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Paneer on Bombay Pizza

If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.

Back inside the restaurant, the sole delivery man was running himself ragged on a bicycle, zipping in and out for one load of pizza deliveries after another. My sole issue with Bombay Pizza is that its thin, crispy crust doesn't hold up well to delivery or takeout, but the volume of his deliveries that Tuesday night would seem to render my opinion moot. A few couples cozied up to one another in booths toward the back, while some young men caught up over beers from Bombay's surprisingly excellent selection (which includes everything from Kingfisher to Celis White to local brews like Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale, which is perfect paired with Indian food).

On this particular stretch of Main Street, the light rail has done its job effectively: Businesses such as Bombay Pizza and the Payless shoe store next door are thriving in the wake of all the pedestrian traffic, while people have made their homes in the lofts and fancy apartments high above the street. Colorful light installations flashed disco colors from their perch above the fountains that occupy part of Main between McKinney and Lamar, while the fountains themselves danced each time a train rattled by on the line.

For that evening, at least, downtown Houston felt vibrant and alive. It was a thrilling scene to someone who grew up knowing downtown as a ghostland by night — the kind of place where a bomb could go off past 6 p.m. without harming a soul. It's going to be an uphill climb in such a spread-out metropolis as Houston, but I still think that serious urban density can happen here and that downtown can be the beating heart of the city that it was when Houston was first founded.

Saag paneer pizza just works.
Troy Fields
Saag paneer pizza just works.

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Bombay Pizza Co.

914 Main St., Suite 105
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Restaurant > Eclectic

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

Ziggy's Bar and Grill

702 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

L'Olivier

240 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Montrose

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

705 Main
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

1001 Austin St.
Houston, TX 77010

Category: Grocery Stores

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

MKT BAR

1001 Austin St.
Houston, TX 77010

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

The Burger Guys

706 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

Details

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. Sundays
Personal pizza: $8.50
12-inch pizza: $15
Chicken kati roll: $4.50
Veggie masala sliders: $6
Lasagna: $8
Gulab jamun: $3.50

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SLIDESHOW: Pizza with Paneer at Bombay Pizza
BLOG POST: Bombay Pizza: A Downtown Beacon on Main Street

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Restaurants such as Bombay Pizza are essential to that kind of growth. We need more spots like this that are comfortable, reliable and inexpensive yet also as unique as Houston itself; that will draw in people from all over the city; and that are willing to tough out the heat, the construction and the waning crowds in the evenings. Let's hope Bombay Pizza is an exciting glimpse of what's to come.

katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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8 comments
gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

MMM slumdog, ugh heart burn, but it's so good...

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

Wonderful review of a great place!  Even though Houston ranks high in many categories and love living here..it lacks the vibrant downtown it deserves for a place this size.  Ideally it should have plenty of density, like New Orleans with food vendors everywhere and people walking to and fro.  The heat is even more intense there, so no excuse to drain the flow with those tunnels I dislike.  Even the theater district  lacks the feel of one, with hardly any neon signs like New York. 

Texano78704
Texano78704

I'd say Ziggy's downtown sales have declined due to mediocre service and blah food, not the light rail.

albertgator
albertgator

Ugh, I hate this article for informing me about the Sergio right after I got back from eating my hundredth Gateway of India. Now I have to go back again. And again.

Kerrigan
Kerrigan

 @irockyoursocks ...a SugarLand treasure now as well. Next to the flagship Fadi's Mediterranean, an amazing place with an amazing history itself.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @albertgator The Sergio is my favorite behind the plain ol' saag paneer. Head back for dinner...

 
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