Rest of the Best 2013: The Top 10 Late-Night Restaurants in Houston
Photo courtesy Ruchis How's that for a midnight snack?
There are six Ruchis El Rincón de Méxicos in the greater Houston area, and most of them are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to satisfy all your nighttime Tex-Mex cravings. Where else can you get mesquite-seasoned tilapia filets with grilled shrimp, rice, french fries and salad for $14 in the wee hours of the morning? Only here. Okay, actually, there's one other place I know of, and it's also on the list. But when you're craving the greasy, fatty, Tex-Mex food of your youth, chances are Ruchis is only a short
drive cab ride away.
6. Dot Coffee Shop
Photo by Gini Just like Grandma used to make.
The coffee shop that "never locks its doors" opened in Houston in 1967. At the time, it was the first concept from the Pappas brothers, who now have a Houston empire. If your idea of comfort food falls more in line with chicken-fried steak, bacon cheeseburgers and buffalo wings than queso and enchiladas, Dot is sure to satisfy. The retro eatery promises made-from-scratch food comparable to what grandma used to make. As at Waffle House, breakfast is served all day and all night, but Dot's list of breakfast items, like French toast and banana nut pancakes, is far more extensive than ol' WaHo's.
5. House of Pies
Photo courtesy House of Pies Counting down the days until you reopen, my love.
Anyone who knows me is aware of
how much I love House of Pies. It's within walking distance from my house, and it's open 24 hours a day, which makes it the ideal late-night eatery. Plus, I don't have to decide between greasy-spoon grub or awesome desserts, because HOP has both. It's currently closed for renovations after a fire that shuttered it in early November, but the owners have assured Houstonians that they will have pie for Christmas this year. I don't know about you, but that's all I want for Christmas: Bayou Goo at 3 a.m. once again. Dear Santa, I hope you're listening.
4. Spanish Flowers
Photo by Jeff Balke Nothing wards off a hangover like Tex-Mex.
When dining in the middle of the night, one often has to choose convenience over taste. Is it open? Yes. Then it's going to have to do. Not so with Spanish Flowers, which is just as delicious during the day as it is in the dark after several margaritas. Piping hot, freshly made tortillas and bright, zingy salsa will go a long way toward perking up the evening, while the thick, creamy queso del mar or earthy enchiladas mole will soak up any alcohol left in your stomach while simultaneously tantalizing your tastebuds. It closes only between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.