11440 Clay Road, Building A
Houston, TX 77041
Phone: (832) 467-1200
Fax: (832) 467-1399
Rudy's is old school Texas BBQ, which is definitely a place you take out-of-towners (provided they are not vegetarians). Study your scrumptious options while zig-zaggin in the fast moving line, where you can also sample the juicy smoked meats before deciding. The best way to go is to create your own sampler. Get a half-pound of sausage, a half-pound of 2 kinds of ribs, and then you must try the Moist Brisket (a Texas BBQ staple). Also, try some fresh creamed corn on the side. Spread out your Texas-size feast on their provided butcher paper since there are no plates at Rudy's. Wrap up your excess and take it home for later. - Adam Rosen
Hidden away in a barely noticeable "house" Brenner's Steak House exudes charm and warmth that few restaurants will ever match. This experience easily qualifies as a "must" for any steak lover. For a little extra kick, top your steak selection off with a tasty seafood sauce. Prices are a little high but the food and atmosphere are more than worth the expense.
The decor at Taste of Texas is rustic cowboy with an ambiance of Southern hospitality. The focus is primarily on beef. Those who are not squeamish are even invited to cut their own steak as thick as they like. Crisp salads and buttery baked potatoes are served alongside your favorite cut. The menu also offers burgers, sandwiches and seafood and chicken delicacies.
Get ready to enjoy some do-it-yourself Korean-style barbecue. Gas-fired hibachi grills are built into each table for diners to prepare their own chosen cuts of meat. It means you will be doing the cooking yourself, of course, but you will have a great time doing it with family and friends along. The most popular meat selection is the bulgoki and slices of lean rib-eye steak marinated in a garlic and red pepper mixture. You will also find plenty of chicken, pork and fish options to choose from.
Loud and colorful is the name of the game at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. The eclectic decor includes fishing nets and metal signs. It is not classy, but it is "boatloads" of fun for diners of all ages. Cajun influences are present in most of the dishes, so be prepared for a little spice. You will probably have to wait for a table during peak times. This place really hums.
Just blocks off IH-10, there's a place where the bul go gi sizzles, the kim chee ripens, and the Seoul-search ends. The non-descript, slightly shady-looking strip mall exterior is forgotten once past the double doors and over the ornate red bridge into the dining area. Typical of Korean restaurants, there's a grill in the center of the table to cook your own BBQ. And naturally, they'll immediately provide 15 different pickled and fermented sides to go with. Up and down Long Point are more hole-in-wall options, but this one is great with a group. - JoAnn Takasaki
Both the decor and the counter service have a bit of an impersonal feel to them, but, once you have settled, the feeling quickly goes away. The Muffulettas, reported to be the best to be found west of New Orleans, are the main attraction. In addition to sandwiches, the menu also offers loaded baked potatoes, a full salad bar and a variety of freshly made soups. Alcohol is not available.
Yard House is a fun and friendly restaurant and bar. This casual restaurant has an extensive menu, ranging from Avocado & Swiss Burger to Blue Crab Cake Hoagie to Margarita Pizza. There is also a Kid's Menu for children twelve and under. Yard House is also known for their wide selection of beer, including well known labels and fairly unknown drinks. For a delicious and fun night out, look no further.
Pho Vang 2 is an oasis of flavor and freshness amidst a sea of chain and fast-food restaurants in this bustling Northwest business district. Inside the plain strip center shop, patrons are treated to wondrous Vietnamese delights, including piping hot, perfectly seasoned pho, deliciously crisp egg rolls wrapped in lettuce, mint and cilantro, and any number of noodle and rice dishes. The book of a menu offers countless combinations of seafood, beef, poultry, and pork. Order by number for ease. The décor is simple, white - almost sterile. Service is quick and no-nonsense. Prepare to pay at the register. The focus here is on the food - by both those cooking and eating.
Mouth-watering sushi, Bento Box, soup and salads are all available at Ra Sushi. Try the Chili Ponzu Yellowtail Sushi or the Viva Las Vegas Roll. There is also wine, beer, sake and cocktails, including unique drinks like the Saketini that has both vodka and sake. Ra Sushi has a happy hour on Monday to Saturday from 3p to 7p with half-off several food options.
For fresh and delicious seafood look no further than Eddie V's. Try the Crispy Cashew Calamari, Chilean Sea Bass and West Australian Lobster Tails. If you're not in the mood for seafood, there is also steak, including USDA Prime New York Strip. Pair your meal with a glass of wine or a cocktail. There is live music every night.
Brio offers Italian dining at its best, with dishes from the Tuscan region. There are a lot of great options, including Gorgonzola Lamb Chops, Bruschetta Caprese, Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno and Shrimp & Scallop Risotto. Save room for dessert with options such as Milk Chocolate Caramel Cake, Tiramisu and Torta Di Cioccolata.