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Fresco Cafe Italiano [CLOSED]See Fresco Cafe Italiano Video ($$)
(245 ratings)

3277 Southwest Fwy Map It!
Houston, TX 77027
(281) 888-2226
  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara
    w/ pepper, pecorino, egg & house cured pork jowl (guanciale); looks good
  • Tagliatelle w/ Texas Raised Lamb Sauce
    lamb braised 7 hours in onions, celery, carrots & tomato sauce; "simple, straightforward, delicious...that is Italy!" -Guy Fieri
4.5 out of 5
245 ratings
[CLOSED]; authentic Italian cuisine made from scratch daily w/ imported grains & cheeses
Pappas Bros SteakhouseSee Pappas Bros Steakhouse Video ($$$$)
(1121 ratings)

5839 Westheimer Rd Map It!
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-7352
www.pappasbros.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Steak"
  • Bone-In New York Strip Steak
    32 oz - for two - carved table side, limited availability; dry-aged; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1121 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); opened in 1976
Pit RoomSee Pit Room Video ($$)
(2463 ratings)

1201 Richmond Ave Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 888-1929
thepitroombbq.com
  • Brisket Taco
    prime brisket smoked 12 hours, handmade tortilla, cheddar, sour cream, salsa roja; "as scratch made as they come!" -Guy Fieri
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Dinner
    scratch made & smoked, topped w/ house barbecue sauce, served w/ jalapeno cheddar sauce & chicharrones
4.5 out of 5
2463 ratings
est. 2016; "old school, wood cooked handcrafted bbq" (from its website); Texas-style bbq plus tacos, desserts & drinks
Southern Q BBQ & Catering [CLOSED] ($$)
(352 ratings)

16540 Kuykendahl Map It!
Houston, TX 77068
(832) 250-4851
  • Brisket
    rubbed & smoked in oak & hickory for 12-15 hrs; looks good
  • The Big Poppa
    loaded baked potato (butter, shredded cheddar) w/ 3 meats: chopped brisket, homemade smoked sausage & a rib, & topped w/ sour cream, chives, bacon bits & BBQ sauce; looks good!
4.5 out of 5
352 ratings
[CLOSED]; since 2009; owned & operated by husband & wife team
Traveler's Table ($$)
(1060 ratings)

520 Westheimer Rd Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 409-5785
www.travelerstable.com
  • Caribbean Braised Oxtails
    habanero mango chow, allspice, sherry, butter beans, roasted carrots, onions, celery, jasmine rice; "takes you to the islands!" -Guy Fieri
  • Crispy Pork Belly in Pasilla Sauce
    pasilla pepper, macadamia nuts, tomato, onion, garlic, purple cabbage-carrot-apple slaw; "that's elevated!" -Guy Fieri
4.5 out of 5
1060 ratings
est. 2019; modern cuisine featuring globally inspired flavors
  • Kare Kare
    brisket, peanut sauce, long beans, eggplant, bok choy, bagoong alamang sauce, crushed peanuts, white rice
  • Silog Rice Bowl
    spicy longganisa, spiced ham, fried egg, garlic rice, green onion, banana ketchup; "flavor all the way through" -Guy Fieri
4.0 out of 5
346 ratings
opened in 2011 as a food truck; Filipino flavors w/ a Texas twist
Bombay Pizza [CLOSED]See Bombay Pizza Video ($$)
(1135 ratings)

914 Main St Map It!
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 654-4444
  • Gateway of India Pizza
    thin crust pizza w/ Tandoori chicken, crab meat, artichoke hearts, cilatro, mozzarella, provolone & cilantro-mint chutney; "this is the Mother Teresa of pizzas...it's that saintly good!"-Mo Rocca; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1135 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 2009; Indian-Italian pizzeria that serves Italian cuisine graced with Indian herbs and spices
Cafe Lili ($$)
(192 ratings)

5757 Westheimer Rd Map It!
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 952-6969
www.cafelili.com
  • Chicken Kabob
    grilled chicken breast w/ garlic sauce & cucumber pickles; looks good
  • Fried Kibbie Balls
    deep-fried bulgur wheat/meat shell w/ seasoned ground beef filling
4.0 out of 5
192 ratings
opened in 1991; serving Lebanese cuisine
  • Curried Goat
    tender bone-in goat marinated in garlic, thyme, scallions & Jamaican seasonings, stewed in a rich curry sauce; looks good
  • Oxtails
    best selling dish; marinated, braised, & stewed w/ butter beans & dumplings; looks good
4.0 out of 5
808 ratings
specializing in authentic Jamaican cuisine
Hickory Hollow ($$)
(717 ratings)

101 Heights Blvd Map It!
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 869-6300
hickoryhollow.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Houston, TX"
  • "The Large Rancher"
    22-oz chicken fried steak (it's steak) slathered w/ house Texas River Bottom Gravy
4.0 out of 5
717 ratings
since 1977; "a real Texas cafe"
  • "The Zellagabetsky"
    "The Sandwich That's Bigger Than Its Name"; 8-decker on special cut rye, corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami, tongue & Swiss cheese w/ cole slaw, Russian dressing & red sweet pepper
  • Corned Beef Sandwich
    30-day brining process; over-sized sandwich; looks good
  • Fried Kreplach
    "a Jewish wonton" stuffed w/ beef mix, boiled & deep-fried; served w/ apple sauce & sour cream
  • Mishmosh Soup
    Matzoh ball soup w/ kreplach; "killer"-Guy Fieri
  • Kasha Varnishkas
    traditional Eastern European Jewish dish that combines kasha (buckwheat), noodles, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms; served w/ gravy on side
4.0 out of 5
1442 ratings
Lankford GrocerySee Lankford Grocery Video ($)
(781 ratings)

88 Dennis St Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9555
www.lankfordgrocery.com
  • Firehouse Burger
    house specialty; burger w/ habanero sauce, cayenne butter, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion
  • Texas Hash
    diced baked chicken, potatoes, green pepper, onions on fried tortillas & topped w/ chile con queso; available on Satudays only; looks good
4.0 out of 5
781 ratings
burger dive local legend; started as a small fruit stand in 1938, then a mom & pop grocery store in 1939, then selling sandwiches in 70's & finally their famous burgers in 1977; "We have nothing small, nothing healthy, and nothing fast...We have great food, but its not fast food. Everything is made to order just like you like it!"
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Houston, TX"
  • Five Alarm Fire Burger Challenge
    burger w/ sauce & seasoning from 7 different hot peppers, plus more hot peppers in 30 min; Casey won
4.0 out of 5
315 ratings
opened in 2007
  • Baby Lamb Shank
    family and fan favorite; oven roasted with olive oil, oregano, garlic & lemon. Greek salad, pita bread & tzatziki sauce on the side; looks good
  • Loukoumades
    Greek honey balls; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2156 ratings
opened in 1977; long lines
Original Ninfa's on NavigationSee Original Ninfa's on Navigation Video ($$)
(1696 ratings)

2704 Navigation Blvd Map It!
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175
www.ninfas.com
  • Queso Flameado
    melted cheeses topped w/ homemade chorizo; server comes out w/ small cheese-chorizo mix in casserole dish and a side of tortillas and makes the queso flameado at your table
  • Beef Fajitas Al Carbon
    served in a flour tortilla w/ Pico de Gallo, guacamole, & chile con queso; supposedly they are the first to serve fajitas; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1696 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); opened in 1973; supposedly served the first beef fajitas (according to its website); caution: there are 2 Ninfa's in Houston...this is the one highlighted on the show (and rated better)
ReefSee Reef Video ($$$)
(722 ratings)

2600 Travis St Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 526-8282
www.reefhouston.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Smoky"
  • Big Pork Chop
    Large double-boned pork chop brined for 24-hours; looks good
4.0 out of 5
722 ratings
Chef Bryan Caswell named James Beard Award Nominee Best Chef/Southwest 2010; Bryan Caswell also participated in "Next Iron Chef"
Toasted CoconutSee Toasted Coconut Video ($$)
(293 ratings)

1617 Richmond Ave Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 485-4775
www.gettoastedhtx.com
  • Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
    fried chicken, black pepper biscuit, house chili crisp, optional egg, American cheese, topped w/ honey butter; looks good
  • Pork Dumplings
    pork filling in sheet dough, fried & steamed, served w/ house chili oil, sweet soy & crispy garlic; "it's umami bomby!" -Guy Fieri
4.0 out of 5
293 ratings
est. 2019; beach bar w/ chef-driven menu & award-winning mixologist
Cafe Annie [CLOSED]See Cafe Annie Video ($$$)
(306 ratings)

1800 Post Oak Blvd Map It!
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 840-1111
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Grilled"
  • Grilled Filet of Beef w/ Crusted Coffee Adobado
    looks good
3.5 out of 5
306 ratings
[CLOSED]
Cafe Pita + [CLOSED]See Cafe Pita + Video ($)
(428 ratings)

10852 Westheimer Rd Map It!
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 953-7237
  • Cevap Sandwich
    ground beef mixed w/ spices in a sausage link-style & served on homemade lepinja (Bosnian bread); served w/ fresh onions & kajmak
  • Pirjan
    lamb shank, potatoes, eggplant & zucchini slowly roasted in a clay pot,served w/ basmati rice, kajmak & homemade lepinja (Bosnian bread)
  • Pljeskavica Sandwich
    like a burger stuffed w/ cheese & mushroom & served on homemade lepinja (Bosnian bread); looks good
3.5 out of 5
428 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 2007; Bosnian cuisine; Other Recipes: Poached Apple -Tufahia
Cuchara Restaurant ($$)
(908 ratings)

214 Fairview St Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-0000
www.cuchararestaurant.com
  • Four-Corner Tortillas
    house made corn tortilla w/ each quarter is a different color/flavor
  • Tacos Chelo
    crunchy potato taquitos covered in a very spicy green salsa w/ raw onions & cotija cheese; "Top 10 best tacos I've ever had. Wow!" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Tacos Crujientes de Jamaic
    Hibiscus flower & cream crunchy tacos in homemade flour tortilla; w/ house made salsa
3.5 out of 5
908 ratings
since 2012; authentic Mexico City bistro located in 1940s brick building w/ eye-catching playful murals
Feast [CLOSED] ($$$)
(310 ratings)

219 Westheimer Rd Map It!
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-7788
  • Rabbit Liver & Kidney's on Toast
    pan-fried, finished w/ duck demi-glace and served on homemade toasted bread
3.5 out of 5
310 ratings
[CLOSED]; multiple recognitions including 2 James Beard award nominations
  • Ox Tails
    cuts of beef tails braised & simmered w/ seasonings & vegetables; slow-cooked in brown gravy for 3 hrs
  • Mac & Cheese
    signature dish
3.5 out of 5
405 ratings
#47 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1959; cafeteria-style service; restaurant name came about when (husband & wife) founders were looking for a place to open their restaurant...while driving, wife laid her eyes on a little white house while driving & cried out "This is it!"...it has grown & re-located since then
Red Lion British Pub ($$)
(722 ratings)

2316 S Shepherd Dr Map It!
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 529-8390
www.redlionhouston.com
  • Chicken Tandoori Quesadillas
    chicken baked w/ Tandoori spices, glazed w/ sweet chili sauce then topped w/ mozzarella, pickled onions & peppers
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
    chicken bites in tomato-based creamy sauce; served w/ aged Basmati rice & naan; available for lunch only; looks good
  • Shepherd's Pie
    lamb-based stew topped w/ mashed potatoes & shredded cheese
3.5 out of 5
722 ratings
neighborhood British pub w/ traditional British & Asian-Indian twist on pub food
Weights + MeasuresSee Weights + Measures Video ($$)
(881 ratings)

2808 Caroline St Map It!
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 654-1970
www.weights-measures.com
  • Braised Short Rib Sandwich
    w/ caramelized onion, Swiss cheese, cress, horseradish dijon & gruyere on house rye, served w/ homemade chips & house pickles; "rich, big flavor" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Roasted Carrot Pizza
    w/ soubise, fresno chiles, cilantro, dukka & gruyere; "giving me goosebumps!" -Guy Fieri
3.5 out of 5
881 ratings
est. 2014; bakery, restaurant & bar w/ baked goods & American fare, set in a 1950s industrial warehouse
Irma's Restaurant ($$)
(506 ratings)

22 N Chenevert St Map It!
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-0767
irmasoriginal.com
  • Chile Rellenos
    authentic roasted poblano peppers stuffed w/ choice of picadillo beef, chicken or queso fresco (Guy got the beef)
  • Tamale
    w/ hand-made pork roast; looks good
3.0 out of 5
506 ratings
serving Tex-Mex; down the street from Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros); festive decor
Houston, TX   (25 restaurants)    

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