Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza

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Greenway Plaza at dawn on a winter's day. (How oddly poetic.)
Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza.

While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the master-planned mixed-use development developed by Kenneth Schnitzer in the 1970s -- the Greenway Plaza neighborhood can loosely be defined as such: south of West Alabama, west of Buffalo Speedway, north of Highway 59 and east of Loop 610.

And although some Greenway Plaza office workers frequently bemoan the lack of good dining options in the area, I cheerfully disagree with them. Between hosting one of the absolute, all-time best restaurants in town (our No. 1 pick, naturally) and some excellent, inexpensive lunch and dinner options, Greenway Plaza offers more than meets the eye.

Honorable Mention: Greenway Coffee & Tea

Although it's not a restaurant, we'd be remiss not to mention the little office coffee shop that spurred Houston's current love affair with serious coffee programs. Not only do owners David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto roast their own beans and help other restaurants/coffee shops to get their own coffee programs in place, the pair is also opening a new shop in Montrose this month: the hugely anticipated Blacksmith.

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Lunch is hot, fresh and fast at Skewers.
10. Skewers

A good choice for either lunch or dinner, Skewers smartly caters to both crowds independently. At lunch, you'll get a quick and filling meal with quality food -- baked chicken or gyros are both great choices -- for a low price. And at night, with full service and live entertainment (on the weekends), it's a lovely spot for a post-work drink (you must try the Lebanese wine) or a dinner date over silky hummus and fragrant kafta kebabs. As a bonus, the Edwards Greenway Plaza movie theater is right around the corner.

9. Oishii

Oshii is a fun and funky sushi diner. Most regular sushi is a dollar apiece, with rolls starting around $5. During its famous happy hours on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m., domestic beer is $1.25, imported is $1.75, hot sake is $3 and all of the $4 appetizers are buy one, get one free. There is free wi-fi, and much of the scruffy, multi-cultural crowd is usually taking advantage of it.

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Vegan General Tso's chicken at Pepper Tree.
8. Pepper Tree

Pepper Tree is best known for its buffet, which features vegetarian Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Western cuisines. Typical dishes made with meat are reimagined as vegetarian here: Tofu versions of Peking duck, General Tso's chicken and kung pao chicken all come out tasting delicious. The modern, calming decor, spotless interior and friendly, knowledgeable staff make this the place for the novice or the experienced vegan.

7. Nielsen's Delicatessen

Unstinting applications of a good, snowy mayonnaise make this Danish hole-in-the-wall's old-fashioned chicken and potato salads among the very best in town. Other treats: corned beef and Swiss on rye with a pale, homemade liver paté and devastating Danish butter cookies by the sack. Take your food to-go, unless you enjoy dining in closetlike quarters.

Location Info

Skewers Cafe & Grill

3991 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oishii Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

3764 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

3821 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kobecue - CLOSED

3957 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Nielsen's Delicatessen

4500 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ragin Cajun

4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Thai Cottage

3995 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

LA Bar

4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oporto Cafe

3833 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony's Restaurant

3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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15 comments
ryburns
ryburns

An honorable mention to the $1.50 1/4 pound hot dog & bottomless soda at Costco and the fabulous kolaches at The Kolache Shoppe.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Chilantro. That's what this list is missing. They park at Richmond and Timmons.

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

Just tried Skewers & really enjoyed it. Wondered about Kobecue, will definitely have to try it now!

succulent
succulent

I feel like this is a case of "every kid gets a trophy just for playing". 

Joëlle Eid
Joëlle Eid

Live. And hell yes, this list is perfect. Oishii, Oporto, Kobecue. Things I like. Thanks for this and Upper Kirby list.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Gah, the 59 boundary disqualifies 100% Taquito!

kejo66
kejo66

Is Ousie's Table in this region?

Averylyssa
Averylyssa

Thanks for this list. My office is moving out of Greenway and this list reminded of me of places that I must go eat at before it's no longer convenient. Perfect timing too. 

ecnordstrom
ecnordstrom

Little Jimmy's Deli merits an honorable mention. Just say no to #BigSandwich

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Kylejack I need to figure out what that area of town is, because a lot of my go-to restaurants are over there -- 100% Taquito among them. I love their elotes...

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@kejo66 Nope! That's in what I would consider the River Oaks area.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@kshilcutt @Kylejack Just Call it the West University area/corridor.  My complex is "the village at West U" and it is across the street from 100% taquito. 

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