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The Hottest Takeout Restaurants in Houston Right Now

Find spicy Viet-Cajun seafood, vegan barbecue, fried chicken, and so much more available for takeout at these newcomers

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Takeout pizza at Rosie Cannonball
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Even though the coronavirus pandemic means that most diners in Houston are eating at home, that hasn’t kept a number of exciting new eateries from opening their doors over the past few months.

And because dining out right now can pose serious health and safety risks, both to patrons at restaurants and the people who work there, takeout is one of the best ways to support these brand new establishments safely. And, thanks to the option of online ordering and curbside pickup, it’s entirely possible to enjoy a top-quality meal without even getting out of the car.

Head to one of these exciting new Houston restaurants, along with some established favorites offering seriously enticing takeout dishes, for the city’s hottest takeout options right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saigon House

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3645 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77068
(713) 529-1100
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Formerly located in Midtown, chef Tony Nguyen’s beloved Viet-Cajun restaurant is officially back on FM 1960. Dishes like deep-fried snow crab, fried rice, and “Viet-Tex” smoked brisket pho are on the menu, along with the “H-Town Bang” crawfish that made Saigon House a sensation. Order online for pickup or delivery via Saigon House’s website.

2. Kin Dee

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1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 826-2655
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The menu at this Thai hotspot is positively packed with bright dishes that are perfect for a hot Houston summer. Start with the fresh papaya salad, then dig into Thai boat noodle soup, green curry, or stir-fried basil chicken. Place a takeout order online via Kin Dee’s website.

3. Fainmous BBQ

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1201 Oliver St #50
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 728-9663
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Now open in its brand new home, Fainmous Barbecue is still serving the Tennessee-style barbecue that’s made this spot a staple for more than 10 years. Head to the restaurant’s website to order brisket, ribs, sausage, and more proteins, along with sides like potato salad and spinach casserole, all available for takeout or curbside pickup.

4. Rosie Cannonball

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1620 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 380-2471
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With boozy negronis in adult juice packs and Italian dishes like steak Fiorentina and cavatelli alla bolognese, Rosie Cannonball is a solid option for a splurge meal at home. Consider splitting a speck and chili oil pizza and a couple of vegetable dishes, and definitely pick a sweet from Rosie’s dessert menu. Perhaps frozen s’mores or white sesame gelato?

5. UB Preserv

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1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(346) 406-5923
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Splurge on the “Winchester Stay at Home Club” kit at Chris Shepherd’s Montrose eatery. Priced at $50, the kit includes two Stilton-bacon cheeseburgers, loaded doner kebab fries, pub slaw, and sticky toffee pudding. Don’t forget to pair with a frozen Dark and Stormy or bottled gin and tonic. Order takeout online via UB Preserv’s website.

6. Main Chick

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1731 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 739-8898

Super spicy chicken is the name of the game at this brand new Houston food truck. Six different heat levels, ranging from “no spice” to “cluck it” are on offer, and that’s not the only difficult decision you’ll have to make. Choosing between a basket of tenders or sliders smothered in cole slaw will also be a challenge. Check out Main Chick’s Facebook page for ordering details and locations.

7. Goode Bird (Inside Armadillo Palace)

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5015 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-9700
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This to-go only pop-up brings Southern-style fried chicken that’s brined in herbs and honey for 24 hours to Armadillo Palace. Pair with homestyle sides like jalapeno creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and dirty rice, and order a slice of Goode Company’s iconic pecan pie to finish. Order online via the Goode Bird website.

8. Houston Sauce Pit

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5000 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004

Vegan barbecue may sound a little bit like heresy in Texas, but the minds behind this new food truck have earned raves for smoky meatless dishes. Diners can look forward to massive baked potatoes stuffed with chopped “veef” and Beyond Meat sausage, along with sandwiches, “trill nachos,” and more vegan fare. Order online via Houston Sauce Pit’s website for curbside pickup.

9. Daddy's Burgers

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5212 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 360-6477
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A temporary pop-up in Rice Village that’s a project of the minds behind the Dunlavy, Daddy’s Burgers is a comfort food destination. Via the restaurant’s website, order a classic cheeseburger, or perhaps a beef-free version made with Beyond Meat. Pair with onion rings and a hand-scooped Oreo milkshake.

10. Boiling Dragon

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11625 Broadway St Suite 135
Pearland, TX 77584
(832) 328-5123
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This new Asian seafood spot in Pearland is a solid summer dining destination, with everything from extra-spicy boiled snow crab to baos stuffed with Peking chicken and braised pork belly on the menu. Definitely order the chowder fries, a pile of crispy fries that’s doused in New England style clam chowder. Call the restaurant at 832.328.5123 to place takeout orders.

1. Saigon House

3645 FM 1960, Houston, TX 77068

Formerly located in Midtown, chef Tony Nguyen’s beloved Viet-Cajun restaurant is officially back on FM 1960. Dishes like deep-fried snow crab, fried rice, and “Viet-Tex” smoked brisket pho are on the menu, along with the “H-Town Bang” crawfish that made Saigon House a sensation. Order online for pickup or delivery via Saigon House’s website.

3645 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77068

2. Kin Dee

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160, Houston, TX 77008

The menu at this Thai hotspot is positively packed with bright dishes that are perfect for a hot Houston summer. Start with the fresh papaya salad, then dig into Thai boat noodle soup, green curry, or stir-fried basil chicken. Place a takeout order online via Kin Dee’s website.

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008

3. Fainmous BBQ

1201 Oliver St #50, Houston, TX 77007

Now open in its brand new home, Fainmous Barbecue is still serving the Tennessee-style barbecue that’s made this spot a staple for more than 10 years. Head to the restaurant’s website to order brisket, ribs, sausage, and more proteins, along with sides like potato salad and spinach casserole, all available for takeout or curbside pickup.

1201 Oliver St #50
Houston, TX 77007

4. Rosie Cannonball

1620 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

With boozy negronis in adult juice packs and Italian dishes like steak Fiorentina and cavatelli alla bolognese, Rosie Cannonball is a solid option for a splurge meal at home. Consider splitting a speck and chili oil pizza and a couple of vegetable dishes, and definitely pick a sweet from Rosie’s dessert menu. Perhaps frozen s’mores or white sesame gelato?

1620 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

5. UB Preserv

1609 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Splurge on the “Winchester Stay at Home Club” kit at Chris Shepherd’s Montrose eatery. Priced at $50, the kit includes two Stilton-bacon cheeseburgers, loaded doner kebab fries, pub slaw, and sticky toffee pudding. Don’t forget to pair with a frozen Dark and Stormy or bottled gin and tonic. Order takeout online via UB Preserv’s website.

1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. Main Chick

1731 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Super spicy chicken is the name of the game at this brand new Houston food truck. Six different heat levels, ranging from “no spice” to “cluck it” are on offer, and that’s not the only difficult decision you’ll have to make. Choosing between a basket of tenders or sliders smothered in cole slaw will also be a challenge. Check out Main Chick’s Facebook page for ordering details and locations.

1731 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

7. Goode Bird (Inside Armadillo Palace)

5015 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

This to-go only pop-up brings Southern-style fried chicken that’s brined in herbs and honey for 24 hours to Armadillo Palace. Pair with homestyle sides like jalapeno creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and dirty rice, and order a slice of Goode Company’s iconic pecan pie to finish. Order online via the Goode Bird website.

5015 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

8. Houston Sauce Pit

5000 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Vegan barbecue may sound a little bit like heresy in Texas, but the minds behind this new food truck have earned raves for smoky meatless dishes. Diners can look forward to massive baked potatoes stuffed with chopped “veef” and Beyond Meat sausage, along with sandwiches, “trill nachos,” and more vegan fare. Order online via Houston Sauce Pit’s website for curbside pickup.

5000 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004

9. Daddy's Burgers

5212 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

A temporary pop-up in Rice Village that’s a project of the minds behind the Dunlavy, Daddy’s Burgers is a comfort food destination. Via the restaurant’s website, order a classic cheeseburger, or perhaps a beef-free version made with Beyond Meat. Pair with onion rings and a hand-scooped Oreo milkshake.

5212 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

10. Boiling Dragon

11625 Broadway St Suite 135, Pearland, TX 77584

This new Asian seafood spot in Pearland is a solid summer dining destination, with everything from extra-spicy boiled snow crab to baos stuffed with Peking chicken and braised pork belly on the menu. Definitely order the chowder fries, a pile of crispy fries that’s doused in New England style clam chowder. Call the restaurant at 832.328.5123 to place takeout orders.

11625 Broadway St Suite 135
Pearland, TX 77584

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