli serves authentic South African delicacies along with some American favorites like steak. You'll enjoy different spices, seasonings, and flavors that will keep your belly craving Peli Peli. It was voted Most Romantic Restaurant in Houston so if you need date ideas, this would be a great option.
Where: 6025 Westheimer Rd
Located in the historic Sixth Ward, Beaver's has been a local favorite for years. With southern classics like crawfish, fried okra, and their pulled pork sandwich, there will be something for you to satisfy your hunger and taste buds. It's damn good. (Get it? Dam? Beaver?)
Where: 11360 Bellaire Blvd
If you're going to order here, make sure you get an order of the Cajun-spiced, garlic butter crawfish. Houston is known for their Viet-Cajun crawfish and there's nothing quite like Crawfish and Noodles' recipe.
From what began as a walk-up window station in Montrose has now become Houstonians favorite little Greek dive. Niko Niko’s is tasty and affordable. What more can you ask for? From their famous gyro sandwiches, hummus, and shish kabobs, you’ll quickly realize why it has expanded from one location to four.
Where: 6425 West Broadway Street
We talked about their barbecue earlier, but before Killen's Barbecue was Killen's Steakhouse. If you want the highest quality steak and seafood from the Gulf Coast, Killen's will have your jaw dropping after one bite. They buy their meats from one of the best steakhouse suppliers in the nation.
From the different variations of steak to the complementing sides, and their delectable desserts, Killen's Steakhouse will be an experience unlike any other.
Where: 912 Westheimer Rd
An iconic Houston staple, Aladdin is one of the best places to satisfy your Mediterranean food cravings. Their grilled-to-order kebabs are delicious and their oregano-sesame pita bread is a must-try.
Where: 9889 Bellaire Blvd
Tiger Den slowly simmers their broth for 20 hours and their noodles are homemade. If you want ramen with a rich, and deep flavor, give Tiger Den a try. They is also an izakaya-style restaurant. So be sure to try a small plate or two. We recommend the grilled beef tongue, the chicken skins, and the grilled octopus.
Where: 807 Taft St
The Pass and Provisions are actually two different restaurants with two different menus in one building. One, The Pass, offers a tasting menu and is more like fine dining. The other, Provisions, is more casual and offers weekend brunch. Who doesn't love brunch? If that doesn't get you interested, maybe the fact that they were previously voted Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit will.
Where: 5045 Westheimer Rd
Yauatcha isn't like every other dim sum restaurant in Houston. While it holds true to the dumplings and shui mai, Yauatcha adds a contemporary twist to these classic items. Taste their crispy duck rolls, their pan-fried turnip cake, and over 60 of their teas. Because is it really a complete dim sum meal without hot tea?
Where: 1520 Westheimer Rd.
Da Marco is a longtime Houston favorite for all Italian food and pasta lovers. Pick anything from the menu and you won't be disappointed. From their agnolotti to their gnocchi to their maple leaf duck, you can't go wrong with any selection. Their steaks are mouthwatering goodness and their seafood is incredibly fresh. Also, anything with truffle on it is 100% going to be delicious.
Tip: Da Marco has a strict dress code so be sure to dress appropriately. Dress to impress.
Where: 2502 Dunlavy St.
The brand new Kau Ba Saigon has many locals talking. Chef Nikki Tran, featured on Netflix's Ugly Delicious, is bringing her take of Viejun food to Houstonian's taste buds.
From her six different types of pho to her fried rice and, of course, her Seafood Viejun (a fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun ingredients), you will be sure to return in order to taste the whole menu.
Where: 904 Westheimer Rd
Uchi has been a hot spot in Houston ever since it opened. The Japanese restaurant only serves dinner, opening at 5 p.m., and there's almost always a line. There's no surprise as to how Uchi won a James Beard Award. From their karage to their select sushi, and sashimi, Uchi is a must-try.