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10 Great Dishes To Eat Over and Over Again

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No matter how often you go out to eat, it is important to have some standbys that you know are going to be good no matter what. These dishes should be ones that you can order not once, not twice, but many times. The dishes that follow are examples of plates that can be ordered again and again, and while they do not necessarily speak to the entire menu of any given establishment, they are quality choices that lend themselves to repetition.

--JD Woodward

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1. Chicken Hara Masala at Himalaya Restaurant

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6652 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074-2210
(713) 532-2837
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Himalaya is the real deal, and the Chicken Hara Masala is the perfect dish for Indian food beginners and veterens alike. Spicy but not to spicy and full of complex flavors; be warned, you will need to order it again and again.

2. Cumin Lamb at Fu Fu's

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9889 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 981-8818
While it might not be a flavor profile generally associated with Chinese cuisine, the cumin lamb is superb and will definitely leave you with the desire for more.

3. Hama Chile at Uchi

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904 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-4808
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The level at which Uchi performs both from a service and culinary standpoint is old news. Hama chile is essentially a four ingredient dish: yellowtail, ponzu, thai chile, and orange supreme. Simple and elegent, it is a perfect bite that bares repetition.

4. Creamy Pork Cheeks at Feast

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219 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-7788
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The braised pork cheek at Feast is one of those dishes that will have you immediately planning your next visit to the restaurant

5. Green Papaya Salad at Asia Market

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1010 Calvacade
Houston, TX 77022
(713) 863-7074
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In a small shopping center on the edge of the heights there is a small grocery store where shoppers can dine on some of the best Thai food in the city. The green papaya salad is spicy, refreshing and made fresh for you to order every day, except Monday when they’re closed.

6. Teotihuacan Burritto at Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

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1511 Airline
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 426-4420
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Homemade tortilla, beef fajita, chile con queso, red gravy…just order it.

7. Lengua and Trompo at El Taconazo

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4003 Fulton Street
Houston, TX 77009
Open late on the weekends, this little food truck serves Veracruz style lengua and trompo. Sample a couple of tacos to see why it's so popular.

8. Bipimbap at Nam Gang

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1411 Gessner Drive
Houston, TX 77080
(713) 467-8801
Bipimbap literally means mixed rice, and Nam Gang serves a great version. The combination of a hot clay pot, white rice, egg, and your choice of meat and veggies make it a dish that can be different every time you order it.

9. Gorditas and Huaraches at Gorditas Aguascalientes

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3810 Irvington
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 697-7888
The gorditas and huaraches are homemade and come in a variety of different ways, stuffed with anything from beef fajita to pablano and cheese. Wash one down with one of several agaus frescas.

10. Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) at E-Tao Asian Eatery

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5135 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 965-0888
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It’s hard enough to believe that there is a place outside of Chinatown that serves superb soup dumplings, let alone one in the mall. But that’s where it is, in the Galleria between Macy’s and Nordstrom.

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1. Chicken Hara Masala at Himalaya Restaurant

6652 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074-2210
Himalaya is the real deal, and the Chicken Hara Masala is the perfect dish for Indian food beginners and veterens alike. Spicy but not to spicy and full of complex flavors; be warned, you will need to order it again and again.
6652 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074-2210

2. Cumin Lamb at Fu Fu's

9889 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX 77036
While it might not be a flavor profile generally associated with Chinese cuisine, the cumin lamb is superb and will definitely leave you with the desire for more.
9889 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036

3. Hama Chile at Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The level at which Uchi performs both from a service and culinary standpoint is old news. Hama chile is essentially a four ingredient dish: yellowtail, ponzu, thai chile, and orange supreme. Simple and elegent, it is a perfect bite that bares repetition.
904 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

4. Creamy Pork Cheeks at Feast

219 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006
The braised pork cheek at Feast is one of those dishes that will have you immediately planning your next visit to the restaurant
219 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006

5. Green Papaya Salad at Asia Market

1010 Calvacade, Houston, TX 77022
In a small shopping center on the edge of the heights there is a small grocery store where shoppers can dine on some of the best Thai food in the city. The green papaya salad is spicy, refreshing and made fresh for you to order every day, except Monday when they’re closed.
1010 Calvacade
Houston, TX 77022

6. Teotihuacan Burritto at Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

1511 Airline, Houston, TX 77009
Homemade tortilla, beef fajita, chile con queso, red gravy…just order it.
1511 Airline
Houston, TX 77009

7. Lengua and Trompo at El Taconazo

4003 Fulton Street, Houston, TX 77009
Open late on the weekends, this little food truck serves Veracruz style lengua and trompo. Sample a couple of tacos to see why it's so popular.
4003 Fulton Street
Houston, TX 77009

8. Bipimbap at Nam Gang

1411 Gessner Drive, Houston, TX 77080
Bipimbap literally means mixed rice, and Nam Gang serves a great version. The combination of a hot clay pot, white rice, egg, and your choice of meat and veggies make it a dish that can be different every time you order it.
1411 Gessner Drive
Houston, TX 77080

9. Gorditas and Huaraches at Gorditas Aguascalientes

3810 Irvington, Houston, TX 77009
The gorditas and huaraches are homemade and come in a variety of different ways, stuffed with anything from beef fajita to pablano and cheese. Wash one down with one of several agaus frescas.
3810 Irvington
Houston, TX 77009

10. Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) at E-Tao Asian Eatery

5135 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77056
It’s hard enough to believe that there is a place outside of Chinatown that serves superb soup dumplings, let alone one in the mall. But that’s where it is, in the Galleria between Macy’s and Nordstrom.
5135 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77056

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