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Hot in Houston: 5 Houston Restaurants Foodies Must Try

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Oct 11th, 2013

Houston, the fourth-largest city in the Unites States, was recognized earlier this year by The New York Times as a world-class destination that travelers with a taste for fine food and a love of the arts should move to the top of their to-visit lists.  A booming economy and thriving multicultural population have increased the demand for delicious food of various ethnic origins over the past several years, and supply has adjusted itself accordingly.  While there are hundreds if not thousands of eateries in the Houston area that are worthy of a visit, this article features five Houston restaurants at which Houston luxury apartment residents may find exceptional fare.

Himalaya Restaurant

In addition to being home to the world’s highest mountain peaks, the Himalayan subcontinent is the birthplace of some of the world’s most beloved food.  At Himalaya Restaurant in the Sharpstown neighborhood, diners can enjoy flavor-blasted dishes prepared with veggies, chicken, lamb, or cheese without having to part with much cash at all.  A cup of chai or a traditional Indian pastry is a great way to follow up a meal here.  Houston has no dearth of Indian and Pakistani restaurants that warrant a visit by those who love curry, coriander, ginger, and chili peppers, but Himalaya Restaurant is one of the finest, especially when the value of eating a meal there is taken into account.

Kata Robata Sushi and Grill

Conveniently located at the point where Kirby and Highway 59 meet, Kata Robata Sushi and Grill is not far from AMLI Uptown, AMLI 2121, AMLI Memorial Heights, and AMLI City Vista. “Sushi” is a part of the restaurant’s name and the sushi one can order there is arguably the best in Houston, but it is far from being the only tasty type of food on Kata Robata’s menu.  Grilled kobe beef skewers, kobe beef tacos, ramen noodle soup, lobster mac and cheese, and slow braised pork chops are just a handful of the Houston restaurant’s non-sushi specialties.  Kata Robata Sushi is not the cheapest place to grab a meal in Houston’s Upper Kirby district, but chances are high that the mouthwatering traditional Japanese or fusion food you order there will make you feel that you have encountered a bargain even after you pay your check.  Kata Robata is open for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Crawfish and Noodles

Another excellent destination for the foodie in search of tasty seafood or fusion fare, Crawfish and Noodles is the sort of place that one becomes a regular at after just one meal.  Creole-inspired (crawfish), but with Vietnamese influence (noodles), Crawfish and Noodles can please the myriad of palettes that often exist among a single dining party.  It is also the sort of place that one can visit several nights in a row, alternating between crab or lobster and Vietnamese noodle soup.

Hugo’s

If you like Tex-Mex, you would be doing your taste buds a disservice to know that Hugo’s Restaurant exists and not visit it. Appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks are equally delicious.  The restaurant’s pleasant ambiance, often further enhanced by live mariachi music, just makes the dining experience all the more enjoyable.  Tamales, ceviche, chiles rellenos, and enchiladas are all on offer, but dessert lovers should try to leave some room for this Houston restaurant’s iconic tres leches cake or a dulce de leche brownie. Residents of AMLI Memorial Heights, AMLI 2121, and AMLI City Vista can even walk to and from Hugo’s Restaurant, working off a margarita or a serving of spicy peanuts on the way.

Oxheart

As New American cuisine has emerged as a culinary class of which Americans can actually be proud, this list would be incomplete without the inclusion of a restaurant that falls into this category.  Oxheart not only fits the bill as a supplier of fine New American cuisine.  It sets standards so high that a luxury apartment resident who lives in close proximity to it may have difficulty forgoing another dinner here in favor of trying a different Houston restaurant of the New American variety.  Critics rave about the restaurant’s outstanding service, its ever-changing menu, and the opportunity patrons have to sample several different dishes in one sitting.  Oxheart may be considered trendy, but it’s trendy for a reason.  And it’s trendiness is likely to become a long-term thing.

With so much wonderful food at their fingertips, it should be fairly easy for Houston apartment dwellers to Live Life + Love Life.  In addition to appealing to your senses of taste and smell, visiting the aforementioned restaurants and other highly-regarded eateries in Houston may also generate some ideas for you to try out in your Houston luxury apartment kitchen.

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