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8 Dishes to Eat to Call Yourself a Houstonian

By Marcy de Luna
September 15, 2014

Photo by: The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Eat your way through some of the most iconic delicacies in the city. Whether a local or out-of-town visitor, here are eight can’t-miss dishes you must try for the full Houston experience.

1. Fajitas at The Original Ninfa's on Navigation
Mama Ninfa's signature dish, tacos al carbon, were later renamed fajitas. And while the family no longer owns the business, the low-key Tex-Mex spot in the Warehouse District is still known for its sizzling fajitas wrapped in freshly made tortillas.

2. Cheese Coney at JCI Grill
While local chain James Coney Island has updated its name and added gourmet dogs to its menu, the Cheesy Coney (with mustard, chili sauce and Kraft Cheez Whiz) has been around since the doors opened in 1923.

3. Wings & Waffles at Breakfast Klub
Midtown's soul-food stop is beloved for breakfast, including the sweet-savory combination of a Belgian waffle, topped with powdered sugar and strawberry, served with six fried chicken wings.

4. Campechana at Goode Company 
Shrimp and crab ceviche mixed with sweet salsa campeche and hunks of avocado and served with tortilla chips make a festive prequel to any seafood dinner.

Photo courtesy of Goode Company

5. Cheeseburger at Lankford Grocery
A staple on the burger scene, the old-fashioned, budget-friendly burgers at the 75-year-old restaurant are tried-and-true (and cash-only).

6. Turtle Soup at Brennan's
A Houston landmark, the upscale Midtown restaurant is the perfect spot to indulge in Southwestern-Creole dishes like turtle soup.

7. Brisket at Corkscrew Barbecue
Served out of a trailer, the tasty 'cue here is so good that it often sells out early. Save room for dessert; the cobblers are made from scratch every morning.

8. Pansoti at Tony's
One of Houston's oldest dining establishments, the elegant Greenway Plaza restaurant provides top-notch Italian-Continental cuisine like squash-filled pasta with Parmesan and sage.