Mom and Pop Eateries
Half the Fun Finding One and Getting There
Absolutely nothing spells comfort like devouring fabulous food from a mom and pop restaurant in one's home town. What is it that makes the mom and pop owned cookery so special? Ty
To get the connoisseur started on a mom and pop search in Houston, the following list sends the diners to eateries both in and around the Houston area.
Café Rita (Houston)
Middle Eastern food is the name of the game at Cafe Rita on Diary Ashford. Eating there likens to visiting an Armenian grandparents' house for lunch according to one review. George and Rita boast ownership of the establishment. Rita stays in the kitchen, clad in apron; to make certain the food qualifies as great. George greets diners with a friendly, "I am glad you are here" tone. Specials offer interesting twists to the menu. To not be missed are the soups . Fava bean loaded with lemon and garlic as well as the peppery bean variety beg for attention and do not disappoint.
Tex Chick (Houston)
Although Tex Chick competes with the best of the them in the hotly competitive market of Mexican food in Houston, some swear by the chicken fried steak and burgers here as indescribably good. Know that this tiny restaurant offers a total of four tables to diners. Owners Ted and Carmen Gonzales serve up their lovingly prepared food as if their guests were, well, guests! This hidden jewel on Fairview deserves a visit. Go hungry. Be amazed.
Mel's Country Café (Tomball)
Right outside of Houston an easily accessible freeways is Tomball. Home-cooked meals for a reasonable price name the game here. In 1950, Ella Goodson worked as a waitress at Mel's when the owner decided to sell. "Ma" Goodson bought the restaurant and shortly af
Nick's Italian Restaurant (Richmond)
Chain establishments offer good Italian food in Houston and are ubiquitous to the restaurant scene. When we want what we consider the very best Italian food, we head to Richmond to Nick's. Again, it is a bit outside of mainstream Houston but worth the drive to west of town site. Nick, the Greek owner, is the greeter when he is there, which is usually. Homemade pasta, sauces, and fabulous daily chef specials excite the palate. The garlic bread rules. A favorite of ours above any other Italian restaurant is the eggplant parmesan. This non-breaded version of the classic dish wins as the very best of the best.
Shrimp N Stuff (Galveston)
Seafood establishments abound in Houston. After all, the bustling city is only forty miles from the coast. Sure, great seafood graces menus in the city, but many head to the coast when in search of what they believe the best. The Galveston seawall boats seafood restaurants from fancy casual. However, when we want to visit our favorite place, we head to the tiny, lime green establishment called Shrimp N Stuff. Guaranteed there
While we are talking about being near the coast, Tookie's bears more than a mention as an institution. As a favorite of ours for years, Hurricane Ike a few years back "took out" Tookie's, totally destroying it. The land was cleared, and we just knew a favorite institution was gone. To our extreme pleasure we learned that the institution recently reopened. The burgers and chalupas are fabulous, just fabulous. The onion rings claim a following all their own. I even heard a radio station one morning debating how in the world they make the yummy rings. I have to say though, a one reason we love Tookie's is the old-fashioned fountain cherry, vanilla and chocolate soft drinks with unlimited refills! Malts and shakes please at this retro-style restaurant. Get a Tookie's shirt while there to spread the word on this fabulous find right at the bottom of the bridge to Kemah.
Luigi's Pizzeria (Houston)
Luigi's Pizzeria on Almeda offers lovingly made, homemade pizza pies in an e
Telewink Grill (Houston)
A line many people deep forms in front of Telewink on Telephone Road often only to attest to the greatness of the place. Simply put, the food here is amazing. The only complaint here is that they are only open for breakfast and
Detailed here are but a few of our favorites. Exploring restaurants offers a treasure hunting experience that transcends merely the great food found. Go forth in search of the mom and pop diners. Happy eating!