Where to eat in Houston in 2016

St. Louis friends are visiting Houston and asked for restaurant recommendations. Sadly, I would be nearly 5 years out of date. Are La Guadalupana, Hobbit Cafe, Lemongrass, Shri Balaji Bavan and La Mexicana still it? Should I just recommend food trucks? Where did we used to go for dim sum?

Do not fear! I asked my trusty Facebook friends and they came up with these great suggestions. A lot of them are new, like Hugo’s little cousin, Caracol, but some are trusty old ones, like Chez Andre, Mucky Duck, and Hobbit Cafe. I’ve eaten at only 9  of them, Shri Balaji Bavan (get the chole chaat or a dhosa), 100% Taquito (get the tomatos, jicama, pepinos in a glass), Old Papas Seafood, Chez Andre, Mucky Duck, Udipi, Himalaya, Hobbit Cafe, and Lemongrass. I’m excited to try all the others sometime in Houston!

Send me more and I’ll add them.

Where to eat in Houston in 2016


Here are the suggestions of my friends on Facebook:


Danny: Shri Balaji Bavan: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g56003-d471268-Reviews-Shri_Balaji_Bhavan-Houston_Texas.html

Gerda: Underbelly, http://www.underbellyhouston.com/

Gerda: Pass and provisions: http://passandprovisions.com/

Suzanne: Jinya Ramen http://www.jinya-ramenbar.com/locations/

David: Tiger den http://www.tigerdentx.com/

David: Common bond http://wearecommonbond.com/

Robert: BCN Taste and Tradition: http://bcnhouston.com/

Pam: Pondicheri http://www.pondichericafe.com/

Tamara: Caracol http://caracol.net/

Tamara: Bernie’s Burger Bus http://www.berniesburgerbus.com/

Tamara: Coltivare http://coltivarehouston.com/

Tamara: Liberty Kitchen http://www.libertykitchenoysterbar.com/

Tamara: Uchi http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g56003-d2543329-Reviews-Uchi-Houston_Texas.html

Tamara: Jackson Street BBQ http://jacksonstbbqhouston.com/

Tamara: 100% Taquito http://www.100taquito.com/

Andre: Old Papas Seafood http://pappasseafood.com/location/?id=103

Andre: Chez Andre https://www.zomato.com/houston/andres-pastry-shop-cafe-galleria

Mike: Mucky Duck http://mcgonigels.com/

Tom: Mala Sichuan https://www.facebook.com/Mala-Sichuan-Bistro-Bellaire-186616358058028/

Tom: Udipi http://www.udipicafeusa.com/

Tom: Himalaya http://himalayarestauranthouston.com/

Joff: Blue Nile http://www.bluenilerestaurant.com/

Nancy: Latin Bites http://www.latinbitescafe.com/

Nancy: Brenner’s http://www.brennerssteakhouse.com/

Cleopatra: Hobbit Café http://www.myhobbitcafe.com/

Ellen: Southern Goods http://southerngoodshouston.com/

Joan: Lemongrass http://www.lemongrass-cafe.com/



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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3 Responses to Where to eat in Houston in 2016

  1. Mary LeeJohns says:

    I’d want to let my friends know that several of the aforementioned restaurants are moderately pricey trendy places. If the weather is nice enough to sit outside, I’d suggest Torchy’s Tacos in Rice Village for cheap, yummy messy Mexican fastfood that probably differs from anything in St. Louis. Nikos Nikos in Montrose is good Greek food for not much money, plus the best French Fries on earth. Also for reason of rather non-Midwestern food, I’d suggest Pita+ Cafe out west on Westheimer@Wilcrest for very good Bosnian (Mediterrean) food that’s quite reasonably priced.

  2. Organic Marble says:

    Thanks for the list! We’ve only been to a couple of them so excited to try the others. Here’s a suggestion: it’s great and not at all fancy. Sorry but Facebook is their only web presence: https://www.facebook.com/MamaYuRestaurantHouston

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