Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Pondicheri is emblematic of Houston’s diverse culinary scene. As passion project for chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani, it’s earned her two nominations as a James Beard Award Best Chef, and a place on Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook’s 100 Best Restaurants list every year since its inception. Conceived as an all-day cafe, the menu is a delight to read and savor, from the almond rice flour pancakes with jaggery caramel & fruit, to the show-stopping coconut and crab served with sesame dosa, to the thalis with names like tuk tuk and vishnu. And thanks to COVID-19, popular dishes like the butter chicken and saag paneer are now available by the quart.
How to order: Open for dine-in with extensive patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery, or call 713-522-2022.