Best Restaurants 2018

Katy Is the New Asiatown

These five Katy-area Asian eateries are making the biggest waves.

By Mai Pham August 17, 2018 Published in the September 2018 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Image: Jenn Duncan

When we say Asiatown these days, we usually mean Bellaire Boulevard, but Katy is making a play for domination with the debut of numerous Asian eateries around the area as well as the aptly named Katy Asian Town, a 100,000-square-foot development packed with incredible eats at I-10 and Grand Parkway. These five Katy-area spots are making the biggest waves:

Tiger Noodle House

Is this the only Chinese restaurant in Katy? Not by a long shot, but it’s so well-loved, owner Tiger Wang opened a second location this spring, just two years after the original debuted. For a helping of the real-deal Chinese, Sichuan, and Taiwanese eats that regulars love, order the dry-fried string beans, soup dumplings, beef-noodle soup, and sesame chicken.

Tasty Ko

This family restaurant offers great barbecue options, tangy and crisp banchan, and an impressive wall mural depicting scenes from ancient Korea. The extensive menu features everything from army stew, to dolsot bibimbap (hot stone mixed rice), to one of the best versions of haemul pajeon—seafood and scallion pancakes—in town. The owners used to run the now-defunct Long Point favorite Soju Bang.

Pepper Twins

Did you know that the local chain’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”—the cold sliced-beef-tendon dish also called fuqi feipian—was named best appetizer of 2017 by GQ? Like its four sister restaurants, the newest location of Yunan Yan’s mini-empire showcases the complexity of lip-tingling, mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. It’s BYOB—bring a chilled white to beat the heat.

Yummy Pho & Bo Ne

As its name implies, this eatery marries two Vietnamese specialties, pho and bo ne (sizzling steak and eggs), under one roof. The result is compelling and wholly Instagrammable. For the best pics, go for the Yummy Special—a bowl of pho with all the beef toppings and a giant short rib protruding from the broth—and the signature bo ne with filet mignon, Spam, and a fried egg.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar

Sashimi platters arranged so beautifully, you almost don’t want to eat them. Fresh sushi selections flown in from Japan. A5 Wagyu. Exotic “flights” of uni (sea urchin). You’ll find all this and more at the new Cinco Ranch sushi spot from former Roka Akor sushi chef Mike Lim. And, yes, there is a killer omakase.

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