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Houston's Iconic Meat Dishes, According to You

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Perry's Steakhouse
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Last week Eater asked readers to choose their top picks for the city's most iconic meat dishes. You suggested everything from burgers to 'cue to barbacoa and steak. Here, in no particular order, are the most iconic Houston dishes according to you.

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Gerardo's

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For some Houstonians, there's nothing like the barbacoa at this local institution. Reader Elias R. says it's a "family tradition to get the lengua and cachetes on Sunday." Translation: Lean cuts of cow tongue and moist, juicy chunks of cow cheek.

Killen's Barbecue

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Young as it may be, this Pearland spot from Killen's Steakhouse owner Ronnie Killen got several votes. And it's no wonder, with lines of people waiting for the smoked sausage, brisket and ribs that have made this place an instant icon.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

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Doused in housemade applesauce, this massive pork chop is dry-aged, roasted and smoked. It's pricey, but each bite of caramelized meat makes every penny worth it.

El Tiempo Cantina

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It's the parillada at this Mexican spot that has become iconic over the years. Served directly on a portable, tabletop grill, the mixed plate offers beef, shrimp, chicken and sometimes lobster. [Multiple Locations]

Tango & Malbec

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The churrasco steak at this Argentinian/Uruguayan, Galleria-area spot is "crave-worthy" according to Angela N., who writes that this restaurant "has to be included in anything iconic meat."

Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q

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It's the barbecue sandwich here that's won over not only the hearts of local carnivores, but many a film producer's attention, too. The local 'cue spot has made it into several films and has been a Houston smoked meats staple for years.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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Apart from being among the more highfalutin, upscale places on the map, reader Lisa M. says the "65-day, in-house dry-aged steak has to be one of the most iconic steaks in the state." It'll cost you a paycheck, but the place is worthy of a visit for a prime cut of meat.

Taste of Texas

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It's not just the extensive salad bar option available or the fine seafood dishes that draws locals in, but obviously the steak, too. The cuts of meat are as big as the name of this establishment, where reader Ryan says he visits "at least once a month." In a city teeming with great steak options, that's quite a compliment.

Himalaya Restaurant

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It might not include red meat, but some locals we asked said that the spicy hara masala at this Eater Essential 38 notable draws in regular patrons as well as some of the city's best chefs. The green mint and coriander sauce and chunks of chicken pack a powerful, addictive kick.

Hubcap Grill

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It's on Eater's Essential 38 restaurant list, so it's no wonder that local readers kept it in mind when it came to meaty goodness. From the classic cheeseburger to inventive one-offs, a few readers called this an iconic Houston meat dish.

Gerardo's

For some Houstonians, there's nothing like the barbacoa at this local institution. Reader Elias R. says it's a "family tradition to get the lengua and cachetes on Sunday." Translation: Lean cuts of cow tongue and moist, juicy chunks of cow cheek.

Killen's Barbecue

Young as it may be, this Pearland spot from Killen's Steakhouse owner Ronnie Killen got several votes. And it's no wonder, with lines of people waiting for the smoked sausage, brisket and ribs that have made this place an instant icon.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

Doused in housemade applesauce, this massive pork chop is dry-aged, roasted and smoked. It's pricey, but each bite of caramelized meat makes every penny worth it.

El Tiempo Cantina

It's the parillada at this Mexican spot that has become iconic over the years. Served directly on a portable, tabletop grill, the mixed plate offers beef, shrimp, chicken and sometimes lobster. [Multiple Locations]

Tango & Malbec

The churrasco steak at this Argentinian/Uruguayan, Galleria-area spot is "crave-worthy" according to Angela N., who writes that this restaurant "has to be included in anything iconic meat."

Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q

It's the barbecue sandwich here that's won over not only the hearts of local carnivores, but many a film producer's attention, too. The local 'cue spot has made it into several films and has been a Houston smoked meats staple for years.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Apart from being among the more highfalutin, upscale places on the map, reader Lisa M. says the "65-day, in-house dry-aged steak has to be one of the most iconic steaks in the state." It'll cost you a paycheck, but the place is worthy of a visit for a prime cut of meat.

Taste of Texas

It's not just the extensive salad bar option available or the fine seafood dishes that draws locals in, but obviously the steak, too. The cuts of meat are as big as the name of this establishment, where reader Ryan says he visits "at least once a month." In a city teeming with great steak options, that's quite a compliment.

Himalaya Restaurant

It might not include red meat, but some locals we asked said that the spicy hara masala at this Eater Essential 38 notable draws in regular patrons as well as some of the city's best chefs. The green mint and coriander sauce and chunks of chicken pack a powerful, addictive kick.

Hubcap Grill

It's on Eater's Essential 38 restaurant list, so it's no wonder that local readers kept it in mind when it came to meaty goodness. From the classic cheeseburger to inventive one-offs, a few readers called this an iconic Houston meat dish.

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