Houston may be known for its beautiful weather and as the home of NASA’s Mission Control, but when it comes to pleasing people’s palates, this great city is one of the best. There are many Houston neighborhoods filled with good eats for visitors and residents alike. Here are some of our favorite Houston neighborhoods and our top restaurant picks:
Those with a Houston apartment in the downtown area are in luck. Not only is this part of the city bustling with nightlife, arts, entertainment and plenty of recreation, there are also restaurants that every foodie should experience at least once in their lifetime.
Our Restaurant Pick for Downtown: Oxheart
This tiny Warehouse District restaurant, which seats only 30 people at a time, was created by chef Justin Yu and his pastry chef wife, Karen Man. The cuisine at this delectable location features locally grown produce and raised meats on a veggie-heavy menu. Oxheart stays away from the typical protein-heavy plate and offers modern meals assembled with meticulous technique. Try something off of their garden menu, like baked heirloom tomatoes covered with miso, rice and brown butter, with tomato fondant and black garlic.
This Houston neighborhood is largely known for its eccentric late-night clubs and bars, but that’s not to take away from the quality of its food. There is never a shortage of delicious dishes in Midtown.
Our Restaurant Pick for Midtown: Leon’s Lounge
In the mood for Mexican? This restaurant just happens to serve some of the best empanadas you’ll find in town. Come take a seat and enjoy the cozy ambiance with one of their inventive cocktails in-hand. Try the Green on Red–a rum concoction garnished with red pepper and basil.
The East End neighborhood is located between the eastern edge of downtown and the Port of Houston. There are plenty of great places to eat in Houston, but the East End boasts some one-of-a-kind restaurants. This Houston neighborhood is inextricably tied to the Mexican culture that still resonates within the community.
Our Restaurant Pick for East End: Fiesta Loma Linda
This establishment in the East End offers guests a Tex-Mex favorite: puffy tacos. Imagine a typical taco, but with a crunchy, airy, flaky, puffed-up shell. Many who try it can’t get enough. If you’re looking for a breakfast place, Fiesta Loma Linda serves up delectable breakfast burritos.