3 Things We Learned About Houston Food This Year

Looking for trendy desserts? Go to Chinatown.

By Alice Levitt November 21, 2016 Published in the December 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Rolled ice cream from Class 502

Image: Mai Pham

Looking for trendy desserts? Go to Chinatown. 

Raindrop cakes, rolling ice cream and taiyaki ice cream all broke the internet this year. Each is available in only one place in Houston, respectively: Tea Bar & Organics, Class 502 and Kamalan Bakery, all located at Dun Huang Plaza, 9889 Bellaire Boulevard.

Nothing excites Houstonians like restaurants from elsewhere. 

First there were the eternal lines for below-average gyros at Halal Guys, then there was the mass hysteria at an impending rash of other non-local openings. We like you, Shake Shack, Fig & Olive, Nobu, Gus’s Fried Chicken, BonChon Chicken, et al., but we’ll always love Houston-grown businesses just a little bit more.

Fire blows.

Blazes closed favorites including the Heights’ Alma Latina and the Woodway location of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, which have both since reopened. Seventy-five-year-old Cleburne Cafeteria wasn’t so lucky. But don’t count the place out yet: It rose from the ashes once before.

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