Foreign Food in Houston

Try out more foreign foods even if the places look sketchy.


Daniela Hernandez

#2 and #5 mix at Ranosh.

By Daniela Hernandez, Staff Writer

I love to eat good food and will always eat good food even if the food is expensive. I take food very seriously. Growing up, I was exposed to a lot of cultural food because of where my parents are from. My dad is from Pakistan and my mom is from Honduras. My standards for food are very high and I will be grumpy if I go to a restaurant that does not meet my standards. For that reason, I don’t try new places. But I love taking my friends to the places I go and see how much they love it. I never disappoint. Please keep in mind that the first four restaurants are Indian/Pakistani/Mediterranean so if you do decide to go, please be respectful to their culture and don’t wear revealing clothes. But if you are Muslim and only eat Halal, the first four only serve Halal meat.

  1. Ranosh Mediterranean Grill – 3402 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77063 $$ – Parking in to Ranosh gives you very sketchy vibes because of the location. You automatically think the food will be trash. Or at least that’s what all my friends say. Once you get inside, you get the option to sit inside (would not recommend if you don’t like the smell of smoke), outside with the beautiful water fountains, or on the patio. Service isn’t always the best but the food makes up for it. Their chicken and beef is the best. And the rice, oh the rice! I could eat this everyday for the rest of my life.
  2. Savoy Restaurant – 11246 S Wilcrest Dr 145 B, Houston, TX 77099 $$ – Savoy isn’t fancy at all. Well it used to not be. Now they’re trying to make the restaurant look better so they refurnished and got uniforms etc. The food is amazing. 90% of the things they serve taste great. Keep in mind that I am very picky. I can eat chicken rolls, chicken tikka, chicken botti, chicken karahi and will always be more than satisfied. They offer delicious fluffy naan and paratha which are basically different types of tortillas.
  3. Aga’s Restaurant & Catering – 11842 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77031 $$ – In order to eat here, you have to REALLY want to eat here. The wait time is so long, especially when it’s Ramadan. As soon as you walk in, you get greeted by the host. It’s very fancy and most of the time there is a party going on. This is Pakistani so it’s more on the spicy side. If you don’t want your meal to be spicy then you have to let your waiter know. The Chicken Kat-A-K and Chicken Tikka is the best you will ever try. Their naan is buttery and soft. But their Raita is one of the best. Not all restaurants have the Raita recipe mastered but they do. For sure.
  4. Cafe Yasmeen – 11920 Hwy 6 S, Ste 1300, Sugarland, TX 77498 $$ – In comparison to the other places, this would have to be one of the lowest on presentation. The place itself is pretty ugly but they have good service. Their Chicken Methi is not always good but when it is, it’s amazing. It doesn’t look great but it’s one of those foods that you have to try it even if it looks unappetizing. The Chicken Tikka doesn’t have that much flavor though.
  5. Antojitos Hondureños – 7197-7215 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77036 $ – Here you have to eat in your car. This is a food truck. One of the best Honduran food trucks out there. They serve really good Pollo (Chicken) con Tajadas (Plantain)  and Baleadas. The Horchata is so good but I prefer the Banana Soda. Most of the time it is extremely busy but they still manage to get your food out quickly. Keep in mind that if you go at night, there are a lot of men that may make you uncomfortable.
  6. El Mapache – 6601 Hillcroft Ave. Houston, TX 77081 $ – This is another food truck. This food truck is my holy grail. I am very loyal to Mapache. You will never try tacos as good as theirs. The fajita is so nicely marinated and it’s very soft. They Salsa Verde is extremely spicy but it adds so much more flavor to the taco. They also have really good Tortas. This place is open until 3 AM. Do not go by yourself if you’re going at night because it is also extremely packed with drunk men. Still though, give it a try. It will NOT let you down.
  7. La Pupusa Alegre – 6209 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77081 $ – This restaurant looks very broken down and small. The Pupusas are always made on the spot. You will never get old, stale pupusas. They don’t always get your food out quickly though.