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Kin Dee Thai in the Heights
Michael Anthony

Where to Eat and Drink in the Heights

With so many good restaurants, it's almost hard to pick

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Kin Dee Thai in the Heights
| Michael Anthony

The Heights neighborhood was initially founded in 1896 as “streetcar suburb” for Houston-area residents that did not want to live in the density of the city proper. It was annexed in 1919, and since then has been a haven for Houstonians looking for slightly bigger yards, vintage Victorian homes, and more of a tight-knit neighborhood feel.

But even over the last few decades, the Heights has continued to change and grow, with high rises taking over rundown homes, bike lanes creating connections to other parts of Houston, and an ever-growing food and drink scene. The result is a neighborhood with both old-Houston charm and a modern, trendy vibe. That makes it the perfect spot for a lazy patio brunch, or an afternoon drink with a relaxing view of stately century-old live oaks trees and charming Craftsman bungalows.

Put simply, there's plenty to eat while hanging out in the Heights. Here's where to start.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rainbow Lodge

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2011 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8666
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Rainbow Lodge is perhaps best known for the menu full of game meats, like crispy pheasant thigh with kimchi rice and nilgai antelope tenderloin with bacon-studded cheesy grits. But the setting, a 100-year-old log cabin nestled on an unpaved tributary to White Oak Bayou, is also hard to beat.

2. Mico's Hot Chicken

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1603 N Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 548-6081
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One of the first food trucks in the city to sling the now ubiquitous Nashville-style hot chicken finally got permanent digs in the Heights in early 2020. Snag a hot chicken sandwich with slaw and crispy pickles or an order of loaded waffle fries.

3. La Lucha

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1801 N Shepherd Dr #A
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 955-4765
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Next door to his Tex-Mex restaurant Superica, La Lucha is chef Ford Fry’s ode to Texas cuisine. The creative, sometimes cheeky, menu boasts dishes like french fries drowned in crab chowder, wood-roasted Gulf oysters, and shrimp remoulade.

Grilled oysters topped with chives and served in a skillet Courtesy La Lucha

4. Kin Dee

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1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 826-2655
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This glitzy new Thai restaurant focuses on noodle dishes from four regions of Thailand, with meals like lump crab meat fried rice, ribbony pad see ew noodles, slow-cooked duck breast soup and a bevy of creative cocktails, including a gin, lemongrass and chili drink reminiscent of tom yum soup.

5. Squable

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632 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 834-7362
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When it opened in 2019, Squable, from Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel, quickly made an impression among the neighborhood’s discerning diners. Find excellent dishes like the French cheeseburger, showered in raclette and garnished with cornichons, or consider an assortment of veggie-packed small plates like fresh stracciatella cheese served with heirloom tomatoes and herbs.

A spread of dishes at Squable Jenn Duncan Photography

6. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 880-8463
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Looking to enjoy an expansive outdoor patio, mini tacos and tailored whisky flights? Eight Row Flint is the locale for you. The canine-friendly Heights bar serves tacos, nachos, wings, and more snacks alongside excellent frozen margaritas and of course, the grapefruit-garnished Eight Row Flint Ranch Water.

Tacos served in white paper trays and a Lone Star longneck beer on a whiskey barrel Eight Row Flint/Facebook

7. Be More Pacific

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506 Yale St Suite E
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 582-5264
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This Austin transport offers Filipino dishes and fusion bites like chicken adobo, lumpia, pancit and even icy, fruity halo-halo, served alongside a menu of creative cocktails in a hybrid indoor/outdoor space.

8. Better Luck Tomorrow

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744 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007

This Heights bar has rapidly become one of the city’s finest places to grab a casual drink and dinner. Swing by for one of the city’s best brunches on the weekend, or dig into a party melt — Chef Justin Yu’s riff on a patty melt that’s crusted with crispy cheese — during the week.

The interior of Better Luck Tomorrow, filled with guests Jenn Duncan Photography

9. On the Go by Common Bond

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601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-3550
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The first drive-thru spot for Common Bond opened in the Heights in 2020, with a window serving pastries, croissants, hot coffee, even staples like baguettes and bottles of wine. Not in a rush? Eat on the patio overlooking Heights Boulevard.

10. Melange Crêperie

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711 Heights Blvd Suite B
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 393-7578
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Formerly a roving crepe cart, Melange Creperie has found a permanent home in the Heights. Here, sweet and savory fillings, ranging from black beans and queso fresco to chocolate chips and cheesecake, are tucked into tender crepes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

11. 1751 Sea and Bar

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191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-9820
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A haven for gin drinkers, 1751 Sea and Bar boasts that it has the biggest selection of the spirit in town. Order more than 100 different gins mixed into a martini or gin and tonic, and pair with entrees like a seared flounder.

Seafood tower with shrimp, oysters, stone claw crabs, king crab legs, and sauces Shannon O’Hara for 1751 Sea and Bar

12. Truth BBQ

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110 S Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 835-0001
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The second outpost of a Hill Country barbecue favorite, the lengthy lines at Truth are proof that it’s already a hit in Houston. A trifecta of succulent smoked brisket, killer sides, and towering slices of cake (go for the banana-caramel!) will send diners into a food coma every single time.

“Moment of Truth” neon sign at Truth BBQ Ben Sassini for Truth BBQ

13. Killen’s

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101 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4664
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Ronnie Killen’s long-awaited Southern comfort food restaurant finally opened on lower Heights Boulveard in 2020. The food, inspired by Killen’s grandmother's cooking and the Czech-German heritage of the Hill Country, includes dishes like fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, creamed corn, and German chocolate cake, plus the smoked meat Killen is known for.

14. Revival Market

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550 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8463
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Open for breakfast and lunch daily, this market and cafe is a food lover’s paradise. After fueling up on coffee and avocado toast, shop Revival’s selection of top-notch meats, cheeses, and fancy pantry essentials for at-home cooking.

A salad with greens, orange peppers Morgan Weber for Revival Market

15. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4095
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Charming garden and eatery Colitvare churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh produce that’s grown in its very own garden. When the weather is nice, that patio makes for a great place to enjoy a few cocktails or glasses of wine alongside killer pasta dishes, pies, and freshly-baked breads.

Pizza from Coltivare Coltivare [Official Photo]

16. Field & Tides

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705 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-6143
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Chef Travis Lenig’s Heights eatery is a destination for seafood enthusiasts, but that’s not all that’s on offer. If the braised octopus, fried snapper collars or she-crab soup don’t sound appealing, go for the vegetarian mushroom tostada topped with herbed mushrooms and guajillo sauce or fried chicken served with pimento cheese.

Field and Tides cocktail bar Ellie Sharp/EHOU

1. Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008

Rainbow Lodge is perhaps best known for the menu full of game meats, like crispy pheasant thigh with kimchi rice and nilgai antelope tenderloin with bacon-studded cheesy grits. But the setting, a 100-year-old log cabin nestled on an unpaved tributary to White Oak Bayou, is also hard to beat.

2011 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008

2. Mico's Hot Chicken

1603 N Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77008

One of the first food trucks in the city to sling the now ubiquitous Nashville-style hot chicken finally got permanent digs in the Heights in early 2020. Snag a hot chicken sandwich with slaw and crispy pickles or an order of loaded waffle fries.

1603 N Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77008

3. La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr #A, Houston, TX 77008
Grilled oysters topped with chives and served in a skillet Courtesy La Lucha

Next door to his Tex-Mex restaurant Superica, La Lucha is chef Ford Fry’s ode to Texas cuisine. The creative, sometimes cheeky, menu boasts dishes like french fries drowned in crab chowder, wood-roasted Gulf oysters, and shrimp remoulade.

1801 N Shepherd Dr #A
Houston, TX 77008

4. Kin Dee

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160, Houston, TX 77008

This glitzy new Thai restaurant focuses on noodle dishes from four regions of Thailand, with meals like lump crab meat fried rice, ribbony pad see ew noodles, slow-cooked duck breast soup and a bevy of creative cocktails, including a gin, lemongrass and chili drink reminiscent of tom yum soup.

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008

5. Squable

632 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
A spread of dishes at Squable Jenn Duncan Photography

When it opened in 2019, Squable, from Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel, quickly made an impression among the neighborhood’s discerning diners. Find excellent dishes like the French cheeseburger, showered in raclette and garnished with cornichons, or consider an assortment of veggie-packed small plates like fresh stracciatella cheese served with heirloom tomatoes and herbs.

632 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

6. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008
Tacos served in white paper trays and a Lone Star longneck beer on a whiskey barrel Eight Row Flint/Facebook

Looking to enjoy an expansive outdoor patio, mini tacos and tailored whisky flights? Eight Row Flint is the locale for you. The canine-friendly Heights bar serves tacos, nachos, wings, and more snacks alongside excellent frozen margaritas and of course, the grapefruit-garnished Eight Row Flint Ranch Water.

1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

7. Be More Pacific

506 Yale St Suite E, Houston, TX 77007

This Austin transport offers Filipino dishes and fusion bites like chicken adobo, lumpia, pancit and even icy, fruity halo-halo, served alongside a menu of creative cocktails in a hybrid indoor/outdoor space.

506 Yale St Suite E
Houston, TX 77007

8. Better Luck Tomorrow

744 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007
The interior of Better Luck Tomorrow, filled with guests Jenn Duncan Photography

This Heights bar has rapidly become one of the city’s finest places to grab a casual drink and dinner. Swing by for one of the city’s best brunches on the weekend, or dig into a party melt — Chef Justin Yu’s riff on a patty melt that’s crusted with crispy cheese — during the week.

744 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007

9. On the Go by Common Bond

601 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

The first drive-thru spot for Common Bond opened in the Heights in 2020, with a window serving pastries, croissants, hot coffee, even staples like baguettes and bottles of wine. Not in a rush? Eat on the patio overlooking Heights Boulevard.

601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

10. Melange Crêperie

711 Heights Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77007

Formerly a roving crepe cart, Melange Creperie has found a permanent home in the Heights. Here, sweet and savory fillings, ranging from black beans and queso fresco to chocolate chips and cheesecake, are tucked into tender crepes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

711 Heights Blvd Suite B
Houston, TX 77007

11. 1751 Sea and Bar

191 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Seafood tower with shrimp, oysters, stone claw crabs, king crab legs, and sauces Shannon O’Hara for 1751 Sea and Bar

A haven for gin drinkers, 1751 Sea and Bar boasts that it has the biggest selection of the spirit in town. Order more than 100 different gins mixed into a martini or gin and tonic, and pair with entrees like a seared flounder.

191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

12. Truth BBQ

110 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
“Moment of Truth” neon sign at Truth BBQ Ben Sassini for Truth BBQ

The second outpost of a Hill Country barbecue favorite, the lengthy lines at Truth are proof that it’s already a hit in Houston. A trifecta of succulent smoked brisket, killer sides, and towering slices of cake (go for the banana-caramel!) will send diners into a food coma every single time.

110 S Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

13. Killen’s

101 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

Ronnie Killen’s long-awaited Southern comfort food restaurant finally opened on lower Heights Boulveard in 2020. The food, inspired by Killen’s grandmother's cooking and the Czech-German heritage of the Hill Country, includes dishes like fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, creamed corn, and German chocolate cake, plus the smoked meat Killen is known for.

101 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

14. Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
A salad with greens, orange peppers Morgan Weber for Revival Market

Open for breakfast and lunch daily, this market and cafe is a food lover’s paradise. After fueling up on coffee and avocado toast, shop Revival’s selection of top-notch meats, cheeses, and fancy pantry essentials for at-home cooking.

550 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

15. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Pizza from Coltivare Coltivare [Official Photo]

Charming garden and eatery Colitvare churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh produce that’s grown in its very own garden. When the weather is nice, that patio makes for a great place to enjoy a few cocktails or glasses of wine alongside killer pasta dishes, pies, and freshly-baked breads.

3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

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16. Field & Tides

705 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008
Field and Tides cocktail bar Ellie Sharp/EHOU

Chef Travis Lenig’s Heights eatery is a destination for seafood enthusiasts, but that’s not all that’s on offer. If the braised octopus, fried snapper collars or she-crab soup don’t sound appealing, go for the vegetarian mushroom tostada topped with herbed mushrooms and guajillo sauce or fried chicken served with pimento cheese.

705 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

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