Along with highly rated noodles, this Eastern-inspired eatery offers traditional Thai dishes that have been Houston standards since the early '70s. The restaurant treats folks to a friendly, professional waitstaff who work hard to make everybody feel like part of the family. House specialties include sautéed shrimp with peanut sauce, stir-fried mussels with chili sauce, and quick-cooked squid in a hot, spicy sauce. Multiple locations in the Houston metro area.
This quaint Vietnamese eatery provides a welcome respite with its quiet setting and friendly service. Modestly decorated – the interior's most noteworthy feature is a mural of a peaceful village scene – Miss Saigon emphasizes food and service over flashy or intrusive decor. Dishes imaginatively incorporate Vietnamese standards like pork, beef, shrimp, fish, and chicken into flavorful mixed vegetables, egg rolls, and noodles. A surprising wine list features labels from South America, California, and France.
A "diamond in the rough," this narrow eatery serves delicious Thai fare at some of the most reasonable prices you can imagine. Flavorful, exotic dishes fill the menu, as evidenced by mee krob, steamed pork dumplings, curried eggplant, and coconut-chicken soup. Add to the mix an impressive yet moderately priced wine list, and you've all the makings for a terrific evening without a hefty price tag. During the work week, it's not uncommon to find business folks lining up at the buffet for seconds on spring rolls and shrimp curry.
For quite a few years now, this dining gem has been wowing patrons with superb Chinese favorites. The interior features green carpeting, wooden paneling, hand-carved Asian screens, and original prints; it's ideal for either a business meeting or an intimate dinner. Menu highlights include spicy General Tso's chicken, Peking duck, and Hunan lobster, as well as a few regionally-inspired surprises like jalapeño shrimp.
This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks from trendy Houston diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. Start with do-it-yourself lettuce wraps – these alone are worth the trip. Afterwards, take any route you like, from Szechwan or Hunan to Cantonese or Shanghai. Chang's daily specials are always worth considering as well – keep your fingers crossed that Szechwan shrimp or pan-fried noodles are available when you drop by. Leave room for the luscious Great Wall of Chocolate.
Elegant Fung's has a built-in culinary niche with its Hong Kong-style preparation of impossibly fresh seafood. That's not to say that the kitchen is complacent. Rather, chefs go to great lengths to make sure that everything is of the highest quality, just as you ordered. The menu features more than 400 options, so look around a bit before you choose. Items you might consider include green mussels with black bean sauce, roast duck, sesame jellyfish, and squid with sate sauce. Less adventurous diners are pleased by customary beef, chicken, and pork dishes, along with a variety of noodle and rice options. Ideal for entertaining clients or special guests.
Braced by raw wooden beams and posts, this enticing establishment gets brisk business from students and medical folks. Best known for its beautifully composed sushi, it also gets praise for grilled dishes (you can even cook your own on a blistering-hot rock). Begin with miso soup or edamame before shifting to pan-fried prawns, sauteed conch, chicken or pork katsu, or grilled and skewered seafood. Plenty of rolls are available, including the Polo (with fried oysters and avocado) and the spicy Azuma (with tuna, salmon, and daikon skin). Don't forget to explore the list of sakes.
This wonderful restaurant doesn't stand on formalities, and it's not frou-frou at all. It does, however, turn out some of the city's best authentic Thai cuisine. Full-bodied but judiciously seasoned, the kitchen's dishes call forth faraway lands, redolent of coconut, cilantro, lime, and chilies. Try a salad chock full of fresh vegetables and chicken, or go for a traditional beef satay or even an earthy Mussaman curry. No matter what you order, you'll be greeted warmly and made to feel at home by lovely, conscientious servers.