Friday, March 7, 2014

#My Hometown guide- The 5 Houston Food Scene

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This is a sponsored partner post on behalf of my blog, Honest Cooking, and Fiji Water. I was given the opportunity to write a post about Houston food scene by Honest Cooking and the #MyHomeTownGuidecampaign by Fiji Water.  I can’t pass this offer of showing my home Houston’s food Scene. Also note that I was compensated monetarily but if you read my blog with any regularity, you’ll notice that I mention Houston in my post.  Thanks for reading!
 Houston, the 4th largest city in the US, is also best known for its diverse cultures. You can experience all kinds of food here whether you are looking for Tex-Mex, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cajun or a Brazilian steak house, you will find it here. You can also get sizzling fajitas,  biriyani  or the best texas style barbeques in this city. Here is a list of my favorite places that I love to eat as well as get my favorite ingredients.

  1. Grand Prize Barbeque Restaurant

My hubby is the one who goes out eat in lots restaurant as part of his meeting with clients, and he gives me an idea of best dining places in Houston.  Houston has great barbeque restaurants, however  Grand Prize Barbeque Restaurant stands out for its great taste of the special barbeque sauce.
During a recent visit to this restaurant, my hubby got, barbeque chicken, ribs,  potato salad, coleslaw and Jalapeno cheddar bread.
His friend got this Boudin with barbeque chicken, Marconi, beans and jalapeno cheddar bread. 
Boudin with barbeque chicken, Marconi, beans and jalapeno cheddar bread.
 3002 E. Pasadena Frwy. Pasadena, TX 77502 Phone: 713-473-3355

2.Phoenicia Specialty Foods
I am one of those persons who only goes out to eat occasionally, but would try all the international cuisines from the comfort of my kitchen.  One of the stores where I like to shop for lots of my specialty ingredients is Phoenicia Specialty Foods, a 55,000-square-foot food market for international gourmet foods. Phoenicia now carries more than 10,000 products from more than 50 countries.

Best thing is that you can also get fresh Middle Eastern bread and a wide variety of Middle Eastern food in their deli. I occasionally buy the wonderfully fresh tannour bread from there as well as Tabouli salad.  On some days I get to see the breads being made and going up and down the conveyor belt and get packaged, with people standing by to pick it up as soon as it reaches the aile.They have a very nice sweet shop too, and love to get my share of baklava, coconut Namoora/ Basboosah  and knafeh from there. 
 12141 Westheimer Road

 Houston, TX 77077

 (281) 558-8225

3. Fiesta Supermarket
When I need any vegetables, fruits and Latin American ingredients my one place stop is Fiesta. I can get fresh mangoes throughout the year (which is not even possible in India). When it is Jackfruit season I get them fresh too. I can get small yellow banana (called apple banana) and plantain both raw and ripe my favorite while growing up I can get it from there.
If you are seafood as well as meat lover you can find there.  I can get different flavors of Latin American Coffee from there too. If you are fan of Mexican food, cheese you get it from their deli too. In this store there is also a small restaurant where I can get Mexican food. They even carry spices from several countries of spices and ingredients, but I am a big fan of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Fiesta has more stores in Houston than any other Texas cities.


14315 Bellaire

Houston, TX 77083

(281) 568-4149

4.Goody Goody
 If you make good food, you tend to enjoy the food with some good drinks to go along, and since we have two small kids going out to restaurant or bar is not always possible. We like to have small drinks at our home; mainly it will be a glass of wine or a bottle of my favorite beer. 
And the job of finding a good wine was made easy with the opening of the Goody Goody liquor store near our house. This is a beautiful store covered with murals depicting the history of beer, wide aisles and an inventory that includes thousands of types of wines, liquor and beer from all over the world.
If you are planning for candlelight dinner, then I think this will be best place to get your favorite drinks.
Goody Goody Liquor
2680 Hwy 6 S, Houston, TX 77082
(281) 497-1862

Website: Goody Goody

5. Food Trucks

If you are street food lover, then Houston has best offer for you. In Houston the street food are served mainly by food trucks, and they serve both lunch and dinner. And you can find these trucks all over the city with some of the food trucks have a large fan following.  Some of the popular food trucks are the Waffle Bus (serving up both sweet and savory bites), Bernie’s Burger Bus (specializing in all-natural burgers crafted from scratch), and Kurbside Eatz  (delivering yummy wings, wraps, tacos and much more.). Because of the popularity of the food trucks, the City of Houston has designated couple of places as food park for trucks.
Houston Food Park

1504 St Emanuel St

Houston, TX 77003

My Food Park HTX

800 Highway 6 south

Houston, TX - 77079
Facebook page: My Food Park HTX

Since I cook my own healthy and delicious food from scratch, these are important food scene, I can think off.  These are my opinion and post is sponsored, I didn’t receive any compensation from any of the store I mentioned here. 

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  1. This brought back some great memories of the time that I spent in Houston ( Sugar Land to be precise ).

    1. Nice to know that you lived in Sugarland, I am nearby

  2. Wow that is a nice write up Swathi.

  3. Swathi, I had occasion to learn about lots of Houston restaurants several years ago in the course of some of my freelance work, but having never been there I haven't had a chance to try them. If ever I make it to Houston I want to try the Indian food at Kiran's. Have you been there?