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Located in the Museum District of Houston, the Reggae Hut Cafe serves authentic Caribbean cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Offering counter service only, patrons place their orders and then find seating. The menu may seem on the small side, however the quality more than makes up for it. Everything on the menu is outstanding, but some of the local favorites include the jerk chicken, friend plantains, oxtail stew and the chicken patties. The restaurant features vibrant and bright mural work throughout, simple tables and chairs and occasionally has live music.
Don’t be fooled by the look or location. El Rey is not a corner fast food restaurant. Yes, it has a drive-thru, but take the time to go inside and experience the colorful and uplifting sounds of Cuban jazz mixed with the aromas of strong coffee and spicy marinades. The chicken rotisserie mesmerizes with dozens of birds hotly twirling to perfection. The warm Tejana Torta features that famous rotisserie chicken as well as guacamole, Swiss cheese, and chipotle sauce. And the Chicken Tortilla soup is a must packed with the perfect amount of chicken, avocado, cheese, and tomatoes in seasoned broth, it's a party for your taste buds. -Gemma Amato
Expand your palate and discover the rich, in-depth flavors this Ethiopian eatery offers. Located in the Bellaire neighborhood, the Nazareth Cafe is often packed with patrons breaking the traditional "injera" bread together. Served on platters, dishes are large enough to share and feature plenty of vegetables and spicy meats. If you're not sure what to order, the lamb dishes come highly recommended!
Tucked into a strip mall off of Bellaire Boulevard, this hidden gem of a restaurant serves delicious Ethiopian cuisine. As per Ethiopian customs, no utensils are used, rather traditional injera flat bread is used for scooping up a variety of meats, vegetables and fish. The dishes are served on large platters, making it perfect for sharing and trying a range of different flavors. The decor is sparse and simple, but the flavorful food is sure to make up for it.
Located in the Bellaire neighborhood of Houston, Piquet Cafe is one of the best Cuban restaurants in the area. The restaurant is quite spacious with a large bar, outdoor patio and plenty of seating, perfect for large groups. The extensive menu offers traditional items such as plantains, fresh seafood, empanadas and more. The appetizer and entree samplers are perfect for trying a little bit of everything.
Named after the historical skeleton found in Ethiopia, Lucy's Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge is a trendy establishment in Houston. Dim lighting, sheer curtains, Ethiopian art, comfy couches and low coffee tables characterize this popular eatery. The menu features a wide variety of Ethiopian cuisine and is great for sharing among friends.
Family owned and operated, Blue Nile is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant. The traditional cuisine offered here is heavy on the vegetable side accompanied by spicy meat. Most dishes are large enough to share and come with Injera bread for dipping. They also have a wide range of vegetarian options. The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is a must try, the coffee is freshly roasted and brewed onsite when ordered!
From the outside Saigon Pagolac looks like nothing special, but inside you'll find what some call the best Vietnamese food in Houston, and that is actually quite a feat as Houston has the second largest Vietnamese community in the U.S. The Seven Course Beef is the big hit here with different cuts of beef and means of cooking the beef, as well as a variety of sauces, brought to the table. Other dishes are also cooked at the table, but if you're not in the mood for D.I.Y. dining, you get a nice bowl of Pho instead.
Sometimes it takes soup to make you feel good like nothing else can. Pho One is a brilliant, friendly kitchen, where the scalding hot, flavorful broth of various authentic Vietnamese soups will warm your soul while relieving your stress. The fresh noodles, meat, and greens will fill you up with the nutrients you're looking for. You'll usually see the beautiful smile of the chef through the kitchen window. Besides the pho and other soups, you can also get a full menu of Vietnamese delights, including scrumptious appetizers, such as freshly rolled spring rolls and crunchy Vietnamese egg rolls, as well as reasonably priced Vietnamese rice platters (say yes to a fried egg). Incredible authentic food, plus a smile - what more could you want? There's always rich Vietnamese coffee. -Adam Rosen
This hidden gem of a restaurant is located in the Willowbrook area of Houston. Serving authentic Dominican Republic cuisine, patrons can expect to find freshly squeezed guava juice, perfectly fried plantains, yuca, fall-off-the-bone meat dishes and more. The restaurant is on the small side and features Dominican artifacts and photography throughout. For a truly authentic taste of the D.R. Punta Cana Caribbean Restaurant is the place to try.