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Comfort Food Takeout Guide: Downtown

What else but pizza, pizza, pizza ... and gumbo!

By Timothy Malcolm Published in the Fall issue of Houstonia Magazine

Image: Marco Torres

Frank’s Pizza 

For Downtown denizens especially, nothing beats getting some quick slices ’round midnight—and Frank’s kitchen stays open even later than that (until 1 a.m. on weekends). Frank’s offers a no-fail takeout option for enormous New York cheese pizzas, but there are also plenty of specialty pies including pesto chicken and garden veggie (peppers, spinach, tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms, onions). On top of that, you can choose from an array of non-pizza options: Frank’s kitchen is still whipping up sandwiches, burgers, and lasagna with breadsticks when most restaurants are closed.

Cherry Block

On the eternal search for the best gumbo in H-town? Order some takeout from this Bravery Chef Hall concept, and your quest may be resolved after three bites. This place’s gumbo starts with a pork fat roux and a stock simmered from smoked pork shank bones, then gets meatier still with the addition of more shank meat, smoked ham hocks, and Andouille sausage. It’s served over a scoop of creamy potato salad instead of rice—quite a Cajun statement—and when paired with a BLT and fries is the ultimate pork-lover’s repast.

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