Punk's Simple Southern Food
Lillo & Ella
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Siphon Coffee
Common Bond
Beer Market Co.
Bradley's Fine Diner
Midtown Mobile Cuisine
Songkran Thai Kitchen
MF Sushi
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1. Punk's Simple Southern Food 5212 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

Grandma’s fried chicken, sweet corn hushpuppies, and other Southern favorites are on the menu at this spunky Rice Village soul food spot from Clark Cooper Concepts. All the recipes have been handed down for generations, including Chef Brandi Key’s buttermilk biscuits which are offered -- stuffed and smothered -- in a mix & match biscuit bar, which sounds like it belongs in fat kid heaven. The interior feels like a modernized version of a Western saloon, carrying the restaurant's concept through both space and cuisine.

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2. Lillo & Ella 2307 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008

At Lillo & Ella you can expect delicious takes on pan-asian street food from Chef and owner Kevin Naderi, like crispy Vietnamese chicken wings, braised bacon bao, Thai muu noodles, and blue crab fried rice.

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3. Ninja Ramen 4219 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Ninja Ramen is a name that should get you pretty excited about two things, and this spot doesn't disappoint in either arena -- from Ninja Turtles-themed cocktails to scratch-made noodles and broth, these guys aren't messing around.

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4. Siphon Coffee 701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

This coffee shop, coming from club-owner Michael Caplan, is naturally stepped up a few notches. Get yourself some coffee, craft brews, or wine on tap -- along with eats from a food menu designed by former Brasserie 19 Chef Amanda McGraw. That makes the coffee experience unique is the shop's namesake siphon, which is used in the roasting process to brew them longer for an extra kick

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5. Common Bond 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Once you get your hands on the kugelhopf, you'll understand why this Montrose bakery and breakfast-ery has lines out the door. Butter-brushed and sugar-glazed, this German marble Bundt cake only rivals one other item on the menu: fried egg on a croissant bigger than your head. This breakfast sandwich is made with a perfectly yolky 63 degree egg that blends harmoniously with a slab of pork sausage, melted cheddar, aioli, and a buttery, fluffy sesame roll. A number of pastries and savory dishes are also available at Common Bond.

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6. Beer Market Co. 920 Studemont St, Houston, TX 77007

The cozy drinkery in Washington houses the largest selection of brews in the city – 365 to be exact – which it rotates regularly so that "you won’t get bored." It also has TVs flanking every inch of wall space, plenty of covered outdoor seating, and seriously good pub grub, from burgers to wings. There's even a stage set up for live music when there are no big games on.

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7. Bradley's Fine Diner 191 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

Double James Beard-winner Bradley Ogden brings us his eponymous fine diner, and the name doesn't lie. Hit up comfort food like slabs of toast smothered with bone marrow, pork belly, and grits, and a next-level strawberry rhubarb pie.

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8. Midtown Mobile Cuisine 4002 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Midtown Mobile Cuisine is a food truck park that's got a rotating schedule of participating trucks, plenty of picnic tables where you can enjoy your culinary discoveries, and you can expect crawfish boils, mini concerts, DJs, and even the occasional moonwalk.

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9. Gyu-Kaku 510 Gray St Ste A, Houston, TX 77002

Gyu-Kaku puts you in the driver's seat of your own Japanese BBQ adventure. Get the bibimbap, a fried rice dish that you’d be stupid not to get, then order a metric crapton of meat and veggies and DO NOT overcook them.

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10. Songkran Thai Kitchen 1101 Uptown Park Blvd Ste 8, Houston, TX 77056

Former Gigi's Asian Bistro and BLU Chef Jiten Karnani opened this Thai joint with fantastic takes on the food he grew up eating, from authentic homemade curries and tom yum goong to shrimp cakes and crispy duck.

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11. Julep 1919 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Julep's got an old-school, punky Southern charm that's soaked in bourbon, just like you'll be after a few masterfully crafted cocktails and cold seafood dishes from former Pass & Provisions Chef Adam Garcia. Housed in an industrial 1880s uniform factory, the space features a gorgeous copper bar and a sophisticated back porch. There are masterful odes to the bar’s namesake drink, but the list runs on into a boozy Southern history book with classics born in the region and a seasonal lineup that plays with Southern inspirations.