Restaurants in Houston, TX

One out of five Houstonians was born somewhere other than the United States. That means that in addition to its true-Texas BBQ, steak, and plate-lunch fare, it is a fount of meals that expertly reflect the cuisines of Mexico and South America as well as southeast Asia. A longtime city favorite for Mexican food is Irma’s, where tortillas are freshly made and dessert can be New Mexican sopaipillas topped with nuts and honey. Houston is especially rich with excellent hamburgers. They’re lunch-counter style at the Avalon Diner, which also offers squeezed-to-order lemonade and milk shakes delivered in silver beakers that hold at least 2-1/2 tall glasses full. Lankford Grocery, which has been flipping burgers since the 1930s, offers hand-pattied beauties that are fried to crisp-edged succulence and served singly as well as in stacks of two or three. Breakfast includes such Tex-Mex dishes a chilaquiles, migas, huevos rancheros, and breakfast tacos. Lankford’s house mission statement advises, “We have nothing small, nothing healthy, and nothing fast…. We have great food, but it’s not fast food.” Amen.

Houston’s Most Famous Dishes

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Fried Chicken

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.


Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills


Houston’s Best Restaurants

La Mexicana


Frenchy’s Chicken


Irma’s Restaurant


Barbecue Inn


Lankford Grocery | Hamburger Best in Houston Texas


Sliced brisket on jalapeno cheese bread
Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q | A Lone Star BBQ Brisket Best


Avalon Diner | Lunch Counter Burgers at their Best | Houston


Laredo Taqueria | Taco Bests of Houston Texas


Helen | Modern Taste of Greek Traditions | Houston Texas


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