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The Essential 38 Houston Restaurants, October '11

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Introducing the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck (i.e. no Tony's, Mark's American Cuisine or Vic & Anthony's). Every couple of months, we'll update the list with pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game.

And so, without further ado (and in no particular order), we present the Houston Eater 38.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Himalaya Restaurant & Catering

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6652 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 532-2837

2. The Original Marini's Empanada House

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10001 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 266-2729
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3. Vinoteca Poscol

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1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-2797

4. Giacomo's Cibo E Vino

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3215 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

5. Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

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912 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-2321
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6. Haven

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2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 581-6101
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7. Fung's Kitchen

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7320 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 779-2288
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8. Vieng Thai

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6929 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 688-9910

9. Gatlins BBQ & Catering

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1221 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-4227
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10. Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

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2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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11. Seoul Garden Restaurant

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9446 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 935-9696

12. El Tiempo Cantina

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3130 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 807-1600
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13. Cafe Pita

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10890 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 953-7237
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14. Barbecue Inn

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116 W Crosstimbers Rd
Houston, TX 77018
‪(713) 695-8112‬

15. Xuco Xicana

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2416 Brazos St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-8181
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16. Feast Restaurant

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219 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-7788
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17. Moon Tower Inn

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3004 Canal St
Houston, TX 77003
(832) 266-0105
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18. Teppay Japanese Restaurant

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6516 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 789-4506

19. Connie's Seafood Market & Restaurant

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2525 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 868-2144

20. Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro

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1214 W 43rd St
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 290-1070
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21. Crawfish & Noodles

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10613 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-8098
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22. Polonia Restaurant

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1900 Blalock Rd
Houston, TX 77080
(713) 464-9900
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23. Yummy Kitchen

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9326 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 541-4420

24. Que Huong Restaurant

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8200 Wilcrest Dr #27
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 495-2814

25. Cafe' Rabelais

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2442 Times Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-8841
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26. Goode Company Seafood

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2621 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 523-7154
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27. Pho Binh Trailer

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10930 Beamer Rd
Houston, TX 77089
(281) 484-3963

28. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

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6401 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 334-7295
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29. Cajun Town Cafe

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6476 W Little York Rd
Houston, TX 77088
(832) 467-3360
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30. Bombay Pizza Co.

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914 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(713} 654-4444
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31. The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

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2712 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 533-0022
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32. Rioja Spanish Tapas

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11920 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 531-5569
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33. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

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5230 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 661-1622
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34. Hubcap Grill

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1111 Prairie
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-5885
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35. Pondicheri

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2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-2022
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36. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175
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37. Beaver's

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2310 Decatur St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-2328
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38. Karancho's

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620 Sheldon Rd
Channelview, TX 77530
(281) 862-9968

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1. Himalaya Restaurant & Catering

6652 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77036
6652 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77036

2. The Original Marini's Empanada House

10001 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042
10001 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042

3. Vinoteca Poscol

1609 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

4. Giacomo's Cibo E Vino

3215 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
3215 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

5. Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
912 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. Haven

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX 77098
2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX 77098

7. Fung's Kitchen

7320 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
7320 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074

8. Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055
6929 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

9. Gatlins BBQ & Catering

1221 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
1221 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

10. Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

11. Seoul Garden Restaurant

9446 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055