The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase

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Esocvitch fish is a popular Caribbean dish prepared wonderfully at Caribbean Flavor.
4. Caribbean Flavor Restaurant & Bar
This little spot hasn't been open quite a year, but it's already drawing crowds of Caribbean expats eager for a taste of home. In fact, when I dined there recently, I was the only person without that signature island lilt to my voice, which told me the place it pretty authentic. The escovitch fish is particularly wonderful (and spicy!), but it takes 20 minutes to prepare, so plan accordingly. It's a whole tilapia pan fried until the skin is crisp then topped with the pickled onions and peppers that give the dish so much heat. It's served with rice mixed with coconut oil and beans, a vinegary cabbage salad and a fried plantain. I didn't get to try the jerk chicken fried rice when I was there, but I'll definitely be back for that.

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You really will eat well at Eatwell Bakery Cafe.
3. Eatwell Bakery Cafe
Like Caribbean Flavor, Eatwell is also fairly new, and it, too, has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Nearly all of the food--a mix of sandwiches and Italian/Mediterranean dishes--is made without any preservatives, lard, margarine or hydrogenated corn oil, and many of the ingredients are local. Smoothies and limeade are made with real fruit right when you order them, and the bakery items (a little more decadent than the lunch offerings) are prepared fresh every day. Try the homemade yogurt for breakfast or falafel sandwich for a healthy lunch. Oh yeah, many of the dishes are vegetarian friendly. In a neighborhood full of South American and halal meats, that's a rare find.

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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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