Top 10 Best Restaurants In Houston

Most of the time, I find myself scanning through countless of reviews online trying to find a great restaurant to go to. For me, it needs to be a family-friendly restaurant that can accommodate my munchkins and serve good food.  If you are like me, you are in great company. When it comes to food, Houston ranks really high as one of the best places in the world to visit.

By the way, if you didn’t already figure this out, Houston is a melting pot of several cultures including  American, Brazillian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Nigerian and Pakistani. In addition, if you are visiting, the ambiance and people will make you stay for a while. After dining at several dining at several restaurants over an entire adult life, I am able to give you a quick list of the top 10 best restaurants in Houston.  As mentioned, this list is based on how adaptable the surroundings are for kids. It wasn’t easy to narrow down the list down to 10, but I did it. Let’s get to it.

1. Little Matt’s

This All-American restaurant makes it to the top of my list for many reasons. First, it is an excellent option for kid-friendly dining in the West University area.  Also, they have good food, and their garlic fries are awesome…if you enjoy garlic like I do. During my first visit, I had the opportunity to meet Greg, one of the owners of this charitable restaurant. All proceeds from this restaurant go to the Texas Children’s Hospital. What an amazing cause!

The kids have plenty to keep them busy including an arcade, iPads and ice cream.  Parents can relax in the nice, open patio while the kids play. For the kids, pizza is a good option. Adults will be happy with their well-prepared burgers. Don’t expect anything fancy and be ready for food that sticks to your hip. Nevertheless, support this local community restaurant if you are ever in the area. They don’t have a website so you would have to call for information.

2. Jimmy Changas

Second on my top 10 best restaurants in Houston list is Jimmy Changa. I found this restaurant based on the recommendation of a friend.  Be prepared to wait in line, it is totally worth it.  The food and service are absolutely impressive. The staff was attentive and willing to accommodate for my daughter’s food allergies. If you have never cleaned up your plate before, this might be the first time. For the kids, they have a playground in the outdoor dining area. Don’t know what to order? You can’t go wrong with the fish taco. Their grilled chicken is also pretty awesome and the kids get free ice cream. This is my number one pick for the best Tex-Mex food in Houston.

3. Churrascos

Look no further than Churrascos when it comes to Sunday brunch.  This chain restaurant serves a buffet-style brunch between 10.30 AM and 3 PM.  The food is amazing and the service is always exceptional. Make sure you have an empty stomach because there will be plenty to eat. The brunch has a carving station, waffle station, omelet station, dessert area, salads, and soup. At about $30 per person,  you get to eat all the South American deliciousness you want.  Depending on which location you choose, you may experience some parking issues. Try the valet service If you can.

4.  Bellagreen

For the health-conscious, this is the best option for you in Houston.  At Bellagreen, Classic foods are made to perfection in combination with unexpected ingredients and menu options.  Their menu is neither overwhelming or intimidating. Explore their dietary filters which include gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-free selections. Also,  Try the Spicy Roasted Vegetable Pasta and don’t leave without trying their house-made organic hummus, it is totally worth all  $9.19.  I promise.

5.  Jus’ Mac

This is Houston’s first and only restaurant to exclusively cook and serve Macaroni and Cheese. Make your little ones smile by giving them the option to order from a menu that includes several options such as mac and cheese, mac and cheese, and mac and cheese. You get the point. Your kids will go wild for this restaurant. Of course, adults are not left out of the fun. Choose from a variety of options including ‘brisket mac and cheese’ and ‘mac and cheese balls’. 

One side note:  This restaurant takes casual dining to a different level. You order and pay at a kiosk with very minimal human interaction. Don’t be surprised if you end up being your own waitress. No doubt, people go to this restaurant for the food, not the service.

6. Cafe Abuja

When It comes to Nigerian food, I am pretty judgemental. Why? I have pretty awesome culinary skills, and Nigerian food is one of my specialties. I take it very personally when a restaurant messes with the authentic African taste that I have grown accustomed to. The southwest side of Houston boasts some highly frequented Nigerian restaurants, but unlike the rest, this quaint restaurant has decent food. All things considered, if you like spicy food, you are in for a special treat. The portion size is ridiculous and plentiful so you can share with the kids. If you are new to African food, please tread lightly, opt for the Jollof rice and whole fish or try the meat pie.

Side Note: I hesitated to put this restaurant on my top 10 best restaurants in Houston because I have not patronized them in a year and quality may not be same. ( I make better Nigerian food :-)). However, it is a good restaurant to try. 

7. Kublai Khan

This spot very easily made my list of the top 10 restaurants in Houston. First, if you like to be in control of what goes in your meal, this is the spot for you. Second, I have lunch at this restaurant often and I have never been disappointed. This Mongolian stir-fry spot gives you the ability to choose your own protein, carbs, veggies, fat, and seasoning. You choose it all! Even if you’re on a specific diet, you can choose exactly what you want in your bowl and still have a hearty, quality meal.  

In addition, for first-timers, the staff is very friendly and helpful in explaining the way the menu works. They have several locations to choose from as well.  Want something close to this, but don’t want to go out of your way? Check out my Thai Fried Rice Recipe, for a one of a kind treat.  

8. Maharaja Bhog

If you like vegetarian meals and prefer the authentic taste of Indian cuisine, look no further than Maharaja Bhog. The portion sizes are small so you have the opportunity to try several different items.   Try the chole(beans) and roti(tortilla-bread). The experience is invaluable, and this restaurant makes it to my top ten 10 best restaurants in Houston.

9. Punk’s Simple Southern Food

You haven’t truly experienced Houston until you try some southern food. Head over to Punk’s for a special southern style treatment. This restaurant has a pretty loaded menu, but my best item is the crispy buttermilk fried chicken. Their deviled egg also makes a good ol’ deviled egg sound like a joke. If you want to really explore their menu, try their shrimp and grits. This restaurant may be at the bottom of my top 10 best restaurants in Houston, but it is definitely not because of its food. 

10. GYU-Kaku

Houston is home to some of the country’s best barbecue.  They are well-known for their briskets and ribs. Uniquely amongst the fleet of bbq restaurants in Houston is Gyu-Kaku–serving Japanese style barbeque.  You won’t know what hit you once you try the marinades at this restaurant. You can choose from basil, tuzu, garlic, shio white soy, miso and sweet soy.  Also, they cook the meat right in front of you; on a charcoal grill.

 Now that you have the list of the top 10 best restaurants in Houston, head on out and let me know which restaurant makes you happy. For more Houston-related posts and parenting tips, visit my Ultimate Guide To Parenting, Recipes & Lifestyle.