Spring in Houston: 5 Standout Artichoke Dishes Around Town

Photo courtesy of Backstreet Cafe
This stuffed artichoke is available at Backstreet Cafe for a limited time only.
We don't know about you, but we've got a little bit of spring (veggie) fever over here. We've already looked at the best places to get your asparagus on, but this week, artichokes are the name of the game.

The ever-versatile vegetable, which is native to the Mediterranean, has a peak season that runs from March through May. That means you have another two months to enjoy these green goddesses at their fullest.

We've rounded up five must-try dishes from Houston's finest (and we're not talking your run of the mill spinach and artichoke dip).

What: Crawfish and Shrimp Stuffed Artichoke Bottom
Where: Backstreet Cafe

Backstreet Café has an entire seasonal artichoke menu that they are offering through the end of April. While the entire menu -- including dishes like a bright artichoke salad, creamy risotto, and nutty rigatoni pesto -- looks divine, we can't help but swoon over the crawfish-and-shrimp-loaded artichoke bottom. Accented with fresh lemon and crisped breadcrumbs, we'd take this seafood-stuffed wonder over every other wimpy version in town any day of the week.

What: Artichoke Fritto
Where to get it: Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca

Dolce Vita's baby artichokes are flash-fried, leaving them so perfectly crisp, nutty and succulent that they almost taste as if they've been battered in zeppole dough. With a light touch of salt and a bright zing from freshly squeezed lemon, you'll be dying to order another $6 small plate after you whip through the first with ease.

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Location Info

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

500 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Adair Kitchen

5161 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony's Restaurant

3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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