Editors’ Picks

Six Restaurants to Try in Spring

Comfort food abounds in north Houstonia, and there are some surprises as well.

By Russell van Kraayenburg December 10, 2014 Published in the December 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine

From-scratch pizza at the Black Sheep Bistro

The Black Sheep Bistro


Among many other fine Old Town Spring offerings, this bistro stands out for its unpretentious bistro fare; think crab cakes Benedict at brunch, French onion soup at lunch, and roasted chicken at dinner. Weekly specials range from flatbreads to sautéed lobster, with a wine list that’s short but sweet.

Hello Taco


Owners Armando and Susan Ocampo pride themselves on made-from-scratch dishes. The things to get here are (not surprisingly) the tacos—chicken, carnitas, carne asada, steak, shrimp, or tilapia—and the house-made guacamole, which you’ll want to slather on everything

Just Burgers


The standout offerings at this spot include the Sunrise burger topped with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg, and the Que Pasa, with cheese, ancho mayonnaise, pico de gallo, and avocados. Husband-and-wife owners Ambrose and Amber Pina also serve up milkshakes and a deep-fried Oreo sundae. 

Rao’s Bakery & Coffee Cafe

Bakery, Café

This place, est. 1941, doesn’t mess around when it comes to desserts, serving up wonderful cakes, cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pastries, danishes, and pies of nearly every kind. It’s actually a half bakery, half restaurant, so you can pop in for a chicken salad sandwich, too.  

Vito’s Famous

Pizza, Sandwiches

This place is famous for its huge, thin-crust Philadelphia-style pizzas. But if the prospect of a foot-and-a-half-square pie is too intimidating, you can also get a slice or pick from the selection of cheesesteaks, hoagies, and subs, any of which will satisfy a Philly expat’s cravings. 

Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon

Southern, American

Founded in 1902 as a hotel and saloon, this place owes its popularity to its Southern comfort food, e.g. the catfish po-boy and chicken-fried steak. The old, supposedly haunted café also serves wonderful homemade chocolate whiskey cake, peach cobbler, and buttermilk pecan pie.

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