I will be in town this coming weekend. First I will drive anywhere if it is really good. I am not staying anywhere specific (well close to the Galleria if you must know) and no one has any allergies or dietary restrictions. I have been travelling to Houston since the early 90’s so I know my way around pretty well.
Been to Mala and Little Sichuan in Plano (the latter was the Mala owner's dad). Those are ok but looking for something different. Dallas already has a Little Sheep and I think the one in Houston is much better! What I am looking for is a place with great noodle dishes (hand thrown (Lamian) or knife cut (Dao Xiao Mian)) or dumplings or anything else that sticks out. I don't need soup dumplings.....just dumplings. If there are any other dishes that you would recommend I would love to hear them. Is there a great steamed fish dish at one place, fried shrimp at another, etc etc?
I am very well versed in Indian and Pakistani. Is the Indian Pastrami at Himalaya something I should go for? Just FYI I have been told by countless Pakistani's that Bundu Khan on Bissonnet and Kirkwood is the best for Pakistani grilled items, probably in the state. Last time I was in Houston I tried to go to Bundu Khan but it doesn't open until 2 pm on Saturday. Besides Indika and Pondicheri are there any places you crave? Shri Balaji Bhavan....what are the popular dishes there? I know it serves dosas, thali, chaat, etc. What is the one craveable dish?
I still have yet to find that one stellar Vietnamese restaurant in Houston. I really like the banh mi at Don Cafe on Bellaire, but I guess I missed something at several other restaurants. I thought the pho was ok at Pho Binh trailer. Had the Soft Shell Crab in Butter at Que Huong it was just ok too. Am I missing something? Is there better pho shops? Places with great bun (rice noodles) or buon cuon (rice paper crepes). Looking for dives and non-fancy places....where the everyday Vietnamese eats.
Houston has much better Persian food than Dallas will ever dream of and the same with Lebanese. Are there any great places besides Phoenicia (My favorite store in the state and one of the best shwarma too) or Café Caspian. How is Bijan on 59 & Hillcroft? Are there any others close to 59 & Hillcroft. I remember reading about some in the near distant past.
Any other small affordable places you would recommend? Taco trucks/trompos/taquerias?
If you had to splurge for one meal where would it be? Coltivare? Andes Café? Caracol? Nara?