Explore Houston’s Vibrant Food Scene
Houston has a fantastic and diverse food scene that is getting plenty of recognition way beyond the Lone Star State. No matter what you’re craving, you’ll find it in the Bayou City.
Get ready for a big, Texas-sized bite! Here are some of our favorites.
Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue
Ranked by Texas Monthly as the sixth best barbecue restaurant in the state, this quaint spot started as a chocolate-making business. The restaurant later expanded, offering prime cuts of meat bathed for hours over post oak woodsmoke in a pit named Black October. Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue is pulling in crowds for its outstanding barbecue, but don’t miss the unexpected sides like carrot souffle. Finish off your meal with an artisan chocolate handcrafted onsite.
Crawfish & Noodles
At Crawfish & Noodles, you’ll find unique Vietnamese-Cajun fusion dishes created by chef and owner, Trong Nguyen, a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist. The star of the show at Crawfish & Noodles is the “Vietcajun,” the restaurant’s signature dish of spicy crawfish swimming in garlic butter and piquant broth, rumored to have 10 different spices. Grab your bib and rubber gloves, and order up your mudbugs regular, mild, medium or spicy. Or opt for one of the restaurant’s authentic Vietnamese noodle or specialty dishes.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation
East Downtown Houston
“Mama” Ninfa Laurenzo began serving up juicy, chargrilled steak in warm tortillas at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation to save her family’s struggling tortilla factory. That was in 1973, and the iconic location is still going strong, featuring its legendary fajitas, classic Tex-Mex and Oaxacan-style dishes like banana leaf tamales. Thrillist.com named the institution one of the very best Mexican restaurants in Houston. Eater Houston says “no meal is complete without a Ninfarita, the restaurant’s notoriously potent signature margarita.”
Shrimp ‘N Stuff
For tasty beach fare, look to the cozy blue building that houses Shrimp ‘N Stuff. Known as “the best shrimp joint in town,” the casual restaurant opened in 1976 and quickly made waves for its colossal, hand-battered fried crustaceans. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the food is mostly fried and does not disappoint when you aren’t counting calories. Enjoy fresh seafood po-boys, fish tacos, catfish and clams, just the ticket after a day of fun and sun on Galveston Island.
At TRIS, industry heavy-hitter Chef Austin Simmons creates innovative cuisine that delights the palate. Simmons combines superlative ingredients, including Texas quail, antelope loin and in-house, 60-day, dry-aged steaks. Dinner is a fine dining affair with a slightly formal vibe. Lunch is more casual, but every bit as exceptional in taste. Don’t miss the TRIS burger, two smashed, juicy Akaushi Wagyu patties with applewood bacon, aged cheddar and Bibb lettuce. For a special occasion, treat yourself to Cureight, an intimate, elevated eight-course Chef’s dinner.
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