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The Dishes Houstonians Can't Stop Ordering, Mapped

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Last week we asked readers to tell us what dishes they can't stop ordering in Houston. Because even with a bustling culinary scene, and many dishes that have gained popularity, the easiest way to eat pleasurably is to return to familiar flavors you love. That's why only those dishes you keep returning to made the cut. Some spots received multiple votes for different dishes, others were only mentioned once but with particularly compelling arguments. Here now is a map of mom-and-pop places, higher-end spots and all other places that have provided some of our readers with crave-worthy favorites. If there are any dishes you think we're missing, let us know here. And because sifting through tons of hunger-inducing emails was an awesome task, we're asking you to keep submitting favorite dishes for the next installment of this map next week.


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Reader Vianei says: "My pick is the free range chicken with bacon spaetzle at Haven. I keep going back to it over and over – it’s comfort food in the best upscale sense. Gotta start with the shrimp corn dogs, too."

Teotehucan Mexican Restaurant

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Reader Del says: "The beef fajitas at Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe can't be beat, and [I] have been craving them weekly for years now!"

Down House

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Reader Hanna and her husband can't stop ordering the fried chicken at this Heights-area favorite. Another reader mentioned the fish curry with mashed potatoes on the side.

Romano's Pizza

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Reader Kelly says the baked ziti at this River Oaks pizzeria is her can't-miss dish. "Every time we go to our favorite neighborhood Italian joint, I try to order something different, but I just can't seem to order anything different than the baked ziti. It is so authentic, cheesy and delicious. The portion is big enough to share, but I wouldn't dare."

Aladdin's Mediterranean Cuisine

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The chicken shawarma at this Montrose place is a go-to dish for Zagat writer Amber Ambrose.

Shanghai Restaurant

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The Peking Duck from here is a Houston classic and another of Zagat writer Ambrose's picks.

Biryani Pot

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A reader says about local favorite dish: "The non-vegetarian lunch combo at Biryani Pot, served only during the week, which is more food than anyone could possibly eat. We can smell the spices daily, since we live right across the street from this wonderful restaurant!"

Cafe TH

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While a few wrote in for TH, it was the vegan curry that got more than one vote.

Pho Binh

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Reader Tran swears by the bone marrow dish here. Others opted for some noodle dishes.

Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge

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The charcuterie plate here is a local staple, voted on by more than one reader. The cheese and cured meat combo from this restaurant is hard to beat.

Vieng Thai

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Reader Hanna says she and her husband also love the Panang Curry at this Spring Branch Thai staple. Plus, it's still BYOB!
Reader Haldre can't quit the Brussels sprouts at this Montrose spot. Some notable chefs also love that dish here.

Happy Valley

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Reader Stefan Gilthorpe has a frequent craving for the spicy noodles at this Chinatown restaurant.
The cauliflower with bonito flakes from this Fountainview spot received more than a few votes form local readers. It's also been on a few national lists for its addictive flavor.

Brasserie Max and Julie

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The cheesy cauliflower au gratin at this upscale French spot is a Roost cauliflower contender.

Cafe Rabelais

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The mussels in garlic butter sauce at this tiny Rice Village shop is a local favorite.

La Fogata

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Reader Stephanie says that this spot is a "family-owned restaurant that is to die for!"

Local Foods

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The egg salad sandwich at this beloved Rice Village shops is about as delicious as the crunchy chicken option. Head here while we track the next location opening up in Rice Village next year.

Ruggles Green

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Reader Michael Gunning keeps returning here for the hemp protein brownie. Another great dessert here: the white chocolate bread pudding.

Haven

Reader Vianei says: "My pick is the free range chicken with bacon spaetzle at Haven. I keep going back to it over and over – it’s comfort food in the best upscale sense. Gotta start with the shrimp corn dogs, too."

Teotehucan Mexican Restaurant

Reader Del says: "The beef fajitas at Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe can't be beat, and [I] have been craving them weekly for years now!"

Down House

Reader Hanna and her husband can't stop ordering the fried chicken at this Heights-area favorite. Another reader mentioned the fish curry with mashed potatoes on the side.

Romano's Pizza

Reader Kelly says the baked ziti at this River Oaks pizzeria is her can't-miss dish. "Every time we go to our favorite neighborhood Italian joint, I try to order something different, but I just can't seem to order anything different than the baked ziti. It is so authentic, cheesy and delicious. The portion is big enough to share, but I wouldn't dare."

Aladdin's Mediterranean Cuisine

The chicken shawarma at this Montrose place is a go-to dish for Zagat writer Amber Ambrose.

Shanghai Restaurant

The Peking Duck from here is a Houston classic and another of Zagat writer Ambrose's picks.

Biryani Pot

A reader says about local favorite dish: "The non-vegetarian lunch combo at Biryani Pot, served only during the week, which is more food than anyone could possibly eat. We can smell the spices daily, since we live right across the street from this wonderful restaurant!"

Cafe TH

While a few wrote in for TH, it was the vegan curry that got more than one vote.

Pho Binh

Reader Tran swears by the bone marrow dish here. Others opted for some noodle dishes.

Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge

The charcuterie plate here is a local staple, voted on by more than one reader. The cheese and cured meat combo from this restaurant is hard to beat.

Vieng Thai

Reader Hanna says she and her husband also love the Panang Curry at this Spring Branch Thai staple. Plus, it's still BYOB!

Uchi

Reader Haldre can't quit the Brussels sprouts at this Montrose spot. Some notable chefs also love that dish here.

Happy Valley

Reader Stefan Gilthorpe has a frequent craving for the spicy noodles at this Chinatown restaurant.

Roost

The cauliflower with bonito flakes from this Fountainview spot received more than a few votes form local readers. It's also been on a few national lists for its addictive flavor.

Brasserie Max and Julie

The cheesy cauliflower au gratin at this upscale French spot is a Roost cauliflower contender.

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Cafe Rabelais

The mussels in garlic butter sauce at this tiny Rice Village shop is a local favorite.

La Fogata

Reader Stephanie says that this spot is a "family-owned restaurant that is to die for!"

Local Foods

The egg salad sandwich at this beloved Rice Village shops is about as delicious as the crunchy chicken option. Head here while we track the next location opening up in Rice Village next year.

Ruggles Green

Reader Michael Gunning keeps returning here for the hemp protein brownie. Another great dessert here: the white chocolate bread pudding.

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