Top 5 Potato Salads to Try in Houston

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Ensalada Rusa (Russian potato salad). Try it at Tango & Malbec.
One of the first words I learned in German (and one I will probably never forget) was Kartoffelsalat (potato salad). The German people, especially the Bavarians, excel at making Kartoffelsalat and that style of preparation was what I became accustomed to, especially growing up so near Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch) country. Living in H-town, however, has certainly expanded my potato salad purview, for our city's chefs are doing some pretty creative takes on this dish. Here are five types to try in Houston:

5. Mustard Potato Salad (Revival Market). Soft, slightly sweet red potatoes give this potato salad a comforting texture, while chopped red bell peppers and house-made mustard add spice and crunch. This bit of a twist on tradition proves that small alterations to a standard recipe can lead to substantial improvement.

4. Potato-Tomato Salad (Beaver's). Despite a generous coating of mayonnaise, many potato salads still end up tasting dry. Beaver's avoids this problem by speckling its potato salad with tomatoes, whose juice commingles with a liberal dose of chimichurri to create a terrific sweet, acidic dressing.

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Revival Market's Mustard Potato Salad
3. Dill Potato Salad (Baba Yega). Technically a side but never an aside, the potato salad at Baba Yega comes with all sandwiches but easily distracts diners from their reubens and veggie BLTs with its spritely garden flavor, thanks to a hearty handful of dill and chopped celery. As Matthew Dresden noted, the supple texture is more of mashed potatoes, and in combination with the mayonnaise, this makes for a very creamy potato salad.

2. Caribbean Potato Salad (Reggae Hut). Tired of pale, bland potato salad? Reggae Hut's version is a rainbow of red onions, sunny carrots and verdant legumes. Even the potatoes take on a pinkish hue due to the infusion of red wine vinegar and mayonnaise. This cornucopia of colorful ingredients translates into a more complicated but very appetizing. collaboration of flavors.

1. La Rusa (Tango & Malbec) You probably did not plan on eating potato salad at Tango & Malbec, but next time you will if someone at your table happens to order the La Rusa, a potato salad with carrots and peas. Supposedly invented in Russia, ensalada rusa is usually served in small plate or tapa format. Too bad, because you'll want a whole bowl to yourself.

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fefr
fefr

My favorite Pot Salad is at the Goode Co. on Kirby, hands down. Bits of egg white, yum

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Hold the mayo....

Mike Peri
Mike Peri

Yes, Red River BBQ is the best potato salad! I said this in the original post a few days ago too...

Amy McMullen
Amy McMullen

If you want a potato salad that won't dry out? Add a little EVOO to your dressing mix and it will stay moist! Also make sure you potatoes are cooled before mixing. Hot potatoes absorb all of the moisture!

Tish Squish
Tish Squish

The mustard potato salad at Pete's on Richmond is delicious!

Kate Morris
Kate Morris

Today is a good day to be a potato salad fanatic.

Sara Meyn Holder
Sara Meyn Holder

i know its not Houston, but Houston area... the potato salad at Red River BBQ in League City is amazing..

brentjatko121863
brentjatko121863

Leibman's Wine & Fine Foods potato salad is amazing......no mustard, either. 

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

thats not potato salad, it doesnt have mustard in it.....

Robert Robertson
Robert Robertson

i love texas with all my heart but louisiana has better potato salad. i need lots of mustard in mine.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I'd recommend the blue cheese potato salad at BRC.

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

I would be on my list. I have never had potato salad in a restaurant as good as what I make at home. Ever.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Meh, the baked potato salad at Onion Creek is pretty phenomenal..

wenderellatx
wenderellatx

Onion Creek has WONDERFUL potato salad!!!

Sam Samson
Sam Samson

You forgot Moon Tower-Inn's!!! It's way better than these guys.

Brittany Kight
Brittany Kight

The potato salad they serve at catered events/in the suites Minute Maid Park. Ermagherd.

Mike Peri
Mike Peri

Red River BBQ in League City

Motherscratcher
Motherscratcher

I could not agree more. I generally despise mayonnaise, but I can eat a quart of Neilsen's potato salad. Whether the author lives here is a valid question after this list.

jsoleary
jsoleary

@Mitsy Marshall Parton Never tried it - good to know!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@David McClain  

I heard it sucks and that there are sanitation problems.  Plus I heard that people have sex in the kitchen.  Don't know if it's true.

jsoleary
jsoleary

@Motherscratcher This list was intended to be "off the beaten path" or unusual potato salads. Perhaps I should have made that clearer. I do very much enjoy Nielsen's. 

Btw, I am telecommuting from Saturn. Is that a problem?

jsoleary
jsoleary

@Motherscratcher I did not ask to be born on my planet and I cannot change the sins and slurs of my ancestors against Houstonians. I can only try to learn as much as I can about your culture from my computer in space.

Motherscratcher
Motherscratcher

Saturn. Now I get it. Houston has always been misunderstood and slighted by Saturnians or Saturnites or Saturners, much like we are treated by Dallasians.

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