Top 10 Restaurants Near Hobby Airport

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Cheeseburger and fries at Burger Park.
3. Burger Park

Burger Park -- a humble, low-slung burger joint on Martin Luther King, just off the South Loop -- turns out anywhere from 400 to 500 burgers a day. Dinner is the 45-year-old restaurant's busiest time, as neighborhood residents crowd the tiny parking lot and line up outside to get their burger fix before it closes at 7:30 p.m. But if you're swinging past on the Loop on your way to the airport, it's a breeze to grab a quick cheeseburger and fries from friendly owners Gil and Oak Kim on your way out of town. (Ask for your fries extra crispy, and don't forget a peach slush.)

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Get your Texas breakfast fix at City Cafe before heading out of town.
2. City Cafe

Depending on which side of the house you sit in, City Cafe is either a throwback to the late '80s or the mid '50s. It's the latter that I prefer, and not just because you can smoke (!) on that side of the building (although the anachronistic sight of cigarettes and coffee at City Cafe's long diner counter is pretty mesmerizing). It's because this side is closer to the bustling kitchen, steam table and counter, which ensures you'll get plenty of sassy service and people-watching in while you wait for your golden malted waffles at breakfast. Breakfast is the best time to go, too, and offers the same excellent Texas-style grits and biscuits as Tel-Wink Grill without the interminable wait.

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No better excuse to visit Pho Binh than a trip to the airport.
1. Pho Binh Trailer

The other two locations of Pho Binh (on Beechnut and Mangum) are larger and more convenient and offer more complete menus. But pho fanatics all agree that it's worth the drive to the original Pho Binh in the trailer near I-45 and Beltway 8. Even if the pho tasted exactly the same, the colorful experience of eating an early-morning bowl of breakfast soup at Houston's favorite pho trailer is worth the extra effort. If you've been out of town for too long, this should be one of your first stops after arriving back in Houston -- and it's one of the places we absolutely love to take out-of-towners.

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Location Info

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Frank's Grill

4702 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Shuttle Burgers & More

8405 Almeda Genoa Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dot Coffee Shop

7006 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: General

888 Chinese Restaurant

403 Winkler Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

James Coney Island

6955 Gulf Frwy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

C & D Burger Shoppe

10606 Fuqua St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Thai Jasmine Restaurant

10900 Kingspoint Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Shan HU Chinese Restaurant

7656 Bellfort St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Tel-Wink Grill

4318 Telephone, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Casarez Mexican Restaurant

887 Edgebrook Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Burger Park

6704 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

City Cafe

513 College Ave., South Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Binh

10928 Beamer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Airport Italian Deli

8101 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mannie's Seafood

8520 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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31 comments
dana.tabor
dana.tabor

I have always taken this blog seriously until trying a restaurant from this list. I will be more timid in trusting the lists after visiting Mannie's. There is nothing Cajun about the place and not a single item we ordered was edible. I have had better fried shrimp from the grocery freezer section.

shannon.mcnair1
shannon.mcnair1

Yay for Airport Deli love. Wonderful fresh bread, lasagna and meatballs that are homemade. And poboy bread that is the real deal.

adambevo
adambevo

Glad to see Airport Italian Deli get some love.  I go here at least every other week and the amount of Subway I eat has dwindled to zero.  That muffaleta is amazing.

aperezece
aperezece

I can't begin to describe how happy it makes me to see C&D on this list! I grew up in that neighborhood and I make it a point to grab a burger there whenever I visit my parents.

TexasToast
TexasToast

What? No, Kelly's Country Kitchen? This is the best top ten list so far, I want to try all of them. Except Tel-Wink, already been there.

Peggy Lane
Peggy Lane

I merely give you a challenge worthy of your talents and perseverance.

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

Isn't there a Pho Binh at Westhiemer and Fountain View now?

RLDavies
RLDavies

And please don't forget about the Original Kolache Shoppe on Telephone Road! Best, most authentic kolaches in Houston. Made from scratch every day. By nice people. :-)

Every time I come home to Houston, I stop in on my way back to the airport and pick up a dozen to bring to my husband.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Now this is a useful list. Airport food always seems a tad expensive and not all that good. These places sure as hell beat a depressing airport lounge.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

There are a ton of taquerias in Hobby area.  A ton.  I've tried as many as I can (nowhere near all of them) and two of them stand out.  Taqueria La Catarina and Taqueria Favorita.  Both have homemade corn and flour tortillas.  Catarina has the best chilaquiles I've tried (and I've tried the ones at La Guadalupana, which are very good).  Catarina serves them five different ways.  Try the Yucatan style ones.  They come in a bright yellow habanero sauce. They are a touch on the hot side but that's what you'd expect from a habanero based sauce. Get them with a couple fried eggs.

smkyle
smkyle

The original kolache shoppe is a great place to get a quick breakfast if you have an early morning flight. I'm sure someone will argue this, but they have the best kolaches I've yet to try in Houston.

Anne Perkins
Anne Perkins

You missed Central Texas BBQ right across the street from the airport. Excellent BBQ but only open for lunch and not open on weekends.

danistillman
danistillman

Another great pre- or post-Hobby stop: Taqueria Del Sol on Park Place at I-45.  Cheap breakfast served all day, hot salsa and an attached panaderia next door for that empanada de queso fix.

Jordan Paul Smith
Jordan Paul Smith

Proud to say that I have eaten at most of these places! However, "near" is a subjective term :-p

e_sandler
e_sandler

@timblack2 It's the Godfather 3 of Pho Binh locations. Pretending it doesn't exist makes it easier to appreciate the greatness of its siblings.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

@Danelle Gebhardt Yep, hard to beat Spanky's, best pizza in the area!

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Bruce_Are I'm partial to Taqueria Taconmadre myself and, as @smkyle mentioned below, Taqueria del Sol.

ragazza_007
ragazza_007

Central Texas BBQ's bread pudding is one of the most decadent bread pudding  you've ever eaten!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@danistillman  

I ate there once and was disappointed that they did not use homemade corn tortillas.  Maybe it was an off day. Otherwise I thought the food was OK.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Jordan Paul Smith Near-ish?

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@kshilcutt

I've been to most places on this list. I really like the Fish on Fire at Mannie's. I don't see the appeal of del Sol other than that it's accessible and not scary.  Drive past del Sol and try La Catarina. Have you ever had habanero based chilaquiles? They rock.

yllennoc
yllennoc

@kshilcutt So, the question still remains, why are there so few decent places to eat near Hobby Airport?  Yes, there are plenty "on the way", but very few actually near.

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