Top 10 Restaurants in Westchase

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7. Kasra Persian Grill

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.

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Photo by Troy Fields
A milanesa sandwich and pastries at Manena's.
6. 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.

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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.


Location Info

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Bistro Le Cep

11112 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Original Marini's Empanada House

10001 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rioja

11920 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kasra Persian Grill

9741 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Manena's Pastry Shop and Deli

11018 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rio Ranch

9999 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho One

11148 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Arpi's Phoenicia Deli & Coffee House

12151 Westheimer Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Pita +

5506 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

Another good list. What about the area between the Galleria and Westchase (tanglewildewood?)...say between Woodway and Richmond and Fountain View to Gessner. La Vista, Biyrani Pot, Latin Bites, etc. 

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I work in the area, and I'd vote for Thai Bistro on Westheimer and Alicia's Mexican on Kirkwood. Also, we drive out from Katy just about every weekend to eat at the Fadi's on Westheimer just before Dairy Ashford.

Dunstan
Dunstan

How about that oddity called Suzie Wong's World? 

Mouth-numbing Sichuan, drinks from a full bar, house-blended teas, newly arrived girls from mainland China looking for nice  American man friends. What more could a Westchaser want?

mattmadeiro1987
mattmadeiro1987

Don't forget Pollo Bravo! Of all the locations I've tried, the one on Richmond is the only one worth raving about.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I would add V's Thai Restaurant on Dairy Ashford.  Looks like someone already did below.  Also, I guess Mexico's Deli is outside the parameters....

twaynewren
twaynewren

Living in the area, I have visited most of the restaurants listed.  My wife and I visit Pho One weekly when the weather is cool/cold.  I would have found spots for Rudi Lechner's and Churrasco's, but that's what makes these lists fun.

H_e_x
H_e_x

There is also a Japanese store next to Pho One that has a lot of neat products.

DFenster
DFenster

V's Thai is on Dairy Ashford and Westheimer and easily cooks some of Houston's best Thai. Not to mention a great bar scene

UrbanSwank
UrbanSwank

I received mixed reviews about Rioja, but it's worth a try now and Rio Ranch does have one of the best Sunday brunches in the city! ~ UG #MyHood

Santorini
Santorini

@Elizabeth  

Fadi's all the way--- that was an oversight I think. Thai Bistro is better than Nit Noi across the street, but doesn't compare to V's Thai as far as the cooking, though the atmosphere is nicer.

Dunstan
Dunstan

C'mon Dunstan...it was an honorable mention, for chrissakes

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@twaynewren The problem I run into with areas this rich in restaurants is fitting only 10 on the list. To be honest, I think that most of the Honorable Mention spots are fairly interchangeable with the top half of the list...

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@UrbanSwank I have such fond memories of post-church Rio Ranch brunches from my high school days...

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Cool, I might have to try it. I'm partial to Thai Bistro though. The staff there is so wonderful and they always remember us when we come in. It doesn't hurt that there's a Baskin Robbins next door :)

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