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[Houston] Best Of List

Herithoth | May 18, 200805:00 PM

I thought it might be fun to get a debate going over the best restaurants in Houston by cuisine category. I'm leaving off the New American restaurants since it's hard to limit down to one or two. I'll start by posting in the categories where I have a clear favorite. Please enlighten me if I've missed a gem (especially in an unusual ethnic cuisine like Fillapino, Indonesian, Russian, Tibetan, Afghan, etc.).

Belgian - Cafe Montrose Westheimer
German - Charivari 2521 Bagby
Greek - Niko Niko's Greek 2520 Montrose Blvd
Mediterranean - Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine 912 Westheimer Road
Ethiopian - Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant 9400 Richmond Ave
Persian - Kasra Persian Grill 9741 Westheimer Rd
Indian - (southern) Pavani Madras Cuisine 10554 Southwest Fwy or (northern) The Bombay Brasserie 2414 University Blvd or (royal style) Khazzane Fine Dining 5711 Hillcroft St.
Thai - Nidda Thai Westheimer
Malaysian - Malay Bistro 8282 Bellaire Blvd
Jewish deli - Katz’s Deli and Bar 616 Westheimer Rd
breakfast - House of Pies 3112 Kirby Dr or Avalon Diner 2417 Westheimer Rd
tea - Te House of Tea 1927 Fairview St
bubble tea - Teahouse Tapioca & Tea
pastries - Andre's Pastry Shop and Cafe 2515 River Oaks Blvd
dessert - The Chocolate Bar 1835 W Alabama St
gelato - Paciugo Italian Gelato & Caffe 5172-A Buffalo Speedway www.paciugo.com
Sunday brunch - Baba Yega Restaurant 2607 Grant St
Tex Mex - Chuy’s Restaurant 2706 Westheimer
Creole - Brennan’s of Houston 3300 Smith St.
Cajun - Crescent City Beignets 3260 Westheimer Rd
English Pub - Red Lion Pub 2316 S Shepherd Dr

Here's the categories I don't have a sufficient sample size to decide the best yet but here are my current favorites:

Spanish/tapas - Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant & Bar 2441 University Blvd
Mexican - (upscale) Hugo's 1602 Westheimer Rd or (cheaper) La Mexicana 1018 Fairview St
Cuban - Latina Café - 1972 Fairview St.
Brazilian - Fogo de Chao Churrascaria 8250 Westheimer Rd http://www.fogodechao.com/
Italian - Perbacco Cucina Caprese 700 Milam St
French - Brasserie Max & Julie 4315 Montrose
Korean - Tofu Village Bellaire Blvd
Japanese - Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar-Rice Village 5600 Kirby Dr Ste 5
Vietnamese - Vietopia Vietnamese Cuisine 5176 Buffalo Speedway
Chinese - Kam's Fine Chinese Cuisine 4500 Montrose Blvd Ste C
pizza - (want to try Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca 500 Westheimer Rd)
seafood - Pesce Kirby Dr. (want to try Reef)
coffee - still looking for someplace that roasts beans from single locations and sells them within five days of roasting them served by funky baristas alongside great pastries and fruit pies (this one in Seattle is my all-time fave http://www.caffeladro.com/ and 3 Cups roastery in Chapel Hill, NC is another http://3cups.net/)

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