On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, host Guy Fieri has taken his Camaro SS convertible from coast to coast in search of America’s best eats at humble, little-known restaurants with big-time flavor. If you’re thinking of taking a culinary journey just like Guy, forget the DVR; we’ve got you covered with our list of places to go and dishes to order. Here’s our list of the restaurants Guy Fieri visited in Houston.
This Midtown Houston hole-in-the-wall is a 75 year old grocery that merely dabbled in burgers, then became a full-fledged burger joint once they sold so well. These are griddled, heartily-seasoned, Texas-sized burgers available in single, double and triple patty formats, but start small, because each patty is a whopping eight ounces. Most popular among Lankford’s 20 selections are the Soldier Burger (with sunny side up fried egg), and the heat-filled Fire House Burger (habanero sauce, cayenne butter and jalapeños). Regulars bypass the fries for crisp onion rings or the Tex Mix with fried onion strips and jalapeños. You can enjoy your burger on outdoor picnic tables, or catch the game on TVs inside. Everything is made to order and takes time, so bring a little patience along with your appetite.
Lankford Grocery and Market was featured on the Burgers, Tacos and Dogs episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
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Deli mavens consider this Uptown gem not only Houston’s finest Jewish delicatessen, but one of the best in the country. Owner Ziggy Gruber, who stole the show in the documentary Deli Man, will steal your heart with massive, craveable sandwiches of succulent pastrami and corned beef, as well as scratch-made Jewish delicacies like potato latkes, kreplach, matzoh ball soup, stuffed cabbage and kasha varnishkes. Kenny and Ziggy's is as famous for its welcoming atmosphere as it is for its authentic cuisine.
Kenny & Ziggy's was featured on the You Picked 'Em episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
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Get out of your breakfast sandwich and taco rut with a breakfast pita at this Greek restaurant with three Houston locations. At lunchtime, the Niko’s Dip Platter lets you dip your pita into four authentic Greek dips, including hummus (chickpea), tzatziki (garlic-cucumber), melizano salata (eggplant) and tarama salata (caviar). A deep lineup of gyros and sandwiches brings a balanced mix of meat and vegetable, as well as traditional and Americanized. Niko Niko’s is also popular with fry fiends addicted to the heavy seasoning of the standard fries and the lemony flavors in the oven baked potatoes. More ambitious plates offer award-winning char grilled pork chops and traditional Greek dishes like souzoukakia (meatballs), spanakopita (spinach pie), and baby lamb shanks and lamb kebabs. Niko Niko’s is a clean, bright space with healthy, affordable dishes that won’t break the bank.
Niko Niko's was featured on the You Can Say That Again episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
There’s an old world charm at this Westchase café serving cuisine reminiscent of what a Bosnian mom would make. The main draw is the cevapi, the national dish of Bosnia. They’re garlic-heavy Bosnian sausages, made without casings, fried and served on lepinja, a handmade, brioche-like Bosnian bread dipped in beef broth. That same bread is used for pljeskavice, a cheese-stuffed Bosnian burger. Familiar Greek, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes like gyros, kebabs and stuffed cabbage are also on hand; the highlight is lamb shanks slow cooked in a clay pot to bring out maximum flavor. Picky eaters will find respite in the Bosnian-influenced pizzas or the dessert fusion baklava cheesecake. Live entertainment on Sundays makes for a great night out.
Cafe Pita + was featured on the Family Style episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
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This River Oaks English pub innovates by combining traditional pub fare with one of England’s other favorite cuisines: Indian food. You’ll see chicken tandoori alongside bacon-wrapped scallops, and chicken tikka masala sharing the table with lamb shepherd's pie. Sharing is also the name of the game here; Red Lion offers plates designed to be shared family style. Chicken tandoori quesadillas served with two dipping sauces is a good one to start with, then move on to Punjabi egg rolls or curried chicken wings that start out sweet, then kick in some heat that’ll have you reaching for another beer. With an all-American burger and UK favorites like Scotch eggs and Guinness beef stew, there’s something for everyone here. Comfortable booths, nightly food specials, a large bar area and an outdoor patio with fire pit add to Red Lion’s appeal.
Red Lion Pub was featured on the Family Style episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
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