Top 10 Restaurants in Memorial

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The dining room at Straits before the lunch rush hits.
7. Straits

Although it'd be easy to flesh out this entire list with CityCentre restaurants, I kept it to only the two that inspire me the most. The first, Straits, serves modern Singaporean cuisine with Thai and Vietnamese influences in the type of lounge-like atmosphere that was missing in old Memorial. Hip decor, a large outdoor dining area and swift, friendly servers make it an upscale hangout by night and a relaxing lunch spot by day. The San Francisco-based restaurant has adapted well to Houston thanks to chef John Sikhattana, who runs a tight ship and keeps the food hot, fresh and spicy -- just as Singaporean dishes should be. Standouts include the whole fried striped bass, a creamy-sour laksa noodle soup, fragrant Hainan chicken and the flaky, addictive roti prata.

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6. Bistro Provence

One of Houston's oldest and most authentic French restaurants is owned by French husband-and-wife team Jean-Philippe and Genevieve Guy, both of whom are as inviting as the cozy restaurant itself. As the name would indicate, Bistro Provence serves Provençal cuisine such as wood-oven pizzas, lamb shank Provençale and seafood specialties made by chef Jeremy Griffin as well as French classics like escargot, rillettes, duck liver and an outstanding poussin rôti cooked in that same wood-fired oven. The wine list is all French, as you would expect, and both lunch and dinner always require a wait -- come early or late if you don't want to stand around, salivating over the other diners' meals.

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Turkish kebabs at Empire.
5. Empire Turkish Grill

Partially hidden behind a dry cleaner, this Mediterranean restaurant in a primarily residential area of Memorial doesn't get the credit it deserves. We've never had a meal here that was less than perfect. The authentically Turkish menu ranges from luscious appetizers like the nutty ezme (you'll never go back to baba ghanoush) and the stuffed eggplant dish imam bayildi to savory yogurtlu sis with lamb and more than a dozen mixed grills to choose from. Even better, if you're enjoying a glass of wine at the neighboring Vine Room wine bar, Empire will deliver its delicious food to you free of charge.

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4. Sushi Jin

When it first opened, Sushi Jin helped raise the bar for Houston's raw fish lovers. Years later, it's still one of the best sushi restaurants in town. Flown in straight from Japan, the mouthwatering pieces of salmon, tuna and yellow tail are sure to impress even the snobbiest connoisseurs. Wanna walk on the wild side? Jellyfish, sea cucumber and other exotics are hidden away in a secret stash -- all you have to do is ask and prove you're no novice. Private karaoke rooms allow diners to sing and dance, or you can just relax in one of the booths and enjoy the restaurant's simple, elegant decor.


Location Info

Georgia's Farm to Market

12171 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

A Moveable Feast

9341 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Leibman's Wine & Fine Foods

14529 Memorial, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Union Kitchen

12538 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brenner's Steak House

10911 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Rita - CLOSED

2352 S. Dairy Ashford St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Straits Restaurant

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Empire Turkish Grill

12448 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Jin

14670 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Alex

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana

14028 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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26 comments
Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

Marshall: Joyce's Seafood and Kasra aren't in Memorial, and A Moveable Feast is on the list...

Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

Marshall: Joyce's Seafood and Kasra aren't in Memorial, and A Moveable Feast is on the list...

SpringBranchFoodie
SpringBranchFoodie

We love many of these places and have wanted to try some of the others listed that we haven't been to yet.  Wishing the boundaries extended a block or two north to Hammerly!!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

For all the hype Pizaro received, I just don't get it.  The pizza comes out soggy and limp, and can't even hold the slightest of toppings on its incredibly thin crust.  I ordered a second one, just to be sure, with the same result.

 

This one baffles me.

salynch
salynch

@jatorres We've been half a dozen times, always excellent. Plus I love the unique pies - arugula, potato & mushroom, etc.

Kyle Jack
Kyle Jack

As Honorable Mention, that is.

ghibelline
ghibelline

Love that shot of the Osterizer headquarters!

Shelbie Burgett
Shelbie Burgett

I have to agree with the comment regarding Nirvana. It's really good Indian food! And the owners are wonderful as well!

Girlboss
Girlboss

All favorites of ours for those of us lucky to live in the forest. Try Nirvana next time too! Just want to point out that the Memorial is WEST of 610 and EAST of Hwy 6

EatingOurWords
EatingOurWords

@T_Tow Noooooo! *sticks fingers in ears* LA LA LA LA LA. (Seriously, though. Gross. I am so sorry to hear that.)

Kelli
Kelli

No Bistro Le Cep?

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @FattyFatBastard So order one with less toppings, as the style should be. Have never had limp pizza at Pizaro's.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @Girlboss I've been meaning to try that place. Glad to hear it's good! And thanks for the heads-up; my dyslexia strikes again.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @Kelli It's south of Buffalo Bayou, which would place it outside the boundaries of Memorial. That part of town is Westchase, and Bistro Le Cep would definitely be on a Westchase Top 10 list in my book.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

 @Kylejack The two I had were the margherita and the arugula.  I'm not trying to put a deep dish on there.  But to be honest, it would have been limp regardless of the toppings.  And regardless, it;s too far away to try a 3rd time.  If your pizzas have not been limp, then I have to fault their consistency, at the very least.

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

 @kshilcutt  @Kelli You oughta do a Westchase top 10 some time. Also, I miss Rotisserie for Beef & Bird.

aplumbersson
aplumbersson

I don't get it either. Ditto on the soggy/limp pizza. But I am clearly in the minority!

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

 @kshilcutt  @Kelli Lol. Yea, it's kinda weird. Get your Cheap Cremations here!

 

I like le Cep too but Beef and Bird was just a classic.

 

Man, would love to see a Westchase list. I would vote for Kasra to be on that list....that's probably obvious though.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @timblack2  @Kelli Can you believe it became a funeral home? The ultimate death of a restaurant, as it were.

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