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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE LOCAL FOODS $$ Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Delis | 2424 Dunstan Rd. 713.521.7800 | houstonlocalfoods.com Houstonians, stop what you’re doing. Run to Local Foods. And order the divine creation that is the truffled egg salad with market greens, parmesan and aioli on a soft and salty pretzel bun. It is the true definition of delicious and easily the best egg salad I’ve ever had in my 25 years of being alive. And coming from a vegetarian, you know this gal’s had her fair share so just trust me. All things considered, I’ve been craving it ever since I left. –Whitnee R., Yelp M&M GRILL $ Mediterranean, Mexican, Burgers | 6921 Almeda Rd. 713.747.8226 | mmgrill.webs.com This dive has so much charm and authenticity that it’s completely worth it. The staff is also extremely friendly – one of them even came out and helped me back out of a particularly precarious parking spot. The single-loaded cheeseburger with fries is my go-to after a long day. They put a ton of different toppings on there, so I tend to pick and choose the ones I want. (They’re all delicious, though I caution against the fried onions. They sound delicious but are pretty stringy/chewy and tend to all fall out when you try to eat a bite of the burger.) But really anything you order here is bound to be good! –Bailey T., Yelp STANTON’S CITY BITES $ Burgers, American (Traditional), Bars | 1420 Edwards St. 713.227.4893 | stantonscitybites.com THIS PLACE IS SO BOMB!!! I tried their bacon cheeseburger and their chipotle burger. The chipotle is definitely my favorite one!! The meat was so juicy and well-seasoned and not packed too tightly, the bacon was perfect crispy/chewy texture, the bun was soft but held up to the filling and had jalapeños in it!!!!, and the fries were great too (both curly fries and regular fries were crispy on the outside with a tender middle). I’d highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an amazing burger. –June S., Yelp RAY’S REAL PIT BBQ SHACK $$ Barbeque, Seafood, Sandwiches | 4529 Old Spanish Trail 713.748.4227 | raysbbqshack.com Delicious! I ate the fried corn first, in my car, then got out of my car, and ordered 3 more. I wish I was making that up, but on that day, I just couldn’t get enough! Who knew fried corn could be so amazing! At the end of the meal, my jeans were unbuttoned and I had a newly developed and impressively protruding (and thank goodness reversible) gut. I was still parked in the front of the restaurant, unmoved and completely schooled on real BBQ. –Ace M., Yelp DÖGARZ DÖNER $$ Mediterranean, Turkish, German | 1915 W. Gray St., Suite A 832.767.0847 | dogarzdoner.com Love this place! It reminds of Vertskebab which offers sandwiches and salads with their special type of meat. I love the fact that there is a parking lot in front of the restaurant so I don’t have to worry about parking on the street. The menu is pretty simple so if you are like me and have a hard time picking food from a million different option, you won’t have a problem here. I ordered a salad with the lamb and beef while my boyfriend had the donor sandwich with fish. I fell in love with my salad (weird right?). The salad portion was actually pretty big but I could not stop eating it! The meats were so soft and juicy! I also ate some of the sandwich and wow, it was pretty good. The bread was soft and crunchy and the fish was delicious. –Thy T., Yelp VELVET TACO $ Mexican | 4819 Washington Ave. 832.834.5908 | velvettaco.com/houston This is my favorite taco place in Houston. I have been here a dozen times and have now tried almost everything. Tonight I got the Tikka Chicken and Flank Steak which are two favorites. Watch out for the kick on the Tikka Chicken. Wow!! The steak is always strong. The tots and the corn side are both really good, and worthy. The red velvet cake is super moist and tasty. They also provide a delicious caramel sauce for the cake. Crazy good. It can get very busy, but the service is fast and the environment is chill. They offer outside seating in the front and back, and good space inside in the AC. There is additional parking on the side streets when the lot is busy. The tacos range in price from $3.50 to $6.75, with the average about $4.50. An average meal here will cost you $16–20. Well worth it. This place is worth a visit. You won’t be disappointed. It needs to be in your regular taco place rotation in Houston. And...it’s open late! –Jeff E., Yelp LA FISHERIA $$ Seafood, Mexican, Salad | 213 Milam St. | 713.802.1712 This place in its entirety is absolutely top-notch. Not only was the environment unexpectedly pleasant, but the food was good and the service was fantastic. The price might be a little on the higher side considering its next to a college campus, but they have a good lunch special that I missed today, so will definitely go back to check that out soon. Also, I accidentally left my debit card at the table when I was leaving in a hurry, and I was at the signal at the end of the block when I heard my server run after me and give it back. It warmed my heart. Great service. I feel bad now because I feel like I should’ve tipped more! Lol! –Kayla N., Yelp BACKSTREET CAFÉ $$ American , Breakfast & Brunch | 1103 S. Shepherd Dr. 713.521.2239 | backstreetcafe.net Backstreet is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. I’ve never been disappointed with what I’ve ordered. I always make a reservation because they do get very busy. Parking is valet. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating so specify your preference when making a reservation. On my most recent visit, I had the brunch there on a Saturday. They bring out complimentary muffins and scones for brunch. I ordered the shrimp and grits. The grits were perfectly cheesy! The shrimp were large and flavorful, although I would have liked a little more sauce from the shrimp. I didn’t care for the fried leeks on top. In the past I’ve ordered the scallops for dinner, had the French toast for brunch and also had the Nutella iced coffee. You really can't go wrong with anything on their menu! –Farah B., Yelp LUNA PIZZERIA $ Pizza, Salad, Sandwiches | 107 Yale St., Ste. 400 832.834.7532 | lunapizzeria.com We are so excited that there is a new Luna Pizzeria right next to our apartment. They have the best pizza in Houston. I always get the margherita and my husband gets the spicy andouille. They are so delicious, the crust is perfect and the toppings are in perfect proportions. They have an amazing special on Tuesday where house wine and beers are only two dollars and they pour the glass to the rim. What a steal! That, mixed with amazing pizza, means we’ll probably be here every Tuesday. –McKensie G., Yelp $ KEY BASED ON YELP $ = Price Range Under $10 $$ = Price Range $11–30 $$$ = Price Range $31–60 $$$$ = Price Range Above $61 FOR OUR COMPLETE RESTAURANT LISTING, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. december 16 | LOCAL 31