Soon after opening in 2013, Tiger Den instantly became a Houston local favorite thanks to their delicious Japanese ramen. It opens only for dinner after 5PM and almost always has a line, but is definitely worth the wait. The modern interior is lit with low lights and Japanese street styled décor, creating a cool and buzzing atmosphere. They specialize in noodles, made in-house fresh daily; and offer a variety of broth styles guaranteed to satisfy with their bold, rich flavors. Along with their ramen which can be paired with extra toppings or grilled skewers that are charred to perfection.
Tiger Den, 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX, USA +1 (832) 804-7755
This New Orleans-inspired, Vietnamese styled establishment is sure to delight anyone with a love for doughy sweets. It’s cash-only, and there is essentially one thing on the menu: beignets. Okay, there is also a selection of coffees and drinks to have along with the beignets, but basically it’s just beignets and it’s really all that’s needed. These beignets are fried to golden perfection topped with powdered sugar, and each table has a bottle of honey that marries with these puffed pastries like the couple is straight out of a Disney fairy-tale.
Chez Beignets, 10623 Bellaire Blvd C100, Houston, TX, USA +1 (281) 879-9777
Coco Sweet’s can be found inside the shopping center at the Hong Kong Supermarket at the corner of the main entrance. It offers a variety of teas, smoothies and large selection of sweet treats such as pandan waffles and crepes, along with a large selection of che, a traditional Vietnamese dessert. There are infinite ways to combine ingredients to fit any personalized taste, with a wide array of tropical fruit flavors and fun jelly toppings.
Anyone with a love of seafood should definitely make their way over to Crawfish and Noodles. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a mouth-burning, tear-jerking Cajun menu with Vietnamese flair. A definite must-have is the cua rang muoi or fresh blue crab stir fry, but be sure to leave room for crawfish with all the fixings.
Crawfish and Noodles, 11360 Bellaire Blvd #990, Houston, TX, USA +1 (281) 988-8098
Located off Dairy Ashford and Bellaire, Pho Binh By Night is a great late-night joint that serves pho, a Vietnamese national noodle soup loved by locals, especially during the winter. It’s kind of like a Vietnamese beef noodle soup for the soul, but can also be enjoyed just about any time or day of the week.
Pho Binh By Night, 12148 Bellaire Blvd #101, Houston, TX, USA +1 (832) 351-2464
Bo ne is Vietnamese for ‘steak and eggs’ and this place was voted #1 steak and eggs in Houston; it is a must-have for an indulgent brunch meal. The bo ne can be ordered in either a large or small, and comes with a freshly toasted French baguette served with a side of made in-house Vietnamese butter and pate. There is also a wide variety of other classic Vietnamese dishes to suit any mood. Don’t forget to order the café sua da, or Vietnamese style coffee, to complement any meal.
Bo Ne Houston, 11169 Beechnut St, Houston, TX, USA +1 (832) 351-3389