6630 Hoover Street
Houston, TX 77092
Phone: (713) 956-2828
Fax: (713) 956-8866
The strip center location with its orderly interior reminiscent of a cafeteria,may not sound appealing, but the food is excellent. It is the perfect dining spot for a boisterous family outing and those more concerned with quality than atmosphere have made it a regular dining spot. Pricing is extremely modest and there is plenty of the complimentary, spicy pineapple salsa to go around. Be sure to sample a glass of the South American house wine along with your choice of South or Central American entrees.
This exclusive gentleman's restaurant and sports bar is one of Houston's grandest. The exciting and pleasurable atmosphere features beautiful hostesses and entertainers, along with exquisite food and drink. The finest cigars are also available to further enhance the experience. If you are a sports fan, sit in the bar and take in the game on a big-screen TV.
The skin on Hartz' fried chicken shatters on impact then dissolves on contact with every bite. And whatever they marinate the meat in must be the secret to keeping it moist and oh-so-tender. The meal deals come with their famous yeast rolls and a choice of two sides-including such southern classics like fried okra, pinto beans and rice, and even liver and gizzards. Don't worry-they also have the standards of creamy cole slaw, mashed potatoes, and corn too. It's fast, easy and delicious. And the good news is that there is more than one location to get that southern-fried chicken craving satisfied! - JoAnn Takasaki
This neighborhood restaurant in a tiny, seedy-looking strip center has some of the best Vietnamese in a town where Vietnamese restaurants are almost as common as taquerias. The restaurant itself, though nothing fancy, is sparkling clean. Their vermicelli and rice dishes are wonderful, but make sure to try some of the more exotic dishes like eel. Don't skip the crispy egg rolls with fresh lettuce, basil and cilantro to wrap it in—the fish sauce for dipping is savory and usually not too sweet. The $4 lunch special draws a crowd. For those not as adventurous, there are Chinese options as well. - JoAnn Takasaki
If you have a hankering for seafood this is the place to go. Red Lobster has a wide variety of good eats for the whole family. Various appetizers, special entrees, drinks and desserts ensure a menu with something for just about anybody. Lunch and dinner menus include shrimp, soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak, and pasta. For calorie-counters, choose from the LightHouse Menu, which highlights dishes that won't cause you to tip the scales. A Kid's Menu is available with fine fare for the little ones like chicken fingers and mac & cheese. Be sure to save room for a scrumptious dessert. Gift Cards are available as a great gift for the seafood lover.
Pho Vang 2 is an oasis of flavor and freshness amidst a sea of chain and fast-food restaurants in this bustling Northwest business district. Inside the plain strip center shop, patrons are treated to wondrous Vietnamese delights, including piping hot, perfectly seasoned pho, deliciously crisp egg rolls wrapped in lettuce, mint and cilantro, and any number of noodle and rice dishes. The book of a menu offers countless combinations of seafood, beef, poultry, and pork. Order by number for ease. The décor is simple, white - almost sterile. Service is quick and no-nonsense. Prepare to pay at the register. The focus here is on the food - by both those cooking and eating.
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature breadsticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes, and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards, and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.
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.
The decor in Doyle's of Oak Forest is modest and casual with the feel of a German Hill Country cafe. Families particularly enjoy the comfortable atmosphere and the "home-cooking" focus of the menu. New pasta dishes are creating quite a stir, and the traditional lasagna and pizzas are as popular as ever. Every order is accompanied with baskets of garlic bread laden with butter. With reasonable pricing your wallet certainly won't suffer and you're sure to help yourself to multiple helpings of these savory meals.
Just blocks off IH-10, there's a place where the bul go gi sizzles, the kim chee ripens, and the Seoul-search ends. The non-descript, slightly shady-looking strip mall exterior is forgotten once past the double doors and over the ornate red bridge into the dining area. Typical of Korean restaurants, there's a grill in the center of the table to cook your own BBQ. And naturally, they'll immediately provide 15 different pickled and fermented sides to go with. Up and down Long Point are more hole-in-wall options, but this one is great with a group. - JoAnn Takasaki
Rudy's is old school Texas BBQ, which is definitely a place you take out-of-towners (provided they are not vegetarians). Study your scrumptious options while zig-zaggin in the fast moving line, where you can also sample the juicy smoked meats before deciding. The best way to go is to create your own sampler. Get a half-pound of sausage, a half-pound of 2 kinds of ribs, and then you must try the Moist Brisket (a Texas BBQ staple). Also, try some fresh creamed corn on the side. Spread out your Texas-size feast on their provided butcher paper since there are no plates at Rudy's. Wrap up your excess and take it home for later. - Adam Rosen
Get ready to enjoy some do-it-yourself Korean-style barbecue. Gas-fired hibachi grills are built into each table for diners to prepare their own chosen cuts of meat. It means you will be doing the cooking yourself, of course, but you will have a great time doing it with family and friends along. The most popular meat selection is the bulgoki and slices of lean rib-eye steak marinated in a garlic and red pepper mixture. You will also find plenty of chicken, pork and fish options to choose from.