Gas Station Sushi: 8 Fine Foods in Funky Places
I read yesterday's Bon Appetit article on "Undercover Grub: Great Food in Surprising Places" with interest, hoping to catch a glimpse of a Houston restaurant in amongst the soda fountains and airport terminals.
Gas station sushi from Natto: better than you expected, huh?
I was disappointed to find, however, that of the eight restaurants listed, most were in places where you'd generally expect to find food (see previous sentence, re: soda fountains and airport terminals). And, of course, there were no Houston entries.
Which is a shame, really, because Houston almost specializes in wonderful food from weird and wacky places. I've rounded up eight of my own favorites below, in no particular order.
8. Sushi at a gas station
I've gotten a lot of grief over the years for eating at Natto, the Japanese/Chinese restaurant housed inside a lonely-looking Mobil gas station at Jefferson and Hamilton. But the dumplings are great, and the sushi is better than the stuff you'd pick up at a grocery store on the run -- it's freshly cut and rolled to order, although the dubious provenance of the fish undoubtedly turns many people off. I keep coming back, though, because the sushi -- while not ideal -- is cheap and tasty, and it's always served with a genuine smile.
7. Gyros at a convenience store
Al's Quick Stop is more or less a Montrose landmark by now. Everyone knows to head there -- not Niko Niko's, just up the street -- when you want a gyro, especially late at night. The convenience store is also conveniently located right next door to Rudyard's, meaning you can enjoy some inexpensive yet tasty falafel and a hookah before beering it up over live music later that night.
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