Top 10 Restaurants in the Third Ward
3. Cream Burger
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt A cheeseburger and Frito pie from 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.
2. Green Seed Vegan
Photo by Troy Fields The Dirty Burque at 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.
Photo by Robb Walsh Frenchy's famous fried chicken.
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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