This full-service Thai establishment provides authentic cuisine to exacting standards. The owner maintains consistent recipes as accorded by the Thai Royal Household. The authentic cuisine, coupled with the authentic atmosphere, creates a pleasurable environment in which to enjoy very good Thai food. The decor bears a very Thai influence. In particular, the bar is roofed with thatch in various designs. Thai artwork and statuettes are placed throughout the establishment. The alleged, 'world's biggest candle' is on display between two Thai figurines. The atmosphere is very casual and relaxing. The entire menu is full of zest and flavor. Patrons can choose from a variety of appetizers, specialty soups and salads, and a vast array of chicken, beef, pork or seafood prepared in a variety of spices and curries. Noodles, vegetarian dishes, and rice plates are also offered. A full service bar is available. Like the authentic food, the Thai liquor available is equally authentic in taste.
Ashiana is an upscale restaurant serving a sophisticated crowd with freshly ground spices. The menu includes a variety of creative fare along with the ever-popular Daal makhini, leg of lamb, and Kastoori kabob. The restaurant also carries a fine wine list that is appropriately suited to spicy foods. Ashiana's menu lists seven types of curry, from mild to hot that can be made with lamb, chicken or prawns. The elegant restaurant offers more complex flavors than most other restaurants. A popular favorite is the Boti Kebob made from tender cubes of leg of lamb marinated in garlic-ginger paste, yogurt and spices.
This restaurant features a broad selection of Italian favorites in an inviting atmosphere. The reasonable prices and elegant ambiance make it a place worth a visit for anyone. Couples find it particularly appealing in the evenings. Hearty manicottis, cannellonis and many other Italian favorites are available with veal or chicken. The Veal Marsala, doused in a sweet wine sauce and the Veal Maxine, smothered in a cream and champagne sauce with artichokes, are both divine.
This English-style tavern is decorated with lots of hardwood and brass. It features a full-service bar that serves 100 varieties of bottled beer and 38 different drafts. Watch nine different sporting events at a time on one of 38 TVs, two of which happen to be 118 inch projection screens. The club caters to people in their mid-twenties and up with the highest concentration of regulars hitting around 30. Meet some friends on the outside patio to listen to the live musicians who are periodically booked. The menu is not typical English fare. In fact, fish and chips may be the only vintage English dish on it. Expect to find a lot of Texas favorites like steaks, burgers, Tex-Mex and char-grilled chicken. Pricing is pleasantly affordable.
This casual bakery does not offer a lot of atmosphere, but the gourmet food is excellent. The limited seating area is quickly filled during breakfast and lunch hours, and those who cannot find a seat simply order to go. Try any number of French-oriented specialties for a taste sensation that is out of this world. The most beautiful wedding cakes can also be found here, and the petits fours and fancy desserts are as good (if not better) than those found on dessert carts at many fine restaurants in the Houston area. Stop in and see for yourself how divine gourmet eating can be.
Owner-operated restaurants always seem to add that special touch to a dining experience. The owner of this romantic eatery has been charming patrons since 1981. An accordion player grinds out Italian music nightly, making you feel like you are on an exotic Gondola ride. Both families and couples are enchanted. The poultry and veal dishes are as wonderful as the homemade pastas. Your stomach will be in heaven by the time you are ready to leave, but you might be too full to move.
This family-owned restaurant has been a Houston asset for years. The friendly atmosphere is perfect for casual, family dining. A special lounge area serves cocktails to patrons in the afternoon and evening. Carryout is a great option if you do not feel like cooking or eating out.
A meal at Underbelly is a celebration of Houston's rich culinary traditions. By foraging for the city's historical food traditions and recipes, chef Chris Shepherd takes diners through a fantastic journey of the city's culinary diversity. The menu doesn't offer a standard format of meal courses and encourages sharing. Specialties include seared king mackerel, tomato gazpacho, seared warsaw grouper and braised wagyu short ribs. There's a Family Style Servings menu as well, showcasing delightful seafood and meat creations. Finish off with the heavenly dessert selection that includes butter ice cream, chocolate ale whoopie pies and fig pecan fried pie. Ingredients are locally-sourced and the restaurant has an in-house butchery. Private dining is available. Check website for more.
Katz's Deli & Bar, hailing from New York City, is famous for its huge sandwiches and kosher hot dogs. The huge two-story restaurant is decorated with New York memorabilia, and there's plenty of room to accommodate larger groups. While everything on the menu is tasty and made fresh daily, you would do yourself a disservice by passing up the famous fried pickles, homemade matzo ball and chicken noodle soup, hot pastrami or medium-rare roast beef sandwiches, or the ever popular kosher all-beef hot dogs with sauerkraut. Furthermore, almost everything on the menu comes with your choice of a side, and the potato pancakes and creamed spinach are particularly good. - Lydia Schrandt
Thai food is abundant in Houston, but seldom does it offer the planned simplicity as it does at Khun Kay Thai Cafe in Montrose. The bright red and yellow building is easy to spot, family-owned and known for its lunch specials. Start with a bowl of the coconut Tom Kha Soup, a true taste of Thailand. Then reward your taste buds with their Red Curry Chicken. The thick and spicy sauce beautifully blankets the juicy chunks of chicken, crisp cabbage, soft carrots, and just barely firm green beans and broccoli. Vegetarians will be quite pleased as well. -Adam Rosen