In a city filled with Italian cafes and take-out pizza parlors, Collina's Italian Cafe fits the mold and breaks it in many of their dishes. This 'bring-your-own booze' cafe proudly typifies Italian restaurants with large cans of whole tomatoes displayed on the walls and checked red and white tablecloths. It is family friendly, provides takeout options and a majority of the dishes will bring a pleasing smile to any Italian lover's face. Once you've shared the gargantuan 20" Hawaiian Pizza laced with jalapenos, there will never be another option for a get together.
These folks serve some of the tastiest, most generously sized, Tex-Mex tacos for $1.50. Their breakfast tacos of huevos con chorizo or papas are a good way to start the day. Want something different for lunch? Try the fideo, Mexican-style chicken noodle soup and wash it down with a selection of aguas frescas. Whether you go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, beware of the line out both doors. Be sure to go at odd hours to avoid the worst of the rush.
Onion Creek is the ultimate neighborhood hangout with a little something for everyone, regardless of the time of day. Need some homemade waffles with fresh fruit and coffee to start your day right? Maybe an O.C. Poboy to get you through the afternoon? Or the Frito Pie, a cold beer on tap, and the game on the tube for dinner to make everything right with the world? Don't worry if you think you missed Happy Hour-it goes until 11p on Monday nights.
Recently reopened, this Asian restaurant is a hidden treasure in the Heights area. With its casual atmosphere and friendly service, it has become a popular attraction with the lunchtime business crowd. The house specialty is Vietnamese steak; tender pieces of filet mignon marinated and sautéed with garlic and peppers; but the menu also offers a broad selection of traditional Vietnamese and Chinese favorites, including seafood. The hot tea is excellent, but the café sua da; iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk; is even better.
This slightly upscale Hunan restaurant is located between the Montrose and Heights areas. The two areas cater to relatively different types of people, which has led to a very diverse following for this popular eatery. Businesspeople fill the seats for lunch, but families and the college crowd typically take over in the evenings. Try any one of the reasonably priced Hunan specialties and you will be suitably impressed. Both beer and wine are available, but the restaurant does not feature a full bar.
This little diner certainly is not much to look at, but it will satisfy your craving for Tex-Mex 24 hours a day. Night owls enjoy stopping in for a bite to eat and a friendly chat before calling it quits for the evening, while early birds cannot seem to resist the Mexican breakfast offerings. Breakfast items like the Mexican chorizo and zesty omelettes enjoy the greatest popularity among diners. Very low pricing is an added bonus, but be sure to hit the bank before stopping in-credit cards are not accepted.
From the outdoor paddle wheel to the open-loft ceiling, you will experience a unique setting as soon as you step into this 100 year old barn turned restaurant. Rustic and charming, it welcomes guests to enjoy the music of Italy, played by talented pianists tickling the ivories on a baby grand. Spaghetti, ravioli, cannellone and linguini are all house favorites. Round out pasta selections by complementing them with a little veal, chicken or seafood. You will be sighing with pleasure by the time you leave.
700 Town and Country Boulevard Suite 2500 Houston, TX 77024
If you are dining with a budding Picasso, this could be the perfect restaurant. Sheets of butcher paper serve as tablecloths and as canvases for all the little crayon artists in your party. Needless to say, the rest of the decor is a bit rustic, but your family certainly won't care that it isn't fancy. Grilled items are definitely the specialties of the house. Kids will adore the child-size burgers and hot dogs while parents will want to sink their teeth into one of the specialty burgers, fajitas or a grilled chicken sandwich. Spicy cheese dip, served with lots of warm tortilla chips, makes an excellent appetizer for diners of all ages.
375 West 19th Street Coerner Of Ashland Houston, TX 77008
Hearty sandwiches and scrumptious desserts are the trademark of this popular deli that opened in the Heights in 1989. Excellent catering services are also available. The quaint, old-fashioned interior and the corner location make this deli an ideal rest stop for those who are visiting the nearby shops and galleries. Seating is limited, but the wait for a table usually is not a long one. BLT lovers will swoon over the deli's tribute to this lowly sandwich. The New Orleans-inspired Muffaletta, with slices of ham, salami and provolone stacked between two slices of Focaccia and sprinkled with homemade olive dressing, is almost as popular.
If you cannot decide between Chinese, American or Mexican for dinner then choose Golden Seafood House, where East meets West, leading to delicious results. Dark-blue Mexican tiles and lots of greenery predominate in this recently-rebuilt restaurant, which features both indoor and patio dining. Whether you're in a large group or dining alone, there's plenty of seating to accommodate you.
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