Top 10 Restaurants in Westchase
There are some who argue that this Persian palace has the best hummus in town -- a bold claim to make in a city so filled with excellent Mediterranean restaurants. The only way to be sure is to go and judge it for yourself. And while you're there, familiarize yourself with the intriguing bounty of Persian cuisine like khorake bademjan -- slow-cooked lamb shank in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and sour grapes -- or kubideh, a meat-lover's dream.
Photo by Troy Fields A milanesa sandwich and pastries at Manena's.
One of the few Argentinean restaurants in town and arguably one of the more authentic, Manena's serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner to Houston's small Argentinean ex-pat community and those lucky enough to stumble upon the little cafe. We recommend the extraordinary empanadas, which make a filling meal any time of day, or the milanesa sandwich. And don't forget to grab a few delicacies from the well-stocked pastry case before you go: alfajores are a house specialty here.
5. Rio Ranch
Just because it's attached to a hotel -- in this case, the Westchase Hilton -- is no reason to think less of Rio Ranch. This restaurant can hold its own, and has done so for nearly two decades. A Robert del Grande concept from its beginnings, Rio Ranch has been expertly shepherded since 1993 by its longtime chef, San Hemwattikit, who puts together a gorgeous (and well-attended) brunch buffet on the weekends and serves classics like buttermilk-fried chicken and cowboy-cut rib eyes at dinner.
4. Pho One
The 2009 Best of Houston® winner for Best Pho, this unassuming little Vietnamese restaurant (which shares the same red awning-ed strip center as Bistro Le Cep) is long on both service and great food. The pho here is made from the same recipe as the famous soup at Pho Tau Bay back in Saigon. Why? Because the owners are the grandchildren of famous pho restauranteur Y Van Vu. Not that pho is the restaurant's only selling point -- it offers delicious bun and com dia as well.