THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON ACCORDING TO KAT:
Just about every client moving to Houston and every friend visiting Houston for work or leisure asks me "What's the best restaurant in Houston?" or "What's your favorite restaurant in Houston?" As a woman who loves to eat and a working mother who rarely has time to cook, I partake of Houston's vast dining options on a daily basis. I'll take consistently yummy and unpretentious fare over a trendy atmosphere any day, so you probably won't find my favorites on any hip "best of" list -but most of my favorites have been around a long, long time and are still family-owned establishments serving generation after generation of Houston's notoriously food-loving residents.
***Click on the photos for links to each restaurant's website***
EL TIEMPO CANTINA
*Where the Legacy of "Mama" Ninfa Laurenzo, Houston's Best-Known Mexican Chef, Lives On*
Several Locations: Navigation, Montrose, Washington Ave., Richmond Ave., Tomball area
BEST IN TOWN: Barbacoa (Brisket), Fresh Fish, Quail, Ribs, Queso Flameado
1802 Shepherd Dr.
BEST IN TOWN: Fajitas, Guacamole, Tortilla Soup, Sunday Brunch, Party Room
2116 Gessner Rd.
BEST IN TOWN: Cheese Enchiladas, Tamales, Carne Asada/Tacos al Carbon
***El Gallo is a hole-in-the-wall in a tired strip center in an unpretentious part of Spring Branch, noteworthy for the large yellow and red rooster sign out front. It looks today exactly like it did when I was a kid and it has no website. Rumor had it back then that El Gallo was run by the parents of the proprietors behind Guadalajara (below) and Escalante's (an upscale, healthy version of Guadalajara), both of which are local chains now.
Several Locations: Downtown, Medical Center, Memorial, & The Woodlands
BEST IN TOWN: Wide Variety of Excellent Tex-Mex Favorites in a Family-Friendly Setting
1600 Westheimer Rd.
BEST IN TOWN: Gourmet Mexican, Refined Atmosphere, Exquisite Dining Experience
Several Locations: Meyerland, Westchase, Energy Corridor, Sugar Land
BEST IN TOWN: Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy, the Definitive Tex-Mex Dish