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The CCQ Queso at El Tiempo
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Where to Eat Cheesy, Melty Chili Con Queso in Houston

Is there anything better than a bowl of melty, spicy cheese?

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The CCQ Queso at El Tiempo
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A quintessentially Texas combination of processed cheese, chiles, and spices, queso is one of the state’s most beloved dishes. And for good reason — there’s nothing more comforting in the world than a bowl of cheesy, melty queso paired with chips and plenty of margaritas.

But where does one find the best queso in Houston? Fortunately, it’s easy — head to one of these 13 establishments where the queso is constantly flowing, and often used to make dishes like tacos, fries, and burgers even better.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Superica

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1801 N Shepherd Dr #B
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 955-3215
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Houston native Ford Fry’s Heights restaurant Superica is perfect for folks who like to customize their queso. Keep it classic, or add proteins like chicken and chorizo. There’s also the “compuesto” option, which adds picadillo beef, guacamole, and sour cream to the mix, and a couple of customizable queso fundidos that are served with warm tortillas.

2. Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

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1511 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 426-4420
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Spike a bowl of classic, neon-orange queso with seasoned ground beef or fajita meat at this beloved Mexican eatery, or try the Monterey Jack-based queso fundido that’s served with freshly made tortillas.

3. Tacos A Go Go

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2912 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-8226
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Is there anything better than queso that’s inside a taco? Absolutely not. The tater taco, stuffed with Mexican tater tots, black beans, bacon, queso, and pickled jalapenos, is an incredible hangover cure. Otherwise, order the queso quintero — a rich, cheesy option that’s topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, and scallions.

4. BB's Tex-Orleans

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2701 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 868-8000
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BB’s takes cheese fries to a whole new level with its Tex-Cajun fries, shoestring potatoes topped with hot melty queso, gravy, and New Orleans-style roast beef debris. Think of it as an East Texas take on poutine.

5. El Tiempo Cantina - Washington

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5602 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 681-3645
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With multiple Houston locations, El Tiempo always offers a convenient way to satisfy a queso craving. Four different size options are on the menu, from a small four-ounce ramekin to a giant “large” that costs $18, and the real draw here is the CCQ Joseph, a bowl of queso mixed with picadillo beef.

6. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175
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There’s nothing fancy about the chili con queso at this Houston Tex-Mex icon, but it is damn good. Order a large if you’re sharing with a crowd — no one wants to be fighting over the last scoop before the restaurant’s famed fajitas arrive.

7. Xochi

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1777 Walker St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 400-3330
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For something completely different, try the queso de rancho at Xochi. Here, chef Hugo Ortega’s cheesy dip is made with queso de cincho and served with red huaxmole sauce, chicharrones, and a selection of roasted insects — a Oaxacan delicacy — for dipping.

8. The Burger Joint

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2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 974-2889
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Slather queso on a burger, hot dog, or order of fries at this popular Montrose burger spot. As a bonus, it’s open until midnight on the weekdays and 4 a.m. on the weekends, which means that it’s possible to cure a queso craving basically any time of the day or night.

9. Korny Vibes

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403 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 485-4609
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Looking for a completely vegan bowl of queso? Head to this Montrose newcomer, which serves its cheese-free “queso” over a plate of crunchy flautas. Diners who want to try other options on the menu can order a side of queso to dip their fries here for a buck.

10. La Grange

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2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 962-4745
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Fans of white queso need look no further than Montrose bar La Grange, where the cheesy dip is accented with green chiles and pico. Want something more substantial? Add spicy shrimp, chorizo, or smoked brisket for a few extra bucks.

11. Molina's Cantina

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7901 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 782-0861
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This stalwart Houston Tex-Mex spot has perfected queso during its decades in business, and it’s impossible to go wrong with “Jose’s Dip,” a bowl of queso that’s mixed with spicy taco beef. Order a side of fresh tortillas for dipping, and be transported to Tex-Mex paradise. Of note: during Happy Hour, which runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, diners in the bar can score free queso and chips alongside budget-friendly drink specials.

12. Candente

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4306 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(346) 867-1156
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For a seriously rich queso, head to this Montrose newcomer. Candente’s queso is pretty traditional, and diners can zhuzh it up with smoky chopped brisket, fajita meat, and Texas red chili for a couple bucks more. Spoiler alert: it’s totally worth the upgrade.

13. Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant

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3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 831-9940
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This longstanding Houston restaurant has queso down pat. Both a traditional Tex-Mex queso and a gooey queso flamado, which involves melty Chihuahua cheese mixed with chorizo, are on the menu, and they’re both perfectly paired with a fluffy tortilla or crunchy chip.

1. Superica

1801 N Shepherd Dr #B, Houston, TX 77008

Houston native Ford Fry’s Heights restaurant Superica is perfect for folks who like to customize their queso. Keep it classic, or add proteins like chicken and chorizo. There’s also the “compuesto” option, which adds picadillo beef, guacamole, and sour cream to the mix, and a couple of customizable queso fundidos that are served with warm tortillas.

1801 N Shepherd Dr #B
Houston, TX 77008

2. Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

1511 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009

Spike a bowl of classic, neon-orange queso with seasoned ground beef or fajita meat at this beloved Mexican eatery, or try the Monterey Jack-based queso fundido that’s served with freshly made tortillas.

1511 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009

3. Tacos A Go Go

2912 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Is there anything better than queso that’s inside a taco? Absolutely not. The tater taco, stuffed with Mexican tater tots, black beans, bacon, queso, and pickled jalapenos, is an incredible hangover cure. Otherwise, order the queso quintero — a rich, cheesy option that’s topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, and scallions.

2912 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

4. BB's Tex-Orleans

2701 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77009

BB’s takes cheese fries to a whole new level with its Tex-Cajun fries, shoestring potatoes topped with hot melty queso, gravy, and New Orleans-style roast beef debris. Think of it as an East Texas take on poutine.

2701 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77009

5. El Tiempo Cantina - Washington

5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

With multiple Houston locations, El Tiempo always offers a convenient way to satisfy a queso craving. Four different size options are on the menu, from a small four-ounce ramekin to a giant “large” that costs $18, and the real draw here is the CCQ Joseph, a bowl of queso mixed with picadillo beef.

5602 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

6. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

There’s nothing fancy about the chili con queso at this Houston Tex-Mex icon, but it is damn good. Order a large if you’re sharing with a crowd — no one wants to be fighting over the last scoop before the restaurant’s famed fajitas arrive.

2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

7. Xochi

1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

For something completely different, try the queso de rancho at Xochi. Here, chef Hugo Ortega’s cheesy dip is made with queso de cincho and served with red huaxmole sauce, chicharrones, and a selection of roasted insects — a Oaxacan delicacy — for dipping.

1777 Walker St
Houston, TX 77010

8. The Burger Joint

2703 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Slather queso on a burger, hot dog, or order of fries at this popular Montrose burger spot. As a bonus, it’s open until midnight on the weekdays and 4 a.m. on the weekends, which means that it’s possible to cure a queso craving basically any time of the day or night.

2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

9. Korny Vibes

403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Looking for a completely vegan bowl of queso? Head to this Montrose newcomer, which serves its cheese-free “queso” over a plate of crunchy flautas. Diners who want to try other options on the menu can order a side of queso to dip their fries here for a buck.

403 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

10. La Grange

2517 Ralph St, Houston, TX 77006

Fans of white queso need look no further than Montrose bar La Grange, where the cheesy dip is accented with green chiles and pico. Want something more substantial? Add spicy shrimp, chorizo, or smoked brisket for a few extra bucks.

2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX 77006

11. Molina's Cantina

7901 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063

This stalwart Houston Tex-Mex spot has perfected queso during its decades in business, and it’s impossible to go wrong with “Jose’s Dip,” a bowl of queso that’s mixed with spicy taco beef. Order a side of fresh tortillas for dipping, and be transported to Tex-Mex paradise. Of note: during Happy Hour, which runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, diners in the bar can score free queso and chips alongside budget-friendly drink specials.

7901 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77063

12. Candente

4306 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

For a seriously rich queso, head to this Montrose newcomer. Candente’s queso is pretty traditional, and diners can zhuzh it up with smoky chopped brisket, fajita meat, and Texas red chili for a couple bucks more. Spoiler alert: it’s totally worth the upgrade.

4306 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

13. Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant

3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

This longstanding Houston restaurant has queso down pat. Both a traditional Tex-Mex queso and a gooey queso flamado, which involves melty Chihuahua cheese mixed with chorizo, are on the menu, and they’re both perfectly paired with a fluffy tortilla or crunchy chip.

3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

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