Top 10 Restaurants in Memorial

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan's the Rub
3. Jonathan's the Rub

Jonathan Levine is a down-to-earth guy, a good cook and a gregarious host. He buys the very best seafood and high-quality beef and cooks it simply. His prices aren't cheap, but the tiny restaurant is always packed -- and with the recent addition of a sweet little patio, there's even more room for diners to enjoy Jonathan's beautiful steaks and stellar bowls of shrimp and grits. And while the food is great, it's the show that people come for: There just aren't many restaurant owners sweating on the line while cracking wise with the patrons anymore.

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Photo courtesy of Bistro Alex
2. Bistro Alex

If you don't want to make the drive to Midtown, Alex Brennan-Martin's famed Texas Creole cuisine can be had on the west side of town at CityCentre (making it the second CityCentre restaurant on the list, although spots such as Flora & Muse and Eddie V's were also strong contenders for the top 10). Antique mesquite wood planks line the walls and ceilings of Bistro Alex, and there's an open kitchen where an in-house charcuterie program is churning out such classics as terrine de foie gras, Spanish chorizo and Italian sopressata. The famed Brennan's turtle soup is also on the menu here, as are other fabulous dishes like shrimp andouillete, mussels and some unbelievable flat breads (try the duck and gala apple version). Whatever you do, leave room for the white chocolate bread pudding, the café au lait cheesecake, or both.

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
1. Pizaro's

The only restaurant in Houston to truly master the Napoletano-style pizza, Pizaro's is all the more wonderful for its unassuming location in a 1960s-era strip mall between a Los Tios and a nail salon. There's nothing fancy about the bare-bones dining room -- especially the disposable plates and utensils -- save the enormous, glowing pizza oven that takes up nearly one whole wall. The pizzas here are cooked at 900 degrees in 90 seconds, using house-made mozzarella and imported San Marzano tomatoes, resulting in a pizza nearly as good as you'd get in Naples itself. As an added bonus, Pizaro's lets you BYOB for the ultimate affordable-yet-extravagantly-delicious night out.

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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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