Walkable Houston: Where to Eat Downtown

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Goro & Gun

This restaurant is an Americanized version of the Japanese “izakaya,” or a casual place for meeting friends for drinks and small plates to be shared. In addition to Japan, Goro & Gun’s menu uses flavors from Korea, Vietnam and China.


Where to Eat

The restaurants that have opened in the past year are bringing their culinary A-game to Houston’s downtown scene.

For a taste of old school Houston, pay a visit to the original Ninfa’s for their famous fajitas and margaritas. (Locals know to take their free shuttle to Astros and Rockets games after dinner.) Lunch is best spent at Cafe TH for their fresh banh mi and noodle bowls with lots of vegan options. And the restaurants that have opened in the past year are bringing their culinary A-game to Houston’s downtown scene. For dining at its finest, make a reservation (a month in advance) at the highly acclaimed Oxheart, where Justin Yu makes magic from vegetables. Goro & Gun is an izakaya featuring playful dishes like the “phat ass hamhock” (which comes with pickles and bao), lobster ramen, and Korean-style wings named after rappers (the Tupac wings feature fish sauce, lime and pickled serranos). Their laid-back atmosphere, fun decor, and strong cocktail program make it the perfect place to begin a bar crawl.

 


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Other Spots to See

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Enjoy the rest of our walkable Houston city guide that lets you easily ditch your car and explore three neighborhoods by foot or bike.

Downtown

• Where to Go

• Where to Drink & Stay

• Where to Eat

Museum District / Montrose

• Where to Go

• Where to Drink & Stay

• Where to Eat

The Heights

• Where to Go

• Where to Drink & Stay

• Where to Eat

A Story of Houston Food

An essay by Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

 


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Photography: Chris Perez
Ninfa’s image courtesy of Ninfa’s
Oxheart image courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
(photographer: Julie Soefer)

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