The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase

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This little fella from the No. 4 spot is a tasty Caribbean treat.
You know how sometimes people complain about having to leave the 610 Loop? I used to be one of them. I used to bitch and moan about leaving the comfort of Montrose or Midtown, even if it meant exploring something new and awesome, just because I hated fighting the inevitable traffic on the Southwest Freeway or I-10.

Now, when someone says, "Hey let's go eat outside Beltway 8," I reply with, "Awesome, I'll drive." Now I know that some of the most exciting and interesting food in Houston is found outside of my safe little urban bubble.

So I was pleased to tour Westchase recently and find some truly awesome eats a good half hour away from my house. The neighborhood is home to just about as many South American restaurants as fast food chains, but that's not all it has to offer. I also discovered Indian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern restaurants to which I'm eager to return.

I don't think of driving that far for food as a chore anymore. I think of it as a mini vacation.

Disclaimer: For the purposes of this post, Westchase is defined as bordered by Westpark Tollway to the south, Gessner to the east, Dairy Ashford to the west and roughly Buffalo Bayou to the north. Yes, that's larger than it appears on Google Maps.

Photo courtesy Cafe Caspian
Try the succulent koobideh combo plate at Cafe Caspian for a taste of Persia.
5. Cafe Caspian
If you want Persian food, Cafe Caspian is the place to dine. It's certainly one of the best looking Persian restaurants in town, with tablecloths that look like Persian rugs, decorative hookahs and a ceiling painted to resemble a cloudy summer sky. Koobideh--two juicy strips of seasoned ground meat rolled around a skewer and charbroiled--is one of the most popular and best dishes, and it comes with rice, grilled tomatoes, fresh herbs, feta cheese, and hot taftoon bread. It's all you need for a Persian feast. For an appetizer, try the mast-o-moosher, a delightfully cool yogurt and shallot dip.

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Location Info

Cafe Caspian

12126 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Caribbean Flavor Restaurant & Bar

10850 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Eatwell Bakery Cafe

11150 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Saldivia's South American Grill

10234 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Emporio Brazilian Café

12288 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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paval topcommenter

One or two additions: 

Lemon Tree, the Peruvian restaurant on Whitington and Dairy Ashford


Mexico's Deli on Dairy Ashford and Westheimer. The best tortas I have ever had in Houston and huge to top it. A torta de milanesa with a chicken fried steak is 7 or 8 USD I believe


You overlooked one of the best Thai kitchens in Houston, as well as the best Thai bar by far if you're looking for fun: V's Thai.

Rioja Tapas is great too; especially for their weekly pig in a china box.

del.martinis topcommenter

Right in our backyard, thanks...and have never tried any of these yet!  

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