Houston is a sprawling port city in Southeastern Texas. A recent oil boom and continuing international immigration has brought explosive growth to the city, and it is now the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States. While at first glance, the city appears to be a 9-5 central business district surrounded by a sea of suburbs and strip malls, there are many hidden gems to be discovered.
Places to Eat
Here are some of the neighborhoods, with interesting places to eat.
A suburb South of Houston. A thriving city for families and young adults.
- Super Bowl Asian Cuisine and Tea House A family owned Taiwanese restaurant. If you like sweet appetizers, try the In Si Roll (Fried Sweet Bun) or if you prefer something a little more spicy, try the Spicy Wonton. For main dishes, you cannot go wrong with the Curry Coconut Shrimp with Rice and Taiwan Style Pop Corn Chicken Rice. If you are craving some ramen, they have Tonkatsu ramen. They only have 40 serving of this so make sure to come early. (281) 692-2688
- Nachos Nacho A food truck turned into a restaurant. You can choose a base of chips, fries or salad smothered in queso with meats from chicken to brisket to seafood. All there meats/suggestions are cities in Texas. The Austin was very good and you can add extra toppings if you like.
- Atchafalaya Crawfish You can never get enough crawfish down in the South! This joint has crawfish just the right amount of spicy and for a good price too. They are not slacking on the small size of the crawfish either, they have some monsters. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays they have a special of $4.99/lb.
- Takumi This place off Pearland Parkway is a little gem. There is never a crowd and it has great sushi. If you like mangoes and seaweed salad try the Fall in Love roll. The Manhattan roll had a great taste along with a hint of spicy. If you are not much for sushi, try the Chicken Teriyaki, very juicy.
- Hoang My The Charcoal pork spring rolls are a great way to start your meal, it comes with the peanut sauce. Try the Pork and Shrimp Vermicelli or the Pork and Egg Roll Vermicelli, the pork is so juicy and tasty and add the fish sauce they give to the bowl for extra flavor.
- Nam Giao Restaurant & Bakery A Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown that has been featured in the Houston Chronicle and a Netflix show called "Ugly Delicious". For an appetizer, the Pork and Shrimp Crystal Dumplings are a must have. They are kind of a little different than most dumplings because are they sticky, clear and quite peppery but oh so delicious. As for a main dishes, the Grilled Shrimp with Vermicelli with fish sauce to dip in was very good, as well as the the Grilled Pork Vermicelli.
- JINYA RAMEN BAR A very popping place right now, go early because you might have to wait in line for a little bit. Very cool atmosphere, there is a community table, a bar and tables to sit at. The pork gyoza is a must for an appetizer. As for the ramen try the JINYA Tonkotsu Black, I asked for it spicy, very very good. It was not too spicy but added a nice flavor.
- Hearsay Gastro Lounge $12 bottomless mimosas.
- Tamashi Ramen and Sushi Have to try the Curry Tsukeman, so good you will crave it the next day.
- Flip 'n' Patties Food truck turned into a restaurant. If you are looking for a huge burger you should definitely try the Flip n Patties burger. The Jeepney burger is also a great choice, it has an egg on it. For an appetizer try the Chicken Pupu and don't let the name stop you in your tracks, it is awesome.