Houston isn't suffering from a shortage of pizza parlors, so why not think outside the box? You might find your favorite pizza isn't in the most conventional of places, it could be in an Irish bar or a hipster's coffee house. Our point? Great pizza doesn't have to mean a cafe with a shrine of baker Raffaele Esposito in the corner and Pavarotti blasting on the radio, why go for the same slice every time? Below are five unexpected spots to grab a fantastic slice in Houston.
Below, in no particular order, are five unexpected spots to eat a delicious pizza in Houston.
Hands down this is one of the top spots to grab a pepperoni pizza in Houston. This Westheimer coffee bar/cafe shouldn't just be getting props for their tamales (which are incredible), but for their pizza too. Brasil's pepperoni pizza is a classic very well-made pie with the right amount of sauce and delicate crust. And it's good to note, the size of the pizza isn't really shareable.
The Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant in West University is a neighborhood favorite for their reasonable prices and authentic cuisine. You might be tempted to order one of Pasha's many kebobs, but skip them and go for the lahmacun instead. The lahmacun is a thin-crusted pizza with ground lamb and beef. If you're craving a heavier pizza, order the kusbasili pide, it's oval shaped with a thicker crust topped with tender lamb, onions, parsley, tomatoes and bell peppers with mozzarella cheese. Parking is tricky, but this Turkish pizza is worth the walk.
Kenneally's is a beloved neighborhood pub with a fantastic patio, dart-throwing contests, occasional live performances, and boasts a solid collection of Irish ale and European beers. Somewhat surprisingly, many Houstonians believe this pub has the best pizza in town. I know, I know, but the brick oven pies here truly are incredible, they even have a pizza with corned beef topping. Joke all you want, but this Irish spot serves up some serious pie.
The idea of healthy pizza might border on sacrilege to the pizza god of your choosing, but there are exceptions. Harvest Organic Grille in the Galleria area allows customers to build their own pizzas using organic flour and fresh ingredients, with a promise their food is prepared using slow-cooking methods and nothing is deep fried. Ask for the Poseidon pizza, a seafood heavy pie with feta, spinach, shrimp and garlic.
The recently re-opened bar has a swanky secret garden vibe with serious cocktails and impressive wine menu, a killer steak night, and a "man pizza," worth adding to our list. The gender-specific pie isn't exclusive to men-only and that's a good thing, because it's a great mix of chorizo, mushrooms and bacon with a thick crust.