Top 10 Restaurants Near Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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Shrimp po-boy at Cajun Town Cafe.
3. Cajun Town Cafe

Don't judge this book by its cover. Cajun Town Cafe may look grim, but it's well-known for having some of the best Cajun (and Salvadoran) food in the city. Founded by former Pappadeaux employee Moises Marquez, a Salvadoran who worked his way up from busboy to head cook at the chain's location on the South Loop, this is the second location of Cajun Town and one of my favorite spots for gumbo and fried shrimp po-boys.

2. Captain Benny's

Captain Benny's owns its own fleet of shrimping vessels and other fishing boats, which is the best way to ensure the seafood a restaurant is receiving is fresh, local and un-messed-around-with. This also means the seafood is far cheaper than at a restaurant who deals with a middle man. The little boat-shaped Captain Benny's are a reliable source of beautiful Gulf oysters (in season) as well as any other Gulf seafood you can think of.

Photo courtesy of Resie's Chicken and Waffles
1. Resie's Chicken and Waffles

Guess what? You don't need to stand in line at the breakfast klub for excellent chicken and waffles. You can head to Resie's instead, where Resie herself uses her grandmothers' recipes for fried chicken and golden waffles to great acclaim. You can even get them all day long, but you'll want to explore the other sections of Resie's menu: baked mac 'n' cheese and fried okra don't pair well with waffles, but they're great on the Fat Mac Combo with four Southern-style chicken wings.

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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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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.


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


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!


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 topcommenter

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


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.


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!  


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.


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.


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 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.


No Mom's Country Kitchen on Aldine Westfield?

kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@jt112 Super Chicken is super fantastic.

Kylejack topcommenter

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

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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