The 10 Best Places to Eat in Westchase
Unlike neighboring Memorial, the Westchase district of Houston -- which runs roughly down the spine of Westheimer from Gessner to Dairy Ashford -- is brimming with some of the city's best and (happily) least expensive ethnic restaurants. Although you could eat at a place like J. Alexander's or Le Peep in this area, why would you?
Westchase may not offer much by way of aesthetics, but it makes up for it with excellent restaurants. And with all the choices it offers, it makes for a veritable United Nations of food. Below are our 10 favorite places to eat when we make the trek outside the Beltway.
10. Rudi Lechner's, 2503 S. Gessner
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This is less of a German restaurant and more of an Austrian one. But does anyone even know the difference? All you need to know is that they have a drunk, ribald polka band on the weekends and schnitzel so thin, so crispy, so tangy, it will make you long for the Alps. Feeling invincible? Order the heritage platter and attempt to make your way through all that spaetzle, sauerkraut, potatoes and meat -- we dare you.
9. The Bull & Bear Tavern and Eatery, 11980 Westheimer
It isn't the most authentically English pub in town, but it's an outpost of civility and chips and curry on the west side whose gleaming mahogany bar and TVs tuned to footy make even the reddest neck long for the other side of the pond. Nothing to look at from the outside, the interior is quite cozy and warm, while the long, sleek bar with its row of shining taps is clearly the center of attention. Order a shepherd's pie or a basket of chips with HP brown sauce, and it's almost like being in London.
8. Bistro Le Cep, 11112 Westheimer
This charming French bistro is long on the long-in-the-tooth crowd -- think Luby's at 4 p.m., but upscale -- although the food isn't entirely reflective of the elderly crowd. It might be a little old-school, but it's always fresh and delicious. Our favorite dishes here include the pan-roasted calf's liver with apples, bacon and potatoes and the always excellent Coq au Vin.
7. Kasra Persian Grill, 9741 Westheimer
There are some who argue that this Persian palace has the best hummus in town -- a bold claim to make in a city so redolent with excellent Mediterranean restaurants. The only way to be sure is to go and judge it for yourself. And while you're there, familiarize yourself with the intriguing bounty of Persian cuisine like khorake bademjan -- long-cooked lamb shank in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and sour grapes -- or kubideh, a meat-lover's dream.