Conveniently located right in the middle of Rice Village, Istanbul Grill is a popular lunch spot for the local crowd. Their hearty food will have you rediscovering what you thought were bland, boring staples. The secret is in the freshness, as the entire menu is prepared from scratch each day using authentic Turkish recipes and flavorful ingredients. Try the doner kebab for a classic taste of Turkey, or the pastrami pide for a new twist on pizza. The vegetable kebab is a great option for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Don’t leave without trying the baklava, which is probably the best in all of Houston.
Address and telephone: 5613 Morningside, Houston TX, USA 77005 +1 713 526 2800
Torchy’s is the definition of cool eating in Rice Village. This taco shop makes the most creative breakfast and lunch tacos, and the menu boasts more than 20 varieties. The true highlight is the sauces, which are made daily and go from deliciously mild to devilishly spicy – try the diablo for a fiery treat.
Address and telephone: 2400 Times Blvd. Houston, TX, USA 77005 +1 713 487 0067