Top 10 Restaurants in Houston's Little India

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3. Biryani Pot

This newcomer is outside the traditional confines of Little India, but that's simply a sign -- to me, at least -- that the district is continuing its pattern of growth. Biryani Pot's high-profile location on Westheimer will hopefully pull more people off the main thoroughfare and onto Hillcroft by way of its vibrant curries and colorfully named dishes like the Goat Chops of Heaven. (The name does not lie; this is the best goat I've had anywhere in Houston.) The Hyderabadi cuisine is never hurried here, and as a result you'll need to be patient. Most days, there's a long wait at the front door, adding to your need for patience -- but the food and cheerful, efficient service are absolutely worth it.

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2. Shri Balaji Bhavan

Nestled between sari shops and South Asian grocery stores on Hillcroft, this popular spot offers fresh and fiery-hot vegetarian fare in the tradition of South India. Shri Balaji Bhavan's inexpensive menu, sparkling tile floors and thumping Bombay pop draw a diverse crowd of Indian foodies. The popular Madras thali includes seven stainless-steel cups filled with an assortment of dishes flavored with tamarind, coconut and walloping peppers. Other favorites include the dal fry, dosas, handmade breads and dahi puri -- the best in Houston, in my personal opinion (which doesn't count for too much, since the little snacks can change drastically in their composition from restaurant to restaurant).

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1. Hot Breads

Believe it or not, this is a fast-food franchise that started in Madras, India, in 1988. The idea was to bring Western-style baked goods to an Indian audience, but the bakery offerings eventually morphed into a European-Indian fusion style. Chicken tikka croissants and goat korma-stuffed puff pastries are popular here, as are the shortbread cookies and tea cakes -- although you'll be hard-pressed to meet the $10 credit card minimum even after filling up your cart with goodies, so inexpensive is it all. You can also get hot sandwiches and chaat to round out a simple but filling meal here. Hot Breads also does a swift trade in eggless bread for the Indian community and makes plenty of sugarless pastries, too. After opening 52 locations in India, the chain spread throughout the Middle East and went on to Europe. (There are two locations in Paris.) This is one of only three locations in the States and the fact that it's constantly busy attests to its fine products.

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Location Info

Bombay Sweets & Pure Vegetarian Restaurant

5827 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sagar Indian Cuisine

5600 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Raja Quality Restaurant & Sweets

5667 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

London Sizzler Tandoori Bar & Grill

6690 SW Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bismillah Restaurant

5702 Hillcroft Ave, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


5959 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Himalaya Restaurant & Catering

6652 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Shri Balaji Bhavan Pure Vegetarian Restaurant

5655 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hot Breads Bakers and Confectioners

5700-A Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Yes its true Himalaya has very bad hygiene practice and even  though they were given violations they dont care.One should COMPLAIN TO HEALTH DEPT so that they are fines and shut down and these violations corrected.I used to ge ttheir food but stopped now due to these reasons.


Himalaya made the local news recently because of rodent droppings, food being stored at improper temperature, equipment and utensils being stored in unclean conditions, and other unclean kitchen conditions. Two of the six violations were repeat violations. See the Health Department's full report online dated February 12, 2014.

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