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Our 4 Freshest Favorites in Memorial

From Japanese and Vietnamese to Big Tex and Mex, the area around the Energy Corridor has it all.

By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt September 19, 2016 Published in the October 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Grilled cheese and short rib sandwich at State Fare

State Fare

A menu filled with the sort of Americana classics you’d expect to find at, well, a state fair—right down to a “Big Tex” grilled cheese with Gruyere and short ribs—has made Lee Ellis’s latest venture in Gateway Memorial a fast hit with Memorial Villages families.

Izakaya Wa

True to the informal izakaya format, at this low-key, high-energy spot, grilled skewers of Japanese beef and pints of Kirin Ichiban are more commonly found on diners’ tables than sushi and sashimi (though you can—and should—get both).

Luchi & Joey's

Both Tex- and Mex-style tacos are on offer at this cute above-ground outpost of the popular downtown-tunnels joint. Chorizo-and-egg tacos are a no-brainer at breakfast, while fish tacos—especially the avocado-topped salmon version—are the big catch at lunch and dinner. 

Pho & Crab

Inventive and irreverent takes on traditional Vietnamese dishes make every visit here a conundrum: lemongrass-basil mussels, or crab pho with shrimp and scallops? We say, get both.

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