Zabak's Mediterranean Cafe is a quaint family run restaurant that is popular for its Mediterranean and Greek inspired menu. This restaurant has over a decade of experience in serving delicious food to the people of neighborhood and has won multiple awards for its diverse and delicious dishes. Trying Falafel at Zabak's Mediterranean Cafe is a must as it is one of the best and most sought after dishes in the restaurant. Pizzas served with a Mediterranean twist at this restaurant is a must try for people who love fusion cuisine. Apart from its diverse and delicious food menu, Zabak's Mediterranean Cafe is also known for its generous portions and pocket-friendly nature.
Although a Vietnamese sandwich shop sounds unusual, the atmosphere and decor AT Givral's Sandwich Shop revolve around typical deli friendliness and charm. This experience is perfect for the casual diner who is interested in quickly grabbing a delicious bite to eat. If you want to sample a truly deluxe po' boy, definitely try the French baguette with layers of shredded chicken and pork, slivered cucumbers, pickled carrots, soy sauce, mayonnaise, cilantro and sliced jalapenos. The iced French coffee is a flavorful alternative to alcohol.
Turkish food is exquisitely delicious, and actually quite healthy. As the cuisine grows in popularity in Houston, Empire Turkish Grill in Memorial shines with the best of them. Enjoyable for carnivores and vegetarians alike, their menu is filled with scrumptious, authentic dishes. Among Empire's juicy kebabs (a Turkish staple), the Adana Kebab is a meal to behold. Cooked on skewers, this juicy ground lamb tastes as it does in Istanbul, and could easily be the best kebab you'd find outside of Turkey. Served with perfectly cooked veggies and plump Turkish rice, it's got everything you need to satisfy your taste buds. Be sure to cap your meal off with a pleasant Turkish tea. -Adam Rosen
Manena's is as hidden as it gets, and is the epitome of the phrase hidden gem. West Houston is known for its international cuisines sprinkled about, but an Argentinean pastry shop is like a gift from a higher power. Generally known for succulent beef, Argentina is one of the world's best-kept secrets when it comes to baked goods. Get a half a dozen of Manena's Empanadas to take to your coworkers and your boss may even give you a raise. Little bit hungrier? Go for the Lomito Argentino sandwich: juicy steak, or the Choripan, the Argentinian sausage, on a fresh Baguette. Sit in the beautiful cafe for a traditional Argentinean social drink called Mate. -Adam Rosen
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine is a great place to dine if you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisines. On the food menu they serve a variety of Greek and Mediterranean dishes in vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan. The house specials are the lamb and chicken kabobs, spicy hummus, baba ghanoush and falafel to name a few. After a hearty meal leave some place for desserts, there is a wide variety to choose from, try their special baklava. Guests are allowed to bring in their own drinks and enjoy it with their meals. All dishes are reasonably priced and the restaurant is an ideal place to host small and large parties.
Houston's never had anything like this place. Set ideally in the middle of the Heights, the Revival Market focuses on local quality. Their still dirty-from-the-ground (or vine), vibrantly colored produce is a touch expensive, but you're also purchasing piece of mind that your local growers are finally being supported. The back wall will suck you in when you get a glimpse of scrumptious charcuterie selections. Get some prized parts of a pig you didn't think to be edible. On your way out, be sure to grab a loaf of their local Slow Dough bread, both crisp and chewy. While they're making your incredible coffee, peruse the house-made condiments, like Worcester sauce. -Adam Rosen
If tequila is your poison, El Big Bad is the place to be. The cantina serves over 70 flavored, handmade tequilas that change as per the season, along with craft beers, margaritas and other cocktails, and Mexican bar bites. The interiors have eye-catching murals, while a rooftop patio offers an impressive view of the Historic District. This place is also open for brunch, and offers exciting happy hour specials.
Looking for more variety in your evening meal? Go Spanish tonight! Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar serves up a wide variety of mini dishes, ranging from delightfully salt-cured fish, to roasted veggies and savory meatballs. The Albondigas Marroquis are wonderfully Moroccan-influenced meatballs with eggs, peas, and a dash of cumin. The Ensalada De Espinacas is a perfect mix of avocado, fresh baby greens, chickpeas, and veggies with a lime vinaigrette. Get a delicious Margarita or glass of Sangria at happy hour. It's an ideal spot for dinner before a show at The House of Blues next door. -Adam Rosen
The Jackson Street Barbecue prides itself for its slow dough bread, smoked tender meats, generous, filling portions and prompt service. Favorites include the BBQ Chop Salad and Mac and Cheese Burger. You can also indulge your taste buds in The Trinity. This delicious dish comprises of St. Louis style ribs, 2 oz of top choice brisket, 1/4 link German style sausages & your choice of one side order. They also have a full bar menu to go with the dishes or smaller portions if you are not too hungry. Whether you are here with friends or dining in alone, Jackson Street Barbecue won’t disappoint.
Just on the outskirts of downtown is home to the delightfully authentic Central Vietnamese restaurant Huynh. This casually elegant spot has extremely friendly service and unbelievable takes on Vietnamese classics. Some of the highlights include various char-grilled meats with crushed rice, comforting bowls of pho with all the standard choices, gorgeous family-style platters, like the beef tenderloin with peppers and onions, and of course the ever-refreshing Vietnamese desserts and beverages. No alcohol sold here, but feel free to bring your own only USD 2 per person. Have dinner here and catch a hip show across the street at Warehouse Live. You won't regret it. -Adam Rosen
Take a break from local burgers and steaks, and head to Andes Cafe for a complete Latin fare. This place has a warm and welcoming ambiance; it is carefully furnished to accommodate larger parties and solo diners can eat in solitude at the high stools provided. The cafe art adds immeasurably to the character of the place and sums up the interior just right to set a perfect mood for the interesting food that comes next. From their menu, all of the signature dishes come highly recommended but the Pabellon Criollo deserves special attention because this dish is a culinary trip to Venezuela. Estraña, Tamal de me Abuelita and Chicharron Peruano are also must-try specials here. Their dessert menu is very creative; it's designed to ensure your palate is in sugary heaven. This place is BYOB, so feel free to arrive with your favorite beer or wine. Also, your four-legged friends are welcomed here.