Where to Eat in Honor of the Top 8 Teams in the World Cup

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Try at traditional quiche at Bistro Provence.
France
Bistro Provence
Genevieve Guy, the owner of Bistro Provence, is French herself, so she maintains the highest standards at her restaurant on Houston's west side. The food is upscale French comfort food, and the digs are rustic and inviting. The food focuses on Provençal cuisine, but there are also French mainstays like onion soup and escargots on the menu. The wine list is also excellent, featuring the best selection of French wines outside of a wine merchant. Of all the French restaurants in Houston, Bistro Provence provides the most authentically French experience.

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Strap on those lederhosen and head to King's Biergarten for some brats and beer.
Germany
King's Biergarten
Craving a German pretzel, some schnitzel or some bratwurst? King's Biergarten has all that and, as the name suggests, quite a bit of beer to go with it. The German and Austrian restaurant has been serving Pearland since 2011, but before that it was a bratwurst stand that fed customers of the nearby carwash. Today, King's Biergarten hosts huge Oktoberfest parties in an actual biergarten, and though you can no longer get your car washed while enjoying bratwurst, you can feast like a king on spaetzle, sauerkraut and as much wurst as you wish.

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Painting by Pieter Claesz, 1641
No, really. Where's the restaurant serving this?
Netherlands
House of Pies
Look, there is no such thing as a Dutch restaurant in Houston. In fact, there don't really seem to be any purely Dutch restaurants in America. When you look up Dutch cuisine online, the options don't look super appetizing, which is surprising because the Netherlands are known for their great art, much of which consists of still lifes of magnificent feasts. Be that as it may, Dutch food is somewhat of a mystery aside, of course, from Dutch apple pie. Yes, I think we can all agree that Dutch apple pie, traditionally featuring a crumb or streusel topping, is delicious. So here's my advice: Go to House of Pies. Pick up a Dutch apple pie to-go. Go home and eat it with a cold Heineken. Woo hoo, Netherlands!

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5865 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

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Mi Pueblito

9425 Richmond, Houston, TX

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13616 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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2055 Westheimer, Houston, TX

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King's Biergarten

1329 E. Broadway, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

House of Pies

3112 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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11 comments
meggarity
meggarity

Haven!! The fellow at Cove is French and will have the TV on, nursing his wounds as Germany beats up on France.

Raymond Vandergaag
Raymond Vandergaag

Not here at Batanga at the moment if we get past Costa Rica ill work on something

Robin Wong
Robin Wong

Kaitlin: Don't foget about Chef Raymond Vandergaag at Batanga Houston. I think he might be doing a few Dutch dishes in honor of the World Cup.

NowImHungry
NowImHungry

I would rethink the choice for the Colombian restaurant.

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