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The Full Menu: The Best Classic Houston Restaurants

Local food writers discuss their favorite longtime staples of the Houston food scene.

Brennan’s of Houston is one of many longtime, classic restaurants on the local food scene.

A lot of times on our monthly restaurant segment, The Full Menu, our group of foodies ends up discussing eateries that are either new – or relatively new – to Houston’s flourishing food scene.

But there are also plenty of great standbys that have been on the scene much longer – maybe a decade or more. Maybe some of those are great because they’ve held on to familiar dishes and styles while others excel at innovating and adapting to new trends. And those are as much a part of the food scene here as anything else.

So, we had our food writers talk about some of their favorite classic Houston restaurants in this month’s installment. You can see the full list below.

In the audio above, you can hear Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder talk it over.

The Full Menu Panelists 2019

(L-R) Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder, discuss the local restaurant scene on The Full Menu.

Restaurants Mentioned in this Edition:

Original Ninfa’s
El Tiempo Cantina
Tony Mandola’s
Hugo’s
Molina’s
Teotihuacan
Villa Arcos
Himalaya
Benjy’s
Pho Binh
Pho Saigon
Mai’s
Kim Son
Dot Coffee Shop
Barbecue Inn
Kenny & Ziggy’s
New York Deli and Coffee Shop
Houston This Is It Soul Food
Giacomo’s cibo e vino
Cream Burger
Frenchy’s
Brennan’s
Kata Robata
Rainbow Lodge
Korea Garden
Tony’s
Paulie’s
Cleburne Cafeteria
Fung’s Kitchen

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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