Just came back from a short visit to Houston (I live in the SF Bay Area) and was very impressed with the few places I went.
Cali Vietnamese on Tuam in Midtown. Fabulous fresh spring rolls. We ordered a tofu bahn mi, chicken bahn mi, and a pork/summer roll bun cha! Everything was very fresh and seasoned to perfection. We have quite a few bahn mi places in the Bay Area but the flavors here outshined them all. Set us back $18. It was full of all sorts of folks obviously there for the good food.
Taco truck (Sylvia's???) behind Canino's Market. Delicioso taco de lengua and a gordita de pollo! Oh my! The folks in the truck were innundated and not very organized but once we got our food it didn't matter. The lengua was incredible. The chicken in the gordita was dry and not very flavorful. Cost was $14. Canino's was a total trip. The further back you go the cheaper the produce.
The original Barnaby's. Shared the Chicken Mediterranean Salad. It was enormous, huge, gigantic. And it was very good. Chicken was tender. Would have like my feta cubed not crumbled but that is a small gripe I know. The chocolate chip cookie was served warm and rocked my world.
Visited Daido Market on Westhimer and Wilcrest to get stuff to make sushi. This small shop had all the fixings and sushi grade fish. It was a real find.
A move to Houston is likely for me so it was great to try these places and know that I'll be so comfortable in my favorite activity - food adventuring - if I do. Thanks Houston! Next time I want to go to Hugos and Tampico.