The Most Underrated Restaurant in Houston Is...

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The pizza from your number 5 pick is totally underrated.
Well, friends, more than 1,300 of you voted on the most underrated restaurant in Houston. Thanks for letting your opinion be known. Some of you weren't happy with the poll choices, but remember, those came from you, not me. So you have only yourselves to blame.

But really, I thought all of the options were pretty solid.

Only five of the choices got more than seven percent of your votes, but they're pretty darn good choices in my opinion. Here are your top five most underrated restaurants in Houston.

5. Brothers Pizza
Commenter Anse wrote, "If one is looking for a pizza joint that doesn't get enough attention, I would suggest Brothers Pizza on N. Shepherd. Good basic pizza, nothing fancy about it but consistently good." While many Houston pizzerias are jumping on the Neapolitan bandwagon and rolling out thin crusts fired in wood ovens, Brothers is content to serve pies with a thick, doughy crust and toppings piled high. The local chain also serves basic but hearty pasta dishes and fresh salads. It's no Dolce Vita, but it's certainly nothing to turn your nose up.

The story continues on the next page.


Location Info

Vinoteca Poscol

1609 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Carrabba's Italian Grill

3115 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

3215 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brother's Pizzeria

3820 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Reemaandjeff Forster
Reemaandjeff Forster

I don't know about all of them... But I do know about Aladdin's. I am Lebanese and I was very disappointed with their food. Too Americanized, try Fadi's... They are a little better.

Ruth Bower
Ruth Bower

Guess we will have to try these next time I'm in town.

MeNos
MeNos

Good list and except maybe for brothers fairly deserving.


When I first saw and voted based upon the original list I wondered if there shouldn't be a separation between underrated and underhyped. 

For example, I don't believe Carrabba's is underrated maybe the press doesn't talk about Carrabba's much but the people know about them.  Carrabba's is a good and possibly an outstanding restaurant that consistently serves good food.


You take places like London Sizzeler, Giacomo's Cibo e Vino, 20 maybe 30 places in the West Houston Asian district that serve night after night some of the best food not only in Houston but the country.  We hear about different restaurants of the month while places like Asian Market and Vieng Thai are pretty much ignored.  How about Connie's and Mambo's or Darband?

The bottom line is you have places that hire professionals and/or media attraction while others have chosen not to.  Neither way is the right or wrong way it allows some to be overexposed and others to be under reported, but still are very highly rated by their customers.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Don't get me wrong I love Carabba's but they are anything but underrated aside from that excellent list and kudos to the voters.

Anse
Anse

If I have one quibble with Brothers Pizza, it's that they don't cook spinach before putting it on a pizza. They put it on fresh, and sometimes it gets soggy while in the oven. Just wanted to point that out in case any first timer orders a pizza with spinach on it there and gets a disappointing pie. Other than that, it's a great little place. It is a chain but I think there are only two locations.

Mike DuPree
Mike DuPree

Aladdin is good. The brothers on shepherd is a tragedy compared mills or guns point. Another list by people who think anything outside beltway 8 is a plane trip away

Katy Pika
Katy Pika

Aladdin has food of the gods. Excellent call.

Stesha Rhodes
Stesha Rhodes

Alisa Richardson you know we have to try these places

bodl
bodl

This is an interesting and valuable list. Thank you! Still, I must admit, winning a popularity poll for "most underrated" is an incredible oxymoron.

Lesa Tran
Lesa Tran

Let's do it! I've only been to a few of them.

carriebwc
carriebwc

When you click the link it says Brothers is in the Woodlands.  I guess that is SUPER North Shepherd.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

The review of Aladdin looks like it was written by a 14 year old.  Pretty sure they were recommending Chuck E Cheese last year.

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

I don't think Fadi's is underrated which is the point of this list. It's known to be really good, unlike Dimassi's which isn't. 

CamByars
CamByars

I love Aladdin! Great list!!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Totally agree with this list! Houston knows what it's talking about.

tellierd
tellierd

Fadi's, at any of its four locations, is far better than Aladdin.


Poscol and Giacomo's are low key, stellar favorites of mine. Thankfully, they don't employ annoying PR types who are shouting at us all the time!

MeNos
MeNos

Sorry about the bold my Dell is out of control

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@carriebwc  Whoops, that was my Voice Places mistake. It's fixed now!

james.brock
james.brock

@tellierd  I have heard the same about Fadi's, from two friends with whom I lived and worked in the Middle East. They have been to Aladdin, but told me this past weekend that Fadi's was much better.

jansen
jansen

@CamByars @tellierd

No, Fadi and Ali of Aladdin are not related. Ali worked briefly at one Fadi's location I believe.

Fadi is the younger brother of Nabil Dimassi, who started Dimassi's (first on Hillcroft as Aladdin, then sold and opened Dimassi's on Richmond at Post Oak.) The story of Dimassi's and Fadi's is a fascinating one someone should cover. Rags to riches to rags and sorta riches again once Fadi started his own place.


The Dimassi family got its start once here in the country working for AJ Droubi at Hillcroft/Bissonnet.

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

Would love the read this story also.

MeNos
MeNos

@jansen Excellent and on point.  Unfortunately, because of the Dimassi family business plan and lifestyle they hurt many people who considered them friends while they flourished and exceptionally while they crashed. 

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan topcommenter

I agree! Someone at the Press should write this up, (hint, hint!)

CamByars
CamByars

@jansen  Very interesting!! I second that this should be a story in it's own!

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