Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Kimchi cheese fries at Kobecue.
Hot and trendy Korean fusion food isn't just found in food trucks; Kobecue offers a brick-and-mortar location on Richmond at Weslayan for you to get your kimchi fix. Pork and short rib tacos are among the most popular items, served with cilantro, onion and lime just like you'd find at a taco truck. But the real star here is a paper boat of kimchi-covered cheese fries. Drizzle some sweet, vinegary bibimbap sauce on top for a unique combination of flavors.
If, for some reason, you can't find Ragin Cajun (it hasn't moved in over three decades...), just look for the huge red crawfish covered in Christmas lights next to the railroad tracks. Inside, you'll find picnic-style seating and walls adorned with Mardi Gras, LSU and various other Louisiana paraphernalia. If the counter service in the main dining area isn't your preference, there is a smaller table-service area to the right as you enter towards the back of the restaurant. Happy hour happens every weekday starting at 3 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m., except on Mondays, when it lasts until closing. I've been ordering the boudin links and red beans and rice since I was a kid, and my love for both has never waned.
4. Thai Cottage
Thai Cottage offers a thoughtfully heat-indexed menu (and trust me -- trust them when they try to warn you "five pepper too spicy!"). Standouts include the crispy crab meat and cream cheese rolls with a spicy-sweet raisin sauce, and the velvety tom kha soup: chicken chunks and enoki mushrooms swimming in coconut milk spiked with lime juice and lemongrass. Diners choose their own degree of heat for red or green Thai curries; on the one- to five-pepper scale, three will gently prickle your scalp.
3. LA Bar
The elegant older sister to Ragin' Cajun (the ultra-relaxed Cajun hotspot next door that's been owned by the Mandola family since 1974), LA Bar features many of Ragin Cajun's best menu items in a much nicer setting. Dark wood tones, chandeliers and a chic full-service bar highlight the grown-up space, while entrées such as a bone-in Cajun rib eye and barbecued blue crabs serve as a reminder that this is still a solidly Louisiana spot.
5 E. Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX