The Most Underrated Greasy Spoon in Houston...According to You

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House of Pies: Always a classic.
Ah, the old-fashioned American diner.

The place where the servers wear uniforms with tarnished gold name tags, the coffee tastes like city tap water and the food is nothing, if not predictable. It's been the same since man first walked on the moon, and it sure ain't gonna change any time soon.

Alternately called the "greasy spoon," the classic American diner is known for cheap eats--often with little nutritional value--served with a smile and blue plate specials featuring regional cuisine like chicken fried steak or migas with extra oily cheese on top.

Here in Houston, a city mostly unconcerned with health food and haute cuisine, our greasy spoons are some of the longest-lasting culinary institutions. From House of Pies to Dot Coffee Shop, these are the places that feel like home.

But we don't want to know about the same old popular spots. As we've said in the last few underrated posts, we consider an underrated spot or dish to be something that isn't often covered by local or national media. We want to know which places make really good food, but may not get enough credit because they're overshadowed by other, more media-friendly spots or because, simply, not many people know about them.

Alternatively, you could consider something underrated if many people know about it, but you think it's better than anyone gives it credit for. In the case of greasy spoons, that might be a spot like Waffle House. It's a national chain; most people know about it. But a lot of people discount it because it's a chain. Maybe you love it, though. That would make it underrated in your book (and mine, because I love me some smothered hash browns).

For more insight into Houston greasy spoons, check out Eater Houston's coverage of Greasy Spoons Week from last July.

Leave us a note in the comments here or on Facebook or Tweet at us to let us know what you think is the most underrated greasy spoon in town and why. If your comments are particularly eloquent, we might feature them in the final roundup. We'll then tally the votes and put it to a runoff poll.

So tell us, Houston: Which greasy spoon is the cat's pajamas?

Location Info

House of Pies

3112 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dot Coffee Shop

7006 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: General


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rasclot123
rasclot123

Maxwell Street Grill on Almeda.  Get the polish sausage with mustard and grilled onions.

kellybee
kellybee

1. Triple A Restaurant

2. Dot Coffee Shop

3. Frank's Grill (Mangum location)

4. House of Pies (Kirby location)

5. New York Coffee Shop

6. Andy's Home Café

7. The Breakfast Klub

8. Taqueria Arandas #4 (Wirt Road)

9. Aunt Bea's Restaurant

...and a posthumous nomination for...

10. The Pig Stand #7 (Washington Ave.)


Anse
Anse

I really want to say the Yale Street Grill but I've had too many dodgy omelettes at that joint. 

TosshiTX
TosshiTX

Frank's Grill. There's several locations, the one nearest me being on Mangum. 

thequesoqueen
thequesoqueen

Don't think it counts as a greasy spoon but it's a diner meets a taqueria (which in my mind is the best restaurant imaginable): Omelette & Waffle Restaurant. Definitely under the radar. 

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

Houston Avenue Grill

Avalon Grill


Brazos
Brazos

Any Waffle House.  They don't get the respect for what they serve/do.

custardpie
custardpie

I like Mexican greasy spoons: La Casa de Leon on Long Point or La Plaza nearby.

Carrie
Carrie

Triple A Diner on Airline is always empty except for regulars. Great downhome diner with amazing biscuits and no-frills food.

Closinhtown
Closinhtown

Aunt B's has great breakfast food. Very underrated.

Nate
Nate

Underrated!  For the love of God, underrated.


House of Pies.  Dot Coffee Shop.  Breakfast Klub.  Lankford Grocery.  NOT underrated.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I nominate Lankford Grocery.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

Would have to be the Franks Grill on Mangum. Hands down.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I nominate Breakfast Klub, Tel-Wink, IHOP, Waffle House, and Denny's.

Cory Cousins
Cory Cousins

NY Bagels on Hillcroft. Not sure it's underrated, but there ya go.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I nominate House of Pies and Dot Coffee Shop.

gershon
gershon

@kellybee 

Hasn't the Pig Stand on Washington been closed about 10 years. 

Sawyer Park replaced it. And something else replaced Sawyer Park.

TosshiTX
TosshiTX

@custardpie Both of these are excellent. There is no spoon greasier than Casa de Leon. 

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@custardpie Yes, I'd definitely like to know about more Mexican greasy spoons!

C051n3blu3
C051n3blu3

@Closinhtown I second Aunt Bea's on 45 and Tidwell.  Fantastic CFS and it's also an excellent entry in the Time Warp category.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@Nate 

Agreed. Add Tel-Wink to the overrated list as well.  It's just that every time KS asks for these underrated nominations people immediately fire off the the usual suspects that everybody knows about.  I figured I'd get that out of the way early and pave the way for the real suggestions.

Nate
Nate

@Bruce_Are @Nate Ah-ha!  Touche sir.  Well played.  I was a little suspicious that you were trotting those out.


In that spirit, I nominate Avalon Diner...

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@Nate 

Dude, you nailed it with Avalon diner.  Check and mate.

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