March 31, 2022

Heights - Houston Heights Foodies "Recommend"

 I live just east of the official Houston Heights in the Woodland Heights. Incredible growth in our neighborhood due to proximity to downtown. 

The Houston Heights Foodies is a Facebook group that I belong to, and, over the past few months I have been collecting recommendations for places to eat in the Greater Heights area from that site. (as you can probably guess, the same queries come up all the time, which has been great for providing me with this baseline of recommendations). Note: I haven't provided addresses at this time as many of these places show up in several categories and are easily searched for / located  via your favorite search engine. Additional Note: Even though the recommendations are supposed to be tailored to the Greater Heights Area, many responders ignore this and recommend places all over town, so, “caveat emptor” if you are looking for a restaurant specific to the Heights.

“On January 15, 2022, a person posted to the Group “I am always underwhelmed at the restaurants in the Heights”. There were over 175 responses to this query and from that query I have pulled together the recommendations that the group posted in response as follows:

Alice Blue

Al Quick Stop

Better Luck Tomorrow

Chivo’s

Coltivare

Da Gama

Elliot’s Table

Field & Tides

Hando’s

Heights Bier Garten

Hughies

Jus’ Mac & Cheese

Ka Sushi

Kin Dee Thai

Kolache Shoppe

La Lucha

Lai Thao Market

Maison Pucha

Mary’z Lebanese

Mastrantos

Melange Creperie

Mico’s Hot Chicken

Noe Franco

Pinkerton’s Barbecue

Saigon Hustle

Savoir

Someburger

Squable

Street Food Thai Market

Superica

TJ Birria

Trattoria Sofia

Ume Sushi

Urban Eats

1751 Sea & Bar

On March 9, One Member Asked for a Recommendation for a Restaurant Open on Monday (But It Wasn’t Long Before People Started Throwing Out Names Without First Checking If It Was Open On Monday) (And Very Quickly, the Recommendations Moved to Places Outside of the Greater Heights, Making It Fairly Useless to the Original Poster)

Here Is That List:

Armando’s 

Better Luck Tomorrow

Brasserie 19

Brennan’s

Candente

Cavatore

Coltivare

Coppa

Da Gama

El Tiempo

Field of Tides

Gratify

Hidden Omakase

Hobbit Café

Hughie’s

La Lucha

Laurenzo’s

Liberty Kitchen

Local Foods

Loro

Mastro’s

Maison Pucha

Plonk

Postino’s

Potente

Riel Restaurant

Rosie Cannonball

Ruggles Black

Savoir

Superica

Squable

State of Grace

Theodore Rex

Tony’s Mexican Restaurant

Trattoria Sofia

Traveler’s Table

Turner’s

Xochi

1751 Sea and Bar

 

 

 

“Best Places To Take Out Of Towners To Introduce Them To Houston”

Barbecue Inn (For fried chicken and for fried shrimp)

Bayou City Seafood

Blood Brothers Barbecue

Bludorn

Caracol Mexican Restaurant

Cielito Cafe Mexican Restaurant

Christie's Seafood

Crawfish and Noodles (Vietnamese cuisine and spicy crawfish)

Cuchara

Grace's

Himalaya Indo-Pak 

Hugo's Mexican Restaurant

Kanau

Kata Robata Japanese

La Sicilia Italian Bakery

Nancy's Hustle

Pico's Mexican Restaurant

Shun Japanese

Soto

Tampico Seafood

Tiger Den

Truth Barbecue

Viola and Agnes (Clear Lake NASA Road 1)

Xochi Mexican Restaurant

 

Birthday Dinner (Note: many are not in Greater Heights)

Alice Blue

BCN

Bludorn

Chivo’s

Caracol

Cavatore

Coltivare

Da Gama

Degust

Gaucho’s

Joey Uptown

KP’s Kitchen

Melting Pot

Rainbow Lodge

Rosie Cannonball

Savoir

Squable

Trattoria Sofia

 

Breakfast

Katz’s

Laredo’s Tacos

Lola’s

Roast & Brew

Simo’s on Shepherd

Toasted Yolk

Yale Grill

 

Brunch

Alice Blue

Alma Latina

Better Luck Tomorrow

Canary Café

Common Bond

Dish Society

Field and Tides

Harold’s

Homestead Kitchen & Bar (at MKT)

La Lucha

Local Table

Lola’s

Maison Pucha

Melange Creperie

Neo Baguette

Postino

Savoir

Snooze

Superica

Trash Panda

Urban Eats

 

Cake

Alchemy Bake Lab

Aliyan’s Sweets

Ashley’s Cakes

Becca Cakes in Garden Oaks

Butter Baby Bakery

Cakes by Gina

Common Bond

Elizabeth Smile

Fluff Bake Bar

Jody Cakes

Lane and Simple

La Tartine

Lene Sue Baggett

Leona’s Bakeshop

 

Cheese (Better Quality)

Central Market

Dairy Maids

H.E.B.

Montrose Cheese and Wine

Phoenicia

Railway Heights

Revival Market

 

Chicken Fried Steak

Barbecue Inn

The Branch (Spring Branch)

Hughie’s

Jax Grill

Killen’s Heights

Mia’s Table

Monkey’s Tail (Tuesdays)

Rainbow Lodge (Sunday Night)

 

Chilaquiles

Hugo’s

La Chingada

Las Fuentes Taqueria

Teotihuacan

 

Coffee Shop Recommendations (to work and study) (note: not all are in the Heights)

A 2nd Cup

Active Passion

Agora

Amsterdam Company

Antidote

Blendin Coffee Club off of Allen Parkway (pay for street parking though)

Boomtown on 19th

Brass Tacks

Catalina

Campesino in Montrose

Common Bond

EG on Heights Blvd

Roast and Brew

Slowpokes

Sunday Press

Tenfold Coffee Company

The Tipping Point

Uncle Beans

West End Coffee Shop

Wild on Shepherd

Yellow Cup on Washington

 

Coffee Shops WITH Light Lunch

2nd Cup

Active Passion

Alice Blue

Amsterdam Company

Bluestone Lane

Boomtown

Canary Café

Common Bond

Kraftsmen

Melange Creperie

Onion Creek

Roast & Brew

Slowpokes

 

Comfort Food

Alice Blue

Barbecue Inn

Barnaby’s ( did their Heights location close?)

Cleburne’s Cafeteria (not the Heights)

Federal American Grill

Grace’s (not the Heights)

Harold’s Restaurant

Highline Park

Killen’s Heights

La Lucha

Max’s Wine Dive (fried chicken)

Miller’s (not the Heights)

Onion Creek Café

Ousie’s Table (not the Heights)

World Famous Foodie Barr

Cookshack on Washington

Gus's Fried Chicken on Washington

Just Mac

Max's Wine Dive on Washington

Shandy's

Urban Eats

 

Crawfish

BB’s

The Boil House (when open…seasonal)

The Boot

Cactus Cove

Crawfish Café Heights

Onion Creek

 

Crawfish AND Live Music

Acadian Coast in Eado

Axelrad (sometimes)

Bobcat Teddy’s Ice Houst(sometimes)

The Boot

 

Cupcakes

Ashley Cakes on TC Jester

Awesome Bites Sawyer Yards

Becca Cakes on 34th

Bearded Baker

Crave Cupcakes (not in the Heights)

Fluff Bake Bar on 15th off of Durham

Leona’s Bakeshop

LSB Baking Creations

Marchese’s Kitchen

Nina Fitzhugh (Cake and Eat it Too in Sienna Plantation)

Pretty Baked

Red Dessert

Rose Bear Bakes

Rustika Bakery

Sally Delights Cakes

Semilla Baking

Small Cakes on Westheimer at Shepherd

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sweet at Sugar Room

Suzies Cakes

The Caker

Three Brothers Bakery

 

Dog Friendly

Better Luck Tomorrow

Common Bond

D’Alba

Da Gama

Dish Society

Dry Creek

Heights Bier Garden

Loro

Onion Creek

Urban Eats outside patio

 

Downtown (Theater District)

BB Lemon on Washington

Birraporreti’s

Common Bond Brasserie

Diana American Grill in the Hobby Center

Nash

Nancy’s Hustle

Vic and Anthony’s

 

Fire Pits

The Barking Pig

Cottonwood

D’ Alba

8 Row Flint

FM Kitchen

Fuego’s Saloon

Heights Bier Garten

Liberty Station

Little Woodrow’s

Memorial Ice House

Platypus Brewing Company

Raven Tower

Shady Acres

Spring Street

Trash Panda Drinking Club

 

Friday Night Take-Out

Cava

Collina’s

Dream Wing

Duck N Bao

Fusion Tacos

Hughie’s

Rice Box

 

Fried Chicken

Barbecue Inn

Cookshack

Greedy Chicken in Heights Railway Market

Gus’s Fried Chicken

La Lucha

Max’s Wine Dive

Mico’s

Pollo Campero

World Famous Foodie Barr on Durham

Xin Chao (though, I, personally, was underwhelmed by it)

 

Fried Rice

Asia Market

Be More Pacific

Connie's Seafood

Ginger & Fork

Golden Seafood

Golden Wok

Hunan Bo

Hughie's

Jennie's Noodle House

Rice Box

Shokku Ramen

 

French Fries

Barnaby's (various locations)

Harold's on 19th

Maison Pucha

 

"Fun" Places and/or Parties

Bungalow Heights

FM Kitchen

Heights Bier Garden

Hughie's

King's Bierhaus

Onion Creek

Postino

8 Row Flint

 

Groups (Group of 8)

Be More Pacific

FM Bar Food

Hugo’s

 

Gluten Free Bakery

Anchor Bake Shop

Awesome Bites in Sawyer Yard

Caroline’s Healthy Eatery

Leven Baking Company

Red Dessert

 

Gluten Free Dining (Restaurants)

Backstreet Café

Be More Pacific

Bellisimo at 902 E. 33rd

Carrabbas

Caracol

Cavatore

Chivo’s

Cleburne Cafeteria

Coltivare

Da Gama

Dish Society

District 7

El Meson

Flower Child

Grace’s on Kirby

Hugo’s

Kin Dee

Max’s Wine Dive

Oporto

Quin Dynasty on Buffalo Speedway

Rainbow Lodge

Ruggles Black

Savoir

Tony’s Mexican Restaurant

URBE

Verdine

Xochi

 

Hamburgers (aka “Burgers”) Note: Many of these are not in the Heights

Barnaby's (various locations)

Berryhill on 11th

Burger Joint

Burger-Chan

Cantina Barba

Christian’s Tailgate

Federal Grill on Shepher and I-10

Hubcap Grill on 19th

JLB Burgers (multiple locations…none in the Heights)

Lankford Grocery

Little Bitty Burger Barn

Mia’s

Midtown Café & Deli

Miller’s

Monkey Tail

Peaky Grinders in Railway Heights Market

Rainbow Lodge (on Fridays)

Someburger

Southwell’s Burgers

Squable

Stanton’s on Houston Avenue

Underbelly Burgers

Yale Street Grill

 

Happy Hour (for food and drinks)

1751 Sea and Bar

BB’s

Better Luck Tomorow

Crowbar

Da Gama

Eight Row

Lupe Tortilla

Urban Eats

 

Happy Hour (all day)

Be More Pacific (all day)

Lei Low (Wednesday)

Max’s Wine Dive

Maison Pucha (Wednesday)

Postino’s

Soma Sushi (Sunday)

Sozo Sushi (Sunday)

8 Row Flint (Wednesday)

 

Healthy Choice

Active Passion

Aladdin’s Middle Eastern

Bellagreen

Bluestone Lane

Cava

Cedar Creek (for salads)

Flower Child

Green Earth Juicery and Café

Kale Me Crazy

Local Foods

Original Chop Shop on San Felipe

Roast & Brew (Greek salad with a protein)

Shandy’s

Sweet Green

 

Hot Pot

Chongqing Chicken Pot

Haidi Lao

Happy Lamb

H Mart

Malubianbian

Niu Jiao Jian

Ramen Fun

Shabu House

Shabu Square

Shabu Zone

Xiao Long Kan

 

Italian

Amalfi Ristorante

Bellissimo

Cavatore's on Ella

Ciro

Collina’s

Coltivare

Da Marco

Damian’s

Fiori

Fresco’s

Giacomo’s

NoPo

Nundini’s Chef’s Table

Perbacco

Port Vino

Riva’s

Rocco's

Roma Ristorante (West University)

Sorrento

Spaghetti Western

Trattoria Sofia

Vincent’s

Italian ( But….”Casual” Italian)

Bellissimo

Cavatore

Chicago Italian Beef & Pizza

Collina’s

Coltivare

Crisp

De Paul’s

Fegen’s

Nundini’s Chef’s Table

Rocco’s

Spaghetti Western

 

King Cakes

Artisana Breads

Central Market

El Bolillo

French Gourmet Bakery

Gambino’s via Boil House (when open)

Leona’s Bakeshop

Maceo’s (Galveston)

Montgomery Bakehouse (Conroe)

Red Dessert

Rios Bakery (Spring, Texas)

Three Brothers Bakery

Two Friends Bakery in Memorial

Urbe

World Famous Foodie Barr

 

Late Night

Burger Joint

Katz Deli

Kin Dee Thai

Marco’s Pizza (Ella at 43rd)

Pink’s Pizza

Rice Box

Taco Stand (on N Shepherd)

Trash Panda

Voodoo Doughnut

 

Outdoor

Backstreet Café

Better Luck Tomorrow

Bluestone Lane

D’Alba

Da Gama

Dish Society

Harold’s Terrace

Hobbit Café

Homestead

King’s Bierhaus

Maison Pucha

Rainbow Lodge

Savoir

Tiny Boxwoods

Urban Eats

Urbe

Wild Oats

 

Pastries and Sweet Things

Awesome Bites

Bearded Baker

Brilliant Bakery

Common Bond

El Bolillo

Fat Cat Creamery

Fluff Bake Bar

Hugs & Doughnuts

Kraftsmen Bakery

Magnol

Red Dessert

Shandy’s Heights

Sweet Like Mom

Three Brothers Bakery

Urban Eats

Wild Coffee

 

Patio

Annie Café & Bar

BB Lemon

Backstreet Café

Better Luck Tomorrow

Bistro Menil

Bludorn

Brassiere 19

Casa Nomad

Da Gama

D’Alba

Field & Tides

Gratify

Harold’s (the terrace)

Heights Bier Garten

Henderson Heights

Hungry’s 

La Lucha

Lei Low

Loro

Maison Pucha

Monkey’s Tail

Mutiny Wine Room

Ostia

Pondicheri

Postino

Savoir

Sonoma Wine Bar

Spanish Flowers

Toulouse Café

Urban Eats

8 Row Flint

 

Pecan Pie (again, not places in the Heights)

Costco

Flying Saucer Pie Company

Goode Company

House of Pies

Leona’s Bakeshop

Pappas Restaurants

Red Dessert on Studewood

Spec’s on Milam

Taste of Texas

Three Brothers

Whole Foods

 

Pho and Vietnamese

Local Pho on Sawyer

Pho Ben on Shepherd

Pho Binh on White Oak

Pho King on Washington

Nam Eatery and Vietnamese Café

 

Pizza

Brother's Pizza in Garden Oaks on Shepherd

Buffalo Bayou Brewery

Cane Rosso

Collina's

Coltivare

La Fresca

Luna on Yale

Nundini's

Mellow Mushroom

Pink's

Pizaro's in Montrose

Rocco's

 

Po-Boy Sandwiches

Angeloz (OST)

BB’s

The Boot

Flying Fish

Heads & Tails

Karbach (shrimp po-boy(

Paulie’s Po-boys (Bellaire)

Winnie’s Houston (Midtown)

 

Posole (again, very few of these are in the Heights0

Alma Latina

Cuchara

Goditas Aguascalientes

La Rosa Blanca

Local Foods

Pico’s

Rio Verdence

Studewood Cantine

Superica

Taqueria Arandas

URBE

Valencia’s

 

Organ Meats (Not All Are in the Heights)

Bludorn

Café Piquet

Fegen’s

Kenny and Ziggy’s

Mary’s Mediterranean

Naro mak

Phau Lau Vietnamese

Savoir

Taqueria Tacambaro at the Airline Food Market in back

 

Ramen

Izakaya Ramen on West Gray in Midtown

Jinya Ramen

Ninja Ramen on Washington Avenue

Rakkan at the MKT complex

Ramen Tatsu-ya in Montrose

Samurai Noodle on I-10 at Dunlavy

Shokku Ramen on Studewood

Tamashi Ramen on Holcombe (or Silber)

 

Sandwiches

Bluestone Café

Mendocino Farms at MKT complex

Ploughman’s

World of Sourdough (Kroger shopping center on Studemont)

 

Skyline View of Downtown

B&B Butchers

Buffalo Bayou Brewery

POST HTX

Saint Arnold’s

Urban Eats patio

Zone23

 

Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)

Duck & Bao

Wanna Bao

 

Steak Night, or, Steaks Recommendations

 

B&B Butchers on Washington

Elliot’s Table

Guard & Grace (noted: expensive)

Laurenzo’s on Washington

Savoir (Patton’s)

The Barking Pig in Garden Oaks

Wild Oats (steak night on Tuesdays)

 

Sushi (note: very few of these are actually in the Heights)

AKA

Bluefish

Fukuda (in the Woodlands)

Ginza

Handie Douzo

Hando

HEB

Jellyfish

Ka Sushi

Kanua Sushi

Kata Robata

Kokoro (downtown)

Miyako

Miyagi

MF Sushi

Nippon Sushi

Oishi

Osaka

Roka Akor

Sage 400

Shun Kitchen

Soma Sushi

Soto

Tamashni

Teppay Sushi

Tobiuo

Uchi

Ume Sushi

Uptown Sushi

 

Taco Tuesday

Chilosos

Berryhill’s

El Rey

Fusion Taco

High & Dry

La Calle Tacos

La Chingada

McElroy’s Pub

Star Sailor HTX

Tacos a Go Go

Taqueria Laredo

Tio Trompo Taqueria

Torchy’s

Velvet Taco

 

 

Tex Mex (Note: I have removed recommendations from the group that weren't really "Tex Mex". Someone even posted Laurenzo's lol)

Alma Latina on Shepherd

Chilosos

Don Teo's on 34th (technically Garden Oaks not Heights)

El Chaparro

El Tiempo on Washington

La Carreta

Laredo's Taqueria on Washington

Mi Sombrero on 34th (technically Garden Oaks not Heights)

Puebla's Mexican Kitchen

Spanish Flowers

Spanish Village on Almeda

Studewood Grill (aka Studewood Cantine)

Superica / La Lucha

Taqueria Arandas on Shepherd

Teotihuacan

Tony's on Ella

 

Thai

Asia Market Thai Lao Food (North Main)

Kindee

Mint Thai (on Waugh)

Nara Thai

Nidda Thai (outside of the Heights on Westheimer)

Sao Lao Thai Café

Street Food Asian (Cavalcade)

Thai Lanna

Tres Leches

El Bolillo

Henderson & Kane – Treacherous Leches Cakes

La Guadalupana Bakery on Dunlavy

Lucy Pearl at the POST HTX

Tout Suite in EADO

 

Vietnamese

Asia Market Thai Lao Food (North Main)

Les Bagets

Pho Ben

Saigon Hustle on Ella

 

 

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