Haloodie's isna 2018 food guide

The time has finally come.  ISNA has made it to the best city in America, HOUSTON!  For a lot of you, it will be the first-time visiting Houston and you wouldn’t believe the amount of times I have been asked as where to eat.

 

Houston has to be the most underrated city as far as food goes.  There is really no way to go and list every single one but here are some spots that people visiting ISNA should check out.

 

I’m sure a lot of Houstonians would feel that I have missed some places or don’t agree with some of these choices but this list is catered for the Muslim visitor to Houston.

 

Houston has freeways/highways that loop around the city, with downtown being in the center of it all.  We will break down the places to eat according to the loops.

-Firstly, the 610 loop (inner loop): Anything within this loop will be the closest to the convention center. Most places will be within 15 minutes.

-Second is the Beltway 8 loop:  Most places will be around a 20-30 minute commute.

-Third one is the Highway 6 (TX-6) loop:  Drives out here will take roughly 30-45 minutes.

-Lastly is TX 99: I would just like to say good luck.

 

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Check out the Google Maps link here to see all of the locations on a map. 

 

 

Inside the Convention Center

 

Food

The Halal Guys

The brand we have all grown to know, The Halal Guys will be serving up Chicken, Beef Gyro and Combo Platters with an optional side of Hummus

 

Tempura Grill

Craving some desi food?  Check out Tempura, they will be serving chicken biryani, beef haleem, sev puri, chicken malai boti roll, kulfi, and falooda, alongside some paan or tea.

 

Fadis Mediterranean Grill

Feeling like some Mediterranean food in between sessions? Check out Fadi’s! They will be serving meals that include main items like gyro, curry chicken, or baked chicken with sides.

 

CJ’s Latin Grill

Need to get your taco fix?  CJ’s will be serving up some street tacos as well as chips and queso with a few other snack options. 

 

Southside Pizza Company

Southside Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice.

 

Levy’s

Levy’s will be serving up some chopped BBQ baked potatoes or sliced brisket sandwiches!

 

Coffee

Sunset Coffee

Having trouble staying up?  Check out Sunset Coffee for all of your coffee needs.

 

Snacks

Doc Popcorn

In the tiny kitchen of their Manhattan apartment, Rob and Renee began blending and popping their own delicious, naturally flavored popcorn. They were on a mission to create a snack that was not only remarkably tasty, but also healthier...combining the freshest flavors with one of the most popular whole-grain snacks on the planet. And so, from the humble beginnings of a New York City apartment, Doc Popcorn was born.

 

Dessert

Dippin Dots

They will be serving chocolate, banana split, cookies ‘n’ cream and rainbow ice. 

Maui Wowi

They will be serving strawberry banana and piña colada smoothies.

 

 

 

Near the convention (Downtown)

 

Food

Halal on the Green

 

This is a food truck festival that will be going on in front of the convention center at Discovery Green.  There will be 6 local food trucks that will all be serving halal for the weekend. 

 

The following trucks will be there:

 @ChurrascoTruckHalal

 @Phojita

 @OffbeatEatz

 @ElGuajillo

 @SmoothieStrong

 @Friohana

 

 

 

 Phoenicia Speciality Foods

 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010

(832) 360-2222

This is a grocery store/market that offers a variety of ethnic foods and raw halal meats.  There is a restaurant on the side of the building that is a sit-down restaurant.  They don’t serve any halal meats here but tucked in the back of the market there is a food line where you can order some shawarmas or one of their daily specials where they use halal meats. 

 

 Bombay Pizza

914 S Main St #105, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 654-4444

 

Bombay Pizza is a fusion of Indian and pizza.  It was featured on Food Network Challenge and has won multiple awards.  They offer a wide variety of unique pizza combos and kati rolls.  All of their chicken (tandoor and grilled), beef, and hamburger are halal.  

 

 Louisiana Fried Chicken

2001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 497-5545

 

Louisiana Fried chicken is what its name suggests, a fried chicken place.  It is good fried chicken but nothing crazy amazing.  I’ve listed it due to its proximity to the convention.  

 

Coffee

 

 Phoenicia Speciality Foods

1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010

(832) 360-2222

 

Tucked in the back of this market, they have a coffee bar and it’s conveniently located in front of the convention center.

 

 Ahh Coffee

2018 Rusk St A, Houston, TX 77003

(832) 968-3433

 

 Boomtown Coffee

300 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002

(281) 846-6995

 

This place recently had a name change so I haven’t been after it changed but Boomtown is a well-known coffee place in Houston. 

 

 Minuti Coffee

909 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 226-7500

 

This is one of my favorite coffee spots in Houston.  They have multiple locations in Houston and this one isn’t too far from the convention.

 

 Tout Suite

2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 227-8688

 

What once was a car shop, to a nightclub, and now a coffee shop, Tout Suite still has the original floors through the transitions and has a cool, hip feel to it. I put this place on both the coffee and dessert list as they offer a wide array of dessert, coffee, and tea options.

 

Dessert

 Tout Suite

2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 227-8688

 

See above

 

 Fluff Bake Bar

314 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 522-1900

 

This location is on the outskirts of downtown in Midtown, but it isn’t too far from the convention center.  They have some awesome and unique desserts. 

 

 

Brunch

 Around the Corner

1510 Hutchins St, Houston, TX 77003

(346) 444-6699

 

 Barnaby Café

1801 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

(713) 874-1454

 

 

 

 

The 610 loop

 

Food

 Stanton's City Bites

1420 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

(713) 227-4893

 

Check out this burger spot that isn’t too far from downtown.  It was rated best cheeseburger 3 years in a row a couple years back. Be sure to mention halal so they cook it separate. 

 

 

 Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

(832) 360-2222

 

Aladdin is a small mom and pop restaurant that offers some delicious Mediterranean food.

 

 Abu Omar Halal

7500 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77054 *Multiple locations

(346) 262-6149

 

Abu Omar is a food truck that makes some of the best shawarmas in the city.  It is different because they wrap it in a tortilla rather than the typical dry pita bread.  Also check out their platters. There are multiple locations around Houston, but some don’t take credit card so be sure to confirm before ordering. 

 

 Gyro King

2424 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

(832) 618-4891

 

Gyro King is a food truck that is an alternative to The Halal Guys.  They offer a different but better taste to the platter game.  My go-to is the mixed over rice. 

 

 M&M Grill

6921 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77021

(713) 747-8226

 

If you limit yourself to a few places, I would highly recommend this place.  It might be one of the best burgers you will ever have.  I would recommend the double loaded burger.  If you can’t handle the double patty, get the single loaded.  You should stay away from the turkey bacon as it isn’t zabihah.  M&M stands for Mexican and Mediterranean so don’t skip their Mexican food as it will probably be your best bet for halal Mexican in Houston. 

 

 Fogão Brazilian Churrasqueria

4412 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 395-1050

 

If you haven’t tried a halal Brazilian steak house I would recommend this place.  They offer a variety of halal cuts with a nice atmosphere. Since it is Houston Restaurant Weeks, I do recommend making reservations as they get full.  

 

 Pinkerton's BBQ

1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009

(713) 802-2000

 

This should be a mandatory place for everyone to go to.  This is authentic halal BBQ.  Not your typical desi BBQ, but authentic BBQ.  Pinkerton’s uses Creekstone Farms beef so all the brisket and ribs are halal.  Pinkerton’s cooks all of their beef separate from the pork and when you order let them know halal and they will use new knives, new cutting boards, and even go over the top and cut from a new slab every time.  Fair warning that they sell out of the ribs really fast so get there early. 

 

 Istanbul Grill

5613 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

(713) 526-2800

 

Houston offers a couple of good Turkish restaurants but this one is definitely my favorite.  Their doner meat sandwich and their sujuk pide are great. 

 

 Steak48

4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027

(713) 322-7448

 

Steak 48 is a fine dining establishment and you will need to make reservations before going.  They offer one halal cut of steak (wagyu filet) in a 8oz and 12oz and it is amazing.  As far as their sides go, stay away from any potatoes as they are cooked in beef oil.  Be sure to try the crème brulee corn as well as their desserts.  Fair warning that it is on the pricey side.

 

 Torchy's Tacos

2411 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019 (Multiple locations)

(713) 595-8226

 

This place isn’t halal but offers good fish and shrimp options.  Their queso is next level.

 

 Velvet Tacos

4819 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

(832) 834-5908

 

This place isn’t halal but offers good fish and shrimp options.

 

Coffee

 Paper Co. Cafe

1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007

(713) 522-3533

 

 Fix Coffee Bar

415 Westheimer Rd #101, Houston, TX 77006

(832) 807-4562

 

 A 2nd Cup

1111 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77009

(832) 962-7656

 

 Catalina Coffee

2201 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

(713) 861-8448

 

 Southside Espresso

904 Westheimer Rd Suite C, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 942-9990

 

 Café Poetes

122 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

(346) 802-4969

 

The coffee is decent here, but it is a popular place because of how nice and picturesque it is. Definitely insta-worthy.  

 

 Siphon

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

(281) 974-4426

 

Doshi House

3419 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004

(713) 528-0060

 

Coffee shop that has a lot of vegan options

 

 Blacksmith

1018 Westheimr Rd, Houston, TX 77006

(832) 360-7470

 

 Agora

1712 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

(713) 526-7212

 

Open very late so if you are looking to go somewhere in the evening, this is your place.

 

 Cafeza

1720 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77007

(832) 203-8016

 

 

Dessert

 Coco Crepes

218 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

(713) 521-0700

 

Coco Crepes is located in Midtown not too far from the convention.  They offer some great crepes and gelato.

 

 Cloud10

711 Heights Blvd Ste A, Houston, TX 77007

(713) 485-5106

 

Cloud10 is located in Rice Village and was created after their C10 Banana Split.  Do yourself a favor and get it.  They use vegan marshmallows in their Nutella ice cream so no need to substitute it out.

 

 Sweet Paris

2420 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

(713) 360-6266

 

This is another crepe place in Houston that offers a better atmosphere with some delicious crepes.

 

 Common Bond

1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 529-3535

 

Be sure to try out their chocolate chip cookies and their pastries

 

 Tiny’s Milk and Cookies

3636 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

(713) 352-3086

 

Their cookies might be the best ones in Houston.  Be sure to get it with a side of milk or ice cream.

 

 

 The Chocolate Bar

2521 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

(713) 520-8888

 

This place is chocolate everything.  From chocolate cakes, ice cream and desserts to chocolate pizza and gifts. Try out the Aunt Etta’s cake with a side of milk.

 

 

 Amy's Ice Cream

3816 Farnham St, Houston, TX 77098

(713) 526-2697

 

Late night ice cream from Austin.

 

Brunch

 The Dunlavy

3422 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019

(713) 360-6477

 

This place is not halal. It’s a brunch place that is situated off of Buffalo Bayou.  It is a very nice place to check out with some great food options

 

 Snooze: an A.M. Eatery

3217 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 574-6655

 

 This place is not halal.  This is a chain brunch spot but one of the best I have had.  Be sure to try their French toast.

  

 

 Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027

(713) 622-4224

 

This place is not halal.  It’s a cute restaurant that is connected to a garden so sitting outside is very nice as long as it isn’t too warm.

 

 

 benjy's

2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005

(713) 522-7602

 

 

The Beltway loop

 

Food

 Bismillah Restaurant

5702 Hilcroft Ave, Houston, T 77036

(713) 781-5000

 

I would normally recommend the café but they are closed for renovation, so if you are looking for some home-style desi cooking this is the place to go.

 

 Thai Gourmet

6324 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057

(713) 780-7955

 

 If you like Thai food and spicy, this is your spot.  They offer halal chicken as well as seafood. Many say this is the best Thai food they have ever had, so be sure to check this place out.  There is usually a wait so plan accordingly. 

 

 

 The Peri Peri Factory

6375 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

(832) 740-4922

 

When you have a place as good as The Peri Peri Factory you really don’t need a Nandos.

 

 

 Aga's Restaurant

11842 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77031

(281) 776-9292

 

Not your typical desi restaurant.  Aga’s has some amazing food.

 

 

Dessert

 ChocolatZeina

6100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

(346) 831-4104

 

Chocolate crepes and waffles! 

 

 Sleek Chocolate

5868 Westheimer Road SLEEK®️ Chocolatier | Cafe, Houston, TX 77057

(713) 637-4047

 

Same as above.  Chocolate crepes, waffles and chocolate shawarma.

 

Brunch

 Bismillah Restaurant

5702 Hilcroft Ave, Houston, T 77036

(713) 781-5000

 

If you are looking for halwa puri, chanay and paratha this should be your stop.

 

 

 

To infinity and beyond.

 

Food

 Stacatto's

11300 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77072

(281) 809-5837

 

Stacatto’s is a hole in the wall restaurant that cooks up some of the best Philly cheesesteaks that you will ever have.  Be sure to try out their pizzas as well!

 

 OMG! Burger

1230 N Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77449

(281) 717-4545

 

If you are staying out west and looking for something to eat, OMG! Burger cooks up some tasty burgers.  One of my favorites is the Likka Tikka Chicken Burger

 

 Pappa Gyros

11300 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77072

(281) 809-5837

 

They’ve got some great gyro sandwiches.

 

 

 Yo Yo's Hot Dogs

15910 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77498

(281) 933-2276

 

YoYo’s cooks up some great hot dogs.  One way, the only way, and they are great. They have multiple locations but only the Sugar Land location is halal.

 

 

Saffron Kabob House

5711 Hillcroft St # B2, Houston, TX 77036

(713) 784-4100

 

Kasra Persian Grill

9741 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

(713) 975-1810

 

Bundu Khan Kabab House

11887 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77099

(281) 879-5787

This Pakistani favorite serves up some great grilled items.

 

 

 

Coffee

 BlendIn Cofee Club

8410 US-90 ALT Sugar Land, TX 77478

(346) 368-2871

 

This coffee shop is located in Sugar Land and it is one of the better coffee shops in this area.

 

Dessert

 Torascos Ice Cream

13932 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

(281) 584-9696

 

This has to be my favorite ice cream in all of Houston. The tres leches and cookies n’ cream are my go-to.

 

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