Texas is known for it’s southern BBQ and Tex-Mex, but where Houston has such a diverse culture scene you will find a wide variety of options to eat. Let’s go check out my favorite 8 Delicious and Trendy Places to Eat in Houston Texas. These are in no particular order of preference. 🙂
8 Delicious and Trendy Places to Eat in Houston Texas
1. Killen’s BBQ
I would be wrong to not start out with a BBQ spot, and topping the list is Killen’s BBQ. Located in Pearland TX, a suburb just outside of Houston, Killen’s BBQ has only had it’s doors open since 2013, but they are doing it right. The lines run out the door and the tables fill quickly in Ronnie Killen’s joint. If you can’t find an inside table you can always grab a picnic table outside, if you can stand the heat!
Killen’s BBQ has a great selection of Southern BBQ food like; Brisket, Beef or Pork Ribs, Turkey, Pulled Pork, Pork Belly or Pork & Beef Sausage. Take your pick because no matter what you choose you are going to love them all.
When ordering you can choose to have your meat in a sandwich or as a plate. You will have the option of adding up to 3 meats and 2 sides per order. Their sides consist of Pinto Beans, Potato Salad, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw or Creamed Corn. I wasn’t crazy about the Mac n Cheese, because I prefer home-made but it seemed to be a popular choice. The creamed corn and Cole slaw were delicious though!
2. Chez Beignets-
Chez Beignets has two locations. One on Bellaire Blvd. in the Chinatown/Alief area of Houston, which is more of a coffee shop and one on Hwy 6 in Sugarland that is more of a quick service food restaurant. We only went to the one in Chinatown/Alief because we were wanting the beignets only, and not a full meal.
Their beignets were so good we ended up going back twice and both times were around 9 pm. I was surprised at how busy it was both times. It is a popular place to hang out, eat some beignets and visit with friends until late in the evening. Chez Beignet is open until 11:30 pm on weeknights and 12 am on Saturdays, which is why it’s ‘THE’ place to go for a late night snack. And the beignets are soooo good!
We ordered the basket of beignet fingers because they are smaller, easier to eat and to share rather than a full size beignet but you can have your choice. These delicious beignets, covered in powdered sugar and served with a side of honey, almost melt in your mouth. It’s a good thing I don’t live in Houston or I would be here every weekend enjoying a basket of beignets!
3. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot-
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is also located on Bellaire Blvd in the Chinatown district. They serve up a traditional inner Mongolian dish that you create yourself for a fun and unique dining experience.
They start you off with a steaming pot of their in-house soup broth, made from scratch daily.
From there you choose your meats, vegetables and noodles, brought fresh to your table where you add the items you would like into the pot and let it cook for just a few minutes.
This was our first time eating at a hot pot restaurant and we weren’t quite sure what flavors to cook together but it turned out okay. I would suggest doing the all-you-can-eat, especially if this is your first time, this way you can try the many varieties to find the ones you like the most.
4. Honey Bee Teahouse-
Honey Bee Teahouse is another great spot to check out in the Chinatown area. They have all sorts of drinks like; Ice Milks, Milk Tea’s, Fusion Tea’s, and Smoothies.
We stopped in a couple of times during our stay in Houston and my favorite drink is the “two to tango”. It’s a mango smoothie with a strawberry swirl. I added some mango jelly and honey boba for fun and loved the flavor and texture they gave to the smoothie. Here again, if I lived in Houston I would be a regular at Honey Bee to try out all of their flavors of smoothies. 🙂
5. Niko Niko’s-
If I had to put one restaurant to the top of my list of favorites, Niko Niko’s would be ranking up there. Located in the Montrose area of Houston Niko Niko’s is a popular restaurant and gets crowded during the lunch hours.
You have to try the Niko’s Dip Platter which has a sample of Hummus, Tzatziki, Melizano Salata & Tarama Salata topped with fresh tomatoes, cucumber slices and Greek olives, then served with a side of pits chips. So delicious!
Another favorite is the Greek salad pita and lemon potatoes.
Pappasito’s serves up original Tex-Mex and is a favorite of the locals. With 15 locations throughout the Houston area you won’t have a hard time finding one of their Cantina’s.
The servings are generous and delicious, like these Baja Fish Tacos served with fresh tilapia and a side of beans & rice.
7. Common Bond-
Common Bond Bakery & Cafe is a must for anyone who loves deliciously sweet pastries & seasonal savory dishes. Located in the Montrose area of Houston, it’s easy to get to from downtown.
Stop in for some of their perfectly flavored macaroons or a Kouign Amann, which was my favorite! I have been wanting to try Kouign Amann forever and when I finally tried it here it was love at first bite.
9. Class 502-
For a fun twist on ice cream head over to Class 502 in the Chinatown District of Houston. Their delicious hand-rolled ice cream concoctions will have you coming back for more. Class 502 also offers a variety of bubble teas and Thai style ice cream. It’s entertaining just watching them make this one-of-a-kind dessert.
Be sure to go check out my Youtube video showing them make this delicious mango flavored ice cream rolls for me here.
If we would have had more time during our stay I had a list of other places to check out for great food, but since we didn’t make it to all I will share the list with you and hopefully get back down there myself to try them out. Leave me a comment below if you have been to any of these restaurants, I would love your feedback!
- Sweet Paris- for crepes!
- LA Crawfish- for Vietnamese style crawfish
- Sweet- for macaroons (can you tell I love macaroons?)
- Nu Cafe- for Snow Shaved Ice (check out my post on snow shaved ice here.)
- El Real Tex-Mex Cafe- for Queso
- Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack- for awesome burgers
- Mai’s- for Vietnamese
- Breakfast Klub- for delicious breakfast plates
- Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen- for amazing seafood
- Goode Company BBQ- for what else? BBQ!
To read about some fun activities to do in Houston check out my post on 5 Must-See Attractions in Houston.
Until Next Time……Travel On!
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