The Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Houston

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When we published our "Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die," the suggestion was made by several people that we reprint the list -- this time with instructions on where to find these various delicacies in Houston.

I'll tell you that not all of the dishes or drinks on the list are readily available here, but you might be surprised at how many you can actually find if you know where to look.

So if you're feeling adventurous this year -- perhaps far more adventurous than only wanting to tackle our 100 Favorite Dishes list -- give this "expert"-level list a try and broaden your food horizons.

And remember: The restaurants or grocery stores listed for each item represent just one option for finding these foods; if you have other suggestions for a favorite foul or egusi spot, leave them in the comments section below.

1. Python: Sammy's Wild Game Grill
2. Avocado smoothie: Saigon Pagolac
3. Doro wat: Blue Nile
4. Bean pie: Conscious Cafe
5. Foul: Abdallah's
6. Bone marrow: The Modular
7. Fufu: Finger Licking Bukateria
8. Amaebi nigirizushi: Kata Robata
9. Squash blossoms: Hugo's
10. Durian: Gelato Cup
11. Stinky tofu: Yummy Kitchen
12. Boudin noir: Cafe Rabelais
13. Bath chaps: Feast
14. Pig ears: The Hay Merchant
15. Duck tongues: Sichuan Cuisine
16. Venison tai chanh: Thanh Phuong
17. Pickle-flavored sno-ball: MAM's House of Ice
18. Balut: Hong Kong Food Market
19. Fish head curry: Banana Leaf
20. Jackfruit: Hong Kong City Mall
21. Congee: House of Bowls
22. Uni: Nippon
23. Menudo: La Mexicana
24. Barbacoa: Gerardo's
25. Squirrel
26. Nutria
27. Chicharrones: La Michoacana
28. Oysters on the half shell: Gilhooley's
29. Boiled crawfish: Calliope's Po-Boy
30. Chicken hearts: Pradaria
31. Lengua: Tacos Tierra Caliente
32. Mollejas: Taqueria Tacambaro
33. Kangaroo: A Ly
34. Sea anemone: A Ly
35. Huitlacoche: Julia's Bistro
36. Escargot: L'es-Car-Go
37. Beef tendon: Mala Sichuan
38. Beef hearts (anticuchos): Samba Grille
39. Calf's liver: Luby's
40. Veal: Vincent's
41. Foie gras: Au Petit Paris
42. Suckling pig: Vinoteca Poscol
43. Tocilog: Wok n Roll
44. Dinuguan: Wok n Roll
45. Kare-kare: Wok n Roll
46. Latkes: Polonia
47. Borscht: Polonia
48. Lutefisk
49. Hakerl
50. Geoduck

Location Info

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

3715 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Saigon Pagolac

9600 Bellaire, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

9400 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Conscious Cafe

2612 Scott Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


3939 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Modular

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Finger Licking Bukateria

9811 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill

3600 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Yummy Kitchen

9326 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Feast - CLOSED

219 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Sichuan Cuisine

9114 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Thanh Phuong

3236 E. Broadway, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mam's House of Ice

20th St. at Rutland St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hong Kong Market No. 4

11205 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Banana Leaf

9889 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

House of Bowls

6650 Corporate Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Nippon Japanese Restaurant

4464 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Mexicana

1018 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gerardo's Drive-In Grocery

609 Patton St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gilhooley's Raw Bar

222 Ninth St., Dickinson, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pradaria Steaks & Churrascaria

10694 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Tierra Caliente

1919 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria Tacambaro

2520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Julia's Bistro

3722 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Fung's Kitchen has both Geoduck and bird's nest soup (the latter for a very large sum). We've had haggis at Feast.


You know there's no REAL Kobe beef in the US, right? It's not legal to import beef from Japan...


Some of this sh*t I wouldn't eat on principle alone. Forget the fact that I'm sure if you ate several of these in succession you would probably die. I'm not eating anything that once was used as the central organ of any body system. Hearts and brains, I'm looking at you.


Kobe beef? Really? The inclusion of that makes me lose faith in y'alls writing.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Try the "Fish on Fire" at Mannie's Seafood on 45 near Hobby. It's grilled fish with an accompanying bowl of spicy seafood sauce that is fantastic.  The dish is about $10.  Note: This is not the same as fish ranchero that you might get at other places, like Connie's or Mambo.



Fung's Kitchen has the Geoduck, but good luck actually selecting it after the hundreds of other great choices on their menu.

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