Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten Drive-Throughs in Houston

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Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several months. Bon appétit!

Here in Houston, it's usually really damn hot. Except for recently, when it's been too cold to move, and all we want to do is sit in our cars with our heaters on and let someone hand us food through a little window. OK, we want people to do that when it's hot, too. And when the weather is nice.

Look, we don't need a reason to sit in our cars like lazy bums. Drive-throughs are one of the best inventions ever. They save you the trouble of having to walk, except from your door to your car and back. They allow you to avoid human interaction by dealing mostly with a metal box from which a disembodied voice emanates. They make it okay to order a dozen tortillas and an extra large queso at 2 a.m. away from the prying eyes of the public.

And in our fair city, you can get just about any kind of food you want from a drive-through. That's a reason to hop in the car and celebrate.

Photo courtesy Sonic
The cherry limeade might have more chemicals than it used to, but the service at Sonic is still great.
10. Sonic
It's a classic. Founded in Oklahoma in 1953, Sonic's recipes may have changed over the years, but the great drive-up service hasn't. Roller skates aren't a job requirement, but at select locations you can still find servers who will deliver food to your wheels on their wheels. And don't forget happy hour from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when all drinks and slushes are half-price. That means you can get a giant Berry Lime slush for just over a dollar.

9. Becks Prime
I'm fortunate enough to live right down the street from the original Becks Prime, which means I can get a healthy and pretty darn good Ahi tuna burger, veggie burger or fresh Mediterranean salad from the comfort of my vehicle in less than ten minutes. Of course, I don't get those things. I get Becks Prime's awesome milkshakes and house-ground Angus beef burgers, cause those are the really tasty treats!

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Location Info

El Rey Taqueria

910 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

W Grill

4825 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2211 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


10898 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ritter's Frozen Custard

3427 N. Fry Road, Katy, TX

Category: Restaurant

Becks Prime

2902 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Becks Prime

2902 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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A. Tornado Taco is not drive-through only, they have a walk up window. That being said, it is a great place. Love the green salsa.

2. Love them or hate them, Chick-Fil-A rules the drive through. For some reason they are the only ones that can move cars through quickly. This is important when you have little ones in the back seat or taking a conference call in your car (I've never done that).


If you think the Whataburger drive through is fast, it doesn't seem like you've ever been there after 7pm.

texmex01 topcommenter

@FRL713 if you go after 7pm to the one on 610, make sure you are packing....


@clcutts You are right on with Chick-Fil-A and speed. 

KaitlinS topcommenter

@Caz1 I usually just order fries and a milkshake there, so it's always fast for me. But I see your point. 

Bruce_Are topcommenter


Whataburger is always slow, even if the place is mostly empty. That's because it takes a long time to cook the bejeezus out of the meat.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@KaitlinS@Caz1Just because you ordered something easily made doesn't mean the cars in front of you did.  Go after midnight and you can spend 20+ minutes there.

gossamersixteen topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard@KaitlinS@Caz120 if you're lucky, more like 30+, and expect your food to be cold as well. Not to mention whataburger isn't that cheap either. Glad Mytiburger's on the list though; that place rules.

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