1. Cafe TH2108 Pease St, Houston
2. Revival Market550 Heights Blvd, Houston
3. Carter & Cooley Co.300 W 19th, Houston
4. Las Tortas el Angel1018 N Shepherd Dr, Houston
5. Nielsen’s Delicatessen4500 Richmond Ave, Houston
6. Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods2410 Smith St, Houston
7. Kenny & Ziggy's2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
8. Kraftsmen Cafe611 W 22nd St, Houston
This Vietnamese eatery is packed for lunch because of its banh mi sandwiches and for dinner because of its banh mi bo tho, a beef stew that's so damn good you'll crave it even during Houston's hottest months. The aforementioned dishes, plus phos, curries, and vermicelli bowls, have given Cafe TH a cult following, even among the vegetarian crowd. Located in a strip mall, the tiny spot is BYOB and a great place for a cheap, casual, and hella good dinner.
This craft butcher shop and cafe in The Heights offers breakfast, lunch and full-service dinner in addition to its in-house charcuterie program. Revival prides itself on preparing sustainable, thoughtfully grown food, from butchered meats to bottled jams, pickled vegetables and condiments. The butcher case offers beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and seasonal game (all cut and ground to your specifications), while the café serves house-made bagels, kolaches, salads, soups, and sandwiches. With plenty of seating in the open, industrial-chic space, you’ll be able to enjoy your bites in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere.
Carter & Cooley -- the decades old delicatessen in Greater Heights -- is a classic. Its menu is comprised almost entirely of sandwiches; it’s a budget-friendly Houston sandwich institution! Sandwiches are served on the requisite white, wheat, or rye toasts, unless otherwise specified, with a kosher pickle and your choice of potato salad or chips on the side. Classic. Carter & Cooley is serving up the kind of sandwich that’ll leave you looking for that note your mom used to leave in your lunch.
Visit this unassuming hole-in-the-wall for authentic tortas that come in two sizes -- grande or gigante. Served on angel-soft-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside custom-baked telera rolls, stuffed with things like spiced-beef fajitas, ham & pineapple, and Veracruz grilled fish. That being said, go for the gigante size.
It’s hard to call yourself a local without having had this lunchtime-standby’s egg salad sandwich. The secret’s in the ridiculously delicious house-made mayo. And in the fact that the sandwich is basically carbs smothered in eggs and fat.
Sandwich enthusiasts know Midtown’s biggest liquor store is hiding one of the best delis in town. Get a pastrami melt dripping with Dijon and gooey Swiss cheese on toasted rye or a Texan whose warmed roast beef on toasted sourdough is met with the crunch of bacon, the punch of Cheddar, and the nutrition of grilled onions and tomatoes. If you’re a vegetarian, the aptly titled Rabbit sandwich might suit you better, boasting grilled eggplant, squash, zucchini, and red peppers on focaccia. Bargain-priced bottled wine is abundant at Spec’s, which is convenient because sometimes you need some cheap wine to go with your deli meats.
Kenny & Ziggy's mission is to give Houstonians an ultimate New York deli dining experience right in Uptown. Breads and cakes are made in-house, and pickles and meats are cured onsite. Fish are flown in daily from the Big Apple, and master slicers are on call to properly cut them in the European tradition, ensuring a silky and tender texture. The menu spans cabbage, Hungarian goulash, Romanian chicken fricassee, latkes, grilled Mediterranean tuna, and sweet potato pancakes, in addition to signature cut-to-order pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. And whether you get a sandwich, burger or knish, expect it to come in the kind of colossal portion only your grandmother would force on you.
Is there anything better than the smell of freshly baked bread? How about freshly baked bread with things like braised short ribs and fried pickles, or in-house pecan-smoked turkey with caramelized onions stacked inside? Yeah, that’s probably better. Be sure to get those beauties and more at Kraftsmen Cafe.