Top Five Medical Center Restaurants

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Trevisio.
Food and medical procedures may not exactly go hand in hand, but there are plenty of reasons why it's good to know where to grab a bite going to and from the doctor. Because, hey, there's nothing like getting a blood cholesterol test and then scarfing down a burger during that glorious window of ignorance while you wait for your results. Here are my Top Five Medical Center Restaurants:

5. Le Donut
Offering breakfast sandwiches, fruit and sausage kolaches, and some killer donut holes, Le Donut (gotta love that French touch) is the perfect place to pick up an egg-and-cheese croissant and an old-fashioned glazed to fuel that busy morning at the clinic.

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Mo's Knockout Grill.
4. Mo's Knockout Grill and Mediterranean Food
Mo's is slightly farther afield than other Med Center restaurants, but the drive is worth it for the overflowing gyros and crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside kibbeh (fried bulgur wheat balls stuffed with meat). Parking and seating are limited, so be picky as to whom you invite. (Med students: um, no. Chief resident: heck, yes!).

3. Indian Sizzler
Indian Sizzler doesn't have the world's best Indian food; however, the curries are hot and the buffet is bountiful. But beware -- stuffing your face at lunch pretty much guarantees you'll sleep through that afternoon rectal exam.

2. Trevisio
If you're feeling pessimistic at the last minute about that risky surgery, sneak out of bed for a goat cheese and fontina pizza or some duck breast with garlic and arugula flan ... just in case. You don't want your last meal to be hospital Jell-O.

1. Cliff's Grill
An affordable and diverse menu (falafel sandwiches, Italian subs, stuffed baked potatoes) makes it unsurprising that Cliff's is extremely popular among the stethoscoped set. The burgers are purported to be some of the best of the city; skip the soggy fries, though, and go for the onion rings.


Location Info

Le Donut

2803 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mo's Knockout Grill & Mediterranean Food - CLOSED

7918 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trevisio Restaurant

6550 Bertner St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cliff's Grill

6605 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Indian Sizzler - CLOSED

2114 Holly Hall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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17 comments
tinyhands
tinyhands

I like Jamaica Hut, Gold Ribbon Bakery

Kelli
Kelli

WOW, what a disappointing list....really? Cliff's is #1? What about the new sushi place that replaced Azumi? Or anything more creative than Cliff's? I was excited when I saw the title to this as I work in the med center and there is often a serious lack of flavor and quality when it comes to the food but this is really an awful list.

@Kyle Agreed about Rising Roll, best red potato salad ever.

Med Center worker
Med Center worker

Le Donut is le awesome. And the place I work in the medical center is within walking distance of le donut. Don't be a doughnut downer!

Maggie May
Maggie May

If you have to drive there from the Medical Center, it shouldn't count. Walking distance only is preferred. Places accessible by Light Rail could be considered--less expensive & troublesome than dealing with the parking garages.

It would be great if you could get somebody actually familiar with the area to do an in-depth article. Worth mention: The food court under Trevisio (it's on the top of a parking garage with a water wall) includes Little Kim Son--with at least one delicious item. Even the hospital cafeterias have a few highlights. St Luke's has some good soul food--watch out for oxtails or friend chicken with dirty rice. The M D Anderson cafeteria has gumbo on Friday--fairly decent & really cheap.

Aaron
Aaron

In summary...Med Center eating sucks!

SirRon
SirRon

Le Donut must be a advertiser here. Please tell me Le Donut is a advertiser.

Dennis H.
Dennis H.

Miller's Cafe in the Scurlock Tower makes a pretty mean burger.

Erin Nies
Erin Nies

The buffet for Indian Sizzler is over priced & the food is sub-par. Expect to spend the rest of your day in the bathroom after your meal.

Sarah
Sarah

I agree about boundaries and walkability-- if Mo's is on the list, then Rice Village should be included as well, and there are certainly some contenders there...

That being said, thanks for this list! Where is Indian Sizzler? I will have to give that one and Mo's a try. I'm sick of Chipolte!

Kyle
Kyle

Tighter boundaries, please. An ideal Med Center lunch spot wouldn't require taking the car out of the parking garage, or would be accessible to a daily rail-riding pedestrian. 2 of those aren't reasonable walking distance, 1 is technically by hospitals but not the Med Center core, and 2 are acceptably located.

I offer:1. Cliff's Grill (despite some shortcomings)2. Trevisio and the whole Waterside Court Food Court: http://www.texasmedicalcenter....3. Paladora Lounge (Marriott bar, nice lunch specials, pulled pork sandwiches especially) There's Driscoll's in the Marriott too, which is popular with doctors, but I don't think the prices are justified4. Rising Roll Gourmet (soup and sandwich place with pretty good food. I see the underwhelming Yelp reviews, but I guess Yelp is juking the stats again, because it used to have numerous 4-5 star reviews)5. Spanish Village (if we must get in the car, we must go to Spanish Village)

SirRon
SirRon

Le Donut is as noteworthy as Subway.

What bothers me about bad posts on topics that I am intimately familiar with is that I take the ones that I am much less familiar with at face value.

To avoid being 100% negative, I'll throw a place in the mix. Anyone been to The Oaks. Its attached to the Rotary House hotel at MD Anderson. They have a rotating themed full lunch buffet that is really good.

Kyle
Kyle

Ain't that the truth. I think it has to do with land costs. Land is at such a desperate premium in the Med Center as all the hospitals expand, so restaurants just have to wedge in wherever they can fit, and turn over seats as fast as humanly possible. "Real" sit-down restaurants can only exist in unique circumstances, like Driscoll's in the Marriott, or Trevisio at the top of the waterfall. It's damned depressing around lunchtime around here. I usually just kick a rock and go down to the cafeteria for my 10% discount on way overpriced food.

Kyle
Kyle

I hesitated to mention Miller's, because it's always way too busy, the service has been at times surly...but most of the burgers I've had there were slightly above average.

Urumomo
Urumomo

have great friends that love Spanish Village .always said it was their fav place. they moved to Baton Rouge (wife's family ties ) . I went there years ago a couple of times and was Way dissapointed . guess I need to check back. Any recommendations on menu items or caviets ?

Kyle
Kyle

Others: Salata, Valhalla on the Rice campus (cold cuts), Murphy's (dismissive wanking motion), Wan Fu...

Kyle
Kyle

Try the Enchiladas Taylor (my favorite) or enchiladas con huevos. The house margarita on the rocks is very good. The guacamole is good but way too expensive.

Urumomo
Urumomo

" caveats " , ha , unless thy make a mean caviet

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