Top 10 Restaurants in Spring Branch

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
You can get both tacos and hot dogs from the Tacos D.F. truck on Long Point -- one of many great trucks to sample in Spring Branch.
Houstonians like to tout our city's vibrant ethnic tapestry, especially when it comes to food. Chinatown. The Mahatma Gandhi District. Little Nigeria. All areas in which various cuisines cloister tightly together, affording the opportunity for a dumpling crawl across Bellaire Boulevard or a chaat sampling down Hillcroft.

But the real beauty of Houston's ethnic tapestry is in the spots where all those threads blend together: Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese, European, Thai, South American. And one of the best places in the city to explore the world in one weekend is in Spring Branch. Here you'll find Polish restaurants down the street from Argentinean, Thai sharing a strip center with Mexican and taco trucks of every stripe up and down Long Point -- the main artery that runs through the center of it all.

Disclaimer: For the purposes of this post, Spring Branch is defined as bordered by Clay Road and Highway 290 to the north, Beltway 8 to the west, Katy Freeway to the south and Loop 610 to the east, but excludes the Memorial Villages (as those are categorized as Memorial).

10. Korea House

Korea House is decorated in a cute, traditional manner to match its traditional Korean food. Koreans, Americans, Korean-Americans and plenty of local chefs who crave Korean food have made it a favorite destination. Popular dishes include meats grilled or barbecued in the traditional way: galbi (short ribs), rib-eye and Korean bacon. Side dishes of banchan are made fresh and include cabbage, chive pancakes and tofu. Soju (a Korean distilled spirit similar to vodka) is served at the end of the meal, although you can get Korean beer too. Private rooms are available for larger parties, and you'll automatically be seated in one if you come with lots of friends.

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9. Hollister Grill

There's a solid comfort-food menu with meat loaf, pot roast and burgers at lunch time, and ambitious New American cuisine preparations of fresh seafood for dinner. Don't miss the crab cake Benedict on Hollister's terrific Sunday brunch menu. But the real charm of this neighborhood cafe is in the incredible service -- the owners are genuinely interested in everyone who walks in the door. And they've been so successful with their little restaurant, a second is opening on Washington Avenue next year.

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8. Polonia

Real Polish kielbasa, homemade sauerkraut, kwas soup, terrific latkes, silky golonka, fat gołąbki and three kinds of pierogi are the irresistible lures that bring Houston's Eastern European community to this schmaltzy little Polish restaurant not far from the area's Polish Catholic church. Don't even bother trying to get in Polonia on Sunday when the after-church crowd packs the place. And if you want to go full-tilt Polish, order some vodka to go with your meal.

Location Info

Korea House

10078 Long Point Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hollister Grill

1741 Hollister Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Polonia Restaurant

1780 Blalock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Del Julio

8203 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Super H Mart

1302 Blalock Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

El Hidalguense

6917 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pampa Grill & Market

10111 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dadami

1927 N. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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13 comments
Daphne26
Daphne26

Saw that Hollister Grill is opening on Wash Ave in the old Cova spot. Hmm

segarza
segarza

Pho Saigon has Pho Huy beat hands down!

dan2099
dan2099

how about korean noodle house?

TosshiTX
TosshiTX

El Ultimo should really be number one with a bullet here. Other than that great list. Glad Otillias wasn't forced on to the list, it's gone downhill big time. 

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

man. great list. a little sad not to see Virgie's on there though. or is that north of Clay?

Ghirardello
Ghirardello

I like Casa de Leon for breakfast as much as Tacos de Julio, also that tiny breakfast joint on Long Point/Bingle...sure you know the one. And for meat, either Nam Gang (think Gang Nam backwards) or that Argentine place Pampas Grill. Otilia's used t be good but has gone to hell.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Oof, Del Julio. The suggestion that turned me off any of HP's choices for Mexican food. Grease to a degree I have never seen in Mexico or anywhere else. So many good places on that road, skip Del Julio.

tinyhands
tinyhands

I don't get the appeal of Tacos del Julio. A paper-thin sliver of meat that is either seasoned in some fashion as to have removed all taste, or ass-blisteringly spicy. The pictures are pretty and the plates actually look like that when they arrive at the table, but my mouth is not so happy when I put the food in there.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@TosshiTX Poor Otilia's.  :(  Yeah, I decided to leave the trucks off, since they're really a category all of their own. Thinking of doing independent, separate lists for that - and El Ultimo would definitely be at No. 1.

Donovan
Donovan

@Ghirardello Did otillia's change ownership? You're not the first person I've heard mention it's not as good as it used to be. 

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@H_e_x Yeah my friend once said he liked Elton John more than Paul Simon and instead of wrapping my head around the fact taste is subjective and varies drastically based on personal experience, I now ignore everything he or anyone who has ever spoken to him ever says regarding music.  It's a solid plan I feel.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@tinyhands "...my mouth is not so happy when I put the food in there." Hehehe. Sorry. No, really. The trompo isn't for everyone, but I'm happiest at Del Julio when I have a bowl of caldo Tlalpeño and some pirata tacos.

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