The Five Best Underrated Greasy Spoons (According to You)

Categories: Best of Houston

Photo courtesy Frank's Grill
Go to Frank's on Mangum for the best greasy spoon experience.
After reading your comments and tallying your votes for the most underrated greasy spoons in Houston, I've come to a conclusion: We don't have enough greasy spoons here. There are several big ones that get all the credit and a few lesser-known ones with small but devoted contingents of fans.

So here's the plan: Some of you need to get together and open some new diners around town. The greasier, the better. Then, maybe, in 30 to 40 years, said diners will have enough history and enough of a fan base to be counted among the best greasy spoons in town. You have a while, but this is no easy task, so I suggest you start soon.

In the meantime, here are the spots in town that you think are the most underrated--and the greasiest.

5. Frank's Grill
The Frank's Grill waitress greets her regulars by name with their favorite breakfast beverage in hand, and the Frank's Grill line cook moves like a magician, seemingly creating hefty breakfast platters out of thin air and a few turns on the griddle. This funky old diner on Mangum specializes in breakfast of the serious eggs-and-meat variety. There's steak and eggs, chopped steak and eggs, pork chops and eggs, and chicken-fried steak and eggs, as well as egg-and-bacon sandwiches for dainty eaters. But it's not just breakfast that impresses here. Chicken fried steak is served with a bowl of cream gravy on the side, just like mom used to make.

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Join the regulars at Triple A for an old fashioned meal.
4. Triple A Restaurant
Speaking of chicken fried steak, the CFS at Triple A is the stuff of legend. Katharine Shilcutt described it (and Triple A) well when she wrote, "Triple A is a relic of an era long since past, of no-nonsense diners with worn linoleum floors and the employees' paste-brown lockers in full view of the dining room. The waitresses here have actual names like "Flo," and are warhorses who've worked here for the entirety of their lives, and they are not about to put up with your crap. Take a seat in a booth or at one of the impossibly low-slung stools at the counter, order your CFS with a side of eggs and coffee, and don't bother the regulars: That's the mantra here at Triple A, which has been serving customers in identical fashion since television was still in black and white."

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24-hour Tex-Mex makes Chapultepec Lupita a classic in our book.
3. Chapultepec Lupita
Because this is Houston and because we're obsessed with Tex-Mex cuisine, it makes sense that we'd count a Tex-Mex stronghold among our favorite greasy spoons. It's open 24 hours, which means you can get inexpensive Tex-Mex standards like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros and then progress to quesadillas, tamales, enchiladas and an excellent mole if you just stay put from breakfast through dinner. The food is authentic, heavy Tex-Mex, perfect for soaking up the booze from a late night bender or starting the day on a high, hearty note. And that jukebox? It plays music day and night, but the best tunes to emerge from its old speakers are Latino disco.

Location Info

Frank's Grill

1915 Mangum, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Chapultepec Lupita

813 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Triple A Restaurant

2526 Airline Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Waffle House

11240 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

New York Bagel & Coffee Shop

9724 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Raelyn Skaines
Raelyn Skaines

I remember going to the triple a when I was a little girl

Michael Mendoza
Michael Mendoza

Two things. Why did you mention a chain restaurant? There are plenty of other amazing, local places you could have chosen from that are better than waffle House. Second, the number one spot is a bagel company?? There is nothing greasy spoon about a bagel!! Get it together Houston Press!


THE BESTEST GREAZY SPOON E-V-E-R  WAS GEORGE'S ON WASHINGTON AVE (Before clubs took over)!!!! I still dont know where they moved to, but the food was the best ive ever had!

Steve Starkey
Steve Starkey

What was the rating system? Actual amount of grease in a spoon. Telewink #1 Brothers tacos #2 Dot's #3 Avalon #4 Pig Stand #5 ( in memoriam)

Ian T. Komouss
Ian T. Komouss

This is really the five most underrated diners as suggested by us and the chosen by whoever gives Houston Press money.


New York Bagels....funniest Robb Walsh review, ever. Wish that guy were still writing.

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

How is AAA Diner Underrated? Everyone knows about it.

Bruce_Are topcommenter

But it's not underrated.  And their hash browns are mushy.

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