Maybe it's the convenience of utensil-free dining. Maybe it's the fact that you're left with a convenient little weapon, should things get real as you're eating. Whatever it is, there's something undeniably appealing about eating foods (and drinks!) on sticks. Houston knows this, which is why it makes these delicious stick-centric vittles.
Lillo & Ella (address and info)
The sexy sesame beef skewer above is just the start of Lillo & Ella’s eats-on-a-stick game. You can get miso scallops, samba-raisin shiitake mushrooms, yogurt & curry shrimp, and green onion chicken livers, too. Pro-tip: Go during happy hour, when the skewers are $3 off (allowing you to eat at least twice the amount you normally would).
The Symphony Kabob
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (address and info)
This may be the most lavish thing-on-a-stick in town. Not only is it stacked with thick-cut filet mignon, grilled shrimp, AND lobster, it also comes hanging off a giant metal contraption that’ll make you look like the most baller guy in the dining room. That is, once you take off that lobster bib.
Shrimp corn dogs
St. John’s Fire (address and info)
Regular corndogs are cool, but you know what’s really cool? Corn dogs made with SHRIMP. This food truck batters up whole, tail-on shrimp and deep fries the creole-spiced suckers until they are golden brown and so good looking that you have no problem popping all five in less than a minute. Crap, you forgot there was a dipping sauce again.
Lobster corn dogs
Américas (address and info)
Remember when we said shrimp corn dogs were cool? They are, but you know what’s even cooler? Corn dogs made with LOBSTER SAUSAGE... especially because word is, that’s what Carmelo Anthony ate when he came to town. The Latin eatery serves the carnival-style pops with lemon-Chardonnay aioli because they fancy, huh.
Tiger Den (address and info)
Every bite-on-a-stick is better than the next at this izakaya. Stuff your face with puffed-up chicken skin, which tastes like a really cool Japanese version of pork rinds, to start. Then move on to things like baby octopus, caramelized pork jowl, and charred whole head-on shrimp. Oh, and there’s hot & sweet chicken wings – note: wings, not breasts – on a stick, too.
Quail eggs on a stick
Kata Robata (address and info)
Which came first, the quail or the egg? Doesn't matter! Because Chef Manabu Horiuchi’s Texas quail robata, complete with that adorable little quail egg skewer, is crazy good. Side note: there's also a glorious 72hr slow-cooked Kobe beef skewer.
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine (address and info)
The best part about the lamb kebobs at Aladdin, besides the fact that they’re meltingly tender and freaking delicious, is that it's BYO -- which means you'll leave the place with a little thing called "wine & kebob mouth" – and you’re going to love every second of it.
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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.
Mojeaux’s Louisiana Drinkery offers up a great beer selection, awesome cocktails (including the Bloody Mojeaux, with shrimp an burgers on it!), and delicious wings & waffles.
Tiger Den is making waves for a style of ramen most commonly seen in the city of Fukuoka with housemade noodles that are thinner, firmer, and straighter than most. But there's also a huge, delicious selection of yakitori with special glazes, marinades, oils and seasonings.
Kata Robata is Houston’s preeminent sushi and Japanese tapas restaurant, featuring a signature menu from Executive Chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchu. On offer is a creative array of Japanese fare inflected with French flavors, evident in dishes like foie gras and duck chawanmushi -- a Japanese-style egg custard -- and miso lobster mac and cheese. The menu’s crown jewel is its 72-hour slow-cooked Texas Kobe beef skewer, which is impeccably succulent and tender. Finally, you’ll want to take advantage of Kata Robata’s sushi offerings; create endless permutations of seafood like spicy chopped scallop, New Zealand king salmon, fatty tuna, and others.
Aladdin offers up a delicious hybrid of Greek and Mediterranean food, including lamb kabobs that are meltingly tender. It's not just kabobs that keep Houstonians pouring into this Montrose cafeteria-style spot, though -- there's also fall-off-the-bone lamb shank, and it's BYOB. You'll be greeted by a colorful Mediterranean spread when you enter, which includes plenty of meatless dishes that'll more than satisfy the vegetarians in your group, such as spicy hummus and cream baba ghanoush, tabouli, and falafel.