Top 10 Restaurants in the Third Ward

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A cheeseburger and Frito pie from Cream Burger.
3. Cream Burger

The little burger shack just on the edge of the University of Houston campus has been serving cheeseburgers and shakes made with real ice cream for dozens of years. In fact, the name "Cream Burger" comes from the two most perennially popular items at the shack: deliriously thick ice cream milkshakes and malts and classic Texas roadside-style burgers. Prices are almost comically cheap, but pay heed to the "rules" posted around the ordering window. "SPEAK LOUDER" exhorts one sign, while countless others basically warn you -- on pain of death -- to get the hell off your cell phone while ordering. And if you think they're kidding, just test the woman behind the counter. She'll slam the mesh screen shut on you so fast it'll make your head spin.

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The Dirty Burque at Green Seed Vegan.
2. Green Seed Vegan

The brick-and-mortar location of popular Third Ward-area food truck Green Seed Vegan serves all of the food truck's popular items -- and more. Juices and "elixirs" made with wheatgrass, fruits and veggies are made to order. All of the menu items, including the juices, are vegan -- and many are entirely raw. But your best bets are the tempting Dirty Burque, which is good enough to stand up against any meat-based burger, and the spicy Tosh panino with maple-jerk tempeh made in-house with garbanzo beans instead of soy.

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Frenchy's famous fried chicken.
1. Frenchy's

Crispy, spicy and hot. That's how you'll find the fried chicken at this Third Ward institution, which is consistently namechecked by everyone from former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh to rapper Chamillionaire and singer Beyonce as one of Houston's greatest culinary treasures. Most people get their Frenchy's Chicken to-go, although a few metal tables and chairs are available in this open-air spot. Sides include Creole basics like red beans and rice, dirty rice and jambalaya, all of which are superb, as are the flaky biscuits. The po-boy made with a spicy Creole sausage makes for a wonderful change of pace if, for some reason, you've tired of fried chicken (God save your poor soul).

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Location Info

Chief's Cajun Snack Shack

5204 Live Oak St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Alfreda's Cafeteria

5101 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Conscious Cafe

2612 Scott Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bobbie Que's Rib Shack - CLOSED

3602 Scott, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spanish Village

4720 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

This Is It Soul Food

2712 Blodgett St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Doshi House Cafe

3419 Dowling St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Cream Burger

3481 Elgin St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Green Seed Vegan

4320 Almeda Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Frenchy's Chicken

3919 Scott St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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32 comments
christiantuck
christiantuck

That's the "Flower Man" my friend Mr. Cleveland Turner, a 3rd Ward Icon.  Why did the Vegan Cafe miss this list?  It is surely one of 3rd Ward's bestesest!!!

christiantuck
christiantuck

That's the "Flower Man" my friend Mr. Cleveland Turner, a 3rd Ward Icon.  Why did the Vegan Cafe miss this list?  It is surely one of 3rd Ward's bestesest!!!

thatre4life
thatre4life

rays bbq shack on ost is the best bbq in 3rd ward/south park. their potato salad is out of this world. glad thelma's closed.  glad bobbyques closed.  bbq sauce tasted like syrup and the meat tasted like water.  sometimes i see a bobbyques truck on almeda sitting outside of the club. doshi's red beans dish is tasty because it is kind of peppery. food at breakfast club is good.  there is always a line wrapped around the building.  food at reggae hut is not tasty.  food at green seed is good some days, some days not.  kind of inconsistent. but, it always expensive. i hear people say they go to spanish village for the margaritas, not for the food. cream burger is good, so is frenchy's but of course can't really enjoy the food because of worries about too much fat. also, i have heard about a place called lucille's around here which is supposed to be good. i got the navy beans at conscious cafe.  the dish tasted funny, kind of bitter like all the vegetables they cook in the dish had been frozen and rewarmed several times.  did not like.  have not been back.  

kevin818
kevin818

"forced" integration?  I don't think there was anything forced about it.

major_delmac
major_delmac

HEY HOW COME THE VEGAN PLACE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO GOT THE 'LIKE US ON FACEBOOK' SIGN IN THE BG?  WHY U NO LIKE LEGACY 3RD WARD CAFES ON FACEBOOK?

jvp3
jvp3

These are all great, but I can't believe you didn't include Thelma's BBQ, which moved from EaDo to the Third Ward (corner of Scott & Southmore; technically Riverside Terrace, but since Third Ward and Riverside Terrace are right next to each other and predominantly African American, many consider the entire area "Third Ward")! New digs (and more elbow room), same old wonderfully gruff attitude, and still some of the best BBQ you've ever had. Also worth a mention -  Reggae Hut on Almeda, just a couple blocks north of Alfreda's! Superb Caribbean cuisine and atmosphere! Plus, just a nit-picky little correction - Chief's Cajun Snack Shack is not on Southmore at Live Oak; it's on Live Oak, just south of Southmore.

James Gomez
James Gomez

I wish Frenchy's wasn't so proud of their chicken. My wallet says no, but my tummy says yes.

Larry Gabriel
Larry Gabriel

that burger has to be from chiefs!!!!! i just know it.

Ian Smith
Ian Smith

had no idea there were so many "alternative" eating spots around here. Frenchy's ftw!

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

my brain totally interpreted this as "top 10 restaurants in the third world".

Shayan
Shayan

You guys forgot to add this cool urban grocery/wine bar in the Third Ward called Nature's Market. I'm surprised that it was not on the Top 10. It too is also apart of the Third Ward community. 

jlwm
jlwm

I passed by Bobbie Que's today and it's boarded up. Looks like it's been gone for a while.

Danny Noman
Danny Noman

Come for the food, stay for the heart attack.

LaLainya Brown
LaLainya Brown

Think I'll just work my way down the list... with a couple stops at Frenchy's in between for sweet potato pie!

Benjamin George Ward
Benjamin George Ward

oh okay.. I was about to write this off until I saw Frenchy's was number one. You got that right!!!

Gail Singer
Gail Singer

Wow, not one mention of Blues legends that sprung from the Third Ward?

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

LOVE Alfreda's and Chief's. This Is It is just like Thelma's--the food isn't worth the mouth and I won't be talked to like I have four legs and a tail when I'm spending my money.

Mitsy Marshall Parton
Mitsy Marshall Parton

Thanks for this. We were driving around over there a couple of weeks ago and I just KNEW there must be great stuff.

Elouise
Elouise

Spanish Village all the way!!

christiantuck
christiantuck

That's the "Flower Man" my friend Mr. Cleveland Turner, a 3rd Ward Icon.  Why did the Vegan Cafe miss this list?  It is surely one of 3rd Ward's bestesest!!!

fidelio
fidelio

@jvp3  Thelma's closed or so I heard recently.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@jlwm NOOOOOOOOOO! I am devastated. I really had no idea. Are you sure you're not thinking of the one on Jones? Either way, thanks for the heads up; will try to figure out what happened.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@Danny Noman Except at the three vegetarian places noted on the list.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@Gail Singer This is a food blog. I'm sure the guys at Rocks Off, our sister music blog, would have lively contributions in that area however.

jlwm
jlwm

@kshilcutt it's not the one on Jones. I'm talking about the one smack dab in the middle of Third Ward on Scott and Alabama.

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