Pasha, food worth eating near Rice University

Why on earth should it have taken me half an hour to choose a restaurant near my home campus of Rice University? Well, first, we usually eat at Wiess College, and it’s shut for Christmas and the New Year (was fully open for Hanukkah this year). Second, believe it or not, it isn’t so easy to find a good place in the Rice Village. Well, Pasha’s on University between Morningside and Greenbriar fit the need. It’s good food, has the meat my sister likes, and gets great reviews, well deserved as I had remembered. The Ezme was good, not as good as the salad my sister had, tomatoes, onions, red peppers, cucumbers. All the meats were tender and succulent. I loved the pickled red cabbage, wondered if that came from Turkey’s ties to Germany.

We got double white tablecloths, a quiet table for 5, an attentive owner/server, and delightful food, all in all, a great lunch. When we don’t eat at Rice, this is where we should come.


A good salad.


Ezme, also good, but something with eggplant would have been better to me.


Dave’s doner kebab was my favorite.


My sister said this was the best lamb kebab she’d had in ages.


Philip liked the Turkish coffee better than the tea (next photo).


Yes, it’s hot tea, Philip!




About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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