Top 10 Restaurants Near Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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We really don't specialize in spectacular airport greeting sculptures.
I'm not gonna lie: Finding good eats around Intercontinental Airport (or, if you must, Bush Intercontinental Airport -- true Houstonians still say "the Summit," "Transco Tower" and "Intercontinental Airport") is tough. This isn't like eating around Hobby Airport, where you're smack in the middle of the city and interesting dining neighborhoods like South Houston abound.

No. Greenspoint and the surrounding areas near Intercontinental are mostly a wasteland of chain restaurants, mediocre hotels filled with exhausted business travelers and one of the city's saddest malls.

That said, it is still possible to eke out some good food in the area. This is Houston, after all. If you can't find at least 10 decent restaurants within 10-mile radius, you're not trying hard enough.

Even more promising is the fact that many of those good, decent restaurants serve some of the city's most iconic cuisines -- Tex-Mex, seafood, Vietnamese, Cajun and Southern -- so you can direct those sad-sack business travelers to experience a little of Houston while they're in the area. I know from experience: Room service gets real old after a few trips.

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This is how I feel every time I eat at Waffle House, too.
10. Waffle House

Go on ahead and hate. I don't care. Waffle House is a beacon of sanity after a long plane ride into an unfamiliar city. Cheese grits and syrup-drenched waffles from this diner chain are one of my favorite indulgences -- especially on the road, where the familiarity of the food can afford the same relaxation as a hot bath or a fluffy hotel robe.

9. Pappasito's

Again, keep on hating. Sure, this is a chain restaurant. But it's a Houston chain, and a successful one at that. Successful because the Tex-Mex dishes are good and the service is friendly -- even if the food itself is overpriced. Your out-of-town guests won't care, though. Pappasito's gives the people what they want: strong margaritas, tender fajitas on fresh flour tortillas, crunchy chips and gooey queso.

8. Super Chicken

Still not supporting Chick-Fil-A? Super Chicken has you covered. This homegrown restaurant (with only one location, up in Greenspoint) boasts a mostly chicken menu featuring the fowl in numerous applications: chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, chicken salads and chicken soup. Instead of waffle fries, Super Chicken has sweet potato waffle fries. Instead of carrot salad, broccoli salad. And thin-sliced roast beef that's roasted in house.

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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