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Andrew Zimmern Ate Fried Chicken and Empanadas In Houston Over the Weekend

The ‘Bizarre Foods’ host had a camera in tow when he visited Himalaya and more Houston restaurants

Andrew Zimmern takes in brunch at Hugo’s in Montrose
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Over the weekend, food personality and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern got a taste of Houston’s best restaurants.

The notably adventurous eater made stops at a number of Houston classics with a camera in tow, including a visit to beloved Indo-Pak restaurant Himalaya. In a post to his Instagram on Sunday, Zimmern described the restaurant as “indescribably delicious in every sense of the word,” and showed off the spread he enjoyed, which included the massively popular Indian fried chicken, beef tikka, and of course, the restaurant’s famously buttery and crisp naan.

On Saturday, Zimmern visited the Original Marini’s Empanada House for Argentinian fare, then headed to Hugo’s in Montrose for a buffet-style brunch. Later, he posed with Chef Alex Padilla at the Original Ninfa’s On Navigation, where he was snapped filming with a giant platter of fajitas. According to the Houston Press, Zimmern also stopped at Gatlin’s BBQ for a smoked bologna sandwich, and visited Asiatown favorite Crawfish & Noodles.

Posted by The Original Ninfa's on Navigation on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Zimmern’s visit to Houston for his show The Zimmern List continues the city’s streak of appearances on food TV, following the Space City episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and a cameo on David Chang’s Netflix show Ugly Delicious. It’s unclear when a Houston-focused episode of the show could air, but Eater has reached out to Zimmern for more details. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Marini's Empanada House

10001 Westheimer Rd, #2570, Houston, TX 77042 (713) 266-2729 Visit Website


1600 Westheimer Road, , TX 77006 (713) 524-7744 Visit Website

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Boulevard, , TX 77003 (713) 228-1175 Visit Website

Himalaya Restaurant

6652 Southwest Freeway, , TX 77074 (713) 532-2837 Visit Website