Pho to Ramen, Bulgogi to Bo 7 Mon

The top 10 restaurants in Chinatown.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse


Jason's Deli

Beef chow fun at House of Bowls.
Troy Fields
Beef chow fun at House of Bowls.
We are not friends, you and I.
Katharine Shilcutt
We are not friends, you and I.

Outback Steakhouse

P.F. Chang's

Rockfish Seafood Grill

Zoe's Kitchen


The fact of the matter is that most Mexican joints are safely gluten-free if you abstain from flour tortillas, sopapillas and the like. Corn tortillas — especially those filled with barbacoa or al pastor from taco trucks — are one of the easiest bets for the GF diner. But here are a few places that really take gluten-free to the next level.


Lupe Tortilla

Taco Milagro


Pizza is one of the items that many GF diners miss the most. Fortunately, more pizza places — both large and small — are catching on to this and offering gluten-free crusts that are every bit as good as standard wheat-flour crusts.

California Pizza Kitchen

Pink's Pizza

Russo's New York Pizzeria


Burger Joints

Sure, you can get a bunless burger at any old burger joint. But sometimes you just want those two fluffy buns holding your meat sandwich together. These four spots will gladly throw a gluten-free bun into the mix for you — and in the case of Becks Prime, you'll find plenty of other GF options that aren't burgers, too. Same goes for Guru Burgers & Crepes, where you can also get GF versions of its signature crepes.

Becks Prime

The Counter

Elevation Burger

Guru Burgers & Crepes


Next to pizza, pasta is another item that many GF diners find themselves missing. It doesn't have to be that way at these Italian restaurants, where you can indulge not only in naturally GF dishes such as gnocchi and risotto, but house-made GF pastas at places such as Coppa and Prego. And at chains like Carrabba's, you'll find entire GF menus.


Coppa Ristorante Italiano





Fine Dining

Being gluten-free need not mean sticking to chains or having to make everything at home. You can get fancy, too, with anything from Texas quail with a summer corn tamale and huitlacoche sauce at RDG + Bar Annie to flourless chocolate cake at Mockingbird Bistro. While not all of the places listed below have separate GF menus, they're all notable for being extremely flexible and adaptive to the needs of GF diners.


Backstreet Cafe




Mockingbird Bistro

RDG + Bar Annie


Vic & Anthony's

Cute & Casual

Like most of the places listed above, these are non-chain spots throughout Houston that are receptive to GF diners even if the restaurants themselves don't have dedicated GF menus. Most of the items on the menu at Roots Bistro, for example, are naturally gluten-free, such as its raw "squashta" tossed with spinach, tomatoes, carrots, beets and a ginger dressing. And at Ruggles Green, you'll find a handy color-coded menu that denotes which of its many items are vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free or all three.

Cafe TH


Kenny & Ziggy's


Roots Bistro

Ruggles Green

Vegan & Vegetarian

Vegan doesn't necessarily mean gluten-free; after all, it's easy to make vegan wraps, crackers, bread or other products from wheat, rye, barley or other grains containing gluten — so beware. But when you're eating at vegan or vegetarian places that specialize in raw food, your chances of encountering gluten products drop significantly. Ditto for places such as Radical Eats, which are both vegan and Mexican.

Doshi House

Green Seed Vegan

Radical Eats

Food Trucks

Finding a food truck that serves GF items can be tough. Fortunately, there are places like Bare Bowls — which offers dishes such as market-fresh vegetables on basmati rice — and Monster PB&J, where all of its sandwiches come with a GF bread option.

Bare Bowls

Green Seed Vegan

Monster PB&J

Coffee Shops

What's a cup of coffee without a pastry or snack on the side? These coffee shops are notable for offering goodies from some of our favorite vegan bakeries around town, such as Sinfull Bakery, as well as raw treats from folks like Pat Greer.

Antidote Coffee

Black Hole Coffee House


Taft Street Coffee

Waldo's Coffee House

Restaurant News

Openings and Closings
Surfing Cowboys and plenty of pizza.

Katharine Shilcutt

Tintos, the tapas joint in River Oaks which featured one of my 100 Favorite Dishes of 2012, is closing. Owner Alberto Alfonzo told Eater Houston that Tintos would close on December 31 but plans to reopen as PESCA: World Seafood one week later.

"PESCA will feature seafood preparations from Mexico, Asia, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean that Alfonzo has learned in his 16-year career," wrote Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler. Interestingly, Alfonzo also told Sandler that he felt Houstonians had a difficult time embracing the concept of tapas — yet wants to reopen Tintos at a later date and in a different spot in 2013. If it does reopen, those espárragos gratinados had better be on the menu.

That Pizza Place on Ella has closed and — like Tintos — will be reopening as a new concept, albeit under new ownership. "Eater has learned that BRC/Liberty Kitchen chef and co-owner Lance Fegen will be opening a new restaurant called Surfing Cowboys," wrote Sandler. It will be the second surfing-inspired restaurant Fegen has operated, after Glass Wall (which he left in October 2010 to open BRC Gastropub).

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