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25 Iconic Houston Dishes to Try Before You Die

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Everyone knows Houston's three basic food groups: steak, barbecue and Tex-Mex, but what about the city's most iconic dishes? Fajitas from The Original Ninfa's on Navigation and Frenchy's fried chicken are just a small portion of meals that left their mark on our city. From Greek fare to German classics, this list of required eating is a must for every Houston newbie and lifelong resident.

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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Tacos Al Carbon



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Churrascos

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Churrasco Steak



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Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

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Yesiga Wot



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Molina's Cantina

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Original Jose’s Dip



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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

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Gulf Coast Redfish Pontchartrain



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Arnaldo Richards' Picos

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Chiles en Nogada Tradicionales



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Brennan's of Houston

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Turtle Soup



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Mai's Restaurant

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Bo Luc Lac



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The Original Carrabba's

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Chicken Bryan



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Niko Niko's

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Moussaka



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El Meson

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Paella de Meson



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Treebeards

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Red Beans & Rice



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Los Dos Amigos

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Cheese Enchiladas with Fried Eggs



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Abdallah's Bakery

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Chicken Kebab



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Zabak's Mediterranean Cuisine

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Falafel



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Perry & Sons Market & Grille

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"Seven Finger" Pork Chop



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Korea Garden Restaurant

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Bulgogi



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Pizzitola's BBQ

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Ribs



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Gaido's

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Wade's Shrimp Bisque



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Kanomwan

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Spicy Green Curry



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Fung's Kitchen

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Dim Sum



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Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant

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Wiener Schnitzel



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Nippon Japanese Restaurant

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Sushi



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Damian's Cucina Italiana

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Spaghetti & Meatballs



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Tony's

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[Photo: Ciao Bello]

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Tacos Al Carbon



[Photo credit: Bzfoodie/Instagram]

Churrascos

Churrasco Steak



[Photo credit: Churrascos River Oaks/Facebook ]

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Yesiga Wot



[Photo credit: Vrracr/Instagram ]

Molina's Cantina

Original Jose’s Dip



[Photo credit: Molina's Cantina/Facebook]

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Gulf Coast Redfish Pontchartrain



[Photo credit: Coolquan/Instagram]

Arnaldo Richards' Picos

Chiles en Nogada Tradicionales



[Photo credit: Arnaldo Richards' Picos/Facebook ]

Brennan's of Houston

Turtle Soup



[Photo credit: Brennan's of Houston]

Mai's Restaurant

Bo Luc Lac



[Photo credit: Mai's Restaurant /Facebook]

The Original Carrabba's

Chicken Bryan



[Photo credit: The Original Carrabba's/Facebook]

Niko Niko's

Moussaka



[Photo credit: Kaveh /Foodspotting ]

El Meson

Paella de Meson



[Photo credit: El Meson ]

Treebeards

Red Beans & Rice



[Photo credit: Treebeards/Facebook ]

Los Dos Amigos

Cheese Enchiladas with Fried Eggs



[Photo credit: Treebeards/Facebook ]

Abdallah's Bakery

Chicken Kebab



[Photo credit: Abdallah's Bakery ]

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Zabak's Mediterranean Cuisine

Falafel



[Photo credit: Gary R. Wise ]

Perry & Sons Market & Grille

"Seven Finger" Pork Chop



[Photo credit: Perry's Steakhouse/Facebook ]

Korea Garden Restaurant

Bulgogi



[Photo credit: Foursquare ]

Pizzitola's BBQ

Ribs



[Photo credit: Anthony C/Foodspotting ]

Gaido's

Wade's Shrimp Bisque



[Photo credit: Carmela/Yelp ]

Kanomwan

Spicy Green Curry



[Photo credit: Yelp ]

Fung's Kitchen

Dim Sum



[Photo credit: Fung's Kitchen/Facebook ]

Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant

Wiener Schnitzel



[Photo credit: Rudi Lechner's/Yelp ]

Nippon Japanese Restaurant

Sushi



[Photo credit: Nippon]

Damian's Cucina Italiana

Spaghetti & Meatballs



[Photo credit: Damian's Cucina Italiana/Facebook ]

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