Top 10 Restaurants in the East End

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3. Kanomwan

Located in the same historic Tlaquepaque Market as Bohemeo's, Kanomwan has a cult following that speaks for itself. Sometimes the people who eat here communicate with each other using menu item numbers like a secret code. They also insist that Kanomwan puts an addictive substance in the food that keeps them coming back at least once a week. There's a healthy dose of heat in just about everything, but the kitchen will happily make things spicier for you -- at your own peril. Although the famous "Thai Nazi" -- former owner Darawan Charoenrat -- has now sadly passed away, Kanomwan tends to have a wicked sense of humor when customers mess with the menu. Definitely check out the pork toasts (A3), tom yum goong (S1), tom ka gai (S3), pad panang (H5) and whole fried snapper with chili sauce (H11). Then you too will make the weekly trek out to Telephone Road with your bottle of wine or cooler of beer to quell your addiction for some sweet, sweet S3.

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2. Los Corrales

This unusual spot is a dried beef factory first and foremost, with a tiny wisp of a restaurant attached. Despite what you'd think, though, both the food and the service are outstanding. Los Corrales is most popular at breakfast, when people crowd in to get machacado con huevo -- made with its signature product -- or breakfast tacos made with its own fresh tortillas. (By the way, along with bags of dried beef, you can also order those freshly made tortillas to take home, too.) At lunch, you can find old Tex-Mex classics like entomatadas and aporreado that have long since disappeared from more mainstream and modern Tex-Mex spots.

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This is a torta at Ninfa's.
1. Ninfa's on Navigation

The quirky Navigation original still can remind you what all the fuss was about -- especially now that its menu has been tightened up and revamped in areas by chef Alex Padilla. Peerless beef fajitas, complex green and red salsas and hand-patted flour tortillas define their genres as they have done for years, while the quesos, carnitas and grilled platters seem largely undiminished. Meanwhile, Padilla's new dishes are as much of a draw: lobster nachos topped with saffron spinach or chiles en nogada stuffed with shredded pork, apples, raisins and almonds and topped with a walnut sauce. And although the new patio is big and welcoming, the old back room -- with its snaky a/c ducts and paucity of right angles -- remains a nonstop party.

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Location Info

El Alteno

6917 Harrisburg Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Greco Grill

5420 Lawndale St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bohemeo's

708 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito

1713 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Champ Burger

304 Sampson St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Petate

7433 Canal St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mandola's Deli

4105 Leeland, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kanomwan Thai

736 1/2 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Los Corrales

7515 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Original Ninfa's On Navigation

2704 Navigation, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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28 comments
Laura
Laura

The owner of El Greco Diner always the illegal towing of cars from his parking lot.  The tow truck company El Greco Diner hired does not even have a license to tow cars. They are there every day towing cars. Shame on El Greco Diner of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn.

panchovilla86
panchovilla86

wow no love for Villa Arcos...most important meal of the day!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Lol at El Alteno.  I frequented the #7 location on Bissonnet back in the 80's when they were known for their, ahem, "service."  It's been years, but I bet they still make a damn good Torta or queso flameado; especially if you are a buzzed 17 year old.

Steve1152
Steve1152

Also props for recognizing Bohemeo's again. They don't have tap space like the Flying Saucer but Jessica consistently has a very well-chosen draft selection.

 

Vegan places aren't exactly catnip to food critics but Sunshine's is worthy of consideration.

marksthespot33
marksthespot33

Katharine, Any idea on what the delay is with Moon Tower, Everything I initially read indicated it was a temporary 3 month closure, while they did some remodelling. Then I thought I heard they were opening back up sometime in July or August. Looking forward to them getting back into the Houston restaurant game.

jkellymassey
jkellymassey

Thanks Katharine! We just moved to the east end from Montrose and this list will come in very handy.

lupe22
lupe22

Thanks for giving Bohemeo's a nod of LOVE!!!!

Thank you Keith and Kent for keep the fires burning in our Hood!!!

Much Love Bo's

Lupe and Sid Olivarez

Joel Cirilo III
Joel Cirilo III

La Silla, Pete's BBQ, Dona Chela on 76th. Don Carlos is way better than Ninfa's! I hope the person that wrote this has spent time in the area.

Steve1152
Steve1152

Merida is really underappreciated. I would have liked to see them get some love.

 

Oh and the El Greco Bakery has been closed for months. There's a Kolache place going in there.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Re: Champ's shakes, I do recall you have had harsher thoughts about the Hershey's syrup in the shakes at Beck's Prime.  

Salvie
Salvie

Beers are $1.50 at Mandola's Deli whenever a train is going by!

MWC2
MWC2

Nice list.  FYI, the KBR site has not sold yet.  

aperezece
aperezece

@Steve1152 I completely agree about Merida. I've been going there ever since I was kid. My parents would drive the family 30 minutes from the southeast side of town ("the 'burbs") to eat breakfast there on the weekend. It's my favorite breakfast taco in town. @kshilcutt if you haven't had the jumbo breakfast taco from there I'd highly recommend it. $2.95 for a meal that'll fill you for the rest of the day is a good deal. Have it with a generous serving of salsa and you're good to go.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @Steve1152 Love Merida when it's on target, but have had some consistency issues.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @Steve1152 Oh no! I had no idea. It's obviously been a few months since I was over there. Thanks for the heads up.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

@Jalapeno I got a mouth full of mix minus the milk and now I stick to the burgers, rings, and fries. Whenever my Mrs. and I have a common day-off during the week, (about three times a year) we drive in from Pearland to indulge.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @MWC2 Oy, that should really read "recent listing" to make more sense, huh?

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I agree, @Kylejack I drive too far for hit/miss so we stick to Ninfas or breakfast at Pollos Asados La Silla. @Steve1152

MWC2
MWC2

 @kshilcutt i suppose so.  the site has huge potential, i hope it lives up to it!  

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