Restaurants

Unique Eateries That Make You Forget You’re Still in the City

The city’s dining scene is overflowing with restaurants that make you forget that you’re still in Houston.

By Shelby Stewart Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Casa Nomad will transport you from Houston to Tulum.

Image: Casa Nomad 

Houston restaurants aren’t simply just restaurants, but immersive experiences that you can touch, see, hear, smell and, most of all, taste. The city’s dining scene is overflowing with restaurants that make you forget that you’re still in Houston. From South African cuisine to pan-Latin fare, Houston has everything you need to take a trip without ever leaving H-Town.

Casa Nomad
Get an authentic taste of Mexico at the restaurant and patio lounge Casa Nomad, located in The Heights. You can enjoy fresh tapas and signature cocktails that will transport you from Houston to Tulum. 600 N. Shepherd Dr.

Check out MAD Houston's Spanish-influenced menu including the Empanadillas de Cochinillo pictured.

Image: MAD Houston

MAD Houston
If you want to feel like you’re in a retro ’80s-esque nightclub, MAD is the perfect destination. The edgy and lively restaurant blends Madrid’s vibrant nightlife scene with a Spanish-influenced menu that takes you on a full sensory experience. 4444 Westheimer Rd.

Prey
If you have a taste for creole cuisine but don’t want to leave Houston, Prey is a top destination for down-home Southern flavor. The modest dining space is sprawling with greenery, and the menu elevates past regular seafood options. Take a trip to the boot with creole plates like the Black Tomahawk or the Filet King. 1700 Post Oak Blvd., Unit 290.

Embark on a quest through the depths of India at Musaafer.

Image: Julie Soefer

Musaafer
Embark on a quest through the depths of India at Musaafer, which means traveler in Hindi. The restaurant is an exploration of flavors from a journey that Chef Mayank Istwal took through all 29 states in the South Asian country. If that’s not enough, the restaurant helped Houston place on TIME’s World’s List of Greatest Places. 5115 Westheimer Rd.

Mozambik
Journey to South Africa at Mozambik in The Woodlands. The Portuguese-inspired restaurant provides a taste of escape, with comfort food cuisine, such as Sodwana Bay crab cakes or the lobster mac and cheese. 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite 304.

Want to experience the Roaring ’20s in real time? Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse is the place for you. 

Gatsby's Prime Steakhouse
Want to experience the Roaring ’20s in real time? Gatsby’s is the place for you. The restaurant lives up to its name, and you’ll feel like an extra from the film. The speakeasy-style restaurant serves top-of-the-line steaks, seafood and caviar.  Plus craft cocktails like the Boulevardier, Mary Pickford and Great Gatsby add to the 1920s’ feel. 4319 Montrose Blvd.

 Get served top-shelf sushi at Kata Robata.

Image: Julie Soefer

Kata Robata
For the fans of sleek design and relaxing aesthetics, Kata Robata elevates your traditional sushi bar. Get served top-shelf sushi and unwind with one of their many colorful craft cocktails. Grab a spot at the bar and watch the itamae create beautiful sushi dishes. 3600 Kirby Drive, Suite H.

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