The name says it all: it’s southern, and it’s really good. Lovers of authentic Texan delicacies will enjoy this restaurant, which takes pride in its quality food and imaginative cocktails with the motto ‘good food shared, good drinks served, good music played.’ Classics like grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and cornbread are given an upscale twist with fresh ingredients and amazing presentation. You’ll want to return and try everything else on the menu. The pork chops are juicy and delicious, served with cabbage mashed potatoes, and the beef belly burnt ends leave everyone talking about how delicious and crispy they are. The environment is rustic and there is a spacious patio where you can enjoy one of their carefully selected beers.
623 W 19th St, Houston, TX +1 346 980 8152
Love Indian food? If you’re ever in Houston, make sure to stop by Kiran’s. This restaurant is the brainchild of Kiran Verma, an exemplary self-taught chef with an inspiring career. She is, after all, considered the creator of fine Indian dining. This restaurant is sophisticated, decadent but also friendly and approachable – a wonderful representation of its inspirations and passion. It’s passion you can feel in every mouthful of their pani poori, tandoori and tikka masala. Try the mouthwatering lamb shank or chicken vindaloo, or go for a lentil soup as a lighter choice. Vegetable, nut and cheese-stuffed bread makes a good choice for group snacks.
4100 Westheimer Rd, Ste 151, Houston, TX +1 713 960 8472
Breakfast and loaded hot dogs – that’s mostly what Happy Fatz delivers, and it’s all delicious. This is an unpretentious cafeteria that takes common ingredients and elevates them through sheer creativity, extraordinary presentation and kind service, all at a great price. Don’t worry about leaving hungry, as their hot dogs really deserve the “loaded” moniker. The Clucker is a customer favorite for its crunchy hash browns, juicy bacon, savory onions and fresh egg toppings. You can also choose to build your own dog; you get to choose everything from the bun to the sauce. The space is cozy and the patio area is dog-friendly.
3510 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX +1 713 426 3554
Grotto serves some of the best Italian fare in Houston, cooked with authenticity and dedication to the craft. Pretty much every item on the menu is handmade, and it shows in the flavor and textures. The quality is consistent, which makes this a place with lots of regulars and a favorite for events or private parties. As a appetizer, have the frite di melanzane, breaded eggplant slices served with marinara sauce. The lobster bisque soup is a refreshing indulgence, while the pollo tre pomodore is a wonderful sampling of three different styles of tomatoes on a crispy chicken breast. Finish the meal with a mezzanotte – three layers of rich chocolate cake that will delight your taste buds.
4715 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX +1 713 622 3663