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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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Himalaya Restaurant & Catering

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The Original Marini's Empanada House

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Vinoteca Poscol

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Giacomo's Cibo E Vino

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Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

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Fung's Kitchen

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Vieng Thai

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Gatlins BBQ & Catering

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Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

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Seoul Garden Restaurant

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El Tiempo Cantina

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Cafe Pita

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Barbecue Inn

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Xuco Xicana

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Feast Restaurant

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Moon Tower Inn

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Teppay Japanese Restaurant

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Connie's Seafood Market & Restaurant

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Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro

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Crawfish & Noodles

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Polonia Restaurant

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Yummy Kitchen

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Que Huong Restaurant

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Cafe' Rabelais

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Goode Company Seafood

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Pho Binh Trailer

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Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

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Cajun Town Cafe

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Bombay Pizza Co.

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The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

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Rioja Spanish Tapas

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Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

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Hubcap Grill

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Pondicheri

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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Beaver's

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Karancho's

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