This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape.
Photos by Kaitlin Steinberg The dahi puri at Shri Balaji Bhavan are like delectable little jewels.
I don't think I've ever met an Indian dish I didn't like. That said, a lot of curries and stews tend to run together in my mind. Ruddy, spicy chunks of meat or cheese with lentils -- north Indian cuisine involves many variations on a theme. South Indian food does, too, of course, but there's one dish that always manages to stick out in my head as truly spectacular: Dahi puri.
Dahi puri remind me of little Fabergé eggs; it's their complexity and delicate nature. They're available all over the Mahatma Gandhi district in Sharpstown, but the best I've discovered come from a little hole-in-the-wall joint in a strip center between a sari shop and a halal meat market. It's Shri Balaji Bhavan, and it's arguably the best spot for south Indian cuisine in Houston, thanks in large part to the spectacular dahi puri.More »