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Houston for Foodies

Get great international cuisine
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 26 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Many of the top Houston restaurants are in Montrose, a hip, younger, gay-friendly enclave.

The city offers a wealth of ethnic choices... more »

Tips:  Most high end Houston restaurants offer free valet parking (you are expected to tip). When it's very hot, it is nice to have your... more »

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Points of Interest

Lunch at Goode Company BBQ is a Houston tradition. At this cafeteria-style, no-frills joint, you carry your slab of ribs or pile of meat to a picnic table, bringing along extra napkins.

There is a gluten-free menu, but almost nothing for vegetarians.
Open daily, 11am-10pm.

5109 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX

Phone: 713-522-2530

2. Fiesta Mart

Fiesta Mart has an amazing selection of Mexican food, but also international, with Indian, South American, European and Southeast Asian products.

If you like to cook spicy food, stock up on fresh or dried chiles. Canned chiles and salsas travel well.

The in-store tacqueria makes great snacks.

Take US-59 N to Richmond Avenue (left exit). Turn... More

Central Market is more than a supermarket. This upscale store (but without upscale prices) hosts cooking classes, food festivals, live music on its patio and kids' activities.

The emphasis is on local, seasonal produce.

Pick up a gift for the neighbor who is taking in your mail wile you're gone, or the coworkers who had to pick up the slack... More

For pre-dinner drinks, it's on to Mockingbird Bistro. The Montrose restaurant bills itself as "American with a Texas twist" but it also has Mediterranean and Asian touches. In the fall, the seasonal menu include bouillabaisse, duck with roasted figs and mussels with curry, lemongrass and coconut milk.

There are local beers on tap, a deep wine... More

For dinner, head to Backstreet Cafe, owned by Chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's.

The retaurant serves seasonal American cuisine, which in fall means a roasted pear salad with bleu cheese and sherried wild mushroom soup, duck with butternut squash and figs or cauliflower steak with mixed grains and root vegetables.

In addition to a deep, reasonably... More

6. The Chocolate Bar

Let your dinner settle a bit on the drive over to The Chocolate Bar for dessert. This River Oaks cafe (with a second location in Rice Village) has gigantic slices of cake that can satisfy a whole family.

There is also chocolate-dipped fruit, ice cream and frozen hot chocolate.

For those who can't get enough sweets, a candy store next door has ... More