Top 10 Restaurants Near Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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7. Banh Cuon Hoa

Banh Cuon Hoa is the first of two Vietnamese restaurants in the area that are so good, you'll forget about driving down to Chinatown. Like its sister restaurant on Beechnut, Banh Cuon Hoa specializes in bánh cuốn. These little "rolled cakes" look like softer, looser spring rolls and are wrapped in thick, chewy rice sheets. The snowy sheets can contain shrimp, pork, beef and/or vegetables -- depending on what you order -- and are best dipped in the sweetly tart nước chấm sauce that comes with them. Banh Cuon Hoa was recently renovated too, so it shouldn't startle non-Houstonians nearly as much now.

6. Super Tacos Lucy

If you just can't stomach the idea of eating at a Pappasito's, this cute pink truck is where you can score some legit Mexican food. For a taco truck, the food at Super Tacos Lucy is actually presented quite nicely and there's even a shaded seating area (shhhhhh). Burritos are a favorite due to sheer size, but I prefer the more delicate pleasures of two hot, griddled corn tortillas filled with juicy fajita beef and topped with a scatter of raw white onions.

5. Pho Hu Tieu Nam Vang

As with Banh Cuon Hoa, the idea at Pho Hu Tieu Nam Vang is to stick with the pho. (This is generally the rule at all Vietnamese restaurants, you've probably learned by now; order what's in the name.) But you'll also want to give the hủ tiếu Nam Vang a try -- yes, that's the name of a dish, too! Think of it as the Khmer version of pho. It's made with pork stock and originally only featured pork (along with garlic and other spices), until Cambodians took the noodle soup with them to Vietnam. There, the southern Vietnamese adapted the dish to include shrimp, squid and other Viet ingredients. The result is a hybrid soup that's named for Phnom Penh (Nam Vang means Phnom Penh in Vietnamese) but now has a distinctly Vietnamese flavor profile.

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How do you not want to eat in a restaurant with its own lighthouse?
4. Maine-ly Sandwiches

All that stuff I wrote up there about ra-ra-Houston? Forget that for one moment, because you're going to be all ra-ra-Maine and ra-ra-lobster after eating at Maine-ly Sandwiches. Houston doesn't really have lobster rolls, because we don't have lobster in abundance. (We do, however, have crawfish rolls.) We also have a dearth of people from Maine to show us how a proper lobster roll is made. Enter the Maine-owned Maine-ly Sandwiches, which offers a full and proper lobster roll...for $18. (Don't worry; you can get a half for $9.) There are other sandwiches on the menu too, but LOBSTER. Seriously.


Location Info

Pappasito's Cantina

15280 I-45 N., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Captain Benny's Half Shell Oyster Bar

10896 NW Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Resie's Chicken & Waffles

233 W. Greens Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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22 comments
ShaunGerardS
ShaunGerardS

Thanks for the great article.. I have recently come across a good site your readers may find interesting .. that allows you to search for chinese food places near your address www.ChineseFoodNearMe.com

SoftShellCrabJunkie
SoftShellCrabJunkie

Katherine, can we assume that you have not yet been to Gumbo Jeaux's?!? I'm not sure where it would rank on a city-wide list, but it should definitely be on this one.

Donovan
Donovan

If you head a little east into Atascocita, or north to Humble and or Kingwood you'll get more options. 

Donovan
Donovan

Have you been to Asiana Garden Restaurant II, it's a Korean place on Greens. I noticed it while passing through the Greenspoint area 

Maureen Demar Hall
Maureen Demar Hall

Thanks, our financial advisor is up there and we always go home since we had no clue of where to go....only recently heard of Maine-ly so that's our next stop!

Peggy Lane
Peggy Lane

So glad to see you took up the challenge!

shaw
shaw

In addition to the 10 above, Asiana Garden (same strip mall as Cajun Town on Green St.), Monterey Tex-Mex cafe (adjacent block of Cajun Town), and Jimmy G (N. Beltway 8 and Imperial Valley) are legit dining destinations. On work days, Pho Quyen (Rankin Rd, east of I-45 N) has a killer grilled pork and spring roll bun (vermicelli) dish.

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gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Thank goodness brown sugar's BBQ isn't on this list, but pappasitos? Yuck, the kings over salting everything.

sweetsuzannah
sweetsuzannah

Katherine you rock!  This is my "hood" and I haven't tried all those places yet.  Can't ever go wrong at Capn Benny's that's for sure.

TexasGal
TexasGal

Thank God for Super Chicken!  After working in the area for 10 years, finally I have an affordable place that I actually like to go to for lunch!  

etee56
etee56

Not sure it is "Top 10", but when I am in the area I like to stop in at the Monterrey's Tex-Mex Cafe across from Greenspoint Mall.


~EdT.

Rebecca Ellen
Rebecca Ellen

Hey, I'd like to give that Maine-ly place a try. I've always wanted to try a lobster roll. I have a dear friend in Maine who is always touting the lobster rolls at McDonald's (in Maine). Apparently, I've never had a good lobster because it doesn't taste good to me. But I'd be willing to give this place a try. Thanks EOW.

jt112
jt112

Y'all found Super Chicken!!!

My two favorites:

Fried Chicken Tenders with Fresh Herb and Cheese Fries

Grilled Chicken Bacon Melt with Garlic Fries

Carter Goforth
Carter Goforth

Barcenas is on the opposite corner of Almeda-Genoa and Monroe from Shuttle Burger. Totally my favorite TexMex joint. And there's a kick ass taqueria in the same parking lot (the name of which escapes me) that's also really great and super cheap. But nobody there speaks a word of English, so bring a Mexican.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

I lived in this area growing up. It's quite different now, but there are still a few holdouts, though sadly Brother's Pizza and the Log Cabin are not among them. *sad face* I personally like Brown Sugar's Barbecue on Greens Road and 45 mainly for the chicken and enormous baked potatoes. Also, Jimmy G's on Sam Houston Parkway isn't bad -- better than that Waffle House on JFK. By the way, I haven't been there in years, but the truck stop at the corner of Richey Road and 45 used to have one of the best diners in town. Pretty sure it's gone now, but we used to clean up the chicken fried steak and burgers from that joint when I worked right across the street.

Atwell
Atwell

No Mom's Country Kitchen on Aldine Westfield?

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@jt112 Super Chicken is super fantastic.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@jeffbalke Was Brothers Pizza the place in the mall that also sold beer? Bless that place.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

@Kylejack @jeffbalke Yup. It was in the mall food court and had one of the best calzones I've ever eaten. You could get a HUGE slice of pizza and a large soda for $2.50. Loved that place.

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