4515 Canal St
Houston, TX 77011
Kitchen 713 serves what it has dubbed "global soul food" -- classic Southern fare that borrows flavors from Ethiopian, Thai and Mexican cuisines. The menu is remarkably eclectic with dishes like fried chicken with sweet plantain sauce and thai chiles, smoked adobo pork chops, and okra-topped Ethiopian fish stew. The space is unpretentious, with a yellow wood-paneled facade, an open kitchen, and iron framed chairs, but the food is remarkably complex -- comfort food with a kick. And while the little East End eatery serves no alcohol, the strange variety of distinct, culturally inspired dishes still manages to draw a crowd.