The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Bar Food

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The "best cheap burgers in town" at our No. 4 pick.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

Whether you call it pub grub or just bar food, it's always good to have an ace in your pocket: a place where you know the food will be just as good as the beer, and not just a greasy means of soaking up the excess alcohol in your system. For purposes of this category, we excluded bars that are more well known as restaurants, such as The Red Lion or The Queen Vic, and tried to keep the list to joints that are bars first.

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5. The Bull & Bear

Despite the presence of spots like The Red Lion and the Richmond Arms, The Bull & Bear is still my favorite little English pub in town. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's a warm mahogany embrace on the inside, with all the UEFA games and Boddington's you could ever want. The menu is huge, too, but I suggest focusing on the English classics: Cornish pasties, cottage pies and the mound of chicken curry that feeds two. And remember to ask for a bottle of brown sauce to complete your meal.

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4. Blanco's

Our own Mike Smith claims that Blanco's has the best cheap burgers in town. (I disagree, and still maintain that those are found at either Burger Park or Cream Burger.) But the burgers at this honky tonk are still pretty good, especially considering they're only $4 each. For the stout of heart and stomach, I recommend the saddle dogs: hot dogs and cheese rolled up in a flour tortilla and deep-fried, State Fair-style. They're huge and heavy, but you can twirl it all off on Blanco's dance floor.


Location Info

The Bull & Bear Tavern

11980 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Blanco's Bar & Grill

3406 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Rudyard's

2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Royal Oak Bar & Grill

1318 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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24 comments
Yin
Yin

Petrol Station needs a machine dishwasher. I don't trust what happens in their kitchen after receiving numerous nasty hand washed beer glasses.

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Granted everyone is talking Houston but I have to say my favorite bar food - and most memorable - would be Progresso, Mexico. Sitting in a little thatched hut bar on the beach. A full Michelada on the table and the waiter bringing fresh made botanas. Lime kissed calamari ceviche. Pickled cucumbers. House made chips with salsa and fresh guac. Did I mention that amazing Michelada?TA

CMN
CMN

Is the burger on page 1 from your #3 pick or Blanco's?  Not trying to be an ass, it's just that I want that burger tonight. if i have the reading comprehension problem too, forgive me.

Babu
Babu

You can get a bag of potato chips at the Lone Star Saloon! Put that on your list and smoke it.

Jarod Frank
Jarod Frank

I gotta say, Concert Pub has really good food for a bar of its type. And you can't go wrong with half price lunch every Wednesday!

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

I would like to nominate the olives in Anvil's fancy pants drinks, because, you know, they know what is best for you to drink after all.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I AM TURNING THIS COMMENTS SECTION AROUND IF YOU DON'T ALL START READING THE POST FIRST AND THEN NO ONE WILL GET TO GO TO WALLYWORLD.

Steve Gilbert
Steve Gilbert

No love for Kenneally's?  Best bar pizza in town! Mmm mmm good when yer drunk..... :)

Ginny Braud
Ginny Braud

I <3 R.O.'s $5 happy hour Margherita pizza! Hooray!

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

my issue with Royal Oak is that it seems like they always need to change the oil in the fryer

No
No

So ready to jump to judgement, couldn't be bothered to read! Love it

Bruce R
Bruce R

No Red Lion either.  Bet you wish you could take that back.

huh
huh

That pizza rivals Totinos....Crash and burn my friend

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

Man, there's just all kinds of poor reading comprehension up in here.

Megan
Megan

You started a trend, Nicholas.

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